RUN FOR THE CROWN: AFFIRMED and ALYDAR w/BONUS FOOTAGE
As the horses went to the post for the 104th Kentucky Derby, their rivalry had already been established from the previous years two-year-old season when they battled it out through six sizzling races then separated: one went to the West Coast and the other remained in the East.
See the following races from their two-year old season in 1977: Youthful Stakes, Great American Stakes, Hopeful, Belmont Futurity, Champagne and Laurel Futurity.
Coming into the Triple Crown, they were like two well-established adversaries that had prepared in different places in different ways. These two horses would stage the most competitive series of races in the history of horse racing and the fans held their breath. Each race was more dramatic than the next: AFFIRMED won the Derby almost handily but then ALYDAR challenged early in the Preakness, and finally in an epic Belmont, the pair were locked in mortal combat in a stirring stretch battle that ended in a photo finish!
An unforgettable racing duo - AFFIRMED and ALYDAR - they'll forever be associated in the annals of racing.
AS AN ADDED BONUS...Several priceless segments and stories of AFFIRMED and ALYDAR are added after the end of the main feature...ENJOY!!
1) Santa Anita Park tribute to AFFIRMED after the racing world is dealt a devastating blow by news of his death at 25-years-old in January, 2001, from laminitis
2) Horse racing channel, TVG's lengthy feature on Steve Cauthen from 2003
3) Extremely rare stallion commercial of AFFIRMED when he stood at Calumet Farm
4) Segment on ALYDAR's trainer, John Veitch, from ESPN's segment, "Where Are They Now?"
5) AFFIRMED and ALYDAR's 30-year Triple Crown anniversary (ESPN)
6) Horse racing channel, HRTV's "Inside Information" series with a segment on AFFIRMED in time for his 30-year Triple Crown milestone
7) Steve Cauthen segment as he is interviewed by Laffit Pincay III on HRTV during the week of the 2008 Belmont Stakes as BIG BROWN attempts to sweep the Triple Crown
8) Horse racing channel TVG lengthy segment of AFFIRMED and ALYDAR in 1978 as John Veitch and Steve Cauthen re-live all the wonderful memories
9) Defunct New York, "Thoroughbred World" segment hosted by long-time NYRA race announcer Tom Durkin looks back at the 1978 Belmont in observance of the 15th Anniversary of AFFIRMED and ALYDAR's Triple Crown rivalry. Trainer John Veitch re-tells his last-minute change of strategy going into the Belmont with ALYDAR and Steve Cauthen is shown reunited with AFFIRMED at Jonnabell Farm in 1992
10) HRTV's "Past the Stands" feature on AFFIRMED in addition to special guest AFFIRMED's owner Patrice Wolfson by phone getting the word out on her new website that is devoted to AFFIRMED complete with priceless pictures and articles in a virtual scrapbook
11) Steve Cauthen visits Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes in 2012 to sign autographs with his old buddy Jorge Velasquez and to re-live their 1978 rivalry in the Triple Crown with AFFIRMED and ALYDAR - a nice segment looking back at the teen phenom Steve Cauthen's career
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