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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Secretariat ran the fastest Kentucky Derby in 1973. He backed it up by blazing to another record in the Belmont Stakes five weeks later.
America loved the horse as well as the “Secretariat” movie. But the Secretariat script is still being written. The only Triple Crown record that Secretariat doesn’t have is the Preakness — at least not yet.
That could change, beginning June 19. That is when the nearly four-decade debate about how swiftly Secretariat ran the Preakness will officially resume.
“I don’t want to appear greedy,” said Penny Chenery, who owned the horse at Meadow Farm Stable. “Secretariat’s legacy is strong as it is. But this would truly complete the story.”
The Maryland Racing Commission has agreed to review the controversy over the timing of the 1973 Preakness again. The official Pimlico Race Course electric timer credited Secretariat with a 1:55 over the Preakness distance of 1 3/16th miles.
Two timers for The Daily Racing Form immediately checked their stopwatches and questioned that number. They had Secretariat in 1:53 2/5. That would have been a Preakness record, the kind of remarkable number you’d expect the colt known as “Big Red” to deliver.