Since 1979, 34 Kentucky Derby winners have failed to win the Triple Crown, the elusive feat last accomplished by Affirmed in 1978. We have seen many close calls, a dozen runners sweeping the first jewels only to be stymied in the Belmont Stakes.
The most excruciating may have been the Bob Baffert-trained Real Quiet in 1998, who was four lengths clear in the stretch, only to get nailed in the final jump by Victory Gallop, the smallest of noses preventing the colt from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.
Is this the year?
Here are 10 things you need to know about Orb’s Triple Crown Chances: