1) The nail-biting, down-to-the-wire nose finish of AFFIRMED and ALYDAR in the 1978 Belmont - the fifth photo-finish between the two in their nine meetings
There have been closer finishes in the Triple Crown, among the most memorable was:
2) The 114th Preakness - the 1989 race of the year, hair victory of SUNDAY SILENCE over EASY GOER. What a stretch duel - the best of the East vs. the West's best!
3) GALLANT MAN's narrow loss to IRON LIEGE in the stellar field of the 1957 Kentucky Derby due to his jockey, WILLIE SHOEMAKER's misjudgment of the finish line, cost him the victory. That mistake that SHOEMAKER made was one of the few he ever made in is hall of fame career
"THE SHOE" was involved in many other outstanding races including:
4) one of the all-time greatest duels involving his mount, JAIPER vs. RIDAN in the 1962 Travers; the two ran side-by-side the ENTIRE 1-1/4 race and hit the wire nose-to-nose with JAIPER just narrowly taking the victory
5) In the first running of the Arlington Million in 1981, JOHN HENRY closed ground just in time to snatch the glory from THE BART, who clung tenaciously on the rail
6) Race fans have always been fascinated by those battles of the old stars against the young and one of this sports' greatest warriors was KELSO and in the 1964 Woodward the seven-year-old gelding would win by a nose to the much younger GUN BOW
7) Another great race of age and youth was the 1976 Marlboro Cup victory of the six-year-old gelding, FOREGO, over HONEST PLEASURE in which FOREGO carried the most weight of his career, 137 lbs., spotting 18-28 lbs. to the rest of the field. It was the essence of Thoroughbred racing; a great horse more heavily burdened than at any other time in his career straining to catch a younger horse which also was running the race of his life - he caught him in the final stride!
The Breeders' Cup was designed to be Thoroughbred racing's' season ending climax to give this sport a championship day and the next three races are everything a great race should be:
8) In the 1987 Breeders' Cup Classic, two Kentucky Derby winners hit the wire together for a dramatic photo-finish with FERDINAND holding on by a nose and edging the younger, ALYSHEBA, for 1987 Horse-of-the-Year honors
9) It was the fourth meeting of the year between SUNDAY SILENCE and EASY GOER in the 1989 Breeders' Cup Classic in which SUNDAY SILENCE barely held off the oncoming power of EASY GOER, a threatening presence as he was set down for the fierce drive home - it was sadly the end of a racing epic between the two as they would never meet again
10) In the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff, PERSONAL ENSIGN made racing history by unleashing a furious run and capturing 1988 Derby victor, WINNING COLORS, at the wire and retiring with an undefeated record of thirteen wins in as many starts
And finally, the greatest race of our time:
11) SECRETARIAT's 1973 Belmont as he was attempting to become racing's 9th-only Triple Crown winner after a 25-year drought - it was a race for the ages. He demolished the field, winning by an incomprehensible 31 lengths and doing so in a new track record time of 2:24 flat. It was a performance that will forever be a yardstick for greatness in Thoroughbred racing
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