Browse through 19 photos of Secretariat, 8 of Seattle Slew, 11 of Affirmed amongst others in our horse photography section. We also offer a portrait gallery stuffed with great portraits of your favorite racing stars. We also offer many of our photos featuring the winning riders signature. Who is your favorite, Arcaro, Shoemaker, Pincay Bailey, Smith, Cordero or someone else , we offer many signed items for your collecting pleasure.
This is a gorgeous photograph of Secretariat prior to Whitney Handicap in the post parade at Saratoga Race Course. He would go on to be upset at “The Graveyard of the Favorite”. However his Belmont Stakes world record of 2:24 flat was superior to any Belmont Stakes running performance by at least 10 lengths. Secretariat’s three year old season was the greatest run by any horse racing champion ever. During the 1973 Triple Crown season, Secretariat was on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. This was the zenith of horse racing prominence in the eyes of the American public. Secretariat was ridden by Ron Turcotte and trained by Lucien Laurin. #108
Horse racing history will always record the battle of rivals Affirmed and Alydar amongst it’s most fabled equine duels. These two champions went at each other before, during and after the Triple Crown like no other race horses. They faced each other ten times, with Affirmed the victor in seven. but Alydar’s ferocity in each match up not only validated his legacy, but Affirmed’s as well. This dramatic action photo shows Affirmed driving to the wire over Alydar in the 1978 Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs. Affirmed was ridden by Steve Cauthen and trained by Laz Barrera.
This is a gorgeous photograph of Jean Cruguet piloting Seattle Slew to Triple Crown glory in the 1977 Belmont Stakes at historic Belmont Park. In the “Test of the Champion”, Seattle Slew became the first race horse to win the Triple Crown as an undefeated race horse, an extraordinary horse racing feat. He would go on to even greater horse racing glory by defeating 1978 Triple Crown champion Affirmed in the 1978 Marlboro Cup Invitational at Belmont Park. This was the first time in horse racing history that two Triple Crown winners met in a race. After retirement from horse racing, Seattle Slew went into a stud career. He was a $17,500 yearling sales purchase, a figure that even in the mid 1970’s wasn’t a lot of money for a top class race horse. However as a stallion, Seattle Slew went on to command the highest stud fee in the world for many years. A true example of how life can make anything possible.