2024 Triple Crown Race Dates

The Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs - May 4, 2024
The Preakness Stakes
Pimlico - May 18, 2024
The Belmont Stakes
Saratoga - June 8, 2024

For horse racing fans the season gets more exciting when a potential Triple Crown candidate emerges. As the Kentucky Derby approaches a handful of horses are discussed but after the Derby only one horse has a chance. And if that horse wins the Preakness also, then the fun really begins. Can anyone beat him? Is he the best race horse ever? One more race will tell.

The Kentucky Derby

The first jewel in the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby. This race has earned the reputation of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. For most race fans the derby is a day long affair of mint juleps, classy to crazy hats, and celebrity watching. But for the horse owners, the “Run for the Roses” is the first step to see if their thoroughbred has a shot at the crown.

2024 Winner: Mystik Dan
Tight finish with 3 horses at the wire within a nose but Mystik Dan’s nose was just a little farther and got the victory! Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Kenny McPeek won both the Kentucky Oaks and Derby this year.

2023 Winner: Mage
Mage turned the final corner and ran down Two Phils to win the 149th Kentucky Derby. Jockey Javier Castellano kept Mage focused after starting out slow and got his first Derby win in 16 tries. All 391 owners will be celebrating this big victory!

2022 Winner: Rich Strike
80-1 longshot Rich Strike made a good move and finished strong on the inside coming down the stretch to win the 148th Kentucky Derby. Rich Strike was a late Derby replacement due to a scratch of Ethereal Road. Congrats to jockey Sonny Leon from Venezuela who gets the very unexpected win. Read more and watch the race.

2021 Winner: Mandaloun (Medina Spirit was disqualified)
Congrats to Mandaloun, the new winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.  Medina Spirit who finished first was stripped of his victory on 2/21/2022.  The crowds are back and so are trainer Bob Baffert and jockey John R. Velazquez.  Medina Spirit wins this year.

2020 Winner: Authentic
Due to COVID the Kentucky Derby was been delayed until September 5th, 2020.

2019 Winner: Country House
This 145th running had plenty of drama involving multiple horses but there is only one winner in the Kentucky Derby. And after a long steward’s inquiry Maximum Security was disqualified and the win went to 65-1 longshot Country House who had crossed the line second.

2018 Winner: Justify
At perhaps the wettest Kentucky Derby ever jockey Mike Smith went out to an incredibly fast 1st quarter and cruised home through the slop to a 2 1/2 length victory on the still undefeated Justify.

2017 Winner: Always Dreaming
Always Dreaming stayed inside on the muddy track and the victory was never in doubt after the final turn.  Trainer Todd Pletcher got his 2nd Derby win as did jockey John Velazquez.

2016 Winner: Nyquist
Jockey Mario Gutierrez is now 2 for 2 in Kentucky Derby starts as he rode a magnificent race taking the favorite Nyqyuist to the front of the pack to win the 142nd Run for the Roses.  The race went as expected as the top 4 odds leaders finished in top 4 order.

2015 Winner: American Pharoah
Jockey Victor Espinoza wins back-to-back Kentucky Derbys on the 2015 race time favorite American Pharoah.  Bob Baffert’s horse held 3rd place for most of the race but proved too strong as he blew by Dortmund and Firing Line down the stretch.

2014 Winner: California Chrome
It never was in doubt as California Chrome broke at the top of the home stretch to easily win the 140th Kentucky Derby.  Jockey Victor Espinoza rode the 5-2 favorite in an absolutely impressive race to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Commanding Curve, with Danza third.

2013 Winner: Orb
The co-favorite Orb ridden by jockey Joel Rosario worked his way through the sloppy Churchill Downs tracks and moved to the front with about 200 yards to go.  Orb edged long-shot Golden Soul by several lengths to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

2012 Winner: I’ll Have Another
Jockey Mario Gutierrez guided I’ll Have Another as he chased down one of the favorites, Bodemeister, in the 138th Kentucky Derby. Does he have another Triple Crown leg in him?

2011 Winner: Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, came from the middle of the pack to finish 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Nehro and Mucho Macho Man to win the 137th Kentucky Derby. This was Animal Kingdom’s first race on dirt and Velazquez had been scheduled to ride early favorite Uncle Mo until he was scratched with a stomach infection.

2010 Winner: Super Saver
Calvin Borel wins his 3rd of the last 4 Derbies by hitting the rail with Super Saver and only having to pass 1 horse to give Todd Pletcher his first Kentucky Derby win.

2009 Winner: Mine That Bird
Calvin Borel hugged the rail again and made his move inside to take the 50-1 shot to the winners circle. Mine that Bird pulled away to a huge 6 3/4 length victory for the 2nd largest upset since 1913.

