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Secretariat, Affirmed, Alydar, Sunny Fitzsimmons - June 15th

In preparation for his July 4 debut, Secretariat worked five furlongs from the starting gate in 1:00 1/5. ~1972
 
Future rivals Affirmed and Alydar met for the first time, in the Youthful Stakes at Belmont Park. Affirmed triumphed over Alydar, who finished fifth, and went on to win four of their six races together in 1977. ~1977
 
Five weeks prior to his 90th birthday, Hall of Fame trainer ‘Sunny Jim' Fitzsimmons retired. "Mr. Fitz," as he was also known, trained such outstanding runners as Nashua, Bold Ruler, Johnstown and Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and his son Omaha. ~1963

 

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