The finish was uncanny since the horse stumbled out of the gate, went to its knees, got up and shot toward the finish line.
The first quarter horse to win the Triple Crown was My Easy Credit in 1977.
Dash For Speed did it 10 years later in 1988, and DM Shicago won all the marbles in 2005.
The modern era of quarter horse racing began in the 1940s and has grown in popularity exponentially with voter-approved pari-mutuel gaming.
Wicked Courage has earned $1.13 million since winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown – the Ruidoso Derby and Rainbow Derby.
The total purse for the Labor Day race was $2.8 million. Half went to the winner and the other half was split.
Mr. Smith said his horse earned $91,000 for seventh place in a 10-horse field.