In honor of this week’s Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, I thought I’d reblog about a very special previous Triple Crown winner.

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

This April 1989 file photo shows American Thoroughbred Secretariat at the Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., in April 1989. This April 1989 file photo shows American Thoroughbred Secretariat at the Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., in April 1989.

Two days ago, the Belmont Stakes, the third leg in the Triple Crown of horse racing was held and the results were that we didn’t have a new Triple Crown winner. Hats off anyway to California Chrome for winning the first two parts of the Triple Crown.

There have been 11 Triple Crown winners in history.  The famous story of Secretariat captured our hearts in the 2010 Disney film.

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On June 9, 1973, with a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record…

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5 responses

  1. My family wasn’t much into horse racing, but we were all gathered around the TV that day. I was thirteen at the time and it was the first horse race I ever watched.

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  2. Jo Wake says:

    I so wish I had watched the race this weekend. As Alex Cavenaugh said, it was history in the making..

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  3. Birgit says:

    I would watch horse racing on TV more than any other sport but I don’t remember when Secretariat won. It is quite remarkable to win the triple crown.

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  4. I reposted this fabulous blog at the time it was offered. It was a great day to have a new Triple Crown Winner. One day I hope Mary Ann will write about this historical event too.

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