Many race experts say they have never seen a horse make a move like the one Secretariat made on the backstretch about thirty seconds into this video. He covered almost the entire field of horses, moving from dead last to first, in about twenty seconds.
Because of the way the ashley judd Derby played out most people though of Secretariat as a come-from-behind stretch runner, but Big Red had great tactical speed and (as the Belmont showed) he was quit comfortable using is cruising speed to run from near the front.
The rest of the clan spent a couple hours in the quarry and found schools of fish and ferns. Several of our 50 million year old ichthyological discoveries came out intact. I remember the fossils smelling like oil.
We were there on July 4. The Kemmerer celebration was also fun.
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