By Timothy T. Capps
Their conferences, in particular throughout the Triple Crown season of 1978, grew to become the stuff of racing lore. Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown, yet Alydar validated him to the bounds whenever in stirring stretch drives that left onlookers limp. certainly, many racing historians give some thought to their Belmont Stakes to be the best race of the twentieth 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 folk who raised, educated, and rode those titans. Affirmed used to be bred in Florida via financier Louis Wolfson, expert through the mythical Laz Barrera, and ridden by means of Steve Cauthen, often called “The Kid.”
Alydar entered lifestyles at the old grounds of Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, the final nice horse of the outdated Wright regime. expert via the younger John Veitch, Alydar might were a Triple Crown winner in the other 12 months. As a stallion, Alydar exceeded his nemesis even though Affirmed came across impressive good fortune as a sire of turf horses.
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Affirmed and Alydar: Thoroughbred Legends by Timothy T. Capps