Birthdate: March 30, 1970
Birthplace: Meadow Stable in Virginia
Date of Death: October 4, 1989
Place of Death: Claiborne Farm Paris, Kentucky
Sire: Bold Ruler
Dam: Somethingroyal out of Princequillo
(To see Secretariat's full pedigree click here)
Owner: Penny Tweedy (Chenery)
Trainer: Lucien Lauren
Jockey: Ron Turcotte
Groom: Eddie Sweat
Exercise riders: Jim Gaffney and Charlie Davis
won-Graden State Stakes
2nd-Champagne Stakes (disqualified from 1st)
Champion 2 year-old colt
Horse of the Year
won-Kentucky Derby (new track record)
won-Preakness Stakes (new track record)
won-Belmont Stakes (new WORLD record)
won-Bay Shore Stakes
won-Gotham Stakes (tied track record)
won-Marlboro Cup (new WORLD record)
won-Man O'War Stakes ( new course record)
Champion 3 year-old colt
Champion Grass Horse
Horse of the Year
Click here to see Secretariat's1973 Derby Performance Chart and click Derby Charts under the Derby History section.
This story was sent to me by club member Wynne Kohout,who by the way, took the photo of Secretariat at the top of this page. It tells how Secretariat helped play a role in the house that they bought two years ago.
About two years ago, my husband and I were in the middle of a long and serious house-hunt. We had been to what seemed like a million homes and nothing was really catching our attention. One weekend in September, I found a listing in a local real estate magazine, showed it to Robert, and told him we should get our agent (Jim) to show it to us, so off we went for a look.
As we went through the house, I knew we both really liked it, even though we were both trying to downplay our interest until we could talk about it alone. As I snooped through the kitchen, I saw a tiny ceramic tile hanging in an almost hidden spot underneath a set of cabinets. It appeared to be a picture of an animal, so being nosy, I looked more closely.
It was a small, but very detailed, ink sketch of Secretariat with Ron Turcotte up, wearing the "1A" saddlecloth from the Kentucky Derby. Big Red was prancing in the sketch, as if in the posst parade, or possibly right after smashing the Churchill Downs track record. I motioned to Robert and Jim to look at what I had found. "I think it's an omen," I told them both, "I think this is a message to me about this house. And I'm not even superstitious." later, as Jim drafted our offer to the seller, I told him, "I want you to put in the contingency section that I want that tile of Secretariat to convey with the house--really. I'm serious."
Jim and Robert just looked at me and rolled their eyes, but I meant it. Jim assured me he would take care of it one way or another.
Jim brought it up to the seller's agent and he said that the owner probably wouldn't even care. Jim then took the tile off of the wall and went out to put it in Robert's truck. We bought the house and that tile has a special place of honor, as it should.
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