Triple Crown winners: Watch Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat enter racing history in Belmont Stakes

  • Triple Crown winners: Watch Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat enter racing history in Belmont Stakes

    Secretariat, June 9, 1973

    The 105th Belmont featured a field of five horses, but it was basically a one-horse race, even before the starting gates opened.

    Secretariat was listed at 1-9 odds, according to records kept by the New York Racing Association. Clerks at the betting windows weren't allowed to take show bets, which pay out if a horse finishes first, second or third. For a $2 bet, the horse known as "Big Red" paid out $2.20 to win and $2.40 to place, a bet that the horse will come in first or second.

    Track announcer Chic Anderson called the race for CBS Sports. His description of Secretariat at the end of the backstretch says it all:

    "Secretariat is widening now. He is moving like a tremendous machine! Secretariat by 12! Secretariat by 14 lengths on the turn! ... But Secretariat is all alone! He's out there almost a sixteenth of a mile away from the rest of the horses. Secretariat is in a position that seems impossible to catch."

    When filming began on the 2010 movie "Secretariat," William Nack, the ex-Sports Illustrated reporter whose book influenced the film, told The Associated Press that the colt's race was "the greatest sporting event up to its time."

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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