For all the talk about California Chrome and the Triple Crown, I thought it would be nice to see one of the most amazing Triple Crown-winning races in history. Without any argument it's the most clear-cut victory. This is Secretariat's win in 1973. To horse racing fans, they know all the details of what happened, many other have a recollection that it was a big win and how big. But I suspect most people don't have as detailed an awareness of the race -- unless perhaps they saw the recent (quite well-done) movie. And even then, seeing the actual thing takes on a whole different perspective, in large part because you have the live announcers who can't believe what they're seeing.
As a result, I don't want to give any more away. I'll just note that when the announcer calls how big a margin of victory Secretariat won by, he later acknowledges that it's just a guess, and it could be more. He's right. It was more. All I'll say is that he was six lengths short...
The race begins about 45 seconds in, so don't worry about there being a long build-up. What's interesting is how few horses were in the race, only five. But it didn't matter. No one was beating Secretariat that day, who set a track record.
Even if you don't tend to watch horse racing, this is a race to watch.
This is how you win the Triple Crown.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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