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Triple Crown Near Misses


While there have only been 11 Triple Crown winners, there have plently of Triple Crown near misses. The list below contains horses that have won at least 2 of the 3 major races. There have been 17 horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but failed to win the Belmont Stakes. There have been 6 horses that won the Derby and Preakness and came in 2nd in the Belmont.

Triple Crown Near Misses
Year
Horse
Kentucky Derby
Preakness Stakes
Belmont Stakes
2008
Big Brown
1st
1st
9th
2005
Afleet Alex
3rd
1st
1st
2004
Smarty Jones
1st
1st
2nd
2003
Funny Cide
1st
1st
3rd
2002
War Emblem
1st
1st
8th
2001
Point Given
5th
1st
1st
1999
Charismatic
1st
1st
3rd
1998
Real Quiet
1st
1st
2nd
1997
Silver Charm
1st
1st
2nd
1995
Thunder Gulch
1st
3rd
1st
1994
Tabasco Cat
6th
1st
1st
1991
Hansel
10th
1st
1st
1989
Sunday Silence
1st
1st
2nd
1988
Risen Star
3rd
1st
1st
1987
Alysheba
1st
1st
4th
1984
Swale
1st
7th
1st
1981
Pleasant Colony
1st
1st
3rd
1979
Spectacular Bid
1st
1st
3rd
1976
Bold Forbes
1st
3rd
1st
1974
Little Current
5th
1st
1st
1972
Riva Ridge
1st
4th
1st
1971
Canonero II
1st
1st
4th
1969
Majestic Prince
1st
1st
2nd
1968
Forward Pass
1st*
1st
2nd
1967
Damascus
3rd
1st
1st
1966
Kauai King
1st
1st
4th
1964
Northern Dancer
1st
1st
3rd
1963
Chateaugay
1st
2nd
1st
1961
Carry Back
1st
1st
7th
1958
Tim Tam
1st
1st
2nd
1956
Needles
1st
2nd
1st
1955
Nashua
2nd
1st
1st
1953
Native Dancer
2nd
1st
1st
1950
Middleground
1st
2nd
1st
1949
Capot
2nd
1st
1st
1944
Pensive
1st
1st
2nd
1942
Shut Out
1st
5th
1st
1940
Bimelech
2nd
1st
1st
1939
Johnstown
1st
5th
1st
1936
Bold Venture
1st
1st
dns
1932
Burgoo King
1st
1st
dns
1931
Twenty Grand
1st
2nd
1st
1923
Zev
1st
12th
1st
1922
Pillory
dns
1st
1st
1920
Man o' War
dns
1st
1st
1895
Belmar
dns
1st
1st
1881
Saunterer
dns
1st
1st
1880
Grenada
dns
1st
1st
1878
Duke of Magenta
dns
1st
1st
1877
Cloverbrook
dns
1st
1st
* - won on a disqualification
dns - did not start