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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Twenty Grand

Twenty Grand is best known for his many battles on the turf with Equipoise – not his unsuccessful bid for a Triple Crown one year after Gallant Fox took the same award. But that year was not a battle of two horses, but four (Jamestown and Merit were also outstanding horses that year). In fact, […]

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March 2, 1980 – Spectacular Bid wins Santa Anita Handicap

Spectacular Bid entered the $350,000 Santa Anita Handicap, scheduled for March 2, and the racing secretary assigned him a career-high 130 pounds for the 1 1/4 mile race. Bid had never carried more than 126 pounds. When race day arrived, it brought torrential rains, making things miserable for the 49,285 who showed up to see […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Zev Gets a Kick in the Gut

When Gallant Fox won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, horse racing historians began scrambling through old Daily Racing Forms to see who else had won the newly coined Triple Crown. They found that only one – Sir Barton – had taken all three races; poor Zev didn’t make the cut. Zev was […]

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About the Author

Peter Lee, a former journalist, maintains the blog The Way to Churchill Downs, which reports on Derby hopefuls for the coming year. He is the author of The Death and Life of Mal Evans and is a regular contributor to