Outside of Pegasus and Mister Ed, Secretariat ranks as the most famous horse in history. Winner of 1973’s prestigious Triple Crown, Secretariat became the first horse
in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in the same year. Not only did “Big Red” win these illustrious races but dominated, seemingly setting records at every turn.
Secretariat taking the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, in 1973. (Getty)
Secretariat’s superiority also occurred during a time when horse racing drew more attention than the NBA and perhaps even the NFL! Over 100,000 people flocked to Belmont Park near New York City to see if the extraordinary horse could rewrite history. This is the story of Secretariat.