Triple Crown by the Numbers

Purses, times, weights, lengths, odds, and more

By Scott Ross
|  Thursday, Apr 18, 2013  |  Updated 3:48 PM EDT
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2013's Triple Crown Top Contenders

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The field coming down the back stretch at the 2012 Kentucky Derby. I'll Have Another would win the Derby and the Preakness, but was scratched from the Belmont due to a neck injury, thereby ending his Triple Crown hopes.

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The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867, the Preakness Stakes in 1873, and the Kentucky Derby in 1875, but it would be decades before the Triple Crown would become the Holy Grail of horse racing. Here's a look at some of the numbers that have been recorded in the 94 years since Sir Barton won the first Triple Crown. 

Money

$1.425 million: Prize money for winning the Kentucky Derby

$1 million: Prize money for winning the Preakness Stakes

$600,000: Prize money for winning the Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown History

1978: Year Affirmed becomes last horse to win the Triple Crown

1919: Year Sir Barton becomes first horse to win the Triple Crown

11: Horses who have won the Triple Crown

21: Horses who've missed out on the Triple Crown with a loss in the final race

Records

1:59: Secretariat's record-setting time at the 1973 Kentucky Derby
 
2:15.2: Slowest winning time in Derby history, run by Stone Street in 1908

1:53: Secretariat's record-setting time at the 1973 Preakness

2:17.5: Slowest wining time in Preakness history, run by Buddhist in 1889

2:24: Secretariat's record-setting time at the 1973 Belmont

2:34: Slowest wining time in Belmont history, run by High Echelon in 1970

6:16: Total time it took Secretariat to win the 1973 Triple Crown

17: Record for most wins by a jockey in Triple Crown races, held by Eddie Arcaro

The Basics

3: Age of horses in Triple Crown races

10: Length of the Derby, in furlongs

9.5: Length of the Preakness, in furlongs

12: Length of the Belmont, in furlongs

1/8: Length of a furlong, in miles

660: Length of a furlong, in feet

121: Weight carried by fillies in Triple Crown races, in pounds

126: Weight carried by Geldings and Colts in Triple Crown races, in pounds

Odds

91.45-1: Longest odds ever to win the Derby, by Donerail in 1913

23-1: Longest odds ever to win the Preakness, by Master Derby in 1975

70-1: Longest odds ever to win the Belmont, by Sarava in 2002

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