Triple Crown Winners: The 11 Best Race Horses of All Time

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- UPDATED: To include information on California Chrome.

On Saturday, June 7 horse racing fans could not disguise their disappointment when California Chrome failed to win the race and The Triple Crown, finishing tied for fourth, thus becoming the latest in a line of 36 horses to lose a bid at the Triple Crown.

Now, California Chrome is taking some time off as his trainers and staff work to help the colt recover from an injury to the hoof he suffered during the Belmont. 

The injury is superficial and will take about three weeks to heal, according to trainer Art Sherman. 

California Chrome has earned $3.5 million so far this year. 

The Triple Crown is made up of three races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

It is the most coveted title in racing. By winning the Triple Crown, a horse has proven it has the right mix of speed and stamina to be first in three grueling races spread across five weeks.

Many horses have come close to the crown, winning the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness Stakes but falling short at the Belmont Stakes.

It has been 36 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner: Affirmed in 1978.

A total of 11 horses have won the Triple Crown since 1919 when Sir Barton became the first to wear the crown, although he wasn't recognized as the first winner until 1948.

The following is a list of the 11 Triple Crown winners:


Sir Barton

In 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes before the term "Triple Crown" was coined.

Sir Barton is described as a "cranky colt who disliked all humans" by belmontstakes.com.

The 1919 Kentucky Derby was Sir Barton's first start as a 3-year-old, and his original purpose in the race was to exhaust the favorite, Eternal, and give his stable-mate Billy Kelly a shot at the win.

Following a victory at the Preakness, Barton would go on to win the Belmont in record time facing only two other horses.

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