Triple Crown races are notorious as stand-alone events; the Triple Crown series is somewhat like the holy grail for trainers, jockeys and owners alike. A horse that manages to win a full Triple Crown series is guaranteed a spot in the chronicles of racing history; so it is no surprise that the tradition of Triple Crown racing has long left the shores of the United Kingdom to spread all over the globe.
Australia, the United States of America, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, Canada and Macau all hold their own Triple Crown series with great success and a huge local and international following. South American countries including Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Uruguay also host their own Triple Crown races, which are rarely broadcast beyond the borders but enjoy great popularity amongst the residents.
The term Triple Crown describes a series of three thoroughbred races for three-year-olds; usually three of the most valuable and competitive races of the flat racing season. In order to be proclaimed Triple Crown Champion, a contender must win all three races of the Triple Crown series, a feat which is notoriously hard to pull off - but the difficulty only makes the title more appealing.