Secretariat Wins Kentucky Derby
May 5, 1973
Secretariat ran the 1 1/4 miles race in a still-standing track record time of 1:59 2/5.
He was the first horse to ever break two minutes in the Kentucky Derby.
He was known as ‘Big Red,’ a nickname he shared with
1930s Australian legend Phar Lap.
Secretariat Wins Preakness Stakes
May 12, 1973
Secretariat Wins 3rd Leg of Triple Crown
Belmont Park June 9,1973
Secretariat (Big Red) ran the 1 1/2 miles race
in a still-standing World record time of 2:24 flat.
Wins The Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths.
In 1973 Big Red became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion
in twenty-five years.
Secretariat & Arch Rival Sham
at Belmont Stakes June 9,1973
Secretariat and Owner Penny Tweedy
William Admiring The Greatest Race Horse Of All Time
March 30, 1070 – October 4, 1989
Born: 30 March 1970
Died: 4 October 1989 (euthanized)
Birthplace: Meadow Stable, Doswell, Virginia
Best known as: Winner of the 1973 Triple Crown
Big Red was a brash and charismatic champion racehorse and the breakaway winner of the 1973 Triple Crown.
In 21 career starts, the big chestnut stallion finished first 16 times and earned a total of $1,316,808.
He set a track record of 1:59 2/5 in the 1973 Kentucky Derby, and won the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, by an astonishing 31 lengths.
After his three-year-old season he was retired to stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.
He died at the young age of 19; he was euthanized when a chronic foot disease called laminitis became too painful for him to bear.
He won the 1973 Belmont Stakes in 2:24 flat, a world record for 1.5 miles…
His sire was Bold Ruler, his mother Somethingroyal…