Three Triple Crown Races, Three Different Winners
In a year of very unusual Triple Crown races, a rare winner closed it out by holding off the favorite on the second Saturday in June at Belmont Park.
For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, there was inquiry that resulted in the winner being taken down and then we saw a jockey-less horse complete the Preakness two weeks later. Country House didn't run in the Preakness to extend his Triple Crown threat and trainer Mark Casse won at Pimlico with War of Will.
Three weeks later on Long Island, Casse brought two horses into the 151st Belmont Stakes: War of Will and Sir Winston. The latter of which had only two wins in nine previous races. At the top of the stretch, Sir Winston pressed forward, breaking free in the middle of the track before moving closer to the rail to reach the wire with a hard-charging Tacitus on the outside.
For Casse, who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown in 2019, the Travers could be in the future for both War of Will and Sir Winston. "I tell you what, they all better watch out going to a mile-and-a-quarter because Sir Winston will come running, too. Sir Winston is a pretty serious horse, so don't count him out."