Affirmed 35 Years Ago Today

On this day in history, May 20, 1978, Affirmed captured the second leg of the Triple Crown jewel by winning the Preakness.  Ridden by Steven Cauthen, Affirmed ran 1:54.4 to defeat Alydar by a neck.

Affirmed who had already won the Kentucky Derby went on to win the Belmont Stakes and is the last horse in history to win the Triple Crown.

Did you know the fate of one of racing’s greatest horses, Secretariat was decided by the flip of a coin?  The winner of the coin toss chose a different foal and Secretariat stayed at The Meadow, the Chenery Farm.  Secretariat went on to win the Triple Crown in 1973 as well as Horse of the Year in 1972 and 1973.

The state of Kentucky, home of the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, displays a thoroughbred racehorse on the reverse side of the state quarter.

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