This is Affirmed’s 1978 Belmont Stakes win which gave him horseracing’s most recent Triple Crown win. This particular race is often cited as being the most exciting Belmont win in history. Remarkably, this was the first time in history that the same two horses, Affirmed and Alydar, finished one-two in all three of these races. This, combined with Affirmed’s very small margins of victory in all three races (a combined total of less than two lengths), made many people think of Alydar as the first true runner-up to the Triple Crown [2:38].
I have read several books about Alydar, and this gallant horse lived a truly tragic life, despite his impressive talent and his tremendous impact on the sport as a sire of great racehorses. Most tragic of all, Alydar’s life was prematurely ended when his right hind leg was shattered mysteriously in the middle of the night in his stall and he was euthanized as youthful 15 year old. Since the owner of Calumet Farm was in severe financial trouble at the time, it is probable that Alydar was murdered so the owners could collect his multi-million dollar life insurance policy. Several people involved with Calumet Farms were imprisoned for various white-collar crimes.