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By Knight-Ridder | November 18, 1992
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Two veterinarians who attended to Alydar in his final hours have disputed renewed insinuations that the horse's injury was not accidental.An article in the Nov. 16 Sports Illustrated is the most recent to raise questions that the injury, which resulted in Alydar's death, was caused deliberately so Calumet Farm could collect $36.5 million in insurance in an effort to salvage its desperate financial situation.Dr. William Baker and Dr. Larry Bramlage, who performed surgery on Alydar in November 1990 after the horse was found in his stall with a broken leg, said those insinuations are ridiculous.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Patrice Wolfson is talking about a poster. It's a pretty special poster because it shows her favorite horse racing memory. The poster displays a picture from the finish line of the 1978 Belmont Stakes, Affirmed edging out Alydar for the third time in 35 days. On it are the words, "The Last Triple Crown Winner. " "Sometimes I think that's my name, Mrs. Last Triple Crown Winner," said Wolfson, who co-owned Affirmed with her late husband, Louis. That could change this weekend.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 16, 1990
LAUREL -- Alydar, famous as the consistent but narrow loser to Affirmed throughout the 1978 Triple Crown series, was humanely destroyed yesterday morning at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., after suffering a second life-threatening injury.He first was injured when he kicked the door of his stall Tuesday and suffered a mid-shaft transverse fracture of the cannon bone of his right hind leg.The fracture ran across the bone and was halfway between the ankle and the hock, which is the major joint midway up the leg.Drs.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
It has been 36 years since racing's last Triple Crown winner, but for those involved with horses who have triumphed, the memories don't fade. As a prelude to California Chrome's attempt to become the 12 t h Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, The Baltimore Sun caught up with jockeys, trainers and owners from the three most recent champions: Secretariat who, in 1973, smashed track records at all three venues and was named Man...
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The three horses whose rivalry has spiced the Triple Crown have arrived on Long Island. But they will race no more -- not all three -- because of the retirement of Captain Bodgit.After straining a tendon in the Preakness, Captain Bodgit was offered for sale and transported to a Long Island estate a short drive from Belmont Park. Breeders will look him over during Belmont week.That leaves Silver Charm and Free House, the California grays who have battled furiously in five straight races -- most recently the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- to continue the rivalry in Saturday's Belmont.
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By Maryjean Wall and Maryjean Wall,Knight-Ridder | November 16, 1990
Alydar treated his final hours like a race with Affirmed, and this was his greatest eulogy.Yet no matter how fine a marker they etch for his grave at Calumet Farm, there will never be room for the whole story.This was a horse whose final hours were as much an inspiration as they were a tragedy. When the dirt had been smoothed atop the grave where he was buried yesterday afternoon at Calumet Farm, the farm's president, J.T. Lundy, spoke as much in awe as with sadness for the 15-year-old horse.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1998
Before Secretariat, there was Citation.Fifty years ago, Citation ran through perhaps the greatest 3-year-old season in the history of horse racing. He won 19 of 20 races (finishing second in the other, at Havre de Grace). The victories included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Citation's Triple Crown sweep was part of his 16-race win streak, equaled two years ago by Cigar.Citation won the Kentucky Derby by 3 1/2 lengths at odds of 2-5 (coupled in the betting with highly regarded stablemate Coaltown, who finished second)
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Towering sycamores line the approach, pregnant with buds. Gangly yearlings graze on the bluegrass, close by their mares. Business is brisk in the breeding sheds. Spring has come to Calumet Farm, 800 of the most troubled yet sacred acres in thoroughbred racing. A new farm manager, who has visions of silver trophies and blankets of roses, has been hired. A few promising 2-year-olds are in training, raising hopes that the long fall from the sport's pinnacle has ended.
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By Sports on TV | May 3, 2010
"SportsCentury: Affirmed vs. Alydar" Noon [ESPN Classic] Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner (1978), had a rivalry with Alydar that was unlike any other that horse racing has seen. In nine races, Affirmed edged Alydar (at left, the two battling at Belmont Park) seven times at the finish, including in all three Triple Crown races in 1978.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2008
It's a 6-inch swatch of chestnut horsehair, braided lovingly and tucked inside a glass display case at the Kentucky Horse Park. Remember the mane - and the colt it belonged to. Affirmed, racing's last Triple Crown winner, is memorialized in the museum in Lexington, Ky. Affirmed died in 2001 at age 26. But the stirring fashion in which he won those races 30 years ago makes visitors weep as they pass his permanent exhibit. "To diehard fans, this horse represents something special," said Bill Cooke, a museum director.
