Thus the Affirmed-Alydar rivalry has taken on a new dimension. The two horses are almost certain to meet again, for both are pointing for the same races: the Marlboro Cup, Woodward Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup in the fall at Belmont Park.
It took an hour and a half for Velasquez to get through the traffic and back to Alydar's barn. The jockey carried a bottle of champagne with him to celebrate the victory, but it was never opened. Jorge stood in front of Alydar's stall and talked to the horse. "We're going to get him next time," he said. "It's a shame we couldn't have done it on our own. You were going to beat him. This way is the worst way for the thing, between you and Affirmed."