Affirmed (1975 – 2001) was the 11th horse to claim the Triple Crown of U.S. thoroughbred racing. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1978. After this, no other horse repeated this feat until 2015 when American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown champion, thus ending a 37-year period without any Triple Crown wins.
Affirmed raced for three years and was highly successful throughout his racing career. He won a total of 14 Grade I stakes and received multiple awards. He is also famous for his rivalry with Alydar, whom the raced against ten-time, including all the Triple Crown races.
In his racing career, Affirmed earned $2,393,818 in prize money, becoming the first thoroughbred in North American to bring in more than $2 million in prize money.
Affirmed became a successful stud who sired over 80 stakes winners, including horses such as Flawlessly, North America´s grass course champion in 1992 and 1993, and Peteski, who captured the Canadian Triple Crown.
In 2001, Affirmed was euthanized after developing a very serious case of laminitis. He was buried at Jonabell Farm wearing the flamingo pink colours of Harbor View Farm.
Short facts about Affirmed
Lifespan: February 21, 1975 – January 12, 2001
Sire: Exclusive Native
Dam: Won´t Tell You
Breeder: Harbor View Farm
Owner: Harbor View Farm
Trainer: Laz Barrera
Record: 29: 22-5-1
Triple Crown race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1978)
Preakness Stakes (1978)
Belmont Stakes (1978)
Other major wins:
Youthful Stakes (1977)
Hollywood Juvenile Championship (1977)
Sanford Stakes (1977)
Hopeful Stakes (1977)
Futurity Stakes (1977)
Laurel Futurity (1977)
San Felipe Stakes (1978)
Santa Anita Derby (1978)
Hollywood Derby (1978)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1978)
Strub Stakes (1979)
Santa Anita Handicap (1979)
Californian Stakes (1979)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1979)
Woodward Stakes (1979)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1979)
Awards, honors, etc
11th U.S. Triple Crown Champion (1978)
1977 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
1978 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse
1978 American Horse of the Year
1979 American Horse of the Year
1979 American Champion Older Male Horse
United States Racing Hall of Fame (inducted1980)
Listed at spot #12 at the Blood-Horse Magazine´s Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park
Affirmed Stakes at Calder Race Course
Affirmed Street in Napa, California
Affirmed was foaled on February 21, 1975. He was bred by Louis Wolfson´s Harbor View Farm in Marion County, Florida.
As a two-year-old, Affirmed started in nine races and won seven of them. His regular rider was Steve Cauthen, who was theen still a teenager. Affirmed´s first win was in a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park on May 24, 1977.
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