There has never been a horse like him. Secretariat was truly magnificient. Everyone in his entourage adored him and he treated all of them well. It’s said he was a real arrogant ham. Just let a camera be pointed at him and he would stop, puff up like a weight lifter and pose. He set a record in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes and those records still stand to this day. This is a video of Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes by 30 lengths and becoming the Triple Crown Winner.
Secretariat was named Horse of the Year as a two year old, which just doesn’t happen. I’ve heard it said that a horse that closes like Secretariat isn’t really running that much faster than the leader, the leader is just tiring and slowing. Wrong… Oh, wrong…. Secretariat proved repeatedly, that he could just get faster and faster throughout the entire race.
Secretariat lived to the age of 19 and his blood lives on through his progeny. It is interesting to note that Secretariat shows up in the pedigree of several of the top contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby; namely Hansen, Union Rags, Creative Cause and Secret Circle..