Racings Greatest Rivalry
Lexington, KY April, 2002 Eclipse Press announces the publication
of Affirmed and Alydar, the fifteenth title in the Thoroughbred
greatest rivalry in modern racing history began with little fanfare
on June 15, 1977. The more experienced Affirmed defeated Alydar,
who was making his racing debut in the Youthful Stakes at Belmont
Park. In nine subsequent meetings, Affirmed got the better of Alydar
six times, often by just inches.
meetings, especially during the Triple Crown season of 1978, became
the stuff of racing lore. Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown, but
Alydar tested him to the limits each time in stirring stretch drives
that left onlookers limp. Indeed, many racing historians consider
their Belmont Stakes to be the greatest race of the 20th century.
tell ones story is to tell the others, so closely intertwined
are the lives of Affirmed and Alydar. Author Tim Capps, who witnessed
many of the Affirmed-Alydar races, chronicles their early years,
first encounters, and epic clashes. He also tells the stories of
the people who raised, trained, and rode these titans. Affirmed
was bred in Florida by financier Louis Wolfson, trained by the legendary
Laz Barrera, and ridden by Steve Cauthen, known as The Kid.
entered life on the historic grounds of Calumet Farm in Lexington,
Kentucky, the last great horse of the old Wright regime. Trained
by the young John Veitch, Alydar would have been a Triple Crown
winner in any other year. As a stallion, Alydar surpassed his nemesis
although Affirmed found surprising success as a sire of turf horses.
Timothy T. Capps is executive vice president of the Maryland Jockey
Club, which operates Pimlico and Laurel racetracks. He is the former
editor and publisher of MidAtlantic Thoroughbred. He wrote Spectacular
Bid, also in the Thoroughbred Legends series. Capps lives in Columbia,
Maryland, near Baltimore.
Published by Eclipse Press, April 2002
16-page photo well
Pages: 230, Bound Size: 6 x 8
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover
at your local bookstore or Exclusively Equine
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