Thoroughbreds race and breeze far less frequently than the stars of yesteryear, as evidenced by the record of 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault, trained by Max Hirsch for King Ranch.
A BloodHorse Magazine recap of Assault's victory in the 1946 Kentucky Derby from the May 11, 1946 issue. The story, written by Alex Bower, carried the headline, "A Horse Race and a Picnic, the 72nd Kentucky Derby."
- By Steve Haskin
Just as rare is the scenario that is about to unfold. Boy vs. boy on top of boy vs. boy vs. girl; all three with serious designs on Horse of the Year honors, and two of the three already virtual shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame.
Who had the most impressive performances? Who prevailed over the toughest fields? Look for the results in the upcoming special Year-in-Review Dec. 26/Jan. 2 double issue of Blood-Horse.
When it's all said and done, American Pharoah will be known as a Triple Crown winner -- those three words say it all -- but make no mistake, a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) would add to that legacy.
Trainer Juan Vazquez is slowly running out of Mid-Atlantic tracks at which to run his horses after Delaware Park informed the trainer he is no longer welcome to race at the track.
Click on a Triple Crown winner to read from the historical pages of Blood-Horse. View Interactive
Relive the exciting campaigns of all the Triple Crown champions with photos, retrospectives, and on-site accounts of their Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victories from the pages of The Blood-Horse.
Relive the exciting campaigns of all the Triple Crown champions with photos, retrospectives, and on-site accounts of their Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victories from the pages of The Blood-Horse. View Interactive
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park, he would become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner and just the fourth horse bred outside of Kentucky to sweep the three classics.
Honoring the eleven horses who have captured the Triple Crown. View Slideshow
A historical comparison of Kentucky Derby winners foaled in Kentucky with those foaled outside the Bluegrass State suggests that they win additional Triple Crown races at an identical rate.
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman discuss throwback horses after Comma to the Top's recent efforts, Salix in the Breeders' Cup, Vyjack, and recent events. watch video
A Jefferson District Court jury found jockey Robby Albarado guilty of fourth-degree assault July 12 after hearing evidence about an incident involving a former girlfriend, Carolina Martinez.
W.C. Heinz, whose account of the breakdown of Triple Crown winner Assault's full brother became a racing classic, died Feb. 27 in Bennington, Vt.
April 9, 1946
In the seventh of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse issue of June 8, 1946 on Assault winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
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