06/04/2012 3:30PM

Tell a friend about the Triple Crown


We Want Another buttonThe Triple Crown is the ultimate test of greatness in sports. If I'll Have Another wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, he will be only the 12th member of an ultra-exclusive club dating back to 1919. Many have failed where I'll Have Another hopes to succeed. Show your support for his quest to make history by telling a friend about the Triple Crown.

Here are 10 cool facts to share with new fans about I'll Have Another and the Triple Crown:

I'll Have Another is the ultimate underdog: He has won five of his seven career races and never been favored at any point. He's been the Rodney Dangerfield of racing -- "No Respect!"

► The phrase "Triple Crown" used to describe the Kentucky Derby-Preakness-Belmont stretch of races was popularized by legendary Daily Racing Form columnist Charles Hatton, whose writing career spanned five decades.


► I'll Have Another would be the 12th Triple Crown winner ever and the first of the 21st century.

► I'll Have Another was purchased at auction for only $35,000, a fraction of the usual cost for champion horses.

5 Ways to Spread The Word
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► The Belmont Stakes is run at Belmont Park, the longest dirt track in North American racing. It is the oldest of the Triple Crown events, dating back to 1867.

► Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Belmont Stakes of 2:24 has never been seriously challenged. Only two horses since then have come within 2 seconds of the time -- Easy Goer in 1989 and A.P. Indy in '92. Secretariat's victory by 31 lengths is arguably the most dominant performance in sports history.

► The Triple Crown Trophy was commissioned in 1950 by Cartier but sat unclaimed for 23 years until Secretariat won it in 1973.

► Family matters: The second and third Triple Crown winners were related -- Gallant Fox (1930) was the sire of Omaha, who won the Triple Crown in 1935. Triple Crown winner War Admiral (1937) was related to Seabiscuit by way of Man O'War, who was War Admiral's sire and Seabiscuit's grandsire.

► Nineteen horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness have lost the Belmont, including the past 11.

► There are no living Triple Crown winners. Seattle Slew (1977) was the last to die in 2002.

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