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From the Keeneland Library Archives: The Triple Crown

June 8, 2018

Dedicated to preserving racing's rich history, the Keeneland Library is one of the world's largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. Established in 1939, the Library houses nearly 30,000 books, approximately 1 million photographic negatives and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on all aspects of the equine industry.

The Keeneland Library is host to a number of photograph collections surrounding past Triple Crown winners:


Affirmed in 1978 Kentucky Derby post parade

Affirmed, workout before the 1978 Kentucky Derby


Warren Mehrtens on Assault winning the Kentucky Derby

Warren Mehrtens on Assault entering the Kentucky Derby winner's circle


Arcaro on Citation after 1948 KY Derby win, with Ben Jones & H.A. Jimmy Jones

Count Fleet

Johnny Longden on Count Fleet after winning the Preakness Stakes

Gallant Fox

Earl Sande on Gallant Fox


William Saunders on Omaha winning the Belmont Stakes

Seattle Slew

Keeneland Library Featherston Collection - Seattle Slew after 1977 Kentucky Derby win

Keeneland Library Thoroughbred Times Collection - Seattle Slew

Sir Barton

Keeneland Library Cook Collection - 3422 - Earl Sande on Sir Barton, undated

War Admiral

Keeneland Library Cook Collection - 5877 - 6.5.1937 War Admiral, C Kurtisnger up, at Belmont Stakes


Eddie Arcaro on Whirlaway with Horace A. Jimmy Jones after winning the Belmont Stakes

Among the Keeneland Library archives is the Daily Racing Form collection, which includes editions that date back to 1896. Keeneland has undertaken the Daily Racing Form Preservation Project to create digital copies of the most fragile issues and to make them available to the public through an online database. Enjoy a look back below at some of the Daily Racing Form headlines from past Triple Crown winners.