When Affirmed won the Preakness in 1978 on his way to horse racing's most recent Triple Crown, the Maryland racing industry was thriving. Richard Hoffberger, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, looks back with a mix of envy and appreciation.
"Maryland was one of the leading racing and breeding states at that time," he said. "And certainly we ran more days, had more breeding farms. There was more everything. It was one of the top places in the industry nationally."