Thoroughbred Racing at the Great Race Place
With both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in his pocket, after setting record times that stand to this day; the Penny Chenery trained entry was the well deserving favorite in the Belmont Stakes.
Early on, Secretariat and Sham separate from the field in what appeared to be a duel, until Secretariat effortlessly drew off putting Sham away on the back stretch and running on.
Calling the race, you could hear the amazed commentator, Secretariat by 12, Secretariat by 14; the other three runners would catch Sham, simply unable to run with "Big Red", who just kept on rolling, to win the Belmont by 31 lengths, in perhaps the greatest performance ever, in the history of thoroughbred horse racing.
That day in 1973, Secretariat ran the fastest time in the history of the Belmont Stakes that stands to this day - 2:24 flat.