Secretariat at Claiborne Farm,
© 1984 Barbara D. Livingston
Secretariat joins Colin, Man o' War, and Citation as one of the best horses of the twentieth century. Voted Horse of the Year at 2 and at 3, Secretariat was the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown series.
Under jockey Ron Turcotte, at 2 Secretariat set track records in the Sanford, Hopeful, Futurity, Laurel Futurity, and Garden State Stakes. At 3 Secretariat won the Bay Shore and Gotham before winning the Triple Crown and setting track records in all three classics. In the Kentucky Derby he came from last place to win; he went from last to first on the first turn of the Preakness; and then he won the Belmont by 31 lengths. In the Marlboro Cup Secretariat set a world record and defeated four older champions who were carrying less weight. He also won the Man o'War and the Canadian International before being named Turf Champion.
Secretariat sired 10% stakes winners, most notably Lady's Secret. In 1992 he was the leading broodmare sire.
Secretariat was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Secretariat in the Kentucky Derby,
© 1973 Churchill Downs Inc./Kinetic Corp.