I hope that Big Brown wins today’s Belmont Stakes here in New York, and in fact, I think he will win, especially since his only potential contender of note, Casino Drive, was scratched this morning. If Big Brown manages to win today, he will become only the 12th horse in more than 125 years to win the Triple Crown winner, and our first in 30 years. But do I think that Big Brown is of the same caliber as Secretariat? Not a chance. Big Brown is simply the best individual among a very poor crop of race horses (with the exception of Eight Belles, who is dead). Take a look at what the legendary Secretariat did — not only did he destroy the Belmont field with the largest ever margin of victory for that race, but he set a new track record and a new world record for the distance, too. [5:04].
Even though Secretariat never raced as a four-year-old (the group who syndicated him demanded he retire from the track at the end of his three-year-old year), he ran against older horses and won convincingly, often tying or setting track records in the process. Secretariat’s dominance on the racetrack continues to this day through the victories of his many talented offspring.