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Triple Crown: Sunday Silence, War Emblem, Silver Charm

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on May 10, 2012

33 Years of Heartbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 - Part Four of Six

7. Sunday Silence (1989)

Unlike the previous two selections, Sunday Silence was not ignored by any means. Picked by the experts from the outset as one of the favorites in the Derby, the California-bred horse was nonetheless overshadowed by the media's favorite and East Coast darling Easy Goer, the U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old...

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Triple Crown: Alysheba, Charismatic

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on May 9, 2012

33 Years of Hearbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 - Part Three of Six

9. Alysheba (1987)

A virtually ignored horse before the Derby, Alysheba had a terrific pedigree, as the son of 1978's Alydar, but had only won one of his first nine races and was the bettors' sixth choice at 8-1. However, he reached his peak at the right time...

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Triple Crown: Afleet Alex, Pleasant Colony

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on May 8, 2012

33 Years of Heartbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 - Part Two of Six

11. Afleet Alex (2005)

The only horse on this list that lost the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont, Afleet Alex's chance to win the Triple Crown ended early on in the racing season, but his powerful efforts in the Preakness and Belmont ushered in countless thoughts of "what if" after the season ended.

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Triple Crown: Big Brown

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on May 8, 2012

33 Years of Heartbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 - Part One of Six

In June of 1978, Florida-trained thoroughbred Affirmed held off a late charge by Alydar and won the Belmont Stakes, securing the 11th Triple Crown in U.S. horse racing history. As Affirmed was the third Triple Crown winner in a six-year stretch...

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