A new honour for Secretariat

4 04 2007

This picture still makes me cry

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame has its first four-legged inductee: the champion racehorse Secretariat.

Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, takes his place among nine inductees for 2007.

“Big Red”, as the thoroughbred was known, still holds the record time in the Kentucky Derby of 1min 59.4 seconds.

Considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred in the modern era of racing, Secretariat raced brilliantly to secure the first Triple Crown win in 25 years.

He stood at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, from 1974 through 1989. He succumbed to laminitis that year.

He sired a substantial number of major stakes winners, including 1986 Horse of the Year, Lady’s Secret, 1988 Preakness and Belmont winner, Risen Star, and 1990 Melbourne Cup winner, Kingston Rule.

Secretariat won the Horse of the Year title in both 1972 and 1973, and even graced the front cover of Newsweek and Time magazines. Link

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4 responses

4 04 2007
Bethany

that’s awesome, he deserves it – I live in KY and the KY Horse Park is an awesome place to go if ever you’re in Lexington

31 07 2007
John

Outstanding! The greatest of all.

2 09 2009
equine laminitis

Secretariat was one of a kind… I hope we can see another horse of his caliber in my lifetime.

24 03 2010
Janet Flanigan

I was 11 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I still have every newspaper and magazine clipping from back in those days – which were many. I had his poster on my wall, instead of a rock star’s. When I was a young professional in the mid 80’s, a friend had a contact at Claiborne Farm and she set up a private showing of Secretariat and Danzig. That horse was everything you have heard – of course the beauty and magnificence; but a playfulness and definite awareness of the camera. His groom gave me a tiny lock of Secretariat’s mane that I still have today. Yes, I am a saver of sentimental items but don’t turn me in to the tv show “Hoarder’s” yet – I’m tidy! Anyway, I still get teary-eyed watching reruns of his wins. One of a kind. I have lovely Morgan gelding and shetland pony. Lost two Morgan mares last year – embolism due to old age and cancer. Love this site.

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