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Date:7/22/2014 7:28:29 AM
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Thank you so much for voting for Cherokee!

Todays blog is about Affirmed, a Thoroughbred racehorse who was the last horse to win the Triple Crown.
This spectacular racehorse was a living legend who dominated the track and crept into the hearts of many. He was foaled on 21 February 1975 to the mare Won’t Tell You and sired by Exclusive Native, and owned by Louis and Patrice Wolfson. Affirmed would ride under the colors of Harbor View Farm and be trained by Laz Barrera. His famous rivalry with Alydar would begin even before they had met, as rumors of the new addition to the Calumet family sparked rumors and excitement surrounding these two horses.

After making his debut as a two-year old, Affirmed was set to run in the Youthful Stakes, with a surprise entry of Alydar, who had not been raced yet. Alydar came in fifth, with Affirmed winning the race. At the Great American Stakes, Affirmed and Alydar were reunited, and this time Alydar took the winning position. Tension between the supporters and the horses started to grow. Everyone wanted to know who was the better horse, but stories started to settle down as the two horses parted ways. Affirmed was sent to run in the Hollywood Juvenile Stakes in the west, and Alydar went east to run in the Tremont Stakes. Both horses won their respective races. Affirmed moved back east and continued on his winning streak, while Alydar continued on his. Affirmed had started to mature and become more confident, and meeting up with his rival, Alydar, was inevitable. The meeting of the two horses was to be at the Hopeful Stakes. The tension started to mount once again, and the spectators were all in favor of Alydar winning the race. But on this race, Affirmed had more determination, and gathered up all his courage and heart to win the race and beat Alydar. The Futurity Stakes that was held two weeks after the Hopeful Stakes saw Affirmed and Alydar head to head once again. Stride for stride the two horses stayed together, but Affirmed took the win. And so the rivalry between the two continued, until they ended the year with Affirmed beating Alydar at four races, and Alydar beating Affirmed twice. To be continued...
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