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Secretariat Racing News
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year. The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships. The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.
By Vance Hanson
Widely considered the most talented Thoroughbred ever to have raced in America, Secretariat is the most recognizable icon the sport produced in the 20th century and arguably of all time. During his Triple Crown run in 1973, he appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated.
The son of Bold Ruler was bred in Virginia by Chris Chenery’s Meadow Stable and, after Chenery’s death, was raced by his daughter Penny Tweedy. So brilliant was he at age two that he was the first juvenile ever to be the consensus choice for Horse of the Year.
Secretariat captured his first two starts at three, but surprisingly lost his final prep in the Wood Memorial. He rebounded emphatically in the Triple Crown, winning all three in track-record time.
Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5 and the Preakness in 1:53 (a time disputed then but made official decades later). Secretariat completed the sweep in the Belmont Stakes by the other-worldly margin of 31 lengths in 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles. No other horse has come within two seconds of that time.
Secretariat was not perfect, officially winning 16 of 21 starts, but the Lucien Laurin trainee was amazingly versatile. He arguably might have been better on grass judging by his phenomenal scores in the Man o’ War and Canadian International.
Secretariat is the standard by which all American Thoroughbreds have since been compared, perhaps unfairly. After his death, his heart was found to have been twice the average size.
Stakes Win History
|1st||Canadian International||II||1 5/8 Miles||Turf||Oct 28, 1973|
|1st||Man o' War||I||1 1/2 Miles||Turf||`Oct 8,1973|
|1st||Marlboro Cup||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Sep. 15, 1973|
|1st||Invitational||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Jun 30, 1973|
|1st||Belmont Stakes||I||1 1/2 Miles||Dirt||June 9, 1973|
|1st||Preakness Stakes||I||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 19, 1973|
|1st||Kentucky Derby||I||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 5, 1973|
|1st||Gotham||II||1 Mile||Dirt||Apr 7, 1973|
|1st||Bay Shore||II||7 F||Dirt||Mar 17, 1973|
|1st||Garden State||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Nov 18, 1972|
|1st||Laurel Futurity||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Oct 28, 1972|
|1st||Futurity||6 1/2 F||Dirt||Sep 16, 1972|
|1st||Hopeful||6 1/2 F||Dirt||Aug 26, 1972|
|1st||Sanford||6 F||Dirt||Aug 16, 1972|
*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win