Hello, horse racing fans! This week we decided to do another famous racehorse. This time, however, we’re not looking towards fiction. We’re looking at another historical American racehorse and Triple Crown winner.

Famous Thoroughbred Racehorse: Affirmed

Affirmed was born on Louis E. Wolfson’s Harbor View Farm in Fellowship, Florida. His trainer was the American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Laz Barrera.

Affirmed entered his first race in 1977, starting his two-year-old season. He won four of the six races, losing only to his rival Alydar, who would later meet him in the Triple Crown.

Triple Crown Entry

Affirmed entered the Triple Crown during his three-year-old season. He won Triple Crown in 1978. Affirmed set historic records after his run.

  • First time in history that two horses won in consecutive years. (Seattle Slew in 1977)
  • Longest gap between the next racehorse to win the Triple Crown. (American Pharoah in 2015)

Later Life and Death

After the completion of his four-year-old season, Affirmed retired as a stud. He sired until he was euthanized at age 26 due to a circulatory hoof disease.


Affirmed was the first thoroughbred racehorse to earn two million in earnings. Multiple honors have been placed on Affirmed during his life. He was honored as the American Horse of the Year in 1978 and 1979 for his Triple Crown win and his successful career after the crown.

He ranked number twelve on the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century in 1999. One of his unique honors was a Thoroughbred horse racing stakes named after him in the Florida Stallion Stakes. The race was inaugurated in 1982 but discontinued in 2012.

Looking for Quick Entertainment?

While horse racing season is over at Ellis Park Racing this year, we still have plenty of activities for the whole family. Come play our historical horse racing machine or grab a bite to eat at our restaurants.  

Come down and raise the stakes today at Ellis Park Racing!