LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Customers Always Write:
Today is the day that Secretariat fans have awaited for 39 years. As I wrote here at WDRB.com a week ago, The Maryland Racing Commission will review videos that Penny Chenery, the colt's owner, believes will show that Secretariat ran the Preakness as fast as any horse ever has.
Secretariat was clocked electronically in 1:55 in the 1973 Preakness at Pimlico. Two timers for the Daily Racing Form had him in 1:53 2/5, which is the current record for the race. The Maryland Racing Commission later adjusted Secretariat's time to 1:54 2/5, but the Racing Form continues to list the colt's time as the number recorded by its representatives.
The commission will review the case again Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m. at Laurel Race Course. No word on when the commission will rule. The three horses that currently have the record are Tank's Prospect, Louis Quatorze and Curlin.
Chenery will attend the meeting, but does not plan to speak. Sandy Grossman, a former executive producer for CBS Sports, is flying to Maryland from South Florida to be part of the presentation because of his respect for Chenery and Secretariat.
*Louisville native Don Heggs responded to my column about Secretariat last week with some interesting research. By calculating the winning times that Secretariat ran and measuring them against the times of the winners of the last 10 Triple Crown series, Heggs reminds us precisely how great Secretariat was.
According to Heggs, here is the combined number of lengths that Secretariat would have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont against the winners of the last 10 years:
2012 59 lengths
2011 62 lengths
2010 71 lengths
2009 42 lengths
2008 47 lengths
2007 38 lengths
2006 35 lengths
2005 53 lengths
2004 52 lengths
2003 42 lengths
Total 501 lengths or 4,008 ft. Or 1336 yds. Or 13.36 football fields Or 3/4 of a mile.
Thanks for your research, Don.
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Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Bob Prince, Mel Allen, Bob Elson, Ernie Harwell and several others made it a golden age for baseball radio play-by-play guys.