2008 Winner: Big Brown
Kent Desormeaux rode the favorite, Big Brown, to victory at Churchhill Downs. The unbeaten Big Brown took control on the home turn and cruised to a 4 3/4 length win. Unfortunately the runner up, Eight Belles, collapsed on the track after breaking both ankles and had to be euthanized.

2007 Winner: Street Sense
Before a crowd of 156,635, jockey Calvin Borel executed a well planned attack as Street Sense became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby after winning the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile race. Borel held Street Sense back early holding in 19th place of the 20 horses. A move to the rail began his march past the others. Then sweeping wide he caught Hard Spun with an eighth of a mile to go and cruised to victory.

The Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred racing comes to Maryland on the third Saturday in May each year for the second and shortest leg in The triple Crown. This week-long celebration concludes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and determines if there will be a Triple Crown contender for the year.

2024 Winner: Seize the Grey
Seize the Grey took an early lead and never gave it up on the muddy Pimlico track. Derby winner Mystik Dan made a late push but couldn’t catch up finishing second.

2023 Winner: National Treasure
No late surge for Mage this time as National Treasure takes the early lead and narrowly holds off a charging Blazing Sevens down the stretch. The Bob Baffert trained horse was ridden by jockey John Velazquez who got his first Preakness winning ride.

2022 Winner: Early Voting
Early Voting got out of the gates quickly and held on to win as favorite Epicenter tried to close down the stretch. The 5-1 odds horse was ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz. Read more and watch the race.

2021 Winner: Rombauer
Trainer Michael McCarthy got his first Triple Crown Race win as Rombauer pulled ahead late past Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit. Jockey Flavien Prat rode the 12-1 odds horse to a 3 1/2 length victory.

2020 Winner: Swiss Skydiver
Due to Covid this years Preakness was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The normally raucous crows were missing but that didn’t matter to filly Swiss Skydiver and jockey Robby Albarado as they recorded the second fastest Preakness time ever.

2019 Winner: War of Will
All trainer Mark Casse wanted was a fair shot. And he got it in the Preakness. War of Will had an easy ride on the rail to easily win.

2018 Winner: Justify
Four horses finished within a length of each other but Justify had enough to hold on for the win.  Jockey Mike Smith brought home a tiring Justify in what appeared to be a head-to-head match up between him and Good Magic.

2017 Winner: Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing roared down the stretch from the back of the pack to catch Classic Empire and win at Pimlico.  Derby winner Always Dreaming looked strong early but quickly ran out of gas and thus ended this year’s chance of a Triple Crown winner.  Jockey Javier Castellano got his second win at the Preakness.

2016 Winner: Exaggerator
There will be no back to back Triple Crown winners like in 1977 and 1978.  Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux chased down, passed, and owned the final stretch as a tiring Nyquist ran out of gas after matching the early speed of Uncle Lino.

2015 Winner: American Pharoah
It’s on again in 2015… American Pharoah with an impressive showing became the 35th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  On a muddy track in a heavy rain in Baltimore, jockey Victor Espinoza powered his horse to the early lead and was never contested as American Pharoah was too strong down the stretch.

2014 Winner: California Chrome
The second jewel in the Triple Crown now belongs to California Chrome.  Jockey Victor Espinoza settled the 3 year old into what seems like his favorite spot, third.  Then over 120,000 fans cheered at Pimlico Race Course as California Chrome led the last five-sixteenths and finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of a gaining Ride On Curlin.

2013 Winner: Oxbow
No Triple Crown again this year.  15-1 shot Oxbow goes wire to wire for jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Wayne Lucas.  3-5 favorite Orb was never in contention.

2012 Winner: I’ll Have Another
I’ll Have Another has another… leg of the Triple Crown, that is!  Again it was a thrilling finish as I’ll Have Another chased down Bodemeister to win the 2012 Preakness.  Will this be the year?  We’ll find out in three weeks at The Belmont.  Stay tuned….

2011 Winner: Shackleford
No Triple Crown Winner again this year as 12-1 underdog Shackleford held on as the late charging Animal Kingdom ran out of track. This was a fast race as jockey Jesus Castanon took Shackleford quickly to the lead and never gave it up.

2010 Winner: Lookin at Lucky
Jockey Martin Garcia, the youngest rider in the race, brings home another Preakness Champion for Bob Baffert.

2009 Winner: Rachel Alexandra
WOW! That Girl Can Run. Calvin Borel changed horses but had the same result as the filly over powered the field.

2008 Winner: Big Brown
Big Brown dominated the weak field and never faced a serious challenge.

2007 Winner: Curlin
There will be no Triple Crown winner again in 2007. Curlin, who was undefeated but only in 3 races prior to the derby, bested the field of 9 for the Preakness crown.

