Ranking the Most Disappointing Triple Crown Misses in History

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Ranking the Most Disappointing Triple Crown Misses in History
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Eleven horses in racing history have won the Triple Crown. Since Affirmed became the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978, 11* horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before losing in the Belmont Stakes.

The anticipation every yearfrom Spectacular Bid in 1979 to California Chrome this yearis part, if not most, of the excitement. 

Which of the 11 Triple Crown near-misses was the most disappointing? Based on the context at the time of the Belmonts, how easily the horses won their Derbies and Preaknesses and how their Belmont unfolded, let's take a deeper dive into 35 years of heartbreak.

 

*I'll Have Another is not included on this list since he did not run in the Belmont.

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