Secretariat Sets Record After His Death
Secretariat Sets Record After His Death, Officials in Maryland right a wrong that has trailed racing’s most famous colt for decades. Thirty-nine years after winning the Preakness Stakes, Secretariat has set the race record at the second leg of the Triple Crown.The Maryland Racing Commission decided on Tuesday that Secretariat actually ran the 1973 race in 1 minute, 53 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the official time of 1:54 2/5. That determination means the famed thoroughbred, who died in 1989, will hold the race records at each of the three Triple Crown races.
Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenrey, requested a hearing last week to look into her horse’s official time at the Preakness. After an investigation, the commission unanimously voted to change the time. The Daily Racing Form explains how:
That’s a pretty big gap in times. The timers at the Daily Racing Form had it 1 3/5 seconds faster than the Preakness timers? Then the new review determined it was 2/5 of a second faster than that? I’ve seen neighborhood swim meets with better timekeeping.