Secretariat needs no introduction.
The images of his glowing copper form streaking past the Belmont Stakes’ finish line, thereby winning the Triple Crown, are forever burnished in our collective minds.
I’ve parsed through countless (it seems) clips, articles and websites covering Secretariat. Here is a selection of my favorites. Enjoy!
“Triple Crown 2015: Why Secretariat was the greatest ever” Jerry Izenberg, The Star Ledger
“Secretariat birthplace designated historic site” Associated Press, Virginia Pilot
“SI 60 Q&A: William Nack on what ‘Pure Heart’ and Secretariat mean to him” Ted Keith, Sports Illustrated
“Secretariat’s Jockey on Winning the Triple Crown at Belmont, 40 Years Ago” Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic Monthly
Life & Times of Secretariat, YouTube.com, PlanetHorseDVD
Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, sits down with BloodHorse.com‘s Lenny Shulman to share her remembrances of Big Red and his legendary career.
The Immortal SECRETARIAT, Enjoy Big Red living large on the farm, with his handlers and admirers remembering his personality and greatness. YouTube.com, cf1970
Secretariat, ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury.
Secretariat Didn’t Like Roses!, This is a rare clip of Secretariat after the 1973 Kentucky Derby. After he got the roses, he tried to bolt! Check out how mature he is, a neck like a 4- or 5-year old… YouTube
“Putting A New Light On The Derby” by Whitney Tower, Sports Illustrated, April 30, 1973 Before the 1973 Kentucky Derby, Whitney Tower scrutinizes the Derby field.
“Crunch Went The Big Red Apple” by George Plimpton, Sports Illustrated, July 09, 1973
“Pure Heart”by William Nack, Sports Illustrated, October 24, 1994. In this SI Classic from 1990, Nack relives the greatest ride of his life: Secretariat’s thrilling career as a racehorse.
“Secretariat” by Dan Illman, DRF.Com, September 23, 2010
“To the Swift: Red Smith on Secretariat”by the New York Times, June 6, 2008
Secretariat’s Meadow by Kate Chenery Tweedy
The Big Red Horse, The Secretariat Story by Lawence Scanlan, For young readers and up.
Secretariat, by Raymond Woolfe, Jr. and Ron Turcotte
“SECRETARIAT WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN” Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com