In 1978, Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner just a year after Seattle Slew took all three races. In all three races, he faced down challenges from rival Alydar winning by a length, a neck and a head over his determined rival. These were not the first meetings between these two colts. As two year olds, they faced off six times with Alydar winning two of the meetings. As three year olds, they dominated the West Coast and East Coast before meeting again in the Kentucky Derby. Alydar challenged Affirmed early in the Belmont and the two battled to finish with Affirmed getting the better of Alydar at the wire.
Jim McKay chronicles the legendary rivalry that defined the 1978 Triple Crown.
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