I just watched the movie about Secretariat last night. It was like dipping into a bit of history. He was born in 1970 and won the Triple Crown in 1973. I was married in 1970 and can remember him being in the news. I lived in Texas, so was a bit removed from the Kentucky horse racing scene, but he was national news. He only raced two years. When he was two years old, he won Sanford Stakes, Hopeful Stakes, Belmont Futurity, Laurel Futurity, and Garden State Stakes. He was named horse of the year in 1972. In 1973, at age 3 he won the Kentucky Derby (new track record), Preakness Stakes (new track record), Belmont Stakes (new WORLD record), Bay Shore Stakes, Gotham Stakes (tied track record), Arlington Invitational, Marlboro Cup (new WORLD record), Man O’War Stakes (new course record), and Canadian International.He was Champion 3 year-old colt ~ Champion Grass Horse ~ Horse of the Year. ( http://www.secretariat.com/secretariat-history/ ) He sired over 650 foals and of those, 57 were stakes winners. He was an amazing animal. Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and none since 1978. “The 11 Triple Crown winners are Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racing)
I loved the movie. Loved the excitement, and having a little glimpse into the racing life. The heroine of the movie was the woman who, when everyone thought she was crazy, was determined to race her red horse! I don’t know if she had a unique “horse sense”, great intuition, or was just really lucky. Secretariat was one of a kind! It was quite nostalgic seeing the old hairdos and styles of clothes, and the cars! LOL It is a Disney movie, family friendly, and worth the watch.