Duel for the Crown
CHAPTER ONE SEEDS OF GREATNESS
RAISE A NATIVE—the sire of Alydar, the grandsire of Affirmed, and the most influential stud horse of his generation—came within a snip of being gelded before he could even get to the starting gate, let alone the breeding shed. That’s how close the story of his two greatest descendants came to ending before it could begin.
From the moment he was foaled early in 1961, Raise a Native was the kind of strapping specimen that Thoroughbred empires get...