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Secretariat’s living legends

Created: Monday, 14 August 2017
 
They may not have done anything remarkable in their own racing careers – far from it – but their mere existence in 2017, 28 years afer their sire died, makes them living legends. They are the elderly sons and daughters of Secretariat still being loved and admired by their owners, and living out their days being treated like the royalty that they are.

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Secretariat’s super mares

Created: Sunday, 04 June 2017
 
There’s no doubt that Secretariat’s lasting legacy as a sire is through his daughters. According to Equineline, 338 Secretariat mares produced 3,283 foals and 154 black type winners, for earnings to date of more than $152 million.

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Secretariat’s Grade 1 winners

Created: Sunday, 19 March 2017
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

Created: Sunday, 19 March 2017
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

Created: Friday, 29 January 2016
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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The incredible 3-year-olds of 2014

Created: Saturday, 11 April 2015
Shared Belief, California Chrome, Bayern, Tonalist, Untapable ... an abundance of talent is the hallmark of these and many more foals of 2011. And perhaps the most remarkable thing is that many of them remain in training this year.

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Magnificence on the wing

Created: Thursday, 19 March 2015
I’ve been a life-long admirer of horses – if it has four legs, a mane and tail, and whinnies, I’m enthralled. As a photographer, horses have been my primary subjects for nearly 30 years, and I’m always in awe of their presence. That said, I’ve been expanding my photographic experiences to include other things. Hot air balloons are another passion, along with wildlife. Almost 10 years ago, I went to Antarctica and was thrilled by the penguins, albatross and other birds and animals. This coming July, I’ll be heading to the opposite end of the globe, to Svalbard in the Arctic, in search of an entirely different kind of wildlife, including polar bears.

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A most satisfying Triple Crown

Created: Saturday, 22 June 2013
Fabulous stories came out of the 2013 Triple Crown. No, there wasn’t the Triple Crown winner that we’ve all been longing for – there wasn’t even an attempt by a horse that had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, there were three heart-warming stories generated by three tough horses and their storied connections.

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