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The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing consists of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The races are The Kentucky Derby , The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes.
Winning all three of these thoroughbred horse races is considered the greatest accomplishment of a thoroughbred racehorse. These horses won the first two races but failed to win The Belmont Stakes. More info

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1932
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Burgoo King
Did not start
1936
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Bold Venture
Did not start
1944
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Pensive
Placed 2nd, beaten by Bounding Home
1958
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Tim Tam
Placed 2nd, beaten by Cavan
1961
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Carry Back
Placed 7th, Sherluck won the Belmont
1964
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Northern Dancer
Placed 3rd, Quadrangle won the Belmont
1966
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Kauai King
Placed 4th, Amberoid won the Belmont
1968
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Forward Pass
Placed 2nd to Stage Door Johnny who won by a disqualification
1969
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Majestic Prince
Placed 2nd to Arts and Letters
1971
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Canonero II
The Venezuelan colt, Canonero II came to the American Classic unknown. He had a crooked right foreleg and a split right hoof, deformities that plagued him throughout his racing career. Game, but weary, he finished the Belmont behind Jim French (2nd), and Bold Reason (3rd). The longshot, Pass Catcher won.
1979
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Spectacular Bid
Spectacular Bid's jockey, Ronnie Franklin, perhaps too young and inexperienced for this historic moment, chased the lead rather than staying patient allowing the colt to be run down, placing 3rd, Coastal won the Belmont
1981
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Pleasant Colony
Summing, was positioned nicely on the rail as they headed for home and Pleasant Colony simply couldn't run him down, ending up a tiring 3rd
1987
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Alysheba
Nobody was more stunned by Alysheba's 4th place finish, behind winner Bet Twice, than trainer Jack Van Berg, who said his jockey, Chris McCarron, made a mistake by not getting his horse to the front.
1989
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Sunday Silence
Le Voyageur, a French horse shipped in late to the U.S., was the unknown factor going into the race and a huge factor once it started. He turned the first half mile in 47 seconds, three seconds faster than Affirmed and Alydar. Sunday Silence went after him at the head of the stretch followed by Easy Goer, which made like one of those NASCAR cars on a draft pass, sling-shotting into first.
1997
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Silver Charm
Chris McCarron finished one of the best rides of his career, taking Touch Gold to the far outside, out of sight of hard-to-pass Silver Charm, winning by 3/4 of a length.
1998
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Real Quiet
This was the closest call of all the triple tries since Affirmed, so close that trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Peagram still watch film of the race and think they are going to win. There was much discussion, as there often is in races like this that the jockey moved too soon. Real Quiet lost by an inch or two to Victory Gallop
1999
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Charismatic
Charismatic fractured a leg coming to the wire, still managing to place 3rd. Jockey Chris Antley jumped from Charismatic and cradled the horse's injured leg until medical help arrived. His quick actions possibly saved Charismatic's life. Lemon Drop Kid one the Belmont
2002
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
War Emblem
Stumbled terribly out of the gate and never recovered, placing 8th, Sarava won the Belmont
2003
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Funny Cide
A steady downpour the night before the race left the track extremely muddy. Funny Cide hated the mud, Empire Maker loved it and won, leaving Funny Cide in 3rd place
2004
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Smarty Jones
Birdstone got an excellent ride from Edgar Prado and left Smarty Jones in 2nd Place
2008
   was the year the Triple Crown was lost by   
Big Brown
Pulled up by jockey, Kent Desormeaux, did not finish the race. Da'Tara wins at 38/1, Denis of Cork to Place and Anak Nakal & Ready's Echo in a dead heat for Show.


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