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Every Triple Crown Winner, Ranked

Updated July 29, 2019 359 votes 62 voters13 items

List RulesVote up horses who won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes in most impressive fashion

Horse racing's Triple Crown is one of the rarest feats in sports, with only 13 horses ever to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. While Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018, it took American Pharoah to win the 2015 Belmont Stakes and break a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner, ridden by the jockey Victor Espinoza. As powerful and amazing as each horse is, it takes a team to make them in tip-top shape to sweep the races. This list of all triple crown winners not only lists the horse's names but the people who trained, rode, and owned them; along with the horses' dam and sire.

Triple Crown winners are automatically elevated to the ranks of best racehorses of all time, but which of these historic champions is the most impressive horse winners of the Triple Crown? Which horse put the most emphatic stamp on history with his Triple Crown victory?

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  • Secretariat
    Video: YouTube

    Triple Crown year: 1973

    Kentucky Derby: Won by 2 1/2 lengths
    Preakness Stakes: Won by 2 1/2 lenths
    Belmont Stakes: Won by 31 lengths (race record)

    Jockey: Ron Turcotte
    Trainer: Lucien Laurin
    Owner: Meadow Stable

    Sire: Bold Ruler
    Dam: Somethingroyal

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    War Admiral

    War Admiral
    Video: YouTube

    Triple Crown year: 1937

    Kentucky Derby: Won by 1 3/4 lengths
    Preakness Stakes: Won by a head
    Belmont Stakes: Won by 3 lengths

    Jockey: Charles Kurtsinger
    Trainer: George Conway
    Owner: Samuel D. Riddle

    Sire: Man o' War
    Dam: Brushup

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  • Triple Crown year: 1948

    Kentucky Derby: Won by 3 1/2 lengths
    Preakness Stakes: Won by 5 1/2 lengths
    Belmont Stakes: Won by 8 lengths

    Jockey: Eddie Arcaro
    Trainer: Horace A. Jones
    Owner: Calumet Farm

    Sire: Bull Lea
    Dam: Hydroplane

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  • Affirmed
    Video: YouTube

    Triple Crown year: 1978

    Kentucky Derby: Won by 1 1/2 lengths
    Preakness Stakes: Won by a neck
    Belmont Stakes: Won by a nose

    Jockey: Steve Cauthen
    Trainer: Laz Barrera
    Owner: Harbor View Farm

    Sire: Exclusive Native
    Dam: Won't Tell You

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