While the kindly literary effort by Laura Hillenbrand about the great Seabiscuit made the best sellers’ list and its movie is now a hit, my all-time favorite thoroughbred remains the colt Secretariat.
I saw him conclude his career successfully, as only a 3-year-old, in 1973 at the Woodbine racetrack in Canada. He was the easy winner of the Canadian International at the suburban Toronto track while setting a track record. Seventeen days later he was sent to stud.
Creating current marks in important stakes races was Secretariat’s style. Earlier that year, with Jockey Ron Turcotte, he swept the Triple Crown, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, all in record time.
Secretariat carried the colors of Penny Chenery, whose father, Christopher, was a prominent owner and breede...Read More