Secretariat

Racehorse

Born: 30 March 1970
Died: 4 October 1989 (euthanization)
Birthplace: Doswell, Virginia
Best known as:

The 1973 winner of horse racing's Triple Crown

Secretariat was the Muhammad Ali of racehorses, a brash and charismatic champ who was 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. Secretariat died at the young age of 19; he was euthanized when a chronic foot disease called laminitis became too painful for him to bear.

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Secretariat won the 1973 Belmont Stakes in 2:24 flat, a world record for 1.5 miles... His sire was Bold Ruler, his mother Somethingroyal... Secretariat was known as 'Big Red,' a nickname he shared with 1930s Australian legend Phar Lap.

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