All accounts of those who worked with Affirmed include similar tales.
Affirmed broke well from the inside post, took the lead immediately, extended it in the stretch run and won by 4 1/2 lengths.
took notice of Affirmed and rode him in his next two races, both at Belmont: a victory in the Youthful Stakes, the first Affirmed-Alydar meeting, and a second-place finish in the Great American Stakes, which Alydar won by 3 1/2 lengths.
Barrera decided to send Affirmed to Hollywood Park for the July 23 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, and Laffit Pincay Jr.
Classes AF-2, AF-3, AF-4 and AV-2 affirmed at 'AAA';
Classes AF-1A, AF-1B, AF-1C, AF-2, AF-3, AF-4, AV-2 and AV-3 affirmed at 'AAA';
Classes AF-1, AF-2, AF-3, AF-4, AV-1, AV-2 and AV-3 affirmed at 'AAA';
Classes 2-A-1, 2-A-WIO & 2-A-PO affirmed at 'AAA';
Classes 1-CB-1, 1-CB-WIO, 1-CB-PO, 1-NC-1 to 1-NC-5, 1- NC-WIO and 1-NC-PO affirmed at 'AAA';
Classes 1-A-1 to 1-A-9, 1-A-WIO, 1-A-PO, 1-CB-1, 1-CB-PO and 1-CB-WIO affirmed at 'AAA';