This Day In Sports History (June 5th) — Count Fleet
It was on this day in 1943 that Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet won the 75th running of the Belmont Stakes. With the win, Count Fleet became just the sixth horse in history to win horse racing’s triple crown.
After putting forth dominant performances during his previous three races, only two horses dared line up against Count Fleet at the Belmont Stakes, and neither of them could give the 1943 Horse of the Year even a slight challenge, as he galloped to a dominating 25-length victory. That would go down as a Belmont Stakes record, but 30 years later that record was broken by Secretariat, who earned a 31-length victory in 1973.
Since Count Fleet’s triple crown in 1943, only other more horses have earned the prestigious honor.
Here is a look back at Count Fleet’s historic career.
Marques Colston, NFL – Born on June 5, 1983 (age 30) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, NBA – Born on June 5, 1975 (age 38) in Kaunas, Lithuania
Bob Probert, NHL – Born on June 5, 1965, in Windsor, Ontario