• Triple Crown of Racing

  • Sport & Action
  • By: iMinds
  • Narrated by: Luca James Lee
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-23-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: iMinds
  • 5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Actor Luca James Lee has the inside track on the Triple Crown in this overview of horse racing's most prestigious — and elusive — honor. Lee traces horse breeding as far back as Roman times, before examining British Thoroughbreds' introduction to the Americas as early as the 17th century. Each of the Crown's three stakes — Preakness, Belmont, and the Kentucky Derby — are explored in detail, including their unique histories, traditions, and spoils. Listeners are, likewise, offered a look at past Triple Crown triumphs, including the first official winner, Gallant Fox, and legendary Thoroughbred Secretariat. Lee gallops along at a quick clip, his commanding baritone packing a wealth of information into this brief survey while nevertheless keeping things clear and digestible.

Publisher's Summary

Learn about the US Triple Crown of Racing with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The Triple Crown is the most esteemed horse racing trophy in North America. The Triple Crown trophy was introduced in 1930 after a journalist suggested that Gallant Fox's triumph in America's three biggest horse races, the Preakness Stakes, the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, deserved a trophy of its own. He suggested the name, the Triple Crown, after the British Triple Crown trophy.

In Britain, a horse must win the St. Leger Stakes, the Epsom Derby and the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes to collect the Triple Crown. Funnily enough, the first listed winner of the American trophy is not, in fact, Gallant Fox but Sir Barton, who also won the three prestigious races, but in 1919, before the trophy was introduced. Since 1930, only nine horses have achieved this feat. The difficulty of winning the Crown only adds to its prestige, something which has developed over time.

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