Seattle Slew or Affirmed

There have been other colts who have gone into the Triple Crown series undefeated, but only Seattle Slew has emerged undefeated with the Triple Crown Championship. Seattle Slew was purchased for $17,000 and trained in Maryland where he was nicknamed ”Baby Huey” after the clumsy cartoon character. He began his racing in New York, where he won his first two races, and was then entered in the Champagne Stakes. He won the race by more than 9 lengths in a record one mile time for a two year-old. Later, he was entered in the Flamingo Stakes, and jockey John Cruget rode him to an easy 4-length victory.

One month later, he won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. To this point, every race that Seattle Slew had entered had been an easy romp, and he went into the Kentucky Derby as a huge favorite. His odds were bet down to 50 cents on a dollar. In the Derby, Slew broke from the gate somewhat off balance, swerving to the right, but kept his feet and went on to win the run for the roses by 1 and 3/4 lengths. He went on to take the Preakness by 1 and 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:54 2/5. It was the second fastest Preakness ever. The Belmont Stakes was the first time the powerful horse had ever run on a muddy track. He still managed an easy 4-length victory to take the Triple Crown.

Back to Back Triple Crown Winners

At the beginning of the 1978 racing season, there had never been back to back Triple Crown winners, and no horse ever had to beat the same competitor in all three legs. That year Affirmed and Alydar provided racing fans with many thrills. These two thoroughbreds raced neck and neck for most of all three races with Affirmed winning them at the wire. The jockey was Steve Cauthen. This great rivalry really began in 1977 when they met in the Youthful Stakes at Belmont Park. Affirmed was the winner with Alydar finishing fourth. Affirmed made his career debut in 1977, winning a maiden race at Belmont Park by 4 1/2 lengths. He won the Youthful Stakes three weeks later, and from that point on, he and Alydar were practically inseparable, battling it out race after race. Other big races won by Affirmed were the Santa Anita Derby,the Hollywood Derby, the San Felipe Handicap, the Jim Dandy Stakes, the Marlboro Cup, and the Travers Stakes in 1978, and the Jockey Gold Cup, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Woodward Stakes in 1979.

 

Mikey picks Seattle Slew.  Who do you pick?

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