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June 8, 2013

"He is moving like a tremendous machine!" โ€” Epic: Secretariat at Belmont 40 years ago this week

Chic Anderson's call [excerpted below] was one for the ages, as was the race.

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I watched it live, toward the end of my third year of medical school at U.C.L.A. in May of 1973.

It is still exciting, seeing it again today. 

Almost incomprehensible.

Secretariat was nearly a sixteenth of a mile ahead coming into the final turn and jockey Ron Turcotte never touched the whip, hand riding his magnificent horse, shattering the Belmont record by two full seconds as he crossed at 2:24.

I gotta watch it again.

Perfect prep for today's Orb v Oxbow Belmont throwdown coming up at 5 p.m.

Gary Stevens!

June 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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I spent my formative years in Elmont, NY. I lived around the corner from Belmont race track and was there that day.
One of the great sports experiences of my life (along with watching the 73' Knicks). Secretariat went off at 1-10. Many people bought $2 win tickets and never cashed them in.

Posted by: Marty | Jun 9, 2013 11:22:09 PM

Awesome Joe, your the best. Great post!

Posted by: friskypainter | Jun 9, 2013 9:32:03 PM

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