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A bust of Jean Cruguet by caricature/humorist artist Peb shows the jockey with grass for hair and proclaims him the grass champ of 1979. A reference to 1978 Horse of the Year Eclipse Award winner Mac Diarmida.

Keeneland Association- Alydar, J Velasquez up, 1978 Blue Grass post parade.tif
Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up, before his definitive 13-length win over Raymond Earl in the 1978 Blue Grass Stakes. The future top sire in North America boasted a 14-9-1 career record from 26 starts and earnings in excess of $950,000.

Keeneland Association - Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up, Gene Markey, Melinda Bena, Mrs. Markey, Joseph Bena, and Robert McGoodwin on fence, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland 1978.jpg
This photograph captures Future Racing Hall of Famer Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up in Calumet silks, presented to Lucille Parker Wright Markey (third from the right) and Admiral Eugene Markey (far right) before the horse’s triumph in the 1978 Blue Grass…

Keeneland Association - Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, April 27 1978.jpg
This photograph captures an eager crowd of racing fans taking in Alydar, Jorge Velasquez up, at the 1978 Blue Grass Stakes.
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