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Thanks to a recommendation by

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 12, 2000

Thanks to a recommendation by TiVo, I caught a documentary about Secretariat on Sunday. I’d always heard of Secretariat being this great horse, but not having heard or seen anything specific about him, I’d never really understood why. After seeing the amazing race he ran at Belmont, I completely understand why he’s spoken about in hallowed tones. Secretariat won the race by 31 lengths, running the entire race at top speed, an effort that would have killed a normal horse and ranks right up there with any sort of heroic effort that you’d care to name in the world of sports. After his death, an autopsy revealed that Secretariat was indeed not a normal horse; his heart was 2 1/2 times bigger than that of the average horse.