NYRA releases 'Secretariat Collection' on YouTube, offers Secretariat poster giveaway on Saturday at Aqueduct
By Jon Forbes | 11/08/2013 02:30 PM ET
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's retirement parade at Aqueduct Racetrack, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released "The Secretariat Collection," a YouTube playlist with all 15 starts the renowned colt made in New York.
In addition, on Saturday NYRA will give away Secretariat posters (while supplies last) to the first 1,000 guests who enter Aqueduct near the clubhouse escalator.
During his stellar career, Secretariat won 16 of 21 starts, including a sweep of the Triple Crown. His most memorable performance came in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, which he won by 31 lengths in 2:24 for 1 ½ miles, records that still stand.
Secretariat, trained by Lucien Laurin for Meadow Stable, made 15 starts at NYRA's tracks, winning 10 times, including the Sanford, Hopeful, Futurity, Bay Shore, Gotham, Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap, and Man o' War.
The video collection also includes Secretariat's debut loss, his disqualification in the Champagne, his disappointing third-place finish in the Wood Memorial, and his defeats at the hands of a pair of horses trained by H. Allen Jerkens in the Whitney Handicap (won by Onion) and the Woodward (won by Prove Out).
In his final New York start, Secretariat won the 1973 Grade 1 Man o' War, his turf debut, by five lengths. He competed once more, taking the Grade 2 Canadian International, and returned to New York for formal retirement ceremony on November 6, 1973 at Aqueduct.
The collection also features a special installment of "History of the Game," a series hosted by Richard Migliore, that focuses on the retirement ceremony and includes rare footage.
Secretariat was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 and stood at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky until his death in 1989 at the age of 19.