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Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing S Greatest Rivalry

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andlt;B andgt;From the moment they first galloped head-to-head in Saratoga Springs, the two chestnut colts showed they were the stuff of racing legend. Alydar, all muscle with a fearsome closing kick, was already the popular favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Affirmed, deceptively laid-back streamlined elegance, was powered forward by his steely determination not to settle for second place.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In the Sport of Kings, the Triple Crown is the most valued prize, requiring a horse to win not just one race, but three: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. And 1978 would not be just for the record books, but also one of the greatest dramas ever played out in the racing world.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;There were names to conjure with, worthy of the Sport of Kings. The bloodline of Native Dancer. The teen wonderboy jockey Steve Cauthen. The once unbeatable Calumet Farmand#8212;the Damn Yankees of the racing worldand#8212;now in eclipse and hoping for a comeback. The newcomer Harbor View Farmand#8212;owned by brash financier Louis Wolfson, who wouldnand#8217;t let even a conviction and a prison sentence for securities violations stand in the way of his dreams of glory. And the racetracks themselves: Belmont, Saratoga, Pimlico. And, of course, Churchill Downs.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;It has been thirty-five years since Affirmed and Alydar fought for the Triple Crown, thirty-five years when no other horse has won it. andlt;I andgt;Duel for the Crownandlt;/Iandgt; brings this epic battle to life. Not just two magnificent Thoroughbreds but the colorful human personalities surrounding them, caught up in an ever-intensifying battle of will and wits that lasted until the photo finish of the final Triple Crown race . . . and Alydar and Affirmed leaped into the history books.

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A gripping look at the great duel between Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crownand#8212;comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakesand#8212;and his archrival, Alydar.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;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 itand#8217;s been thirty-five years since one horse won the US Triple Crownand#8212;Affirmed was the last horse to win, in 1978. Now, in andlt;Iandgt;Duel for the Crownandlt;/Iandgt;, the stirring rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar, two horseracing legends, is brought to vivid life with the rich detail it deserves.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 horseracingand#8217;s crowning glory. In the bestselling tradition of andlt;Iandgt;Seabiscuitandlt;/Iandgt;, 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, andlt;Iandgt;Duel for the Crownandlt;/Iandgt; is a galloping ride as fast and exciting as the actual races.

About the Author

Linda Carroll has been a nationally respected health writer for seventeen years. While covering a broad range of health topics forandnbsp;MSNBC.com and andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, she has developed a specialized expertise in brain science.andnbsp;As an MSNBC.com contract writer for the past ten years, Carroll has done everything from investigative reporting to column writing for the Internet's leading news website. She was the MSNBC.com women's health columnist for five years. She has also written investigative pieces forandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Healthandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;SmartMoneyandlt;/iandgt;, and in-depth health and medical articles forandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Newsday andlt;/iandgt;and the andlt;iandgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt;.David Rosner is a journalist with extensive experience covering sports and health for prominent publications. As a longtime sportswriter at andlt;iandgt;Newsdayandlt;/iandgt; in New York, he won national newspaper awards for deadline, enterprise, and investigative reporting.andnbsp;He launched the city sports bureau of andlt;iandgt;New York Newsdayandlt;/iandgt;, created the genre of sports-business journalism at andlt;iandgt;Sports inc.andlt;/iandgt; magazine, and broke ground in the coverage of athletes with disabilities for WeMedia's award-winning website. In addition to freelancing articles for national magazines ranging from andlt;iandgt;TIMEandlt;/iandgt; to the andlt;iandgt;Sporting Newsandlt;/iandgt;, he co-authored andlt;iandgt;The Official Illustrated NHL Historyandlt;/iandgt;. He also has edited two national consumer magazines, including andlt;iandgt;Neurology Now, andlt;/iandgt;the official patients' magazine of the American Academy of Neurology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476733203
Author:
Carroll, Linda
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Author:
Rosner, David
Author:
roll
Author:
Linda Car
Subject:
Horse racing
Subject:
Games-Horse Racing
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8pg 4/c insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Synopsis" by , A gripping look at the great duel between Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crownand#8212;comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakesand#8212;and his archrival, Alydar.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;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 itand#8217;s been thirty-five years since one horse won the US Triple Crownand#8212;Affirmed was the last horse to win, in 1978. Now, in andlt;Iandgt;Duel for the Crownandlt;/Iandgt;, the stirring rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar, two horseracing legends, is brought to vivid life with the rich detail it deserves.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 horseracingand#8217;s crowning glory. In the bestselling tradition of andlt;Iandgt;Seabiscuitandlt;/Iandgt;, 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, andlt;Iandgt;Duel for the Crownandlt;/Iandgt; is a galloping ride as fast and exciting as the actual races.
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