In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until last year's winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until last year's winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths.
“It was a union of established aristocracy.”
Education was not what set men apart. What distinguished them was the intensity of the drive and the energy and imagination they possessed and used.Highlighted by 106 Kindle customers
A twelve-clip is the rate of speed horses must average or maintain to win major stakes races at American middle and classic distances, distances from a mile to a mile and a quarter.Highlighted by 43 Kindle customers
“The price does not always represent what a horse is worth,” Chenery once said. “It is only what some fool thinks he is worth.”Highlighted by 33 Kindle customers
For another furlong in 0:12 would send a horse a mile and an eighth, or nine furlongs, in 1:48, a clocking that would have won every running of the $100,000 Wood Memorial since it was run at that distance in 1952. And another 0:12-second furlong would send a horse a mile and a quarter in 2:00 flat, which was the Kentucky Derby record set by Northern Dancer in 1964; and a mile and three-eighths in 2:12, two and one-fifth seconds faster than Man o’ War’s American record; and a mile and a half in 2:24.Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
In her first twenty-five years as a breeder, by far the fastest thoroughbred she bred was Seabiscuit, the bay horse who bumped off War Admiral in the famous Pimlico match race on November 1, 1938,Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
He makes sense of all the mystical pageant rites of blood through which he has evolved as distillate, a climactic act in a triumph of the breed, one horse combining all the noblest qualities of his species and his ancestry—of the unbeaten Nearco through Nasrullah and Bold Ruler, of the iron horse Discovery through Outdone and Miss Disco, of the dashing St. Simon through Prince Rose and Princequillo, and of the staying Brown Bud through Imperatrice by way of Somethingroyal. He defines the blooded horse in his own terms.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
By the close of the 2009 Triple Crown season, a total of 1,382,316 thoroughbreds had been born and come of age in North America since 1970, the year of Secretariat’s birth, and not only did he still own the Kentucky Derby record by himself, no horse had come remotely close to equaling his world record at Belmont—a mile and a half in 2:24 flat.Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
A fifth of a second is equal to a length, so Gold Bag and Angle Light beat him by six.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
In 1992, Secretariat was the leading broodmare sire in the nation, his 135 daughters having produced the winners of more purse money, almost $6.7 million, than the daughters sired by any other stallion. (In all, Secretariat mares have produced runners that so far have won upward of $115 million in purses.)Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
raconteur with a reverberating baritone voice. At Princeton he studied eugenics,Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
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