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Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner

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“Sahadi tells the dramatic story of Affirmed and his young jockey . . . showing in detail how the ‘underdog’ Affirmed won the Triple Crown.” —New York Post (“Required Reading” pick)

In 1978, racing fans witnessed the culmination of an epic rivalry when a horse named Affirmed faced off against the celebrated Alydar and emerged victorious. In this long-overdue biography of Af
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 29th 2011)
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This is a nice, light overview of Affirmed's accomplishments. It's a quick, fast read if you wanted to get started on some of his memorable exploits and to get some of the ground foundation down on why he's such a remembered and great racehorse.

But! But this documentary wasn't really the best.

It glossed over a lot of things and instead of ramping up the excitement and tension to the big races which are a huge feature of this book and the defining image when one thinks of this horse, it was absen
This book was so, so disappointing. I thought it was going to be the book Affirmed and his connections have always deserved, rather than just a recitation of the facts, was a recitation of the facts. Moreover, most of the facts being recited weren't even about the horse. While I feel sorry for Louis Wolfson and his situation, I didn't need to read a whole chapter about how he really didn't deserve to go to prison, and how he reacted to being there. All I really wanted to know was a litt ...more
Sheillagh Dare
great book about rivalry between Alydar and Affirmed, resulting in Affirmed winning the Triple Crown in 1978. Lots of human interest provided about Wolfson(owner), Jockey Steve Cauthen and Laz Barrera, the great Cuban trainer. Brings back memories of this great horse rivalry.
This book was disappointing. I love books about racing, and the Affirmed-Alydar rivalry should have made for riveting reading. Instead, the poor writing got in the way of the story, making this book one to be endured rather than enjoyed.
Cole Murphy
Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner
This book was a very good reads because of its interesting storyline. However the beginning of this book is very slow until the start of the Triple Crown Races because a lot of background information is given about Affirmed(the horse), Steve Cauthen(Affirmed's jockey), Harbor View Farm(where Affirmed was bred and raised), and Laz Barrera(Affirmed's trainer). Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner would interest people who like sports books, like horse racing
I find it interesting that this book is named Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner. The title may have to be changed. I am writing this after California Chrome's victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, and he has the makings of the next Triple Crown winner. I wonder if they will change the name of the book if necessary.

Anyway, the book was a good read for those who love horseracing, although there were times when the same info was repeated, and repeated often.
Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner by Lou Sahadi tells the story of an exceptional horse and an extraordinary rivalry between two thoroughbreds. After a number of close races between the two-year old horses, Affirmed and Alydar, their third year, 1978, was one of neck and neck finishes. The excitement of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes were all heightened by the rivalry, as every win for Affirmed was a close second for Alydar. Ridden by Steve Cauthen, the youngest jo ...more
It's definitely not as in-depth as Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: An American Legend or William Nack's Secretariat: The Making of a Champion. However, if you're looking for a basic read-through of Affirmed's career (as well as Alydar's, since the two are forever connected), this is the perfect book. Unless you're a hardcore racing nut who wants concrete, in-depth analysis of the sport's greatest athletes or you're a bloodthirsty Affirmed or Alydar fan, this book should prove to be an enjoyable ...more
Paul Groffie
The book was a fairly entertaining story about Affirmed and his "family". The book lacked the pop I was expecting considering the Affirmed story was BIG. Despite the lack of a wow actor, The book is a worthwhile read just to relive the events of 1978!!
I wish this had been written by William Nack and I wish it had been less about Steve Cauthen and more about Affirmed.
Had to read this book as an avid horse racing fan...Affirmed was a great horse.....
Rachel Masen
Good story. Poorly edited. Lots of mistakes and repetitions of quotes/stories.
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