March 13, 1930
The wall-eyed bay colt was the first of two Triple Crown champions produced by William Woodward, the patrician owner of Belair Stud in Prince Georges County. Gallant Fox's son, Omaha, was the other.
So-so as a 2-year-old (two victories in seven starts), Gallant Fox blossomed at 3. In 1930. He won each race in the Triple Crown by greater margins: the Preakness (then the first leg) by nearly a length; the Kentucky Derby by two lengths; and the muddy Belmont Stakes by four lengths. At Belmont, Gallant Fox carried his jockey, Earl Sande, who was bandaged heavily from an auto accident the day before.
The Wood Memorial and Arlington Classic also fell to "The Fox of Belair." He retired at 3 as racing's all-time money winner ($328,165).