05/17/2011 12:37PM

No. 7 Preakness Moment: The Duel, 1978


Affirmed and Alydar arrived at Pimlico in 1978 more familiar to each other than Burns and Allen. They'd already met seven times, six as 2-year-olds and then in the Kentucky Derby, where Affirmed defeated Alydar for the fourth time. But like old age and taxes, Alydar just kept coming, and there was even a moment midway in the Pimlico stretch when it looked as if it might be Alydar’s day. Still, Affirmed won by a neck. NEXT >>

Jay Hovdey's Top 10 Preakness Moments

10. The Fairy Tale, 1971 (Canonero)
9. The Duel II, 1989 (Sunday Silence)
8. The Thriller, 1997 (Silver Charm)
7. The Duel, 1978 (Affirmed)
6. The Rumble, 1962 (Greek Money)
5. The Stumble, 2005 (Afleet Alex)
4. The Tragedy, 2006 (Bernardini)
3. The Filly, 2009 (Rachel Alexandra)
2. The Mugging, 1980 (Codex)
1. The Move, 1973 (Secretariat)