Betting on the Triple Crown Online

Winning a Triple Crown is the highest honor in any national horse racing circuit. All horseracing nations host their own Triple Crowns which consist of three high profile races designated for three-year old thoroughbreds.

Here in the United States, we have a very specific series of races in mind when we speak of “the Triple Crown.” However, we’re far from the only ones with a Triple Crown. Travel to the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Argentina or any of several dozen other countries and you’ll find a Triple Crown event that capstones the year of racing in that nation.

To win a Triple Crown is exceedingly difficult. Not only is the competition stiff, but each horse has only one shot to compete. Almost all Triple Crown events are open to three-year-olds only, so a horse gets one shot and that’s it. The vast majority of Triple Crowns around the world each year are run without a single horse sweeping all three races.

Naturally, the Triple Crown is a big betting event in every nation. The major horse racing websites cover Triple Crown racing in all nations with a litany of wagers that all revolve around picking the winner(s). All you have to do is find a safe horse racing website. It just so happens that I have a nice list of recommendations right here:

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International Triple Crown Racing Events

If you’re tired of waiting a full year between Triple Crown betting, it’s time to turn to the international horse racing scene. Read on for an overview of all the major Triple Crown horseracing events of the world.

There are a lot of countries to cover here, so I’m going to keep these descriptions somewhat brief for the sake of readability. If you’d like more data about past winners, horses who came close and so on, Wikipedia has an excellent compilation here.

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CanadaAustralia
IrelandGermany
SwitzerlandHong Kong
JapanDenmark
SwedenNorway

The United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

The Triple Crown in the United States runs from May through June each year. The three legs of the US Triple Crown consist of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Only 11 horses in history have achieved a Triple Crown sweep. The last time this happened was when Affirmed took the title in 1978.

The grueling schedule and high purse values act as incentives for many owners to not even attempt a Triple Crown title. Instead, they run in just two of the races in order to give their horses appropriate rest and better chances to win individual legs.

  • Kentucky Derby: First Saturday in May at Churchill Downs (1 ¼ miles)
  • Preakness Stakes: Third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course (1 3/16 miles)
  • Belmont Stakes: Three Saturdays after the Preakness Stakes at Belmont Park (1 ½ miles)

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is the ancestral home of the Triple Crown. After a horse named West Australian won three hard-gotten races in 1853, he was dubbed the winner of the “Triple Crown.” The UK’s Triple Crown is even more difficult than the American version thanks to massive variance in course lengths.

The 2000 Guineas in May runs about a mile, the Epsom Derby in June covers about a mile and a half and then the Epsom Derby in September stretches about a mile and seven-eighths. Rarely is a horse able to perform well under such vastly different course lengths. Only 15 horses have achieved a Triple Crown since 1853, and the last time this happened was in 1970.

  • 2,000 Guinea Stakes: Late April on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket (1 mile)
  • Epsom Derby: Early June at Epsom Downs (1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards)
  • Leger Stakes: Early September at Doncaster (1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards)

Canada

Canada’s Triple Crown offers the unique challenge of being run on three different surfaces. A combination of a tight schedule, varying surfaces and varying lengths make this a Triple Crown event that tests versatility like no other.

To date, seven horses have achieved the Canadian Triple Crown. The last of these was a horse named Wando in 2003.

  • Queen’s Plate: Each June or July at Woodbine Racetrack (1 ¼ miles)
  • Prince of Wales Stakes: Each July at Fort Erie Race Track (1 3/16 miles)
  • Breeders’ Stakes: Each August at Woodbine Racetrack (1 ½ miles)

Australia

The Australian Triple Crown runs from March through April of each year. This is quite a grueling schedule with all three races being hosted close in time, with each race being longer than the previous. Only five horses have achieved the Australian Triple Crown since it started in 1935.

Australia had a fairly recent Triple Crown winner in 2013 when It’s a Dundeel took all three legs.

  • Randwick Guineas: Each March at the Royal Randwick Racecourse (1600 meters)
  • Rosehill Guineas: Late March each year at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (2000 meters)
  • Australian Derby: Each April at the Royal Randwick Racecourse (2400 meters)

Ireland

Ireland saw the success of the UK’s Triple Crown and decided to come up with its own racing series to help boost the domestic horseracing industry. Thus, the Irish Triple Crown was born in 1921. To date, only two horses have swept the series.

