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by Carlin on 30 April 2013 - 21:04

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Impressive, but at 1:45 in 1 1/16, Big Red could have had him by 15 lengths.

by BabyEagle4U on 30 April 2013 - 21:04

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could have .. LOL

by joanro on 30 April 2013 - 21:04

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Big Red isn't in this race.:) There'll never be another Secretariat, he was a freak of nature. But Will Take Charge is similar in his race.

by BabyEagle4U on 01 May 2013 - 08:05

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Look who showed up on the backside this morning to meet Will Take Charge ...Secretariat's jockey Ron Turcotte ! See Carlin I knew it !! 



 

by Carlin on 01 May 2013 - 09:05

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lol @ BE4U. Maybe he'll take the reins as well ;-) .  Secretariat or no, he's an explosive horse; can't wait to see him in the Derby.   Really though, it all leaves me in awe of nature.  For all the millions spent breeding thoroughbreds, we haven't been able to reproduce the likes of the great ones.  I guess all you can do is set yourself up on fertile ground, and hope to catch lightning in a bottle if it comes your way.  Unfortunately, I suspect genetic engineering is around the corner.

by beetree on 01 May 2013 - 10:05

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Joanro, that is a very, very cool story about watching Secretariat run while you were in the track bar!  LOL, I wasn't of drinking age then myself, but I sure do remember watching him run! For a horse crazy girl it was the ultimate. I just have to share this picture of a picture, lol, a numbered print of Secretariat, signed by Ron Turcotte, it was given to me by my folks, from some, charity silent auction, I believe. Maybe BE4U can verify the signature as real? LOL

I'm not up on who is who for this years race, so I'm taking notes from y'all!

by joanro on 01 May 2013 - 11:05

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Genetics are elusive to the point of exasperation when a horse like Secretariat hasn't been recreated...too bad they didn't have cloning at the time. Look at all the PBR bulls being cloned, hell, they've been so successful in that endeavor that a lotof bulls are virtually unridable.
I remember reading that on autopsy, Secretariat's heart was gigantic by all standards of horse hearts.

by Carlin on 01 May 2013 - 12:05

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@Joanro  - yes, from what I understand, the same doctor performed the necropsy of both Sham, and Secretariat.  Though Secretariat's heart was not weighed, it was estimated to be 22 lbs, using Sham's verified 18lb heart as reference.  The oversized heart, or "X factor", is supposed to be passed on through the mare only, and is often cited as the reason Secretariat didn't reproduce himself, though was thought of as a moderate success as a broodmare sire.  I agree with you, that he was a freak, because the endurance afforded by that huge heart alone would not necessarily have produced a great race horse.

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