Video: 50 Years Ago ‘Secretariat’ Wins Kentucky Derby
It was fifty years ago when the greatest race horse of all time, Secretariat, won the Kentucky Derby in record time. “Big Red” would go on to set more speed records as he captured the 1973 Triple Crown of Horse Racing. Here’s the dramatic video footage from that race.
This time of year always reminds me of my Dad. He loved playing the horses. He was a restauranteur in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where he co-owned and managed a classy steak house. It was a very stressful job, and he liked to relax on either Monday or Tuesday, by placing some bets on the ponies at Aqueduct Raceway or Belmont Park.
He loved the horse races so much, we even had to vacation near horse tracks up and down the east coast. Every summer, we would rent a cottage for the entire family in Pownal, Vermont. The place we stayed was just a couple of miles away from Green Mountain Race Track. We would play in the pool during the day, and then go to the race track at night. As kids, my sisters and I were not allowed to place bets, but we always loved cheering on my Dad’s picks.
I was 13 years old, and it was the late spring of 1973. My family and I were back in Vermont for our annual vacation in June. Horse racing was still one of the most popular spectator sports in America back in those days. It seemed like the entire country was tuning in to see if Secretariat would win the Triple Crown. It had been 25 years since Citation won the Triple Crown in 1948. Could “Big Red” hold off Sham to claim the crown?
He not only won the race and the Triple Crown, he accomplished it by blowing away the old speed record for the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown Races. Watch this amazing race horse basically sprint for a full mile-and-a-half by CLICKING HERE.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.