Celebrate the Derby with “Secretariat” Facts

If you’re running out of fresh new content for the cocktail parties in May, dive into these tidbits about the Triple Crown winner, Secretariat!

• To this day, Secretariat holds the record for each race within the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

• Secretariat’s iconic royal blue and white checkered silks were a nod to Washington and Lee University, from which Chris Chenery, Penny’s father and the founder of Meadow Farm, graduated in 1909.

• In Secretariat’s Belmont victory, which secured his Triple Crown title, he won the race thirty-one lengths ahead of the second-place finisher.

• ​​Dr. Thomas Swerczek, the veterinarian who performed Secretariat’s necropsy, reported that Secretariat’s heart was the largest he had ever seen in a horse—two and a half times the size of a normal horse heart.

• He was the only non-human included on ESPN SportCentury’s list of top fifty athletes of the twentieth century, and he became the first Thoroughbred to be honored with his own U.S. postage stamp.

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