SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s one of the greatest accomplishments for a jockey and a horse; claiming the Triple Crown.
But the winners who can are few and far between. Since the first Triple Crown winner in 1919, only 12 have come away with the trophy and the second horse to claim the crow did it eleven years after the first Triple Crown winner.
His name was Gallant Fox. He is the focus of our Throwback Thoroughbred segment.
Gallant Fox made his racing debut in 1929 and even though he only ran three times that year, he was regarded as a major contender for the 1930 racing season.
“He was kind of a slow beginner; he didn’t really show anybody much as a two-year-old. He raced eleven times and won ten of eleven, they were all stakes including the Triple Crown.”
He started the favorite for the Preakness, which back then was the first race in the series, and won by 3/4 on a length. After that, thousands came out in the rain to watch him race in the Kentucky Derby, he won by two lengths.
Next was the Belmont, again in the heavy rain, Gallant Fox soared to victory, winning the race by three lengths, with it capturing the Triple Crown. He retired after that, but not before being named the horse of the year, and champion 3-year-old.
He was inducted into the racing hall of fame in 1957.