Each sport has its legends. Horse racing isn’t any exception. There have been horse legends all through the years that individuals nonetheless keep in mind and speak about. One of the vital prestigious feats to perform in horse racing is that of a triple crown. There have solely been a handful or two which have completed it within the sport and a repeat is even rarer. In 1978, there had by no means been a Triple Crown winner that one again to again. This was the 12 months when horse racing historical past was written. Affirmed supplied a brand new document set, and went into the historical past books. The most important half about this occasion was the rivalry between Affirmed and competitor Alydar. They met at first in 1977 in the course of the Youthful Stakes. Affirmed got here out the winner, however Alydar adopted carefully behind and began one of many best horse rivalries there has ever been. These 2 12 months olds slugged it out in nearly each different race thereafter.
Earlier in 1978 Affirmed gained all 4 begins that he had in California and it set the stage for the three Triple Crown Races. The primary of the three races was initially dominated by Consider It, whereas Affirmed held again. Within the last stretch each Affirmed and Alydar made a push, however Affirmed got here out on high. The subsequent race was simply as breathtaking, with Affirmed coming into the race on high however slowly getting stress from Alydar. Alydar and Affirmed ran neck and neck till the tip of the race the place Affirmed one with the stretch of his neck. The final race of the Triple Crown occurred three later on the Belmont Stakes. This was one of the vital defining moments in horse racing historical past. After a half mile into the race, the 2 horses have been already operating about neck and neck with Affirmed in first place. As they reached the ultimate stretch, Alydar got here proper up subsequent to Affirmed. Alydar took the preliminary lead down the stretch however Affirmed had simply sufficient left in him to come back out on high but once more. The group cheered and Affirmed secured his Triple Crown victory. Alydar and Affirmed solely raced one another yet one more time and it was on the Travers Stakes in Saratoga. Affirmed gained this race as effectively however was later disqualified for interfering with Alydar earlier within the race. His following performances resulted in two extra losses however he nonetheless gained Horse of the Yr for his unbelievable accomplishments. Affirmed had an unbelievable run throughout his profession, and each horse coach is hoping that their mares will examine sooner or later.