Important Elements To Remember When Betting On Triple Crown Races



The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is the crown jewel of the sport of horse racing. The Triple Crown is comprised of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness States and Belmont Stakes and winning all three races is considered the greatest accomplishment in the sport. Each one of those races is different than the others and it’s important to keep that in mind when picking winners for the individual races. Here is a look at some of the important elements to remember when betting on the Triple Crown races.

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown and it also happens to be the most popular. Referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” based on its approximate duration, the Kentucky Derby is run at a distance of one and a quarter miles at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is run at a longer distance than the Kentucky Derby at one and three-16th’s of a mile. Held at the dirt track at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, the Preakness requires the perfect balance between burst out of the gate and stamina. Referred to as, “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” based on the blanket of yellow flowers altered to resemble Maryland’s state flower that is placed around the winner’s neck. Held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness is the perfect bridge from the first Triple Crown race to the final one.

Belmont Stakes

The Triple Crown races become longer in distance as they progress with the Belmont Stakes the longest at 1 and one-half mile. It is held at the Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, which is just east of the New York City borough of Queens. The one and one-half mile race distance is the absolute longest in U.S. thoroughbred racing and winning this race is a lot more about stamina throughout the course of the race than it is burst out of the gate.

Summary Breakdown

It’s extremely important to remember the differences between the races because it helps to explain why there have been so few Triple Crown winners over the years. American Pharoah ended a 37-year-old drought when he won the Triple Crown in 2015. Prior to that, the last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed back in 1976. There have only been 12 Triple Crown winners since 1919 and that has a lot to do with the different strengths required to win each individual race. It is extremely rare that a horse will have the skill set to win all three races and even then they will have to stay healthy and fresh throughout the spring months in order to win all three races. The fact that it isn’t the same field for every single event makes it that much more difficult to win all three races since a horse can be groomed for the Belmont Stakes alone and then be fresh for that race and ready to take down a potential Triple Crown contender that has already won the first two. These are important elements to keep in mind when it comes to betting on the individual Triple Crown races as well as whether there will be a Triple Crown winner as a whole on an annual basis.