The legendary horse Secretariat won the 1973 Triple Crown. He was a hero and an icon for the sport. He was almost perfect, being a handsome, smart, strong, powerful racing horse with a desire to win. In 1973, much of the faith that had been following him was flushed at his loss at the Wood Memorial Stakes. He entered the Kentucky Derby as an uneasy favourite with 3-2 odds.
At the Kentucky Derby, his only real threat was another horse named Sham. He beat Sham by two and a half lengths and set a Derby record at 1:59 seconds for the one and one fourth mile race. At Preakness, he won by two and half lengths over Sham once again. The Preakness race time is still contested. Some say it was 1:54, others say 1:53. The Belmont race was possibly the most memorable. Sham and Secretariat engaged in a speed race, going after the lead from the start. Sham was injured and came in last, he would never race again. Secretariat came in at 2:24 winning by a record 31 lengths.
Secretariet age 9 at Claiborne age 14 at Claiborne
Big Red's Conformation