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    Triple Crown 2014

    There's nothing more illustrious in horse racing than winning a Triple Crown. Although many thought California Chrome would end the 36-year-drought, the colt just couldn't deliver - and so the waiting continues.

    The US Triple Crown consists of a trio of races, open to the fastest 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the world. The first is the famous Kentucky Derby, which is run over a 1 1/4 mile dirt track at Churchill Downs and offers up a $2,000,000 purse. The second is the $1,500,000 Preakness Stakes, which takes place at Pimlico Race Course and at 1 3/16 miles, is the shortest of the three races. The third and longest of the Triple Crown races, is the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park and is run at a distance of 1 1/2 miles.

    Winning a Triple Crown is no easy feat. Since its inception, only 11 horses have captured the title, the last of which was Affirmed in 1978. This year it seemed as though it was in the bag for California Chrome who sparked hope for the diehards and increased interest from the masses.

    Coming off a four-race win streak, Chrome entered the 140th Kentucky Derby as a force to be reckoned with and ended up winning the race by 1 ¾ lengths. Two weeks later at Pimlico, he once again showed the field what he was made of, flying out of the gate and pulling away in the final turn to win the 139th Preakness Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. Sadly for Chrome, his run ended one race short of a record. Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes by a head, with Chrome coming in a disappointing fourth place.

    Perhaps 2015 will be the year the Crown finally gets captured. The 141st Kentucky Derby is set for May 2, 2015; the 140th Preakness Stakes will go down May 16, 2015 and the 147th Belmont Stakes will take place June 6, 2015.



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    Weekly Triple Crown Article

    Have a read of this week's featured betting article to find out what happened last week on the Triple Crown trail and what's coming up for the week ahead.