Forty years ago today, legendary racehorse Secretariat made a mockery out of The Belmont Stakes, locking up the Triple Crown, and ensuring the colt a place in history as the greatest equine of all time.
To really get an appreciation for this horse and legendary race, take a few minutes and watch the entire contest from start to finish. What’s most impressive is seeing the first half of the race where it appears Secretariat might struggle against another horse named Sham, only to break away in the most lopsided race in memory. I still get chills watching this race and listening how wonderfully it was called by the track announcer, Chic Anderson.
Close friend Paul Berkowitz once told me that he was there at Belmont Park that day. Secretariat was such a huge betting favorite, that he paid almost nothing — even on a “win” ticket. So, instead of cashing their tickets some savvy collectors decided to hang onto their prize keepsakes as souvenirs. They became a way to validate you were there that memorable day, July 9, 1973.