The Triple Crown is a series of traditional races run in different race tracks in the United States for over a period of 4 weeks between the months of May and June. The Triple Crown is known as the most prominent accomplishment of Thoroughbred racing.
The three races or jewels that make up the Triple Crown are: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby is run over the 1 1⁄4-mile (2.0 km) dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Preakness Stakes is run over the 1 3⁄16-mile (1.9 km) dirt track at Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes which is the closing race of the season is run over the 1 1⁄2-mile (2.4 km) dirt track, the longest in thoroughbred racing, at Belmont Park.
The following is the schedule for this year’s Triple Crown races:
Race: Kentucky Derby
May 3rd, 2014
Race: Preakness Stakes
May 17th, 2014
Race: Belmont Stakes
June 7th, 2014
If we take a quick look to the history of the Triple Crown there are some horses that managed to win all three races or the triple tiara as it is also known, and these are: Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed.
One of the most prestigious horse races in America, the Kentucky Derby will be run this coming weekend as the whole horse racing world gets ready to witness the grand opening of the season.
The top 5 horses scheduled to run and their betting odds are as follow:
Vicar’s in Trouble at 20-1
Harry’s Holiday at 50-1
Uncle Sigh at 30-1
Danza at 8-1
California Chrome at 5-2
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