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Every Triple Crown Winner, Ranked  

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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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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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Whirlaway
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Triple Crown year: 1941

Kentucky Derby: Won by 8 lengths (race record)
Preakness Stakes: Won by 5 1/2 lengths
Belmont Stakes: Won by 2 1/2 lengths

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

Sire: Blenheim
Dam: Dustwhirl

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War Admiral
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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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