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War Admiral Racing News
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year. The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships. The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.
War Admiral Profile
By James Scully
Sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, War Admiral became the fourth Triple Crown winner in 1937. The smallish colt did not resemble sire Man o’ War in physical stature, but War Admiral was his best performer and captivated audiences winning 11 straight races.
A homebred for Samuel D. Riddle, who also owned Man o’ War, War Admiral proved unbeatable at age 3 after winning only 3-of-6 starts as a juvenile. The front-running dark bay recorded a 1 ¾-length victory as the 8-5 Kentucky Derby favorite, and War Admiral was bet down to odds-on favoritism in his final 17 starts. He was trained by George Conway and ridden by Charles Kurtsinger for most of his career.
War Admiral sustained a leg injury at the start of his Belmont Stakes victory, necessitating a five-month absence, and returned to win three straight late in his 3-year-old season. After his win streak came to an end in June 1938, War Admiral won six of his next seven outings in 1938, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Saratoga Cup, Saratoga H., and Whitney.
However, War Admiral’s 4-year-old season is most remembered by his match race against Seabiscuit in the Pimlico Special. Seabiscuit outsprinted him to the early lead and turned back a challenge to win in track record time. War Admiral won his next two starts, but he was retired due to a wretched ankle early in 1939. A successful stallion, War Admiral was the leading sire of 1945.
Stakes Win History
|1st||Rhode Island Handicap||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Nov 12, 1938|
|1st||Jockey Club Gold Cup||2 Miles||Dirt||Oct 10, 1938|
|1st||Saratoga Cup||1 3/4 Miles||Dirt||Aug 27, 1938|
|1st||Whitney||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Aug 20, 1938|
|1st||Saratoga Handicap||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Jul 30, 1938|
|1st||Wilson||1 Mile||Dirt||Jul 27, 1938|
|1st||Queens County Handicap||1 Mile||Dirt||Jun 6, 1938|
|1st||Widener Handicap||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Mar 5, 1938|
|1st||Pimlico Special||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||Nov 3, 1937|
|1st||Washington Handicap||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Oct 30, 1937|
|1st||Belmont Stakes||1 1/2 Miles||Dirt||Jun 5, 1937|
|1st||Preakness Stakes||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 15, 1937|
|1st||Kentucky Derby||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 8, 1937|
|1st||Chesapeake||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Apr 24, 1937|
|1st||Eastern Shore||6 F||Dirt||Apr 14, 1937|
*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win