Secretariat was a legendary thoroughbred racehorse whose name is supreme in racing history . The arrogant-looking stallion in chestnut fur and three white socks not only became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 1973, 25 years later, he did so in a way that left the audience speechless. Secretariat's performance in the third race of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in 1973 , beating his nearest rival by a breathtaking 31 lengths is widely considered the best performance .
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BIG RED Dubbed "the gear of the Clark horses" by Vogue, Secretariat has consistently swept the competition: Their times in the three Triple Crown races remain the fastest in history . He was called the "Big Red", a horse that seemed to be aware of its size and enjoyed it. The Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery, told writer Lawrence Scanlon that the Secretariat "was the most remarkable event of my life after giving birth to my children." Was Secretariat the World's Fastest Horse ? A STRONG COAL Secretariat was born in a Virginia barn that was nearly sold off when owner Chris Chenery fell ill. But Chenery's daughter Penny resisted pressure from her siblings to sell the financially distressed Meadow Farm and instead took matters into her own hands and made it profitable. In 1969 Penny Chenery decided to breed Somethingroyal, a barn mare, to breed the Bold Ruler, producing the couple's second breeding , Secretariat . The colt that gave birth to Secretariat, who was born at 12:10 on March 30, 1970, appeared for the first time. Chunky to Howard Gentry , the corrections manager . As Gentry reports, the young horse is " tall ,Eddie Sweat , who had become Secretariat 's loyal groom, was not impressed when he first encountered the horse . Sweat told Canadian Horseman in 1973: "When we first got him, I didn't think much of him. I thought he was just a big clown. He was very clumsy and a little wild. , You know. And I remember thinking to myself that I didn't think he would be an extraordinary horse." A DIFFICULT START But by the age of two, the young Secretariat had found her legs again, and under the guidance of Lucien Laurin , she began to show the world how strong she was. It was about 16.2 hands ( 1.64 meters ) tall and weighed 533 kilograms with a circumference of 190 centimeters . On July 4, 1972, in its first race at New York's Aqueduct Speedway, the Big Red took a hard hit at the start, ruining the race . He finished fourth , but made an impressive homecoming comeback , dropping from 10th to 4th place . In his second race 11 days later, Secretariat again accelerated in his own court and won by six lengths . In his third race on July 31, he was already a crowd favorite and won easily this time with Ron Turcotte, the Secretariat's head jockey. At the end of the 1972 season, Big Red won seven of nine races and was named Horse of the Year , becoming the second two-year-old to win the honor. SECRETARY OF THREE YEARS The following year, 1973, would become a defining year for the legacy of Secretariat and Meadow Farm. Penny Chenery's father Chris died in January, and Penny faced a daunting tax bill. Penny Chenery was able to syndicate Secretariat to keep the stable, selling 32 shares of the horse for a record $6.08 million. On its 1973 debut at the Aqueduct Raceway, growing stronger through the winter, Secretariat proved it was worth every penny. He battled in wet conditions and on a crowded field to win by four and a half lengths. Secretariat took the lead once again to declare victory in their next run in the Gotham Stakes. If Secretariat disappointed, this was his next run in the Wood Memorial Stakes. Prior to the race, an abscess was discovered in the upper part of his mouth, possibly resulting from a burr in his straw. Audience Eddie Sweat would tell the Thoroughbred Record six years later that the abscess was making the horse very "disturbing". Big Red finished third, four lengths behind Angle Light, who won this race. On the way to the Kentucky Derby, the loss crushed the armor of a horse that was considered a safe bet. VICTORY IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY After the Wood Memorial race, the Secretariat team punctured the abscess and it healed. Two weeks later, on race day at the 1973 Kentucky Derby, Secretariat was ready to dominate again, and it was. Despite his last escape, SecretariatHe sped the race every quarter mile and still finished with a course record of 1:59 2/5. In the decades that followed, only one other horse, the Monarchos, finished the Derby in less than 2 minutes. Two weeks later, at Preakness, Secretariat came back again to win the race. His final time was controversial due to two separate timings, until