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Triple Crown winner is long overdue

Updated: February 10, 2012, 12:11 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

Thirty-two years ago, Affirmed fought off Alydar in the Belmont Stakes and won the Triple Crown, the cherry on the '70s sundae, a decade of plenty -- first the incomparable Secretariat, then the fierce, unbowed Seattle Slew and finally the determined and courageous Affirmed.

The draught has been endless and has persisted through radical change in almost every facet of American life.

When Affirmed won the last Triple Crown beneath the 18-year-old Steve Cauthen, the average annual ...

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