With the breaking news this morning that Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been pulled from tomorrow's Belmont Stakes due to an injury, horse lovers and horse-racing fans will wait at least one more year for a Triple Crown champion. If he had run tomorrow and won, the chestnut colt would have become only the 12th horse — and the first since Affirmed in 1978 — to win the coveted Triple Crown in the 137-year history of the three races. Of course, there have been plenty near-misses along the way: 50 horses have won two of the three races but were thwarted by a worthy adversary. We've rounded up 12 magnificent horses who fell short of the crowning glory by just one race.
At Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another will give it the old college try in an effort to accomplish what only 11 other horses have done in 137 years: win horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. In fact, it has been 34 years since a horse has accomplished this feat.
If I'll Have Another partakes in another exciting win this Saturday, then he will join the ranks of the greatest horses in racing history, including Secretariat, whose record Belmont Stakes finish of 2:24 still stands to this day. Good luck to the chestnut colt and his 10 competitors, and here's to a safe and fair race! For some fun facts about the Triple Crown winners, just read on.