May 4th marks the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, but it also marks the 35th year since the last Triple Crown champion. When Affirmed won the crown in 1978, few people could have guessed how long we would wait for the next Triple Crown winner. While horses have come close in recent years, none have come close to replicating the winning form of Affirmed or Secretariat, perhaps the most famous horse of all time.
While we wait for the next exceptional horse that can win the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Preakness Stakes, we took a look back at Triple Crown history and created the infographic below. Here are some of the most interesting facts we unearthed:
- Of all the Triple Crown winners, Secretariat is the fastest overall horse, with a combined time of 6:16.40.
- 11 horses have managed to win the illusive Triple Crown in the history of the competition, while 46 horses have had to settle with only two out of the three races.
- Eddie Arcaro is the only jockey in history to the crown with more than one horse.
- After Seattle Slew’s death in 2002, there were no more living Triple Crown winners.
- During a single race day, a jockey can ride up to 12 races on 12 different horses.