Winning the Triple Crown™ is the biggest honor that every horse racing team strives for. Jockey, Trainer, Owner and everyone in between sets out at the Kentucky Derby® for their first win, enters the Preakness Stakes with high hopes, and then aims to complete the trifecta at the Belmont Stakes. What many don’t realize is how rare it is for a horse to mark his name in history as a Triple Crown™ winner, only 12 have succeeded!
Derby Experiences is breaking down each victory, pedigree and team of the 12 Triple Crown™ winners in a 12-part series. Starting with Sir Barton in 1919 and ending in American Pharaoh in 2015, saddle-up, because here we go. This week’s Triple Crown™ winner never lost a race during his career.
Seattle Slew went into his Triple Crown™ journey without having lost a race, which no horse had ever done before. Hecaptured a win at the Kentucky Derby®, beating the runner-up, For The Moment, in the final stretch. The runner-up’s jockey said he was both intimidated and terrified of Seattle Slew because he felt as though the horse was staring directly at him during the reace.
The Birth of Slewmania
Following his win at the Kentucky Derby™, Seattle Slew headed to the Preakness Stakes two weeks later and won by 1 ½ lengths. After his victory people began to wonder if they would see a new Triple Crown™ winner so soon after Secretariats win in 1973.
Slewmania began to take over the country and everyone was eager to see what this colt would do next. Seattle Slew did not disappoint as he went on to win the Belmont Stakes by 4 lengths and became the tenth Triple Crown™ winner.
Seattle Slew passed away on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby® victory in 1977 and his owner was right by his side until the end.
Secure Your Spot at the First Leg of the Triple Crown™
Derby Experiences is the ONLY Official Partner of Churchill Downs® and guarantees that your Kentucky Derby® tickets are packaged with exclusive extras that you cannot obtain from anywhere else. Here is a highlight of one of our Official Ticket Packages:
Grandstand Rose Highlight: Grandstand Rose guests will get to witness as the horses take their first leaps out of the starting post and see their final turn as they enter the final stretch of the race. Guests will have unobstructed views of the track from their elevated stadium style tip-up seats. Derby Experiences offers the option to upgrade to Deluxe hospitality for guests to enjoy a lunch buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks and so much more!
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