Professor Bennett Liebman, an expert on racing and gaming law and an often-quoted racing historian, recently authored the post "The First American Triple Crown Series" for The New York Times' "The Rail" blog, which covers Triple Crown horse racing.
The Triple Crown, also known as The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, consists of three races for 3-year-old thoroughbred horses. Winning all three of these thoroughbred horse races is considered the greatest accomplishment of a thoroughbred racehorse, and in recent years, achieving the Triple Crown has become an exceedingly rare achievement in the world of racing.
In his guest post, Professor Liebman traces the history of Triple Crown racing to three races held on a single track in Brooklyn in 1907, with which the horse racing community created an American version of a comparable triple crown achievement that already existed in England. Professor Liebman also details key moments in Triple Crown history, including the New York state legislatures 1908 Hart Agnew Act, which significantly restricted betting activity across the state.