The Big Adventure Presents - Countdown to The Belmont Stakes - 12 Days of Interesting Facts!
Fact #8 – So, who is arguably the greatest horse to ever be a part of horse racing? Black Beauty? Trigger? Mr. Ed? Amazingly enough, none of the above. Most people agree that Triple-Crown Winner Secretariat is top equine acheiver.In 1973, Secretariat set a track and world record of 2:24 for the mile and a half with his 31-length victory, a record that still stands today.
Ultimately, he sired as many as 600 foals during his retirement. That's some good living right there. Though his blood flows through other notable racehorses---including 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.
That's why you can find this big ole statue of the horse at both Belmont and Churchhill Downs. Sadly, A racehorse named City On The Line was euthanized in May 2009 after crashing into a bronze statue of Secretariat in the Belmont Park paddock. Wow, even we are amazed at amount of trivia we know...