A Story Every Horse Racing fan should Know about.
Secretariat was an Amercian Thorough bred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. His record-breaking win in the Belmont , where he left the field 31 lengths behind him, is widely regarded as one of the greatest races of all time and the way this super horse traveled through the contests was nothing short of astonishing.
During his racing career, he won five Eclipse Awards, including Horse of the Year honors at ages two and three. He was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1974 in which is a massive achievement and really puts the horse racing sport in the spotlight for good reasons. In the List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Secretariat is second only to Man o’ War (racing career 1919–1920), who also was a large chestnut colt given the nickname “Big Red” another freak of an animal who had speed to burn.
At age two, Secretariat finished fourth in his 1972 debut in a maiden race, but then won seven of his remaining eight starts, including five stakes victories. His only loss during this period was in the Champagne Stakes, where he finished first but was disqualified to second for interference which was widely controversial but the decision was final he then received the Eclipse Award for champion two-year-old colt, and also was the 1972 Horse of the Year, a rare honor for a horse so young.
At age three, Secretariat not only won the Triple Crown, he set speed records in all three races. His time in the Kentucky Derby still stands as theChurchill Downs track record for 1 1⁄4 miles, and his time in the Belmont Stakes stands as the American record for 1 1⁄2 miles on the dirt. His controversial time in the Preakness Stakes was eventually recognized as a stakes record in 2012. Secretariat’s win in the Gotham Stakes tied the track record for 1 mile, he set a world record in the Marlboro Cup at 1 1⁄8 miles and further proved his versatility by winning two major stakes races on turf. He lost three times that year: in the Wood Memorial, Whitney and Woodward Stakes, but the brilliance of his nine wins made him an American icon. He won his second Horse of the Year title, plus Eclipse Awards for champion three-year-old colt andchampion turf horse the achievements of this talented horse really got into the hearts of America thumping for the sport.
At the beginning of his three-year-old year, Secretariat was syndicated for a record-breaking $6.08 million on condition that he be retired from racing by the end of the year. Although he sired several successful racehorses, he ultimately was most influential through his daughters’ offspring, becoming the leading broodmare sire in North Americain 1992. Secretariat died in 1989 due tolaminitis. His daughters produced several notable sires, including Storm Cat, A.P. Indy,Gone West, Dehere and Chief’s Crown, and through them Secretariat appears in the pedigree of many modern champions. He continues to be recognized as one of the greatest horses in American racing history and definitely high on the top 10 list of race horses in the world and his name will be forever memorised for generations to come on …What a wonder horse