After the 2011 Triple Crown ended, Affirmed still remained the last horse to ever win all three legs in 1978. Although the quest for the next Triple Crown continues, the 2011 edition is remembered for it’s very unique twists and turns. Most of all it may be remembered for how many surprises it was filled with. Each race was quite special to the winners connections as it was a first ever win in at least one category. Congratulations to all of the 2011 Triple Crown winners.
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138th Kentucky Derby
A streak was ended when Animal Kingdom became the first ever horse to win after never racing on dirt. He also became the first horse since Needles in 1956 to win after a 6 week layoff. The win was the first ever Kentucky Derby win for Jockey John Velazquez, Trainer Graham Motion and Owners Team Valor.
137th Preakness Stakes
The Triple Crown was spoiled when Shackleford grabbed the lead and refused to give. Jockey Jesus Castanon won in his Preakness debut and Trainer Dale Romans scored his first ever Triple Crown win.
143rd Belmont Stakes
At 24-1 Ruler on Ice became the long shot winner over a sloppy track. Both Jockey Jose Valdivia & Trainer Kelly Breen scored their first ever Triple Crown Victories.