In 1978 Affirmed swept America’s Triple Crown and what once looked like an impossible task was becoming routine.
The year before Seattle Slew accomplished the same feat and only four years earlier Secretariat ended the longest drought between Triple Crown winners.
Three times in six years the most difficult challenge in sports had been conquered.
As the decade came to an end it looked like a lock that the Triple Crown would be won for a fourth time as Spectacular Bid swept the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and headed to Belmont as an odds on favorite.
He would become the first of twelve horses to fall short in a bid for racing immortality after Affirmed last earned that honor.
On June 6th American Pharoah will enter the starting gate of the Belmont Stakes as an odds on favorite to end the now longest drought between Triple Crown winners.
Can he win it?
He surely has the talent to do so but so did most of the dozen that have failed before him.
Let’s take a look at those twelve and maybe you’ll see exactly why winning the Triple Crown is truely the hardest thing to do in American sports.