Three famous horses who didn’t win a Triple Crown race
Written by CRM
Monday, 10 May 2021 16:37
Winning the Triple Crown is a matter of great honor for any racehorse and trainer. However, achieving such a feat is hugely difficult and only 12 horses have managed to do so. In fact, winning even the first leg of the Triple Crown race is very tricky. 

Therefore, no matter how highly you rate your backed horse, it is always wise to never get carried away after availing your William Hill horse racing offers and make your betting decisions based on statistics and past performances. 


1- Seabiscuit (1933)


Seabiscuit’s fame received a huge boost after the publication of a book and an Oscar-nominated movie based on the events of his life. He was a highly successful racehorse who didn’t compete in the Triple Crown because he found his best strides very late in his career. 

However, Seabiscuit managed to defeat the Triple Crown winner War Admiral in a Pamlico match race. He also won many other prestigious races, including the Santa Anita Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap, and Brooklyn Handicap. The amazing horse was also declared the Horse of the Year in 1938. 

2- Alydar (1975)

The rivalry between Alydar and Affirmed is regarded as one of the fiercest in the history of horse racing. In 1978, both horses gave a stunning display to spectators, and though Alydar lost all the three Triple Crown races, his name became just as famous as his rival’s. 

The John Veitch-trained horse lost the 1978 Kentucky Derby by the margin of 1.5 lengths. He competed fiercely in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes but ultimately lost them too to Affirmed by the margins of a neck and a head respectively. 

Alydar may have won the Triple Crown if he would be competing in the prestigious races in any other year. However, he was unfortunately born in the same year as Affirmed and hence failed to land the honor, becoming arguably the most famous Triple Crown non-winner. 

In his career, Aldyar won six Grade 1 races and his name was also inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame.

3- Wise Dan (2007)

Wise Dan is an immensely talented horse who never won any Triple Crown race. The Charles LoPresti-trained horse started his career very late and seemed to get better with age. He made his horse racing debut in February of his three-year-old year and went on to win several prestigious races. 

Wise Dan claimed 23 victories and two second-placed finishes out of 31 total races he competed in. He won the Eclipse Awards an incredible six times, while he was also twice declared the Horse of the Year award. He was retired from the sport in September 2015, with his earnings reaching $7.5 million by the end of his career. 

The sporting landscape is full of such stories where the best competitors don't always end up with the biggest prizes. There are examples of EPL goal leaders who were exceptional but still didn't land a lot of trophies with their clubs.