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Triple Crown: Big Brown

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on December 18, 2014
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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, many horse racing enthusiasts had no reason to suspect that they wouldn't see another one in the near future. But over 33 years later, there has been no horse able to match Affirmed's perfect Triple Crown year...

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Synthetic Tracks Give Way to Dirt in U.S.

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on December 17, 2014
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The recent announcement by authorities at Keeneland Race Course that the horse racing venue will be replacing its synthetic track with a dirt track in time for the fall season in October, has highlighted the ongoing debate about which racetrack surfaces are safest for the horses that run on them. Statistics related to equine injuries released by the Jockey Club earlier this month revealed that, with a fatality rate in 2013 of 0.33 per 1,000 starts, Keeneland is one of the safest tracks in the United States, primarily due to the synthetic surface it installed in 2006. So, the decision to return to a dirt track, which statistically is more dangerous for horses, appears counter-intuitive...

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A Tribute to the First Triple Crown Winner

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on June 16, 2014

The level of excitement generated for the Belmont Stakes was largely driven by the hope that California Chrome would become the first winner of the Triple Crown since Affirmed's victory in 1978, but to the disappointment of many, this was not the outcome. Tonalist crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Commissioner, Medal Count, and the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner finished the race in fourth place...

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California Chrome Aims for Triple Crown Title

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on June 2, 2014

Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, becoming the eleventh Thoroughbred in history to achieve this honor, twelve competitors have come close to adding their names to the list by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but failed to win the third and final race of the series, the Belmont Stakes...

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California Chrome Wins Preakness, Belmont Up Next

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on May 19, 2014

With crowds cheering him on enthusiastically, California Chrome passed the winning post in first place by a length-and-a-half in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. With a time of 1:54.84 he was just less than two seconds short of the track record of 1:53.00 set by Secretariat in 1973. Having won the Kentucky Derby, the next obvious goal for California Chrome would be the Belmont Stakes on June 7, with a shot at the Triple Crown title...

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California Chrome Claims Kentucky Derby Victory

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on May 5, 2014

As the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, more commonly referred to simply as the 'Triple Crown', the Kentucky Derby is a highly competitive and exciting event. Trainers from all over the United States enter their horses with a view to winning and moving on to compete in the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, with the ultimate goal of claiming the prestigious Triple Crown title...

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Hollywood Park’s Autumn Meet Underway

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on November 8, 2012

Betfair Hollywood Park's Autumn Meet is set to provide plenty of horseracing action. Starting November 8, racing will take place four days a week – Thursdays through Sundays – with first post at 12:30, with the exception of Thanksgiving when racing will begin at 11:00...

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Belmont Stakes Goes on as NYRA Restructured

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on May 24, 2012

As competitors prepare for the third and final leg of the US Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, taking place on June 7 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is being put under state control by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in an effort to reform an industry that generates significant revenue for New York State. Meanwhile the racing industry and horse racing fans...

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Triple Crown: Smarty Jones, Real Quiet

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on May 14, 2012

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

2. Smarty Jones (2004)

Smarty Jones is generally the first horse that springs to most minds when it comes to recent near misses at the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps no horse since 1978 has captured the public's imagination as strongly as the little colt from Pennsylvania. Smarty’s road to the Kentucky Derby was a strange one.

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Triple Crown: Funny Cide, Spectacular Bid

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on May 14, 2012

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

4. Funny Cide (2003)

The first gelding to win the Kentucky Derby in 74 years and the only New York-bred horse to ever win, Funny Cide was given little chance to come out on top, but it was nothing personal - Kentucky's own Empire Maker was the overwhelming favorite to win at 6-5...

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