Okay, please don't be disappointed that there are no
politicians' names on this page. If there were, wouldn't there be political connotations
to this whole web site? Every effort has
been made to keep this site free from contemporary politics. Instead,
why not try to recall who you thought might have been listed here when you
clicked on this link, and for what action (or inaction)? Then it's your politics, not mine.
Jockey Ron Turcotte guiding Secretariat to the first Triple Crown
Victory in 25 years. "Big Red"
won the June 9, 1973,
Belmont Stakes by an unbelievable 31 lengths. This is the iconic image
of Turcotte peeking over his shoulder to see just how far behind the
rest of the field was.
His winning margin of
31 lengths in the long and grueling Belmont Stakes is remembered as one
of the most dramatic events in thoroughbred racing history and one of
the most incredible individual athletic achievements ever, both human
and non-human. Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Sports
Illustrated featured Secretariat on their covers on June 11, 1973,
the first to be featured on all three magazines' covers in the same
week. Nobody expected the pure and absolute domination that Secretariat
Secretariat was voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, the most
prestigious honor in racing, both as a two-year-old (the first horse so
honored at that age) and as a three-year-old. Secretariat demonstrated
his superiority on grass with a win in the Canadian International Stakes
against the best horses his age and older from around the world. His
performance on grass earned him the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male
His race records in the Derby and the Belmont stand to this day; his
run in the Belmont is not only a race record but the world record for a
mile and a half (2.4 km) on a dirt track. He set a new speed record in
each of the Triple Crown races, the only horse in history to do so.
ESPN listed Secretariat 35th of the 100 greatest athletes of the 20th
century, one of three non-humans on the list.
In 1974, Secretariat was inducted into the National Museum of Racing
and Hall of Fame.