Equipoise runners

Affirmed won the Strub Stakes, and then ran in the Santa Anita Handicap against Exceller, who had defeated Seattle Slew in 1978. Affirmed won easily, running the   1   1 ⁄ 4 miles in 1:58   3 ⁄ 5 , setting a stakes record in California's most important stakes race that stood until 2014. Affirmed then went to Hollywood Park , where he won the Californian Stakes , carrying 132 pounds, he then won the Hollywood Gold Cup in a three horse finish, from Sirlad and Text, setting an all time earnings record and running the 1¼ miles in a fast 1:58 2/5. Affirmed picked up the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park , and then faced one more all-time great horse, three-year-old Spectacular Bid , in the Jockey Club Gold Cup , also at Belmont. Spectacular Bid, like Alydar, preferred to run off the pace, and once again, Affirmed was allowed to set a slow pace, going the first half mile in 49 seconds. Spectacular Bid issued challenges at Affirmed, but Affirmed won. Spectacular Bid was undefeated during the rest of his racing career.

Equipoise runners

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