Winning the Triple Crown has been accomplished just 11 times in its long history, with the latest winner, Affirmed in 1978, completing the elusive trifecta over 30 years ago in 1978. Eighteen horses have come close since then, winning two of three races. The most recent near miss came in 2008, when Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes but did not finish the Belmont Stakes - a race aptly known as the "Test of the Champion" because of its 1 ½ mile distance. Competing in three races in just over a month is difficult enough. But with the recent trend of trainers entering fresh horses in the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to compete against the Kentucky Derby winner, winning the Triple Crown will be an incredible feat.
This year, the Belmont Stakes will be hosted by Belmont Park in Elmont, NY., on June 9. Paul Reddam's I'll Have Another (Trained by Doug O'Neil) tries to become the 12th horse in horseracing history to successfully win all three Triple Crown races in one season.
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