Top 5 Upsets of a Triple Crown Winner in the Year They Won the Crown
Although American Pharoah's loss makes the cut, it only just makes my list of top five upsets of a Triple Crown winner's list, it is behind some other notable losses. In fact, a couple of other Triple Crown winners on this list also found the going tough at Saratoga. Check out the list and then disagree with me if you can think of some that I've missed, all comments welcome!
1. Secretariat losing to Onion
Secretariat lost to Onion at Saratoga in the 1973 Whitney Stakes . How crazy is that? It's not really crazy when you realize that the Whitney is run at Saratoga. Like American Pharoah, Secretariat tried to win by going up the rail. While Pharoah put away the other speed, Secretariat couldn't. It has to be repeated, there is a reason that Saratoga is called the Graveyard of Favorites. Trained by the Chief, H. Allen Jerkens, Onion pulled off one of the greatest upsets in thoroughbred racing history.