In 1973 became the
U.S. Triple Crown
champion for twenty-five years. During this feat his
talents where highlighted in the Belmont Stakes, where,
after setting an early fast pace, left the crowd
spellbound by continuing to extend an enormous lead
right to the post, eventually winning by over 30
lengths. With this great performance in mind, lets
analyze his conformation for clues to his greatness.
Forequarters: Well proportioned lower
legs, a closed elbow joint leaving a flatter arm, the
shoulder joint is also closed, but as the angle of the
arm is flat, this also results with the shoulder blade
being slightly upright. This lessens the horizontal
depth from chest to wither to less than ideal. The
shoulder blade has good length. Despite the appearance
of the upright blade, Secretariats significantly closed
elbow and shoulder joints encouraged both intension and
stride length through the fore.
Like Phar Lap, a slightly longer back, which may help
provide more volume towards the rear of the barrel,
aiding significant lung expansion and air intake during
maximal exercise. Also a good girth depth.
Some slope on the croup, leading to a femur with a extra
length which adds strength to upper hind.. The coups
slope, and femur extra length, allows the stifle to be
further placed forward, which may play an in important
*factor in this horses stride as detailed below. Lower
down the hind he possesses good rear cannon length. This
overall hind *combination encourages a good under reach
from the rear, allowing the horse good lift of its
forequarters through levering, and potentially also
helping the fore limbs, by providing them more time to
lift and stretch forward, before the fore drops, which
initiates its next stride. Appears he may be slightly
camped under behind.
(Even if true, wont ever be publicized)
1300 - 1800m (6
1/2 - 9f)
Significant strength orientations (sprinting), which he
was capable of sustaining over longer distances.
This can possibly be witnessed in his famous Belmont
Stakes win, where he soon sprinted to the lead, and
simply, "just kept getting faster" as the race unfolded.
The hind appears to be the strength, although the fore
is certainly not a weakness, even thou the wither
appears to be set slightly forward. Overall proportions
by measurement are excellent, with close to ideal
limb/body and length/height ratio's.
Champion via confomration