"When John Lennon was told of Elvis Presley’s death, he famously responded: "Elvis died when he joined the army," meaning of course, that his combat clothing and clipped hair signalled the demise of the thrusting, Dionysian revolution of which he was the immaculate emblem."
Russell Brand in the Guardian
Asked by Anonymous
Okay, so, even without a caption on this picture, almost every racing fan can name the horses, the race, the year, probably even the jockeys.
And that’s because Affirmed/Alydar is still the greatest racing rivalry. It’s the rivalry against which all others are measured.
Also, consider: Affirmed and Alydar met in 10 different races, three of them were the Triple Crown, and the rest were a laundry list of big-name American races (Youthful, Great American, Hopeful, Champagne, Laurel Futurity, and Travers Stakes). Ridan and Jaipur, on the other hand, are remembered for one (very exciting and incredibly memorable) race in the 1962 Travers. Quantity and quality together always wins ;)