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From the moment they first galloped head-to-head in Saratoga
Springs, the two chestnut colts showed they were the stuff of
racing legend. Alydar, all muscle with a fearsome closing kick, was
already the popular favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Affirmed,
deceptively laid-back streamlined elegance, was powered forward by
his steely determination not to settle for second place.
In the Sport of Kings, the Triple Crown is the most valued prize,
requiring a horse to win not just one race, but three: the Kentucky
Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. And 1978 would
not be just for the record books, but also one of the greatest
dramas ever played out in the racing world.
There were names to conjure with, worthy of the Sport of Kings. The
bloodline of Native Dancer. The teen wonderboy jockey Steve
Cauthen. The once unbeatable Calumet Farm--the Damn Yankees of the
racing world--now in eclipse and hoping for a comeback. The
newcomer Harbor View Farm--owned by brash financier Louis Wolfson,
who wouldn't let even a conviction and a prison sentence for
securities violations stand in the way of his dreams of glory. And
the racetracks themselves: Belmont, Saratoga, Pimlico. And, of
course, Churchill Downs.
It has been thirty-five years since Affirmed and Alydar fought for
the Triple Crown, thirty-five years when no other horse has won it.
"Duel for the Crown" brings this epic battle to life. Not just two
magnificent Thoroughbreds but the colorful human personalities
surrounding them, caught up in an ever-intensifying battle of will
and wits that lasted until the photo finish of the final Triple
Crown race . . . and Alydar and Affirmed leaped into the history
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