WHO IS SECRETARIAT IN RACING HISTORY?


19 May
19May

Secretariat was a legendary thoroughbred racehorse whose name reigns supreme in the history of racing.  He is the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown and widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. “Big Red,” as he was known, was a horse that seemed aware of his greatness and reveled in it. Penny Chenery, who took over her father’s thoroughbred farm with little knowledge of horse racing and became one of the few prominent women in the sport as the owner and breeder of Secretariat.

Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970, at the Meadow Stud in Doswell, a handsome chestnut with three white stockings, a white star, and stripe. He was the third offspring of 1957 Preakness winner Bold Ruler, the greatest sire of his generation, and Something royal, who raced just once but whose breeding was of top quality. Secretariat was the brightest of chestnuts, deep-chested with the muscular quarters of the speed horse and the length and scope of the stayer. 온라인경마

He's not only won the 1973 Triple Crown but set still standing track records in two of the three races in the Series, the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Secretariat was fast enough to win the triple crown at record speed in each race. He could run off the pace or go wire to wire. And he could also win on any surface and any distance. His versatility and speed are why many racing fans consider him the greatest racehorse of all-time. 

His Belmont race was so incredible that even cameras with the widest lenses were unable to capture Secretariat and the closest horse behind him in the same shot as he crossed the wire. Being widely considered the most dominant race in the history of horse racing, the footage of that race is still nearly impossible to witness without a catch in your throat.  

But, Secretariat died on October 4, 1989. Many are aware of the discovery of his abnormally large heart. Dr. Thomas Swerczek performed the necropsy on Secretariat and he was diagnosed a painful and often incurable hoof condition, called laminitis. He received the ultimate honor for a horse—he was buried whole.  

Secretariat’s life is more than just the story of a racehorse. He inspired millions, shattered the dark clouds hovering over the U.S. during the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War, with his almost godlike presence casting an extraordinary copper light of hope with every thundering step he took. The gift Secretariat shared with the world for all nineteen years of his life could not be ignored.



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