Champion Chris Evert began 1975 in a most auspicious fashion, with a thrilling triumph over longshot Mercy Dee in the $50,000-added La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Tom Pedulla writes of Affirmed's rare talent and equally rare competition, Alydar.
Recorded in 2008, Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez look back on the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar during the 1978 Triple Crown. Watch Video
Recorded in 2008, Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez look back on the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar. Part 1: Cauthen and Velasquez recall the 2yo seasons of Affirmed and Alydar. Watch Video
Apprentice jockey Jonathan Zayas earned his first career win Aug. 24 at Monmouth Park, taking the fourth race aboard Saint Goldie Locs.
Ramon Dominguez, the reigning two-time Eclipse Award winner, joined Hall of Famer John Velazquez July 22 as the only riders in the 144-year history of Saratoga Race Course to win six races on a single card.
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.
Jockey Jason Gracia is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Jamaica Hospital Nov. 28, according to his agent, Jorge Velasquez, after a spill the preceding day in the third race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Prominent jockey agent Vic Gilardi died March 19, at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a one-month stay. He was 78.
As if they had never left the racetrack, 10 Hall of Fame jockeys spoke knowingly of tactics in the Oct. 18 "Living Legends" competition at Santa Anita -- mostly about how Angel Cordero Jr. will be herding the field from his outside post position.
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.
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.
Apprentice jockey David Lopez escaped serious injury Thursday after he was unseated from his mount, Obi Wan, in the third race at Aqueduct.
Proud Truth, who won the 1985 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Aqueduct for Darby Dan Farm owner John W. Galbreath, has died.
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