Secretariat: The Miracle Horse
Sometimes dominance is miraculous. On June 9, 1973 at Belmont Park, the red chestnut colt Secretariat accomplished the unthinkable by winning horse racing's Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby, the horse had run each quarter mile faster than the one before. Now, in the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat pulled away from the field with breathtaking strides. "He is moving like a tremendous machine!" shouted race caller Chic Anderson. Secretariat crossed the wire 31 lengths in front of the next horse and shaved four full seconds off the previous record. "Secretariat's Belmont challenged credulity," wrote Ken Hollingsworth. "He ran so far beyond known reference points, he left us with no measurable comparison."