Ed Odeven Reporting

Secretariat Secretariat

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Nov. 3, 2015) —  Secretariat’s jaw-dropping, 31-length victory in the 105th running of the Belmont Stakes in June 1973 clinched the amazing horse’s Triple Crown feat, securing its place in the annals of the sport until the end of time.

It was a performance that nobody expects will ever be duplicated.

Red Smith Award winner Jerry Izenberg witnessed Secretariat’s unparalleled greatness that June day in New York.

The longtime Newark Star-Ledger columnist’s coverage of the countless disappointments after Affirmed’s Triple Crown quest in ’78 until this June’s thrilling triumph for American Pharoah in the Belmont provide a comprehensive guide to the sport’s modern-day history.

He spoke recently about Secretariat’s mesmerizing race during a wide-ranging interview for this series about his life’s work.

“Go back to Secretariat (in June 1973), that was a thrill, and I can narrate that race for you right now where it starts,”…

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