Secretariat comes down the stretch in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, “He’s moving like a tremendous machine.”
I’ve always thought of Secretariat as one of the most bad-ass athletes in all of sports.
- Derby – Sets record running faster as the race goes on, record still stands
- Preakness – Wins again by 2.5 lengths, on covers of Time, Newsweek and SI
- Belmont – Wins by 31 lengths in 2:24 (averaging 37.5 mph), a record that still stands today.
- FUN FACT: The word “horse” technically means an ungelded male over age 4. It can be used interchangeably with “stallion.” A colt is an ungelded male younger than that, a gelding is gelded male of any age. Filly is a female <4 years old, mare is a female >4 years old. Foal is a baby of either gender.