Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, and John Henry starred in the golden era of the Santa Anita Handicap (1979-89). View Slideshow
Shockwaves are still reverberating through the breeding community at the loss of Harlan's Holiday.
Chitoz had his first winner Oct. 11 when Lets Suppoze, posted a victory in his third start in the seventh race at Remington Park.
Laffit Pincay Jr. shares memories of his nine Hollywood Gold Cup victories, including 1979 with Affirmed. This video is a companion to the feature, Golden Touch, which appears in the June 29/July 6 issue of The Blood-Horse. Watch Video
This year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner will ship to Churchill Downs to begin Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preparations but the most recent Triple Crown winner took a much different path.
- By Steve Haskin
Step back in time and enjoy the images of racing and the horses who made history. read blog
John Adger, David Sorrell, and Bobby Shiflet have purchased the complete collection of prints and negatives of the late Tony Leonard, the leading equine photographer of the 20th century.
Little more than a year after becoming the voice of the Triple Crown, Larry Collmus finds himself standing on the precipice of what may be racing history in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Honoring the winners of the Triple Crown. View Slideshow
A new website dedicated to the memory of Affirmed, America's last Triple Crown champion, has been launched by Affirmed Enterprises headed by Patrice Jacobs Wolfson.
Patrice Wolfson, owner of the last Triple Crown winner, says I'll Have Another is a worthy successor to Affirmed.
Celebrating the career of Affirmed, the most recent Triple Crown winner. View Slideshow
Hall of Famers Steve Cauthen, who 34 years ago piloted Affirmed to become the 11th and most recent Triple Crown winner, and Jorge Velasquez, who rode runner-up Alydar, will autograph postcards May 26 at Belmont Park.
Steve Cauthen sees comparisons between Affirmed, the colt he rode to the 1978 Triple Crown as an 18-year-old youngster, and I'll Have Another, poised to become the first 3-year-old to do it since.
Doug O'Neill comments on the rivalry between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another with comparisons to Alydar and Affirmed as well as future plans. watch video
The Triple Crown drought lives on; which horses should have made history? read blog
Patrice Wolfson, co-owner of Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, made an appearance at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) draw June 8 at Belmont Park, recalling her great champion.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced it is offering horse racing memorabilia for sale on its new memorabilia and collectables page at NTRA.com and is having a 20% introductory discount.
Triple Crown winners during the 'Golden Age' all began their 3-year-old campaigns in sprints.
There must be steel coursing through the veins of the Campbell family. Three generations of these steel-driving men have been blacksmiths, shoeing some of the finest Thoroughbreds on the East Coast.
Only a fool can be trusted with the Holy Grail, and William "La-Tee" Braud meets all of the qualifications.
WAVE3-TV in Louisville, Ky., is the winner of the 2008 media Eclipse Award for local television, it was announced Jan. 5 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form. WAVE3-TV earned the honor for its documentary on the 30th anniversary of the Affirmed-Alydar rivalry, "A Legend Re-Affirmed â€" The 1978 Triple Crown." The 30-minute telecast aired on May 1, 2008.
Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, will host three riders from Legends on Tour during the track's historic Canadian Derby weekend, it was announced June 4.
One of the happiest people at Churchill Downs May 3 was Florida pinhooker Eddie Woods.
Jockeys Steve Cauthen & Jorge Velasquez recall the 1978 Triple Crown
- By Dan Liebman
by Dan Liebman - There are moments along the Triple Crown trail that remain forever etched in our minds. For this writer, one of those was April 27, 1978.
by Patrice Wolfson - Affirmed was both the focal point and cement that would bind my husband's and my wonderful 35-year relationship. From the outset of our marriage in Miami in 1972, we dearly enjoyed driving up to spend time at Harbor View Farm near Ocala
Texas horseman E.C. Johnston Jr., who owned Affirmed's dam, Won't Tell You, during the latter part of her broodmare career, died March 28.
Bsharpsonata continued her ascent to the top of the 3-year-old filly ranks, splitting horses in the stretch to win the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) by two lengths March 2 at Gulfstream Park, her fourth consecutive triumph.
Seven 3-year-old fillies have eyes on their first graded stakes win Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Kentuckyderby.com will now offer racing fans another way to experience the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with the introduction of a journalism series focusing on memorable racing moments and personalities.
Bsharpsonata rallied on the final turn to take the Tropical Park Oaks Jan. 1.
Louis Wolfson, whose homebred Affirmed became the 11th and most recent Triple Crown winner, died the night of Dec. 30 at his Bal Harbour, Fla., home.
The multiple grade I-winning The Tin Man has been retired after fracturing his right knee while coming out of ankle surgery Oct. 25.
Media and other guests were invited to a June 6 reception for the opening of a new, permanent Affirmed exhibition that includes the Triple Crown winner's trophy collection, artwork, halter, and jewelry worn by his owner.
The ageless The Tin Man added another amazing chapter to his tremendous career when he returned from an eight-month layoff to win the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf during Monday's Memorial Day special program.
Former jockey and Hall of Fame member Steve Cauthen, who became the youngest rider to win the Triple Crown when he rode Affirmed to sweep the three classic races as an 18-year-old in 1978, has joined the team of Capital Play, one of four bidders engaged in competition for the franchise rights to Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in New York.
Stakes winner Dr. Caton, whose dam is a half-sister to Triple Crown winner Affirmed, has arrived for stallion duty at Thomas J. Young's Sandringham Farm near Georgetown, Ky.
The famous cerise, black and white colors of Louis E. Wolfson's Harbor View Farm were back in the winner's circle Dec. 24 at Calder Race Course.
The 8-year-old veteran The Tin Man did just enough to win Saturday's $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT), a race he also won in 2002 on the lawn at Santa Anita Park.
Immediately following their epic battle in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which Affirmed out-dueled Alydar by a head to become the 11th Triple Crown winner, racing fans began looking down the road to the Travers.
The 8-year-old gelding The Tin Man had Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT) at his mercy, going gate to wire to defeat a powerful field on the Arlington Park turf.
Ageless The Tin Man earned a repeat victory in the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday on the Hollywood Park turf, which isn't all that remarkable until you consider that his first win in the 1 1/8-mile event came in 2002.
Next spring, the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park will unveil a new, permanent exhibition featuring Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. The exhibition is supported by a loan of Affirmed's racing trophies and memorabilia from his owners, Louis and Patrice Wolfson.
Two internationally known jockeys, Steve Cauthen and Chris McCarron, will help open an exhibit at the Lexington History Museum as a part of the "Best of the Bluegrass" celebration leading up to the 2006 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
The 8-year-old gelding The Tin Man showed plenty of heart in Sunday's San Marcos (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, registering his first stakes victory in nearly three years.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Steve Wolfson was just a kid in 1963, but he has a clear recollection of the August morning his father, Louis, received a troubling phone call at his farm office in Ocala, Fla.
Mercedes Stable's fast-improving Indian Ocean made the four-horse Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) a surprisingly exciting affair, outlasting his more experienced rivals in a tenacious victory Saturday for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
Pin Oak Stable's I Thee Wed, the second-longest shot on the board, captured the $282,750 Nearctic Handicap (Can-II) for turf sprinters Sunday at Woodbine.
The $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes at seven furlongs on Labor Day Monday highlight the second Juvenile Showcase program Saturday at Calder Race Course.
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