Secretariat’s Last Laugh

Secretariat speaks:

“Thirty-nine years later they say I did set the Preakness Stakes speed record! About …. time!!

“”In the 1991 Pimlico Special, Farma Way sped through that 1-3/16 miles race in 1:52-2/5, and that still stands as that track’s record for a race of that distance. But in 1973, before Farma Way’s heroics, I set the speed record at that track with my 1:53 run in the 1-3/16 miles Preakness Stakes, at the time a world record, track record, and Preakness record. 

“However, an electric timer device recorded my Preakness run at 1:55, and the clocking of that speed was argued over and officially changed to 1:54-2/5, which was recorded by the Pmilico official hand clocker on Preakness day.

“Finally, on June 19 this year (2012), the Maryland Racing Commission was unanimous in their decision to change the official time of my Preakness run to 1:53, correcting both previously recorded times.

“My loving owner, Penny Chenery, was relentless in her bid to get the MRC to investigate the clockings of my Preakness time and set the record straight. At long last, my Preakness time is official, a race record, 1:53 at 1-3/16 miles!

“I’m delirious with joy! I now hold all three speed records for the Triple Crown, which I won in 1973 — The Kentucky Derby, 1:59-2/5 at 1-1/4 miles; the Preakness Stakes, 1:53 at 1-3/16 miles; and the Belmont Stakes, 2:24 at 1-1/2 miles.

“I heard PC say ‘I didn’t know if it was appropriate to cheer but I couldn’t help myself’ when the Preakness speed record decision was handed down June 19.

“PC, you truly conducted a “labor of love”, as your attorney described your effort following the announcement of the decision. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, which is bigger than most!”

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. courtney jacob
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 01:42:14

    What do you think that Secretariat would say about being raised and raced on steroids? Then his ‘loving owner’ let him founder! He does not even count as a triple crown winner, they cheated and everyone in racing knows it. Why do you think that he never produced anything??
    AND putting weight on any horse before three years is awful. Sport of Kings – no way. It’s full of cruelty, drugs and illegal activity.

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  2. bahelberg1
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 17:00:10

    Thank you for your “opinion”, but your comment here is borderline hateful, so please moderate your own emotion if you want future comments approved.

    Secretariat never produced anything?? Son Risen Star (1988 dual Triple Crown race winner); daughter Lady’s Secret (1986 Horse of the Year); the good runner (son) General Assembly; stakes record breaker and broodmare producer of winners (daughter) Terlingua; maternal grandsons A.P. Indy (1992 Horse of the Year); Dehere and Chief’s Crown (two-year-old champions); Storm Cat (son of Terlingua and prolific sire of winnes); Summer Squall; Secreto; Gone West.

    Unfortunately, cruelty, drugs, and illegal activity do exist in the shadows of every sport. But Secretariat’s Meadow wasn’t one of those. Those undesirable elements also exist in families, but that doesn’t mean everyone is engaging in them.

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