I cry every single time I watch the Belmont Stakes of 1973.
I swear. The drive, determination and the utter “I’m gonna do it my way” attitude of this mighty horse, gets me every.single.time.
He was never spurred or whipped. The horse just R A N.
And just in case you didn’t know, besides winning every race by a record after any race he lost (his groom says that Secretariat thought about his races – especially those he lost … in fact his groom said that when he lost, Secretariat would go to the back of his stall and THINK) – this horse had a heart more than twice the size of an average horse.
… I’m thinking that some of us might need to remember this story today… and have a huge grin on their faces while cheering!
ANYONE NEED A PICKMEUP? WATCH THIS.
THE ACTUAL RACE – brings tears to my eyes every time… all before enhancements came to racing… (not judging, just saying.)
Oh my gosh. What a champion. How could you not root for a horse who was this talented?!
Click here to watch footage of the actual race from 1973…
IMAGES OF SECRETARIAT THAT REALLY SPEAK TO ME…
ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO WITH EXCEPTS FROM HIS OWNER, GROOM, JOCKEY AND PRESS CORP.
I watched this with GLEE. Especially because there are interviews with those who knew him intimately… and it shows Secretariat after retirement, at play. Such a gorgeous boy.
THE DOCUMENTARY – BEFORE the movie… when Secretariat was voted top 60 athletes of the year!
So I found this older documentary about Secretariat. This was before the movie… it almost felt like ESPN Sports Century had to explain why they picked a HORSE to be one of the top athletes. I think this might be worth a watch. I know it is a bit fuzzy, but the information is solid and so interesting.