Portrait by Franklin Voss,
Sir Barton began his career slowly with no wins as a 2-year-old, but he recovered well in his second season when he became the first winner of the Triple Crown.
Sir Barton's first victory came in the Kentucky Derby, which he won by five lengths. He won the Preakness by four lengths and the Belmont by five, in American record time---2:17 2/5. In between the Preakness and Belmont, he won the Withers. Sir Barton had mixed success at 4. He won the 1 1/4 mile Dominion Handicap under 134 pounds, gave Exterminator three pounds and defeated him in the Saratoga Handicap, and set an American record of 1:55 3/5 in the Merchants' and Citizens' Handicap, but he lost a match with younger champion Man o'War.
Sir Barton was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1957.
Sir Barton defeats Exterminator in the Saratoga Handicap