By Timothy T. Capps
Their conferences, in particular through the Triple Crown season of 1978, turned the stuff of racing lore. Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown, yet Alydar verified him to the boundaries at any time when in stirring stretch drives that left onlookers limp. certainly, many racing historians examine their Belmont Stakes to be the best race of the 20 th century.
To inform one’s tale is to inform the other’s, so heavily intertwined are the lives of Affirmed and Alydar. writer Tim Capps, who witnessed a number of the Affirmed-Alydar races, chronicles their early years, first encounters, and epic clashes. He additionally tells the tales of the folks who raised, educated, and rode those titans. Affirmed was once bred in Florida by way of financier Louis Wolfson, proficient by way of the mythical Laz Barrera, and ridden by way of Steve Cauthen, referred to as “The Kid.”
Alydar entered existence at the old grounds of Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, the final nice horse of the outdated Wright regime. educated via the younger John Veitch, Alydar may were a Triple Crown winner in the other yr. As a stallion, Alydar passed his nemesis even if Affirmed came upon excellent luck as a sire of turf horses.
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Affirmed and Alydar: Thoroughbred Legends by Timothy T. Capps