Happy Triple Crown™ Tuesday!
Winning the Triple Crown™ is a prestigious honor. Comprised of three races; Preakness Stakes, the Kentucky Derby® and Belmont Stakes, becoming a Triple Crown™ winner is the greatest honor that any horse racing team strives to achieve throughout their racing career. Only 12 horses in history have won the Triple Crown™, proving just how hard it is to complete the trifecta.
Belmont Experiences is breaking down each of the 12 Triple Crown™ winners for you in a 12-part series occurring every Tuesday. This week’s Triple Crown™ winner is the fastest horse in history, Secretariat who clinched the Triple Crown™ in 1973..
The one who broke a 25-year drought, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown™ winner since 1948. He ran the mile and a half race at the Belmont Stakes in 2:24, which became a world record many believed would never be broken.
As two-year-old Secretariat won seven of the nine races he participated in and became the first two-year-old to be named Horse of the Year. The colt went on to win his first two races as a three-year-old, but lost the third one which supporters believed was due to a painful abscess found under the horse’s lip.
However, he did not disappoint at the 1973 Kentucky Derby® where he set a track record of 1:59, beating the runner-up by two-and-a-half lengths. During the Preakness Stakes, spectators insisted that Secretariat set a new track record during this race as well, but the official time keeper claimed the horse was just a few seconds slower.
A Record-Breaking Belmont Stakes
Coming in to the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat was the clear favorite at 1-to-10 odds. Secretariat's jockey, Ron Turcotte expected a close race with Derby runner up, Sham, who at the beginning of the race kept pace with Secretariat but expensed too much energy and faded back to last place. Soon after Sham retreated, Secretariat pulled away from the rest of the horses and crossed the finish line and claimed victory, 31-lengths ahead of the runner-up.
Following the race, Turcotte said, “I know this sounds crazy, but the horse did it by himself. I was along for the ride.” This finish was something that horse enthusiasts and spectators had never seen before and Secretariat was rightfully named the ninth Triple Crown™ winner!
Plan Your Trip to Witness the Final Leg of the Triple Crown™
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