  • Irish 2000 Guineas: Each may at the Curragh Racecourse (1 mile)
  • Irish Derby: Each June or July at the Curragh Racecourse (1 mile and 4 furlongs)
  • Irish St. Leger: Each September at the Curragh Racecourse and open to 3-year-olds or older (1 mile and 6 furlongs)

Germany

The German Triple Crown consists of three races that span lengths of 1600 meters, 2400 meters and 2800 meters. This is a notoriously tough series and to date, only one horse has won all three legs.

  • Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen: Each May at the Cologne-Weidenpesch Racecourse (1600 meters)
  • Deutsches Derby: Each July at the Hamburg-Horn Racecourse (2400 meters)
  • Deutsches St. Leger: Each September or October at the Dortmund Racecourse (2800 meters)

Switzerland

  • Swiss 2000 Guineas: Each May (1609 meters)
  • Swiss Derby: Each June at Frauenfeld (12 furlongs)
  • Swiss St. Leger: Each August at Avenches (15 furlongs)

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Triple Crown consists of three races hosted early in the year at the Sha Tin Racecourse. All three legs of the series are open to horses three years old and older, with a HK$ 10,000,000 purse for each race. If a single horse wins all three horses, that team receives an additional bonus of HK$ 10,000,000.

  • Stewards’ Cup: Each January at Sha Tin (1600 meters)
  • Gold Cup: Late February each year at Sha Tin (2200 meters)
  • Champions and Charter Cup: Late May or early June each year at Sha Tin (2400 meters)

Japan

Two series of races are called the Triple Crown in Japan. One of these is the Japanese Crown Race and the other is the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown. To date, only seven horses have achieved the Japanese Crown while four have won the Fillies’ Crown.

The Japanese Crown consists of the following races:

  • Satsuki Sho: Each April at the Nakayama Racecourse (2000 meters)
  • Tokyo Yushun a.k.a. Japanese Derby: Late May or early June at the Tokyo Racecourse (2400 meters)
  • Kikuka Sho: Each October at the Kyoto Racecourse (3000 meters)

The Fillies’ Triple Crown consists of the following races:

  • Oka Sho: Each April at the Hanshin Racecourse (1600 meters)
  • Yushun Himba: Each May at the Tokyo Racecourse (2400 meters)
  • Shuka Sho: Each October at the Kyoto Racecourse (2000 meters)

Denmark

Denmark also hosts two Triple Crown variations, the Danish Triple Crown and the Danish Filly Triple Crown. Here’s a look at both, starting with the Danish Triple Crown.

  • Dansk 2000 Guineas: Each June at Klampenborg Racecourse (1600 meters)
  • Dansk Derby: Each August at Klampenborg Racecourse (2400 meters)
  • Dansk St. Leger: Each September at Klampenborg Racecourse (2800 meters)

 

  • Dansk Oaks: Each September at Klampenborg (2400 meters)
  • Dansk 1000 Guineas: 1600 meters
  • Dansk St. Leger: Each September at Klampenborg Racecourse (2800 meters)

Sweden

Two distinct series of races are considered Triple Crown series in Sweden. First of these is the Swedish Triple Crown composed of the following races:

  • Svenskt Derby: Each August at Jägersro (2400 meters)
  • Jockeyklubbens Jubileumslöpning a.k.a. Jockey’s Club Jubilee: (1600 meters)
  • Svenskt St. Leger: Each autumn in Stockholm (2800 meters)

Additionally, Sweden has a Filly Triple Crown consisting of the following races:

  • Dianalöpning (Diana Running) a.k.a. Swedish 1000 Guineas: Each August at Täby (1600 meters)
  • Svenskt Oaks: Each year at Jägersro (2400 meters)
  • Svenskt St. Leger: Each autumn in Stockholm (2800 meters)

Norway

Norway is another country with two Triple Crown series. First is the Norwegian Triple Crown:

  • Norsk 2000 Guineas: Each year at Øvrevoll
  • Norsk Derby: Each August at Øvrevoll (2400 meters)
  • Norsk St. Leger: Each year at Øvrevoll (2800 meters)

And we also have the Norwegian Filly Triple Crown:

  • Norsk 1000 Guineas: Each June at Øvrevoll (1750 meters)
  • Norsk Oaks: Each year at Øvrevoll (2400 meters)
  • Norsk St. Leger: Each year at Øvrevoll (2800 meters)