In the United States, there is nothing more prestigious in horse racing than winning all three Triple Crown events. It is a feat that is extremely hard to achieve, as only 13 previous horses have recorded successes in all three events.
The competitive fields that typically make up the Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, and Kentucky Derby mean that while it is unlikely, it isn’t impossible.
However, it has become slightly more common since 2015, with two horses having achieved that feat. The most recent winner to win all Triple Crown events was Justify in 2018, while American Pharoah is the only other living horse that has achieved the feat, as he achieved the success in 2015.
That success in 2015 was the first time since Affimed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown events. But, could there be another horse emerging this season that is destined for greatness and wins in all three races?
Leading Contenders For Triple Crown Success
Life Is Good
Bob Baffert is the trainer to have trained the last two horses to achieve Triple Crown success, which means that he will be a trainer that fans will have their eyes on throughout the season this term. One of his leading chances of repeating the feat this year has followed a very similar path to Justify. Life Is Good stepped onto the track for the first time at the beginning of January and won by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita.
That success for the three-year-old means that he has already followed the same route that was taken by Justify, as he hadn’t raced as a two-year-old. However, horses to have achieved Triple Crown success after not running the year prior are few and far between, and it isn’t typically a trend that gamblers will be willing to trust.
However, with Baffert training Life Is Good, it has caused great excitement ahead of the biggest races this season. Certainly, we can’t take much from that debut run, as he managed to hold off Medina Spirit at odds of 1/5, but it could be a case of history repeating itself once again.
That route is also the same that has been taken by Concert Tour, who is considered another of Baffert’s leading chances for the Triple Crown events this year.
Concert Tour won on his maiden start at Santa Anita a couple of weeks after Life Is Good recorded his first win. However, it could be agreed that Concert Tour’s success was a more commanding one. The three-year-old went on to win by three and a half lengths after being set off at evens.
He is currently a far higher price for the Kentucky Derby than his stablemate, but his price could shorten depending on whether it runs before the Derby later in the year.
Gamblers will have enormous trust in Baffert to get the best out of both horses for the Triple Crown events, but finding the horse that gamblers should place their trust in the ante-post market may be slightly difficult at this stage.
There could be a very serious threat to the Baffert duo in the form of Essential Quality. The Brad Cox-trained horse is the most proven at this point of his young career, as he has already run on three occasions. The three-year-old has won on all three previous occasions, with two wins being recorded at Keeneland and one success coming at Churchill Downs.
This horse was the clear favorite in the betting for all three events before Life Is Good’s debut, and shouldn’t be discounted from contention. His next performance will be a telling one, as another win could see his price drop for all Triple Crown events. His reputation is already huge, but he continues to back it up on the track.
Here you have our top picks for favorite horses to conquer the Triple Crown. To take a head start, check the current favorites in the odds for the Kentucky Derby: TwinSpires.com/kentuckyderby/odds
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