Secretariat’s Big Win
On June 9, 1973, an American Thoroughbred became the first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years. Secretariat set records in all three events and quickly became a household name.
The Triple Crown is for three-year-old horses and consists of three races: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The award is won by winning all three events, which was last accomplished in 1978.
Born March 30, 1970, Secretariat was a chestnut colt, and was nicknamed Big Red. His main jockey was Canadian Ron Turcotte, who led the horse to a 31-length win at Belmont (no jockey, before or since, has had such a lead in a Triple Crown race).
Take a look at the thrilling, edge-of-your seat final Triple Crown race at Belmont:
Secretariat’s records still stand today. During his career, the stallion earned more than $1.3 million. Considered one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time, Secretariat passed October 4, 1989.
In a 40th Anniversary article posted at The Atlantic, Turcotte talks about the race and a feeling of “floating on air”.