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Secretariat’s Grade 1 winners

Of Secretariat’s 57 stakes winners, nine won Grade 1/Group 1 races, races at the highest level of the sport. Seven were in the United States, one was in England and the other in Australia. From his 16 crops, 1982 was the most prolific – three of the nine G1 winners were born that year: Fiesta Lady, Image of Greatness and the best of them all, Lady’s Secret. Four additional stakes winners came out of that crop; the total of seven was the most born in any of the 16 years. Although his first crop was roundly dismissed as a failure, it did produce his first Group 1 winner in Dactylographer. Secretariat book-ended his stud career with the multiple G1 winner Tinners Way in his final crop, those born in 1990.

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Secretariat as a sire

I was a horse-crazy pre-teen when Secretariat won the Triple Crown, and his televised exploits focused my enthusiasm on horse racing. I eagerly collected everything I could on the red horse, building a rather extensive memorabilia collection on all things Secretariat. My passion took me on a bus trip to Lexington to see him in 1982 – I’ll never forget being in his presence. And while I took photos, it was the first time I had ever used a camera and, well, I did a lot of things wrong.

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A year to remember with American Pharoah

The racing world received a gift in 2015 – a gift by the name of American Pharoah. This extremely talented colt fulfilled the promise he showed as a champion two-year-old, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. And contrary to what many people expected, this new Triple Crown winner wasn’t retired immediately following the Belmont Stakes. In fact, he made three more starts, which when combined with public appearances, further endeared him to both racing fans and cynical industry insiders.

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