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Duel for the Crown

Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing's Greatest Rivalry
Carroll, Linda (Book - 2014 )
Duel for the Crown
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"A gripping look at the great duel between Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crown--comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes--and his archrival, Alydar. More than sixteen million Americans watched the 2013 Kentucky Derby, and the three Triple Crown races combined drew more than thirty million viewers. But most people might not realize that it's been thirty-five years since one horse won the US Triple Crown--Affirmed was the last horse to win, in 1978. Now, in Duel for the Crown, the stirring rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar, two horseracing legends, is brought to vivid life with the rich detail it deserves. Alydar was horseracing royalty, while Affirmed grew up on a backwoods Florida farm. But scrappy Affirmed held off Alydar by an ever-narrowing margin to win each of the three races in the Triple Crown. These two horses and their epic battle are horseracing's crowning glory. In the bestselling tradition of Seabiscuit, this book tells the tale of two Thoroughbreds along with their respective owners, trainers, and jockeys in an ever-intensifying battle of wills and wits. With a cast of human connections as colorful as the horses themselves, Duel for the Crown is a galloping ride as fast and exciting as the actual races"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Carroll, Linda, 1956-
Title: Duel for the crown
Affirmed, Alydar, and racing's greatest rivalry
Publisher: New York, NY :, Gallery Books,, 2014
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Characteristics: 360 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Linda Carroll and David Rosner
Contents: Both the king's horses
Genesis. Seeds of greatness ; Dynasty ; The takeover artist ; From the ashes
Ascendance. Born to run ; The Casey Stengel of horse whisperers ; The beginning of a beautiful rivalry ; The kid ; The battle joined ; Collision course
Coronation. Dream derby ; Affirmation ; Dueling for the crown jewel ; Crowning glory ; The anticlimax ; Where have you gone, Affirmed and Alydar?
Appendix 1. Affirmed vs. Alydar : the showdowns
Appendix 2. Charting the classics : the 1978 Triple Crown
Appendix 3. Dueling careers : racing records of the rivals
Appendix 4. Family trees pedigree charts of the rivals
Appendix 5. Tale of the tape L how they measured up
Summary: "A gripping look at the great duel between Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crown--comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes--and his archrival, Alydar. More than sixteen million Americans watched the 2013 Kentucky Derby, and the three Triple Crown races combined drew more than thirty million viewers. But most people might not realize that it's been thirty-five years since one horse won the US Triple Crown--Affirmed was the last horse to win, in 1978. Now, in Duel for the Crown, the stirring rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar, two horseracing legends, is brought to vivid life with the rich detail it deserves. Alydar was horseracing royalty, while Affirmed grew up on a backwoods Florida farm. But scrappy Affirmed held off Alydar by an ever-narrowing margin to win each of the three races in the Triple Crown. These two horses and their epic battle are horseracing's crowning glory. In the bestselling tradition of Seabiscuit, this book tells the tale of two Thoroughbreds along with their respective owners, trainers, and jockeys in an ever-intensifying battle of wills and wits. With a cast of human connections as colorful as the horses themselves, Duel for the Crown is a galloping ride as fast and exciting as the actual races"-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Rosner, David - 1956-
ISBN: 1476733201
9781476733203
9781476733227
9781476733210
Branch Call Number: 798.40092 C3195d 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-346) and index
Subject Headings: Race horses United States Biography Horse racing United States History 20th century Triple Crown (U.S. horse racing) Alydar (Race horse) Affirmed (Race horse)
Topical Term: Race horses
Horse racing
Triple Crown (U.S. horse racing)
Alydar (Race horse)
Affirmed (Race horse)
LCCN: 2013048217
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Alydar was horseracing royalty, while Affirmed grew up on a backwoods Florida farm. But scrappy Affirmed held off Alydar by an ever-narrowing margin to win each of the three races in the Triple Crown in 1978. Their epic battle may be horseracing's crowning glory.


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