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This split screen video of American Pharoah racing Secretariat is pretty cool

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Horse racing got a much-needed boost on Saturday when American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. Secretariat still holds the record for the fastest Belmont at 2:24, but American Pharoah actually had a faster final quarter, finishing the last 440 yards 0.68 seconds quicker than Big Red.

What would it be like if the two horses raced? Of course, we’ll never know, but the Wall-Street Journal put together this cool split screen video of the two running in the Belmont side by side:

According to Bob Baffert, American Pharoah’s last race will be the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland on October 31, the same day Kentucky plays Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium. If that actually happens, what a weekend to be in Lexington.

UPDATE: Speaking of American Pharoah, the new Sports Illustrated cover is out and it’s fantastic.

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16 Comments for This split screen video of American Pharoah racing Secretariat is pretty cool

  1. Greginky
    11:58 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Correct me if I am wrong, but Secretariat still holds the track records for all 3 Triple Crown races does he not? He won the Belmont by 31 lengths, so yes he may have cruised down the stretch because he was unchallenged, but American Pharoah would not fare any better than Sham did in that race.

  2. Supa-D
    12:08 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Yes Secretariat holds the record in all three. He was just given the Preakness record a few years back because of a timing error. I love American Pharoah, but there will never be another Big Red.

    • mapcatfan
      12:55 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink


  3. Bledsoe's Biceps
    12:10 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with Greginky. The proof is in the race times they both posted. Secretariat still holds the record for all 3 Triple Crown races, so it’s a no brainer.

  4. JHorse
    12:13 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Based on times 2:24 flat vs. 2:26.65, Secretariat wins that match race by 13 lengths.

  5. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:17 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Is it likely that Secretariat would beat Pharoah handily? Perhaps. Is it with utmost certainty as some suggest? Absolutely not. I know times are the only thing we can use to compare the two, and I get that. However that only tells one side of the story. Who is to say that Pharoah couldn’t run down a horse that got out in front of him? We don’t know how Pharoah would respond. I’m not saying he would chase him down. I’m just not about to say he couldn’t.

  6. Lori M
    12:36 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Something to be considered: Secretariat did his Belmont unchallenged. There were no other horses pushing the pace the second half of the race.

  7. Jim A
    12:55 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Just imagine how much faster Big Red’s Belmont ruin might have been IF he was being pushed by another horse? At 31lengths, I’m not sure he knew the other horses were still running.

  8. Al B. Frank
    1:06 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Finally! Video proof that 2:24 is faster than 2:26!

    • inside info2
      2:20 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

      LOL. Nice comment.

  9. kentuck1
    2:22 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    On a given day, who knows? We all love Secretariat but AP ran the last quarter mile .65 seconds faster than Big Red.

    American Pharoah is a strong horse with a lot of endurance – probably could run two-mile race- and he might challenge Big Red on a good day, or a bad day for Secretariat?

    AP’s greatness will grow in stature as time goes by, in my opinion.

  10. meeksfor3
    3:01 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    You realize he ran faster the last 1/4 mile because he ran a slower pace the first 1 mile and a 1/4 of the race. If you have ever ran a marathon one thing you learn pretty quick is to not run too fast early or you have nothing left at the end. If AP had ran the same pace as Secretariat the first mile and a quarter of the race I can guarantee he wouldn’t have been able to outrun him the last 1/4 mile. He, just like Sham, would have faded quickly.

    As far as the comment about Secretariat running the race unchallenged you have to realize the pace that was ran the first 1/2 due to Sham’s trainer thinking he could wear down Secretariat and be able to pull away….his plan backfired.

  11. meeksfor3
    3:02 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Speaking of Sham he just may be the Buffalo Bill’s of horse racing. A truly great horse that will never be remembered as such because of racing against Secretariat.

  12. mustang_sally2012
    6:43 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    I think Secretariat would kick American Pharoah’s a$$

  13. Ky_Tom
    7:50 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    American Pharoah would have been beat by a good 15- 20 lengths

  14. Chris Brown
    9:11 am June 10, 2015 Permalink

    Hands down–Secretariat is the better horse. Anyone who has studied the history of the horse knows that in each race, his speed only increased each quarter mile. And YES, he is the record holder of all three races–and I doubt, with relative certainty, that the records will never be broken. It’s not about the hype or anyone’s opinion–it’s about the anatomy. Secretariat was granted the rare honor of being buried whole, rather than only having the head, heart and hooves, like other race horses. His heart was, as Chic Anderson announced at the mic during the final race of the ’73 Triple Crown, “…moving like a tremendous machine”. It’s been said that genetics placed him above all others. Secretariat’s genetic legacy may be linked in part to the likelihood that he carried the “X-Factor” (a trait linked to a large heart, carried only on the X chromosome) and thus, a trait Secretariat could only pass on via his daughters. His heart muscle was unlike any others the pathologist had seen or weighed at death. His ability to efficiently oxygenate his blood and support his large size allowed him to increase each quarter mile faster than the segment prior. Not to say it’s impossible for another horse, albeit with the X-Factor or not, tp match or beat the records, which still stand today on all three races of the ’73 Triple Crown—BUT very, very unlikely. Secretariat had a stamp and three covers of national magazines. The Disney namesake motion picture, I am told, tells the story quite well. Nevertheless, American Pharaoh, is a tremendous horse, without question–and will loved and revered by all forever. Let’s just hope the temperament and ego of the owner, doesn’t end his life prematurely by injury and destruction.