Photos: Triple Crown Winners, From An Age Long Past

The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes make up the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. It's considered the greatest achievement in horse racing and no horse has accomplished this feat since Affirmed in 1978.

Meet him and the very few champions who came before.

  • Thoroughbred Sir Barton, winner of the 44th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May 1919. Sir Barton was the first Triple Crown winner.
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    Thoroughbred Sir Barton, winner of the 44th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May 1919. Sir Barton was the first Triple Crown winner.
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  • Gallant Fox and jockey Earl Sande — known as "The Earl of Sande" — won the Kentucky Derby in 1930.
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    Gallant Fox and jockey Earl Sande — known as "The Earl of Sande" — won the Kentucky Derby in 1930.
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  • Omaha, with jockey Willie Saunders, took the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course before winning the Triple Crown in 1935.
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    Omaha, with jockey Willie Saunders, took the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course before winning the Triple Crown in 1935.
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  • War Admiral wins the Kentucky Derby two lengths ahead of his challenger, Pompoon, in 1937.
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    War Admiral wins the Kentucky Derby two lengths ahead of his challenger, Pompoon, in 1937.
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  • Whirlaway wins the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in 1941 — 10 lengths ahead of his competition.
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    Whirlaway wins the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in 1941 — 10 lengths ahead of his competition.
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  • Jockey Johnny Longden sits atop Count Fleet in New York after winning the Triple Crown in 1943.
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    Jockey Johnny Longden sits atop Count Fleet in New York after winning the Triple Crown in 1943.
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  • Wearing a garland of roses, Assault stands in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle in 1946, with owner Helen Kleberg (left), jockey Warren Mehrtens and owner Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.
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    Wearing a garland of roses, Assault stands in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle in 1946, with owner Helen Kleberg (left), jockey Warren Mehrtens and owner Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.
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  • Citation, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, races home an easy winner in the Belmont Stakes in 1948.
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    Citation, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, races home an easy winner in the Belmont Stakes in 1948.
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  • Jockey Ron Turcotte, aboard Secretariat, turns for a look at the rest of the field — many lengths behind — in 1973 as they make the final turn to win the Belmont Stakes.
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    Jockey Ron Turcotte, aboard Secretariat, turns for a look at the rest of the field — many lengths behind — in 1973 as they make the final turn to win the Belmont Stakes.
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  • Jockey Jean Cruguet smiles after taking Seattle Slew across the finish line to win the 109th running of the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown in 1977. Seattle Slew led the race from the starting gate.
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    Jockey Jean Cruguet smiles after taking Seattle Slew across the finish line to win the 109th running of the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown in 1977. Seattle Slew led the race from the starting gate.
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  • Jockey Steve Cauthen raises his arm in a victory salute after riding thoroughbred Affirmed to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown in 1978. Affirmed was the last horse to win the Triple Crown.
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    Jockey Steve Cauthen raises his arm in a victory salute after riding thoroughbred Affirmed to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown in 1978. Affirmed was the last horse to win the Triple Crown.
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