By Timothy T. Capps
Their conferences, specially in the course of the Triple Crown season of 1978, turned the stuff of racing lore. Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown, yet Alydar proven him to the bounds every time in stirring stretch drives that left onlookers limp. certainly, many racing historians ponder 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 the various Affirmed-Alydar races, chronicles their early years, first encounters, and epic clashes. He additionally tells the tales of the folk who raised, proficient, and rode those titans. Affirmed used to be bred in Florida by means of financier Louis Wolfson, expert by way of the mythical Laz Barrera, and ridden by way of Steve Cauthen, referred to as “The Kid.”
Alydar entered existence at the ancient grounds of Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, the final nice horse of the previous Wright regime. informed through the younger John Veitch, Alydar might were a Triple Crown winner in the other 12 months. As a stallion, Alydar handed his nemesis even supposing Affirmed stumbled on brilliant good fortune as a sire of turf horses.
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Affirmed and Alydar: Thoroughbred Legends by Timothy T. Capps