Considered by many to be the greatest racehorse of all time, Secretariat not only established many long standing records throughout his racing career but transcended the sport to become an American cultural icon. Also known as “Big Red”, the charismatic chestnut champion, owned by Penny Chenery’s Meadow Stable burst upon the racing scene as a juvenile, decimating his rivals at two to be named the 1972 Horse of the Year. This unprecedented honor served as a prelude for what was to come during the 1973 Tripe Crown. After setting track records winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the extraordinary colt trained by Lucien Laurin and ridden by jockey Rob Turcotte won the Belmont Stakes by an amazing 31 lengths in world record time, perhaps the single greatest racing performance ever. Secretariat was syndicated for a then record $6 million and retired at the end of 1973 to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. In a breeding career spanning 16 years he sired several champions, and through his descendants his bloodline continues to impact the racing world today. Secretariat died of laminitis in 1989, but his popularity has continued to grow in the decades since, becoming the most recognizable name in thoroughbred racing and a beloved figure to many generations of fans.
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