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May 19, 2014
Twice in recent days you have let the stupid opinion that we hear every year at this time be aired in your publication, first by Stuart Janney and then again by Peter Schmuck ( "A year after Triple Crown spotlight, Stuart Janney III reflects on horse racing in Maryland," May 11). That is the notion that we ought to change the Triple Crown to make it easier for a horse to win it. Any tinkering would be spitting in the eyes of the great horses of history that have, without any whining or belly aching, achieved one of he toughest feats in sports.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Horse racing fans talk about their sport not having a Triple Crown winner in nearly 35 years much the way baseball fans lament the fact that their favorite game has gone more than twice as long without a .400 hitter. Undoubtedly, in the days leading up to the 138th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, there will plenty of discussion about Orb's chances to repeat what he did at the Kentucky Derby and, if victorious in Baltimore, what he might do next month in New York at the Belmont Stakes.
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By Sports on TV | May 3, 2010
"SportsCentury: Affirmed vs. Alydar" Noon [ESPN Classic] Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner (1978), had a rivalry with Alydar that was unlike any other that horse racing has seen. In nine races, Affirmed edged Alydar (at left, the two battling at Belmont Park) seven times at the finish, including in all three Triple Crown races in 1978.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2008
It's a 6-inch swatch of chestnut horsehair, braided lovingly and tucked inside a glass display case at the Kentucky Horse Park. Remember the mane - and the colt it belonged to. Affirmed, racing's last Triple Crown winner, is memorialized in the museum in Lexington, Ky. Affirmed died in 2001 at age 26. But the stirring fashion in which he won those races 30 years ago makes visitors weep as they pass his permanent exhibit. "To diehard fans, this horse represents something special," said Bill Cooke, a museum director.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Towering sycamores line the approach, pregnant with buds. Gangly yearlings graze on the bluegrass, close by their mares. Business is brisk in the breeding sheds. Spring has come to Calumet Farm, 800 of the most troubled yet sacred acres in thoroughbred racing. A new farm manager, who has visions of silver trophies and blankets of roses, has been hired. A few promising 2-year-olds are in training, raising hopes that the long fall from the sport's pinnacle has ended.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1998
Before Secretariat, there was Citation.Fifty years ago, Citation ran through perhaps the greatest 3-year-old season in the history of horse racing. He won 19 of 20 races (finishing second in the other, at Havre de Grace). The victories included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Citation's Triple Crown sweep was part of his 16-race win streak, equaled two years ago by Cigar.Citation won the Kentucky Derby by 3 1/2 lengths at odds of 2-5 (coupled in the betting with highly regarded stablemate Coaltown, who finished second)
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Patrice Wolfson is talking about a poster. It's a pretty special poster because it shows her favorite horse racing memory. The poster displays a picture from the finish line of the 1978 Belmont Stakes, Affirmed edging out Alydar for the third time in 35 days. On it are the words, "The Last Triple Crown Winner. " "Sometimes I think that's my name, Mrs. Last Triple Crown Winner," said Wolfson, who co-owned Affirmed with her late husband, Louis. That could change this weekend.
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May 19, 2014
Twice in recent days you have let the stupid opinion that we hear every year at this time be aired in your publication, first by Stuart Janney and then again by Peter Schmuck ( "A year after Triple Crown spotlight, Stuart Janney III reflects on horse racing in Maryland," May 11). That is the notion that we ought to change the Triple Crown to make it easier for a horse to win it. Any tinkering would be spitting in the eyes of the great horses of history that have, without any whining or belly aching, achieved one of he toughest feats in sports.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The three horses whose rivalry has spiced the Triple Crown have arrived on Long Island. But they will race no more -- not all three -- because of the retirement of Captain Bodgit.After straining a tendon in the Preakness, Captain Bodgit was offered for sale and transported to a Long Island estate a short drive from Belmont Park. Breeders will look him over during Belmont week.That leaves Silver Charm and Free House, the California grays who have battled furiously in five straight races -- most recently the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- to continue the rivalry in Saturday's Belmont.
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By John Eisenberg | May 23, 1997
Rarely has a horse failed to win either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness and emerged with a better reputation than Captain Bodgit, the Maryland-based colt trained by Gary Capuano.A second-place finish in the Derby and a third in the Preakness, by a combined length of three heads, did little damage to the notion that Captain Bodgit was about as fast and dangerous on the track as a 3-year-old can get.His finishing kick was so formidable in this year's first two Triple Crown races that many racetrackers already had picked him as the horse to beat in the Belmont Stakes, even though Silver Charm would be racing for a Triple Crown after winning the Derby and Preakness.
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