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    1978 Jorge Velasquez Triple Crown Race Silks Worn on Alydar. Presented are the actual silks worn by Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez, Jr. while riding the beloved Alydar in all three Triple Crown races in 1978. Nothing in the history of the Sport of Kings can compare to the rivalry generated by Affirmed and Alydar. In the ESPN produced special Sports Greatest Rivalries, the 1978 Triple Crown featuring Affirmed-Alydar not only qualified as the greatest rivalry in the annals of racing, but it transcended the sport, the equine equivalent of Ali vs. Frazier.

    Losing by a combined total of just two lengths, the star-crossed Alydar is the only horse in racing history to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. Alydar was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 1989, having won four Grade 1 races including the Travers, where he enacted a measure of revenge against his nemesis Affirmed. He also won the Florida Derby, the Whitney and, in a stunning thirteen-length romp, the Blue Grass Stakes.

    He was also a champion sire of legendary proportions. His progeny included the likes of Alysheba, Easy Goer, Criminal Type, and Strike the Gold, and he was the broodmare sire of such champions as Cat Thief, Anees, and Gio Ponti. Bloodhorse Magazine ranked Alydar 27th on its list of Top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred Champions of the twentieth century.

    But the story of Alydar is not just about his brilliance as an athlete or his historical impact as a sire. Alydar was racing's equivalent of a Greek tragedy. You see, there are those who believe Alydar the victim of murder so Calumet could collect on its $50 million insurance policy.

    There exists very few, if any other, race worn items associated with Alydar, certainly none of this magnitude. In addition, Jorge wore these same silks aboard the great filly Davona Dale, while piloting her to horse racing history as the only filly ever to win both the National Filly Triple Crown and the NY Filly Triple Crown. Letter of provenance from Jorge Velasquez.

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