Almost Royal: 12 Horses Who Nearly Won the Triple Crown
With the breaking news this morning that Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another has been pulled from tomorrow's Belmont Stakes due to an injury, horse lovers and horse-racing fans will wait at least one more year for a Triple Crown champion. If he had run tomorrow and won, the chestnut colt would have become only the 12th horse — and the first since Affirmed in 1978 — to win the coveted Triple Crown in the 137-year history of the three races. Of course, there have been plenty near-misses along the way: 50 horses have won two of the three races but were thwarted by a worthy adversary. We've rounded up 12 magnificent horses who fell short of the crowning glory by just one race.