Last Triple Crown WinnerAffirmed

  • Sire: Exclusive Native
  • Dam: Won’t Tell You, by Crafty Admiral
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Foaled: February 21, 1975



Video of the 1978 Belmont Stakes

Check out the video of Affirmed’s historic 1978 Belmont Stakes win , in which he captures the Triple Crown with jockey Steve Cauthen, defeating long-standing rival Alydar:


A Brief History of Affirmed

Affirmed is best known as the last horse to win the Triple Crown. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 1978, becoming just the 11th horse in history to do so, and the most recent.

Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1980, Affirmed was also recognized as Horse of the Year in 1978 and 1979. The storied rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar is among the best stories in Thoroughbred racing – Affirmed and Alydar met on ten different occasions, including all three Triple Crown races and a thrilling stretch duel in the Belmont Stakes. He also won multiple stakes races at Santa Anita and Belmont Park.

Bred in Florida, Affirmed is by Exclusive Native, a son of the legendary sire Raise a Native, by Native Dancer. Exclusive Native also sired one of the few fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, Genuine Risk. His dam, Won’t Tell You, traced her bloodlines through sire Crafty Admiral to another Triple Crown winner, War Admiral.

Affirmed was euthanized in 2001 following a battle with laminitis and was buried at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, KY, wearing the pink colors of his original owners and breeders, Harbor View Farm.


Affirmed – Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for Affirmed:

Lifetime Earnings



Race Record

29 Starts

22 Wins

5 Seconds

1 Third 


1977 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt
1978 Horse of the Year
1978 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt
1979 Horse of the Year
1979 Champion Older Horse

Historical Race Results for Affirmed

Affirmed has been a part of some of the most memorable horse racing results of all time. Click the link below to view his complete racing record.

10/6/19794Jockey Club Gold Cup1Belmont Park1
9/22/19794Woodward Stakes1Belmont Park1
8/29/19794AllowanceBelmont Park1
6/24/19794Hollywood Gold Cup1Hollywood Park1
5/20/19794Californian Stakes1Hollywood Park1
3/4/19794Santa Anita Handicap1Santa Anita1
2/4/19794Charles H. Strub Stakes1Santa Anita1
1/20/19794San Fernando Stakes2Santa Anita2
1/7/19794Malibu Stakes2Santa Anita3
10/14/19783Jockey Club Gold Cup1Belmont Park5
9/16/19783Marlboro Cup Handicap1Belmont Park2
8/19/19783Travers Stakes1Saratoga2
8/8/19783Jim Dandy Stakes3Saratoga1
6/10/19783Belmont Stakes1Belmont Park1
5/20/19783Preakness Stakes1Pimlico1
5/6/19783Kentucky Derby1Churchill Downs1
4/16/19783Hollywood Derby1Hollywood Park1
4/2/19783Santa Anita Derby1Santa Anita1
3/18/19783San Felipe Handicap2Santa Anita1
3/8/19783AllowanceSanta Anita1
10/29/19772Laurel Futurity1Laurel Park1
10/15/19772Champagne Stakes1Belmont Park2
9/10/19772Futurity Stakes1Belmont Park1
8/27/19772Hopeful Stakes1Saratoga1
8/17/19772Sanford Stakes2Saratoga1
7/23/19772Hollywood Juvenile Championship2Hollywood Park1
7/6/19772Great American StakesBelmont Park2
6/15/19772Youthful StakesBelmont Park1
5/24/19772Maiden Special WeightBelmont Park1