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Alydar
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Animal
    (March 23, 1975-November 15, 1990)
    Born in Calumet Farms, Lexington, Kentucky
    Sire: Raise a Native
    Dam: Sweet Tooth
    Owner: Calumet Farm
    Trainer: John Veitch
    Jockeys: Eddie Maple, Jorge Velasquez and Jeffrey Fell
    Record: 26 races, 14 wins, 9 places, 1 show
    Career Earnings: $957,195
    Inducted into the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame (1989)
    Euthanized after suffering a broken leg, allegedly as a result of kicking the stable door
    He was considered headstrong and demanding.
    He snorted impatiently if he felt the grooms were not paying him enough attention.
    He finished second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races (1978).
    During his last meeting with Affirmed at the 1978 Travers Stakes, he suffered a fractured coffin bone and was out of commission for the rest of the year.
    He lost the Triple Crown by a combined total of less than two lengths.
    His side-by-side duel to the wire with Affirmed in the 1978 Belmont Stakes is considered one of the most exciting races in the history of the sport.
    Affirmed’s trainer said, ‘Affirmed is greater than Secretariat or any Triple Crown winner, because only Affirmed had to face Alydar.’
    He outdid Affirmed as a stud, siring winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Alysheba, 1987) and Belmont Stakes (Easy Goer, 1989).
    A decade after his death, evidence surfaced showing that his leg had been deliberately broken in order to collect on an insurance policy and keep Calumet Farm from going bankrupt.

Credit: C. Fishel


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