The History Of The Triple Crown

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When it comes to the Triple Crown you need a fit and fast horse or else you won’t stand a chance. Each race gets longer and longer. If your horse has the speed you need to train them to wait and maybe hang back a little so when the time comes they can run their heart out with their speed. Now if you have a horse that has the stamina but; not very fast, they have to be trained to be pushed for the speed at all times. In every horse when they are lined up with an opponent they get the adrenaline to want to beat them just like if you’re running a race or just hit a homerun in the World Series. To me horse racing is the greatest sport because you can see the determination and love to run in every horse. In order to win the Triple Crown you have to win the three qualify races; The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont Stakes. Since the rules have been changed, the qualifying races are only open to three year old fillies or colts. With that rule establish the horse only has one shot at being a Triple Crown winner. The trainers and jockeys may get other chances to run the three biggest horse races but they have a less chance to succeed. In 1919 the very first Triple Crown winner was said to be Sir Barton, ridden by John Loftus. Back then it was harder for all of the horses to compete in all three races because of the transportation around the country. Since 1919 only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown. Sir Barton was supposed to be used as a rabbit (a horse used to challenge the leader but was never meant to win) for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont but he turned out to be the horse to beat. He set an American record 2 minutes and 27 seconds. (Kellner- The Kentucky Derby or known to some “the Run for the Roses” is the first race needed to win for the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby has been held in Louisville, Kentucky on the

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