June 19, 2012

Secretariat Preakness Record Time Approved!!

After almost 40 years of waiting, the record time that "Big Red" - Secretariat, achieved while winning the Preakness Stakes of 1973 has been officially credited to him as 1:53 flat by the Maryland Racing Commission in a unanimous vote. Now, it can be said that Secretariat officially holds the fastest time recorded for all three of the Triple Crown Races - Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

I do have to add here that modern technology or not, they are fudging at some level when they give a "flat time" rather than agreeing to honor the DRF clock which measured 1:53 2/5 (see wikipedia). I am happy for Secretariat to be officially recognized as the fastest runner in the Preakness, but I am not happy that the final time is now being fudged.

For more about the Triple Crown click here.

This news was received on twitter and verified via Brisnet editorial

The official minutes of the meeting can be found here within a few business days from June 19, 2012.

Featured below is a photo of the Memorial of Secretariat erected in Kentucky.

one of the titles: Greatest horse ever titled or at least greatest American horse ever lived

This photo is used under Creative Commons License Attribution Some rights reserved by Just chaos

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