The crown jewel of the Sport of Kings!

    1978 Affirmed Triple Crown Trophy Presented to Trainer Laz Barrera.
    "He was basically the best horse I ever rode, the most intelligent," said Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen, who was just eighteen years old when he piloted Affirmed to the Triple Crown. "He was just a horse of tremendous courage. He loved to race. He was a great horse to ride."

    While the realization of the horseracing Triple Crown suggests a lopsided dominance, each of the three races provided no shortage of nail-biting drama. The series would showcase one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport: Affirmed vs. Alydar. In the Kentucky Derby, Affirmed would win by one and a half lengths. In the Preakness, Alydar shaved the margin to a neck. Finally, the Triple Crown would come down to a near photo-finish, with Affirmed nosing out Alydar in the final stride.

    Remarkably, Affirmed's Triple Crown would be the second in as many seasons, as Seattle Slew had run the board in 1977. Just four years before that, Secretariat had dominated the field. But that cluster was proven to be the oddity that it was, as nearly four decades would elapse before American Pharoah would join these 1970's thoroughbreds in racing immortality.

    It was in 1950 that a special trophy was commissioned to recognize horseracing's greatest accomplishment, with renowned jeweler Cartier tasked with imagining a design worthy of the honor. Like the Stanley Cup of professional hockey, a single perpetual trophy is updated with each subsequent honoree, with smaller individual trophies presented to the owner, jockey and trainer. The offered example is the one issued to trainer Lazaro Barrera, the only trainer in history to win four consecutive Eclipse Awards, and a 1979 inductee of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

    Each side of the triangular sterling cup is engraved with the pertinent details of the three victories, set upon a silver and gold base bearing the logo of the Thoroughbred Racing Association. It stands seven inches (7") in height, with each edge of the triangular lip of the cup measuring ten inches (10"). Jockey Steve Cauthen has autographed the underside of the base in 10/10 black sharpie, adding the notation "1978 Affirmed." The trophy presents flawlessly, and includes the original velvet bag in which it was issued and the white Cartier gloves for handling. Unquestionably one of the most significant horseracing pieces ever made available to the collecting public. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.

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