In celebration of Belmont Stakes week, relive one of the most iconic, dominating performances in American horse racing history with Secretariat’s 1973 victory.
I’m a sucker for the drama of horse racing to begin with, but watching replays of this particular race never fails to raise goosebumps on my arms and start tears in my eyes. There’s not much else to be said about this race, quite possibly one of the greatest moments in the sport, so I’ll let race caller Chic Anderson take over from here:
They’re on the turn, and Secretariat is blazing along! The first three-quarters of a mile in 1:09 and four fifths. Secretariat is widening now! He is moving like a tremendous machine! Secretariat by twelve, Secretariat by fourteen lengths on the turn! Sham is dropping back. It looks like they’ll catch him today, as My Gallant and Twice a Prince are both coming up to him now. But Secretariat is all alone! He’s out there almost a sixteenth of a mile away from the rest of the horses! Secretariat is in a position that seems impossible to catch. He’s into the stretch. Secretariat leads this field by 18 lengths, and now Twice a Prince has taken second and My Gallant has moved back to third. They’re in the stretch. Secretariat has opened a 22 length lead! He is going to be the Triple Crown winner! Here comes Secretariat to the wire. An unbelievable, an amazing performance! He hits the finish 25 lengths in front!
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