Secretariat’s response went beyond unreal.
He won by a jaw-dropping 31 lengths.
His time of 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles set a world record many argue may never be broken.
Secretariat became so popular, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated featured the horse on the cover the same week.
Do Secretariat records still stand?
In 1973, Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown and set records that still stand today at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Now, 39 years later, the legend has been recognized as having also set a still-standing record at the Preakness Stakes.
What killed Secretariat?
Painful hoof condition led to death of Secretariat. A horse’s hoof is not a single, solid body part. No lesser horse than the great Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, was felled by laminitis. He was euthanized because of it in 1989.
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Did Secretariat really have an abscess?
Few expected Secretariat to EVER lose another race. But in his last big prep for the Kentucky Derby, the Big Red Horse did lose. Later, trainer Lucien Laurin revealed that an abscess inside Secretariat’s mouth must have caused the horse serious discomfort, possibly accounting for the defeat.