Who was the Secretariat?
Horse racing is one of the most popular sports. With its roots in the ancient world, the sport as we have come to understand it today was created, like many of today’s most popular sports, in Victorian England. For a long time, horse racing was the most popular sport worldwide. Today, however, its popularity has become supplemented by football, cricket, etc.
Horse racing is one of the biggest sports in the gambling world. For years, horse racing was the most popular sport among bettors, only recently being supplemented by football. Regardless, horse racing is still hugely popular, and, in fact, is the second biggest sport in the betting world. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is the only sport today which has bets open 24/7, all over the world. The racing world sees an estimated hundred billion euros annually from the betting industry.
Horse racing is also widely popular when it comes to online sportsbooks and betting sites. Online betting has become a hugely popular phenomenon, and many online sportsbooks are popping up all over the internet on sites like helpbet.com.
Many of the sport’s top horses have gone down in history, and in pop culture, becoming incredibly famous even outside the world of sports. Most popular among these, by far, is the Secretariat, one of the biggest, and the best racing horse to have ever lived. Secretariat has lived as fascinating a life as a racing horse could live, and his story is one worth remembering.
Secretariat was foaled in March, 1970 by Somethingroyal. He had a bright-red chestnut coat, white socks, and his most distinguishing feature, a white star with a narrow stripe. Upon his birth, many believed that “Big Red”, as he was known on the farm, was too beautiful to race. Secretariat’s growth spur, however, led to horse racing experts, and even his trainer describing him as “the perfect race horse”. With praises like these, it is no shock that Secretariat soon started his career on the race track.
The First Races
Secretariat was two years old for his debut race at the Aqueduct Racetrack on July 4, 1972. Secretariat finished in fourth place, exhibiting an incredible speed, which put him in the forefront of many people’s minds. He competed again, a mere 11 days later, where he showed his incredible power, and stretch-running ability, which he became famous for. Secretariat won the race by a staggering six lengths, and became a darling of fans of horse racing.
At the end of that month, Secretariat raced again, for the third time. At this point, he was already a crowd favorite, and the odds-on favorite for bettors. He proved all of his fans right, by winning the race, and coming into first place.
Secretariat would go on to win 16 out of 21 races, and would be named Horse of the Year, and win several awards.
In 1989, Secretariat came down with a case of laminitis. After a grueling month of treatment, Secretariat’s condition did not improve. He was euthanized on October 4, at the age of 19. Secretariat is considered the greatest racing horse to have ever ran the track, and is the subject of a 2010 film, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich.