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At this point the Triple Crown had not been won in twenty-five years---when Citation won it in 1948 (the year I was born!). Secretariat had already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. All that stood between him was the Belmont Stakes.

In the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, a terrific horse named Smash had come in second in both. In the Belmont Stakes he was back to try and upset the dominant Secretariat. There were only three other horses besides Secretariat and Smash---none of which had a prayer.

Secretariat was an amazing 1-10 favorite, which is absolutely unheard of. For all you non-bettors out there, that means for every 10 dollars you bet you only win 1.

Here is the complete 1973 Belmont Stakes race showing Secretariat attempting the first Triple Crown in 25 years. It is considered not only one of the greatest performances by a horse in racing history but one of the best performances in sports in general.

Secretariat and Smash came out strong, leaving the other three in the dust. Smash's jockey decided to go all-out and take on Secretariat in a speed race---a dangerous and risky tactic against the favorite on a mile and a half track---the longest of the Triple Crown races.

The two horses were absolutely blazing around the track---neck and neck. Then Smash started to tire from going all out on such a long track against a horse like Secretariat. Secretariat didn't slow down and kept up the intense pace, slowly and slowly pulling ahead. By the time the race was over Secretariat had won by 31 lengths in a blinding 2:24---a Belmont Stakes record that still stands today---by 2 seconds.

It was the fastest one and a half mile in dirt history.

Enjoy this moment of sports history.

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At this point the Triple Crown had not been won in twenty-five years---when Citation won it in 1948 (the year I was born!). Secretariat had already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. All that stood between him was the Belmont Stakes.

In the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, a terrific horse named Smash had come in second in both. In the Belmont Stakes he was back to try and upset the dominant Secretariat. There were only three other horses besides Secretariat and Smash---none of which had a prayer.

Secretariat was an amazing 1-10 favorite, which is absolutely unheard of. For all you non-bettors out there, that means for every 10 dollars you bet you only win 1.

Here is the complete 1973 Belmont Stakes race showing Secretariat attempting the first Triple Crown in 25 years. It is considered not only one of the greatest performances by a horse in racing history but one of the best performances in sports in general.

Secretariat and Smash came out strong, leaving the other three in the dust. Smash's jockey decided to go all-out and take on Secretariat in a speed race---a dangerous and risky tactic against the favorite on a mile and a half track---the longest of the Triple Crown races.

The two horses were absolutely blazing around the track---neck and neck. Then Smash started to tire from going all out on such a long track against a horse like Secretariat. Secretariat didn't slow down and kept up the intense pace, slowly and slowly pulling ahead. By the time the race was over Secretariat had won by 31 lengths in a blinding 2:24---a Belmont Stakes record that still stands today---by 2 seconds.

It was the fastest one and a half mile in dirt history.

Enjoy this moment of sports history.

Secretariat - Belmont Stakes 1973 - YouTube
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I don't remember to watch as often as I used to but love a good horse race. Secretariate was one for the ages. His heart I am told was three times that of a normal horse.
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I loved that race in the movie, so I went to Youtube too, to see the real thing. That was before. Never get tired of watching it though.

I like that line in the movie when she's talking to Secretariat the night before the Belmont, and she says, "I've ran my race, now you run yours".

Wasn't the name of the horse who was always challenging him called 'Sham', though?
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Wasn't the name of the horse who was always challenging him called 'Sham', though?
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I remember that race - I used to never miss the Triple Crown...but it's been a long while since we've had truly great horses.
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