Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner


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But his progeny have been strong turf runners and his daughters have made good broodmares. Of the more than Affirmed foals, 75 had won stakes races. We cannot begin to imagine how much we will miss him," said Patrice Wolfson, the horse's co-owner, with her husband, Louis.

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Very good book about an amazing horse. How well I do recall those three magical Saturday afternoons when I, along with family and friends, gathered around our TV to watch perhaps the greatest rivalry in all of sports This book took me back to the excitement and joy that those three races brought to all of us.

For those too young to remember the Derby, Preakness and Belmont of , this book will, to quote Washington Post writer Leonard Shapiro, "get you so close to the action, you can also smell the hay. Truly, this was horse racing at its finest. The record of the Triple Crown remains yet unbroken as the world awaits another superstar like Affirmed.


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I really wanted to love this book. As evidence of such, I will tell you that I pre-ordered it. I was quite excited when it finally arrived and started reading immediately. Within the first 15 pages, however, my excitement morphed into extreme disappointment, and even some incredulity.

As I happened across the first few errors, I just dismissed them as those little oversights that seem to find their way into even the best edited works. But then, the errors kept on coming. So much so that my ability to enjoy the story was seriously compromised. I struggled on to about page 75, and called it quits. I don't mean to be overly harsh.

Affirmed vs. Alydar - 1978 Kentucky Derby (7th Meeting)

I was not expecting a literary masterpiece. But this was not even close.

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Again, I wanted to like the book, as I collect books on all the racing greats, and I looked forward to adding a book about Affirmed to my collection. Now, I just appreciate the cover and the pictures inside, but more or less dismiss the contents as being at best pedestrian. I even wondered if perhaps something had happened to Mr. Had he been some kind of great writer who through some unfortunate twist of fate had lost his writing skill?

Was this book published more out of respect for him, than for its content? I feel terrible ripping this book. Perhaps if they really went through it and edited it properly, the story could take shape and hook the reader as it should and no doubt would. Why not try that for the second edition? See all 29 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on July 28, Published on July 21, Published on February 12, Published on May 5, Published on December 30, Published on November 14, Published on September 26, Published on September 12, Customers who bought this item also bought.

Affirmed won his first start in a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park on May 24, Affirmed stalked the early pace set by Tilt Up with Alydar in close contention. Around the far turn, Affirmed moved to the lead with Alydar closing ground on the outside. In mid-stretch, Alydar had closed to within a head but Affirmed pulled away in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by half a length.

His time of 1: The two horses again faced off in the Belmont Futurity on September 10, with Affirmed going off as the narrow favorite.

After a good start, Affirmed settled into second place behind longshot Rough Sea, while Alydar overcame a bad start to move into third place down the backstretch. Rounding into the stretch, Affirmed moved to the lead. Alydar responded and the two horses dueled head-to-head for the final furlong.

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Alydar appeared to be in the lead for much of the stretch drive before Affirmed rallied in the final stride to win by a nose. Alydar was made the favorite for Kentucky Derby , with Affirmed the second choice at and undefeated Sensitive Prince the third choice at At the start of the Kentucky Derby, Sensitive Prince took the early lead as Affirmed ran in third through the early stages, while Alydar stayed far back. Affirmed now had a edge in the series. In the Preakness Stakes , Affirmed set the pace.

Alydar made his big move on the far turn, at the same point in the race where Affirmed made his winning move in the Derby. Affirmed held a short lead entering the stretch and held it to defeat Alydar by a neck. Trainer Veitch removed Alydar's blinkers for the Belmont, saying that if Alydar got a better look at Affirmed, maybe he would get by him. In the Belmont, Affirmed led and set a very slow pace, going the first quarter mile in 25 seconds and the half in 50 seconds.

Alydar's jockey, Jorge Velasquez , put Alydar close to the pace, and moved alongside Affirmed with more than seven furlongs to go. For more than six furlongs half the distance of the race , the colts raced neck and neck, pulling away from the rest of the field.

The last Triple Crown: In 1978, Affirmed achieved what no horse has accomplished since

Alydar got his nose in front at mid-stretch, but just as Affirmed appeared to tire, Cauthen went to a left-handed whip, something he had never done before in his eight rides on Affirmed. Affirmed won by a nose to become racing's 11th and last winner for 37 years until American Pharoah won in , Triple Crown winner. It was, at the time, the third fastest Belmont ever, behind Secretariat and Gallant Man. His Triple Crown win set two records:

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