LEXINGTON, KY - Affirmed Success, a son of Triple Crown Winner Affirmed, has joined the Kentucky Horse Park this summer. He will be showcased as the Thoroughbred representative at the Breeds Barn and will make regular appearances in the Parade of Breeds show.
Affirmed Success was bred and foaled in Kentucky on April 1, 1994. His dam, Towering Success, was fortunate to be bred to Affirmed that season. Originally there was no room in his studbook but mares were moved around to enable the breeding of Towering Success. Affirmed Success came from Buttonwood Farm in Rhinebeck, NY where he was trained most of his career. As a two-year old he did not move correctly behind so he was gelded. His action changed immediately and he continued his training.
As a racehorse, Affirmed Success made quite a name for himself. He ran in four Breeder's Cup races, and has been a Graded Stakes Winner at the ages of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Like many great racehorses, he has been jockeyed by the best including Jerry Bailey, Jorge Chavez and Edgar Prado. Affirmed Success began his career as a three-year old and won his first three races. Some of his greatest achievements as a racehorse include winning the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, the Grade 1 Vosburg Handicap and the Grade 1 Carter Handicap. His total earnings add up to $2,285,314.
He was donated to the park by Buttonwood Farm and will reside here permanently. He lives in the Breeds Barn and is displayed in the Parade of Breeds show in the spring and fall. This big bay gelding will now happily live out his retirement as a star of the Kentucky Horse Park for all visitors to come and admire.
The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily March 15-October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just North of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.