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1978 Triple Crown Winner. Affirmed (February 21, 1975 – January 12, 2001) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was the eleventh and most recent winner of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Affirmed was also known for his famous rivalry with Alydar, whom he met ten times, including in all three Triple Crown races and where Alydar became the first racehorse to finish second in all three Triple Crown races. He was the great-great-grandson of Triple Crown winner War Admiral through damsire Crafty Admiral, and thereby the great-great-great grandson of Man o' War who won two of the three Triple Crown races himself. He has other noteworthy horses in his pedigree like Gallant Fox, winner of 1930 Triple Crown and sire of the 1935 Triple Crown Winner Omaha, as well as English Derby winner Mahmoud.
A SAD DAY IN MARYLAND D-; -- Barbaro finished first at the 2006 Kentucky Derby. His finish led to widespread speculation that he might be the next Triple Crown winner of horse racing (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes; in the 125 year history of horse racing, only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown; the last horse was Affirmed in 1978). Severely injured during the 2006 Preakness Stakes, he struggled through a number of operations before being humanely euthanized.
Millionaire racehorse & sire Rock Hard Ten finished second to Smarty Jones in the 2004 Preakness Stakes. He went on to win the GII Swaps Stakes & GI Malibu Stakes. At age 4, Rock Hard Ten developed physically into one of the largest colts to hit the track in history standing 17.3 hands. He won the GII Charles H. Strub Stakes, GI Santa Anita Handicap & the GII Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap. The grandson of Epsom Derby winner Roberto finished his career with an in-the-money percentage of 82%.
The Preakness Woodlawn Vase is awarded to the winner of the Preakness Stakes.