a 2012 forensic examination found it was straight 1:53, which remains an unbroken course record. Secretariat became an international media star with her victory in Preakness. She graced the covers of Big Red, Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. At a time when the sad news of the Watergate scandal and protests against the Vietnam War made the headlines, a striking horse news caught the public's attention. Author George Plimpton, Secretariat' SECRETARIAT WINS TRIPLE CROWN On June 9, 1973 , the last day of the Triple Crown race at Belmont Park , the American public chanted excitedly about the race that could determine the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. The secretariat was ready to deliver the goods. Unlike their previous work, this time Secretariat did not start from behind. Instead, it came off the grill quickly, providing good placement along the inside lane. His longtime rival , Sham , gave him some competition at the start , but at the half-mile mark, Secretariat backed out. And it kept accelerating . "On the back straight , half a mile from the starting line, Secretariat clearly supported me," Turcotte recalls in 1993 . "I've never experienced anything like this before. Faster, faster, faster. The enemies quickly disappeared; they were too far behind us to hear them. What a race! What a memory." Secretariat and Turcott were alone when they took the last corner . Host Chic Anderson told the audience: "He moves like a three-mind machine..." Secretariat crushed the competition - first by 10 lengths, then 20, and finally 31 lengths, becoming the first Triple Crown. since 1948winner . A famous Sports Illustrated photograph shows Turcotte looking back at the final leg of the race to see the long, empty straight that Secretariat has opened between him and his closest rivals. Penny Chenery had this to say about Secretariat at the Belmont race: "Why did she keep running when she had nearly eight miles past everyone? To me, that was her original track and she was ready for this race there and she pushed Sham aside early and said, "Okay, I'm feeling good, "I'm going to show them how to run," he said. SINGLE SECRETARIAT In the decades since Secretariat achieved the Triple Crown , record times at the Kentucky Derby , Preakness and Belmont Stakes remain unmatched. In 1974, the Secretariat was inducted into the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He was the only non-human to make it to ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century list in 1999 and became the first purebred to be honored with his own US postage stamp . Today, outside the paddock in Belmont Park stands a statue of this legendary horse with two legs in the air .Prior to the Triple Crown races, Secretariat's reproductive rights were sold by Chenery for $6 million. Part of the deal was Thoroughbred's withdrawal from the race after his third year. After the Triple Crown victory and the day of "Farewell to the Secretariat" in front of a crowd of 32,900 at Belmont, the maroon horse flew to Claiborne Ranch in Paris, Kentucky. There, she gave birth to 582 puppies, including 41 stock winners. But none of its descendants have been compared to the original. "A lot of people who were misinformed thought it could reproduce," Claiborne executive John Sosby told People magazine in 1988. "But it doesn't work that way. There is only one secretariat". HIS HERITAGE Because of his incredible journey and these extraordinary performances and victories, Secretariat left everything behind. Among these legacies, a statue was erected in his honor on a racetrack. A horse race is named after him. A movie was made about his story and a stamp was made to pay homage to him. HEART OF THE SECRETARIAT Indeed, when the big horse was grounded in October 1989 after being diagnosed with a painful and incurable hoof disease known as laminitis, coroners discovered something incredible. The veterinarian who performed the autopsy, Dr. Thomas Swerczek reported that he discovered that the heart of this horse, weighing between 21 and 22 pounds, was the largest he had ever seen in a horse. "We were all shocked," Swerczek told Sports Illustrated in 1990. "I've seen and done thousands of autopsies on horses and I've never seen anything like it." This "great machine", the main engine of Secretariat, was twice as large as normal. MOVIE ABOUT LIFE There is a movie about Secretariat's life. This is also the name of the movie. It was directed by Randall Wallace and the Disney production studio and was released in 2010. This 117-minute feature film tells the story of this legendary thoroughbred. As we saw above, we see Penny Chenery, who takes over the family stables as her father is ill and on the verge of bankruptcy. Did you visit Campervan Turkey?