Triple Crown Newsreel: Sir Barton, 1919

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The regal-sounding Sir Barton was actually a maiden when he entered the 1919 Kentucky Derby.  The colt was only supposed to serve as a ‘rabbit’ for his stablemate, but not only did Sir Barton win the Derby, he captured the Preakness four days later, then the Withers, then the Belmont – all within 32 days. 

It wasn’t until 1948 that Sir Barton was officially recognized as America’s first Triple Crown winner.  Learn more as the Paulick Report launches a daily video series celebrating the 11 Triple Crown champions, leading up to the 2012 Belmont Stakes.  Watch the “Triple Crown Newsreel” on Sir Barton below.



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  • Ohio Bred Girl

    “He hated all humans except his groom.”  LOL!

  • FDF

    Well that sure ended abruptly… I live in Wyoming and have been to Douglas…I’ve always thought he should be re buried in Kentucky at the Horse Park…they should at least have something there to honor this Champion. Sad ending for a great horse.
    By the way…the great Champion Foolish Pleasure is also buried in Wyoming.

  • MAK

    “. . . but it was the best they could do” is how that video finishes.  It is a segment of Jim McKay’s wonderful “Jewels of the Triple Crown.”

    Always have wondered why “Jewels” has not been released on DVD.  It’s on VHS, but rarely seen.  Thanks!

  • Noelle

    Thanks for this – great fun to watch and listen to – I love stories that show something of the horse’s personality. 

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