Photo: Secretariat (Inspiration for the sketch I drew)
Secretariat (1970 – 1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He set race records in all three events in the series – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes– records that still stand today. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat the 35th-best athlete of the 20th century, the highest-ranking racehorse on the list.
Secretariat was born at The Meadow in Caroline County, Virginia on March 30th 1970. Like his famous predecessor Man O’ War, Secretariat was a large chestnut colt, and was given the same nickname, “Big Red”.
Owned by Penny Chenery, he was trained by Lucien Laurin, and mainly ridden by jockey Ron Turcotte. He raced in Chenery’s Meadow Farm Stable’s blue-and-white-checkered colors.
Secretariat stood about 16.2 hands tall and weighed 1,175 lb in his racing prime.
Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretariat_%28horse%29