LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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By Harry Swartout
June 6, 2014

Before people paid money to watch cars drive in a circle, they paid to watch horses run in a circle.

Horse racing has been a popular pastime from Roman chariot races to thoroughbred racing in Elizabethan England.

The “Sport of Kings” has fallen out of fashion of late, but there are three races that still command America’s attention – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. With the Derby and Preakness being claimed by California Chrome and the Belmont just around the corner, now’s the time to get back in the saddle and brush up on your Triple Crown knowledge.

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