In the United States, the Triple Crown series consists of three races held in different locations:
Kentucky Derby: The first leg of the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby, held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race covers 1 1/4 miles (approximately 2,000 meters) on a dirt track. It is known for its rich history, festive atmosphere, and the iconic blanket of roses presented to the winner.
Preakness Stakes: The second leg of the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness covers 1 3/16 miles (approximately 1,900 meters) on a dirt track. It is often referred to as the "Middle Jewel" of the Triple Crown.
Belmont Stakes: The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, held three weeks after the Preakness at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes is the longest of the three races, covering 1 1/2 miles (approximately 2,400 meters) on a dirt track. It is often called the "Test of the Champion" due to its demanding distance.
To win the Triple Crown, a horse must win all three races in the same year. This achievement is rare and highly esteemed, as it requires exceptional talent, stamina, and consistency. Only 13 horses have accomplished this feat in the history of the United States Triple Crown, with the most recent winner being Justify in 2018.
The Triple Crown captures the imagination of racing enthusiasts worldwide and attracts significant attention and media coverage. It represents the ultimate test of a three-year-old's ability, capturing the hearts of fans and etching the names of exceptional horses and their connections in racing history.
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