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January 29, 2019

Secretariat's Race for the Ages: Belmont Stakes, 1973

Chic Anderson's superb call of this race, during which he declared "Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine" as he steadily expanded his already unbelievably huge lead, is one for the ages.

Secretariat set a new Belmont Stakes record with a time of 2:24, breaking the existing American record for a mile and a half — 2:26:2 — by over two seconds in a sport where new records are usually measured in fifths of a second.

He won by 31 lengths, the largest margin of victory in Belmont history. 

January 29, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


I remember watching that... it was awesome.

We visited Secretariat's home last weekend (Meadow Event Park, now the home of the Virginia State Fair but formerly Meadow Farm). My mother, who was brought up in Caroline County, tells stories of visiting the Chenery family at Meadow Farm in her childhood.

Posted by: Tracey Davidson | Jan 29, 2019 1:24:22 PM

"in a sport where new records are usually measured in tenths of a second."

Actually horse racing measures in fifths of a second. I know it is strange, but it is so.

Posted by: antares | Jan 29, 2019 12:29:56 PM

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