The Belmont Stakes

2 down 1 to go – can we crown a new champion? The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races. This third and final leg is contested three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Only 11 times has a horse been able to wrap it all up in New York.

2024 Winner: Dornoch
17-1 long shot Dornoch held off all the favorites in the 1st Belmont held at Saratoga Race Course. Jockey Luis Saez brought the win home for owner Jayson Worth and trainer Danny Gargan.

2023 Winner: Arcangelo
Jena Antonucci became the first female trainer to win the Belmont as Arcangelo held off a late challenge from Forte. Jockey Javier Castellano grabbed his second jewel of the 2023 Triple Crown after his winning ride on Mage in the Derby.

2022 Winner: Mo Donegal
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. starting making his move in the final turn and took Mo Donegal to a convincing win down the stretch. Owner Mike Repole got a 1-2 finish as his other horse Nest came in second.

2021 Winner: Essential Quality
6-5 Favorite Essential Quality outran Hot Rod Charlie at the end to win the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes.  With the crowds back in the stands, jockey Luis Saez got Essential Quality back in the winner’s circle.

2020 Winner: Tiz The Law
The 2020 Triple Crown Season kicked off with Tiz the Law the first New York bred horse since 1882 winning the Belmont Stakes. Jockey Manny Franco wins in his first ride in the Belmont.

2019 Winner: Sir Winston
Joel Rosario brought home Sir Winston to wrap up the 2019 Triple Crown Season.

2018 Winner: Justify
WE HAVE A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER!  Trainer Bob Baffert wins the Triple Crown as Justify becomes the second winner in 4 years!

2017 Winner: Tapwrit
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s horse gets the win this year as Tapwrit closed down the stretch to overtake Irish War Cry for the victory.

2016 Winner: Creator
No back-to-back Triple Crown race wins for Exaggerator as Creator ever so slightly nosed out Dustin for the win at Belmont.  Jockey Irad Ortez, Jr. brought Creator from way back in the pack to the lead at the wire with a fantastic ride.

2015 Winner: American Pharoah
WE HAVE A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER!  American Pharoah went wire to wire to become the 12th Triple Crown Winner.  Jockey Victor Espinoza took the early lead and grew it down the final stretch to win by 5 1/2 lengths.

2014 Winner: Tonalist
Tonalist says… there will be no Triple Crown winner this year.  The drought continues as jockey Joel Rosario ran a powerful race and finished strong as California Chrome faded on the outside down the final stretch.

2013 Winner: Palace Malice
Palace Malice ridden by jockey Mike Smith beat out Oxbow (2nd) and Orb (3rd) to win the 145th Belmont Stakes.  85 year old owner Cot Campbell watched as his horse passed the Preakness winner and held off the Kentucky Derby winner’s late charge to win the third leg of the Triple Crown.

2012 Winner: Union Rags
Although somewhat anti-climatic after I’ll Have Another was scratched, The Belmont still offered up a thrilling finish as Union Rags chased down Paynter to win the 144th Belmont Stakes by a neck.  After a disappointing 7th finish in the Kentucky Derby, Union Rags ridden by new jockey, John Velazquez, found a hole with slightly over 100 yards left and closed the gap on Bob Baffert’s horse Paynter.

2011 Winner: Ruler On Ice
Another longshot wins at the Belmont again this year as Jose Valdiva Jr. rides a strategic race and guides Ruler On Ice to a 3/4 length victory over Stay Thirsty. Ruler on Ice skipped the Derby and Preakness apparently to rest up for the Belmont Stakes. The odds of the last four Belmont winners were 24-1, 13-1, 11-1 and 38-1. The favorites seem to have trouble here – just ask Animal Kingdom about his rough start!

2010 Winner: Drosselmeyer
It’s another year without a Triple Crown Winner as Drosselmeyer surprises the field and overtakes everybody down the stretch from the outside. This year we were guaranteed a different winner in each race as the Derby and Preakness winners passed on the Belmont. Drosselmeyer went off at 13-1.

2009 Winner: Summer Bird
Calvin Borel was going for a “Jockey’s Triple Crown” on his third horse this series but was denied the trifecta when Summer Bird, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, went wide and flew by everyone down the stretch.

2008 Winner: Da’ Tara
There will be no Triple Crown winner this year. Long shot Da’ Tara wins the Belmont paying $79 for a $2 bet. Big Brown finished last when jockey Kent Desormeaux pulled up after realizing something was wrong with his horse.

2007 Winner: Rags to Riches
A Filly? For the first time in 102 years a filly wins the Belmont Stakes. This year the Belmont didn’t create much pre-race hype but after an exciting stretch duel Rags to Riches created her own story. Since 1900 eleven other fillies have entered the Belmont Stakes and finally #12 has won. Congratulations to Rags to Riches and her jockey, John Velazquez!