Edited from a National Museum of Racing release
A new exhibition celebrating the achievements of Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, is open at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. Affirmed won the Triple Crown title 25 years ago in 1978, after narrowly defeating Alydar, and went on to become the first Thoroughbred to earn $2 million. The exhibition will remain on view through December 31, 2004.
The new exhibition, titled Affirmed, In Front, contains art, trophies, and fan memorabilia associated with Affirmed, owners Patrice and Louis Wolfson, trainer Laz Barrera, and jockeys Steve Cauthen and Laffit Pincay, Jr. All of Affirmed's trophies will be on display (the Triple Crown trophies are at the Kentucky Derby Museum until July 15, 2003). Also on view are paintings and bronze sculptures of Affirmed by noted artists Richard Stone Reeves, Anthony Alonso, and Marilyn Newmark.
Affirmed's large fan base is represented in the exhibition, with scrapbooks, photographs, T-shirts, and a large variety of other memorabilia collected by fans since 1978. Visitors and fans also may watch four of Affirmed's races, including the exciting 1978 Belmont Stakes.
An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2003, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Museum members receive free admission to the event. For more information and reservations, please call (518) 584-0400, ext. 135. Check our Website at www.racingmuseum.org.