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I saw Secretariat win by 31 lengths at the Belmont (well, not in person) in June 1973, a record in time and distance that still stands today as do many of this horse's other records.  It was like he had an extra gear somewhere and just flew. "Big Red" loved to run and was dubbed as "a tremendous machine" by the sportscaster calling the race.  Check out the 1973 Belmont race on YouTube, and you will be cheering a horse that may never be equaled, much less surpassed.

The Horse God Built by Lawrence Scanlan. A thorough look at the history and legend of Secretariat and Eddie "Shorty" Sweat, the man who was pivotal to the horse's success. If you love Big Red read this bio it's excellent.

Secretariat turns for home in the 1973 Preakness Stakes, with rival Sham right behind him.

Secretariat turns for home in the 1973 Preakness Stakes, with rival Sham right…

The greatest racehorse that ever lived...Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes

The greatest racehorse that ever lived.Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes. If I was able to go back in time to go to just one event I would want to be at this race. To watch the last race of the greatest horse that ever was.

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Photo by Wojtek Kwiatkowski Arabian horse . this photographer takes some amazing pics of horses

Feisty Edwardian woman riding show horse

Leaping horse while riding side saddle and wearing a corset. That woman is amazing.

Man O War

The famous and legendary Man O' War is credited for rescuing American horse racing in the Born in he made his racing debut two years later, winning three stakes races in just 17 days.

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BAREBACK RIDING "Only horse people understand what this is from" - So true! And only horse people understand the joy that comes from the reason for looking this way. :D Bareback rides are the best.

Greatest of All Time...Secretariat's iconic 1973 31 length win for the Triple Crown at Belmont.

Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes

Secretariat ("Big Red") - winning the Triple Crown in the third race at Belmont on June 1973 -- by 31 lengths and in world record time for 1 miles - 2 min. has never been surpassed.

Secretariat, best race horse ever. won Belmont at 31 lengths and has the record in each leg of the Triple Crown, that still stands today

Secretariat - won The Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and set the record in each leg of the Triple Crown, records that still stand today

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