At 5:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, in Maryland on a Saturday in May, a chestnut colt of imposing physical and historical stature broke from the gate and leisurely settled in behind the other horses racing to the clubhouse turn. Within a few seconds, the colt would initiate a move of such spectacular proportions that he would circle the entire field and take command entering the backstretch, to be hand-ridden the rest of the way to an overwhelming victory. In one of racing’s most memorable displays of power and grace, Secretariat had won the second leg of the Triple Crown on his march toward immortality. A malfunctioning teletimer clicked off 1:55 for the mile and three—sixteenths, one second slower than Canonero II’s mark set two years earlier. An immediate controversy arose as two Daily Racing Form clockers had separately timed the race one and three-fifths seconds faster. A debate followed, and evidence was presented in an attempt to resolve the dispute. Two days after the race it was learned that the official track clocker had timed the race manually, catching Secretariat under the wire in 1:54.2, still over the track mark. Pimlico officials compromised and lowered the time to that recorded by the track clocker. To this day, the result chart of the race lists the track time as official but includes, parenthetically, the faster Daily Racing Form time.
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DrJay wrote:This coming Sunday is the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Derby win.
Secretariat's Belmont win convinced me he was almost a different life form.
Reading something the other day, though, about Ruffian, the filly who died in the match race against Foolish Pleasure (or was put down after the race). The trainer of Secretariat, Lucien Laurin, actually said of her that she might have been better than Secretariat. Now that's high praise.
SQUACKEE wrote:no body beats secretariat, not even spiderman on board seabiscuit. when there is another horse of this talent we will know it.
But Secretariat was indeed beaten, atleast once I believe ?
Actually, I think he had 4 losses in his career. He lost the Wood Memorial, shortly before the Derby, a big Derby-prep race, but it turned out he had an infected tooth and was off his game a bit and hadn't eaten well that week.
wynton wrote:Thanks for the mention of horse racing. Growing up near Louisville, I've had a soft spot for these athletes all my life. I've seen Secretariat's Belmont performance countless times, and it always gives me chills. What an athlete! I would also echo the sentiments for Sham. While watching these old replays, I've often remarked, "Poor Sham"--he's Joe Frazier to Secretariat's Ali.
Except that Frazier beat Ali fair n square and did it at a lighter weight and 5 inches shorter than Ali, ...As great as Sham was did he ever beat an uninjured Secretariat ?