Triple Crown

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an unofficial title held by a horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes in a single season.
a usually unofficial title held by someone who wins three major awards or championships in the same year.
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What is the Triple Crown?

Winning all three major U.S. horse races—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes—is known as winning the Triple Crown. The term Triple Crown is sometimes used to refer to the three-race series.

All three races are run on a dirt track and feature a field of three-year-old horses, but the length of each race varies. Winning the Triple Crown is a rare and prestigious accomplishment.

The term Triple Crown is also used in other sporting contexts, often involving winning three major awards or championships in the same year. In Major League Baseball, it typically refers to the accomplishment of leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBIs).

When is the Triple Crown?

The Triple Crown series begins with the Kentucky Derby, which is traditionally held each year on the first Saturday in May, weather permitting. The Preakness is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May, exactly two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont Stakes is traditionally held exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness, usually on the first Saturday in June.

More information and context on the Triple Crown

On the way to becoming one of the few horses to win the Triple Crown, legendary racehorse Secretariat set records in all three races in 1973. Other notable Triple Crown winners include War Admiral and Seattle Slew. Several horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but then failed to win the Triple Crown by losing in the Belmont Stakes.

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How is the Triple Crown discussed in real life?

Winning the Triple Crown is rare and horses that do are highly celebrated. The term is also used in different ways in other sports.

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Several horses have won the Triple Crown despite losing the Belmont Stakes.

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British Dictionary definitions for Triple Crown

triple crown

RC Church the Pope's tiara
horse racing the winning of three important races in one season
(often capitals) rugby Union a victory by Scotland, England, Wales, or Ireland in all three games against the others in the annual Six (formerly, Five) Nations ChampionshipCompare grand slam (def. 3)
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