The Triple Crown in US Racing consists of the following races being won in one season, which are The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. In normal circumstances, the races would be in that order, but due to extenuating circumstances, this year will be different. The Triple Crown is for three-year-old thoroughbreds
The first of the races took place last weekend and the Belmont Stakes was the opening race of this year’s Triple Crown and the outstanding horse in the race won the race very comfortably.
Tiz The Law was the strong pre-race favorite for the Belmont Stakes and led approaching the final bend and pulled away from rivals going down the stretch to land the race in style. This horse won the Florida Derby in March of this year and signs were ominous that a special horse was in the making.
Looking at Tiz The Law in more detail, the horse has run six times in total, winning five races. Trained by Barclay Tagg and owned by Sackatoga Stable, Tiz The Law has been ridden in all but the first race by top jockey Manuel Franco.
As a two-year-old Tiz the Law first ran over six and a half furlongs winning well at Saratoga then following up with a 1-mile victory at Belmont Park. The only defeat came at Churchill Downs in November 2019 when finishing third.
The three wins so far as a three-year-old in 2020 have been outstanding with the opening performance coming at Gulfstream Park in Feb 2020 and then came the Florida Derby also at Gulfstream Park in March.
Martin Green from Sportsbookreviews.com gives a quick guide to how to bet and all the details of the Triple Crown.
Triple Crown Winners
To win the three races that comprise the Triple Crown in US Racing does take some feat and only the very best can achieve this feat. Over the hundred-plus years, the races have been run in two of the last five years we have seen a winner of all three races in one season. Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes success was achieved in 2015 and 2018 by top trainer Bob Baffert and before that you have to go back as far as 1978 for a Triple Crown winner.
Looking at the two recent winners, Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018, ridden by Mike Smith who became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown aged 52. Justify was owed by a combination of US and China connections, who enjoyed the success of owning such brilliant horses.
The first of Bob Baffert’s horses to win the Triple Crown was American Pharoah who lit up the racecourse and won well in the three races with dominant performances. Charismatic jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah to victory and interviewed well after the races sharing how the horse was a joy to ride. Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat, the horse was so convincing in victory, the margin of victory was one length in Kentucky Derby, and then seven and five and a half lengths in Preakness and Belmont Stakes respectively.
Kentucky Derby 2020
With the rescheduling of US Racing this year, the Kentucky Derby will take place on 5th September and form the 2nd part of the Triple Crown. Tiz The Law is a strong favorite to win the race at +175 to win the race.
Other likely runners who could stop Tiz the Law from completing the second leg of the Triple Crown are Honor AP, priced at +500 and Authentic whose current odds are + 1100. Dr Post and Cezanne are likely to run in the race, but all eyes will be on Tiz The Law.
Should Tiz The Law win the Kentucky Derby then the final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown will be the Preakness Stakes which now has a date of October 3rd 2020.
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