Horseracing’s “Triple Tiara” for fillies takes its name after the “Triple Crown” races. The races had been known as the “Filly Triple Crown” since at least 1961. The name was changed to the “Filly Triple Tiara” in 1988.
The three races that constitute the “Triple Tiara” have changed over the years. Since, 2010, the “New York Filly Triple Tiara” has consisted of The Acorn Stakes (at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY), The Coaching Club American Oaks and The Alabama Stakes (both at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, NY).
Wikipedia: Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing
The Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, formerly known as the Filly Triple Crown, is a set of three horse races in the United States which is open to three year old fillies. Presently the only official Triple Tiara is the three race series in New York; they are; The Acorn Stakes, run at Belmont Park at a distance of 1 mile, The Coaching Club American Oaks, run at Saratoga Race Course at a distance of 1⅛ miles and The Alabama Stakes, also run at Saratoga at a distance of 1¼ miles.
The New York Filly Triple Tiara (1957-2002 and 2007-2009)
The original Triple Tiara consisted of three races at Belmont Park: the 1 mile Acorn Stakes, the 1⅛ mile Mother Goose Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks, which varied in distance between 1¼ and 1½ miles.
The New York Filly Triple Tiara (2003–2006)
In 2003, the Triple Tiara was reconfigured for a time to consist of the Mother Goose Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks, and the Alabama Stakes, a 1¼ mile race held in August at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The New York Filly Triple Tiara (2010–present)
The Triple Tiara is now a set of three horse races in New York which is open to three year old fillies. The three races that compose the series now are The Acorn Stakes, run at Belmont Park at a distance of 1 mile, The Coaching Club American Oaks, run at Saratoga Race Course at a distance of 1⅛ miles and The Alabama Stakes, also run at Saratoga at a distance of 1¼ miles. The current race system was implemented in 2010 by the New York Racing Association and the series is sponsored by Betfair and TVG. No filly has swept this reconfigured series.
22 May 1988, Roswell (NM) Daily Record, “Aptostar’s fast finish clinches Acorn Stakes” (AP), pg. 14, col. 5:
In capturing the Acorn, the first leg of the New York Racing Association’s Triple Tiara for fillies, Aptostar and Topicount gave Centennial Farms a strong hand for the final two races.
4 July 1988, The Times (Trenton, NJ), “Goodbye Halo wins Oaks at Belmont,” pg. D5, cols. 2-3:
ELMONT, N.Y. (UPI)—Arthur B. Hancock III’s Goosbye Halo rallied from third place entering the stretch and raced to a 1 3/4-length victory yesterday in the $284,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.
The Oaks victory gave Goodbye Halo, a chestnut filly trained by 75-year old Hall of Famer Charles Winningham, two-thirds of Belmont Park’s Triple Tiara for fillies.
New York (NY) Times
ON HORSE RACING; More Is Amiss With Triple Tiara Than Its Name
By STEVEN CRIST
Published: July 04, 1989
There was a triple crown to be won at Belmont Park yesterday afternoon, but not a Triple Crown, so there were none of the trappings of that upper-cased prize: no record crowd, no crackling anticipation of history in the making, no oversized $1 million bonus check to be won, not even a shiny new sedan parked in the winner’s circle.
Then again, the New York filly triple crown series - the Acorn Stakes, the Mother Goose Stakes and yesterday’s Coaching Club American Oaks - is not even officially a triple crown in name anymore. Two years ago, when the big Triple Crown started flexing its newly incorporated and copyrighted muscles, it was suggested to Belmont Park officials that calling anything but the Triple Crown a triple crown might confuse the public.
It is difficult to see how anyone who can spell ‘’triple,’’ much less bet one, would confuse the Acorn, Mother Goose and C.C.A. Oaks with the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. But just to be safe, track officials renamed the fillies’ series the Triple Tiara.
Hello Race Fans!
Posted on: 06/07/2011
The Triple Tiara
By Teresa Genaro, Hello Race Fans Contributing Editor
You might be forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Triple Tiara is. Or if it’s the same thing as the Filly Triple Crown. Or for not knowing what, exactly, that is, either.
A high profile series of races for 3-year-old fillies has had a rougher road to recognition: the races it comprises has changed a number of times, as has its name. Firmly establishing a series of races for 3-year-old fillies has been no easy task.
Teresa Genaro’s Brooklyn Backstretch
The Tricky Tiara?
August 18, 2011
The poor Triple Tiara. It’s been poked and prodded and tweaked and changed multiple times in the last half century; it might be the Rodney Dangerfield of Thoroughbred racing.
1961: The New York Racing Association names the Acorn, the Mother Goose, and the Coaching Club American Oaks the Filly Triple Crown.
1988: The name of the series is changed from Filly Triple Crown to Filly Triple Tiara (please do read Steven Crist’s 1989 article on this).
2003: The Acorn gets the boot and is replaced by the Alabama.
2006: The Acorn resumes its rightful place; the Alabama is out.
2010: The Mother Goose is jettisoned from the series; the Alabama’s back in; TVG sponsors the series and offers a $50,000 bonus to the filly who wins all three races, along with financial considerations for the points accrued in the three races if no filly gets the sweep.
2011: TVG’s sponsorship continues, but the bonus is dropped.