Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The past v. the present.

American Pharoah v. Secretariat.  The Wall Street Journal produced this video comparing the two horses' performance at the Belmont.


Johnny Weir said...

American Pharoah was just 2 seconds slower than Secretariat. Amazing! Two observations. I watched this on TV and when the camera panned the audience I was struck by how many people where in the grand stands. All these people must have a ton of discretionary income because you know everyone was betting. I couldn't ever afford the entrance fee. Also, a 900 pound horse + rider can do a mile & a half in 2 minutes vs. a human can in 7 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 12-13 lengths difference. Secretariat was a once in a lifetime horse.

Anonymous said...

The entrance fee for standing room is not that expensive (about 35 dollars). Most came to see history, make a 2 dollar bet and have an over priced watered down drink.

I saw this yesterday;

lengths behind Secretariat in the Belmont (1973)

13 American Pharoah (2015)
14 Affirmed (1978)
21 Count Fleet (1943)
21 Citation (1948)
23 War Admiral (1937)
28 Seattle Slew (1977)
33 Omaha (1935)
34 Assault (1946)
35 Whirlaway (1941)
38 Gallant Fox (1930)

Anonymous said...

The attendance was limited to just 90,000. The Kentucky Derby had over 173,000. This is a super horse and should race 2 or 3 more times before retiring at Coolmore at the end of 2015.

Kingfish said...

I wonder how Alydar would fare on that list.

Anonymous said...

Secretariat was FLYING !!!

Congrats to Am Pharoah

Anonymous said...

You have to remember that Secretariat came along before Obamacare and Common Core.

Anonymous said...

Affirmed finished in 2:26.80, therefore Alydar would have finished behind Pharoah (2:26.65) and well behind Secretariat.

Anonymous said...

Did they test horses for PEDs back then?

Anonymous said...

Two seconds is a long time in racing.

Anonymous said...

alas! they all wind up as Elmer's glue, Alpo dog food, and Jello.

Kingfish said...

Affirmed usually came in just ahead of Alydar so I was curious how he did.

Anonymous said...

From Alydar's Wikipedia entry:
Affirmed won by 1.5 lengths in the Kentucky Derby, by a neck in the Preakness and by a head in the Belmont Stakes

Therefore, Alydar would be 14+ lengths behind Secretariat.

Anonymous said...

So glad to finally see another triple crown winner! FINALLY! And Pharoah (sic - there's a story behind the name!) showed no signs of faltering in the long, long Belmont that's been the downfall of so many weary triple crown hopefuls.

That said, my favorite clip is of Secretariat's owner watching Pharoah from the stands at age 93. He joined the ranks but like so many others, couldn't best her own. Love it!

Anonymous said...

If American Pharoah was 13 lengths behind Secretariat, that means Keen Ice (7 1/2 lengths behind Pharoah) and Mubhaatij (7 3/4 lengths behind Pharoah) ran a faster Belmont than the great Citation (21 lenghts behind Secretariat). The times at Belmont were unusually fast on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that the tracks varied significantly - with wetness and "depth" of looseness and even differences in soil sand, clay, and other differences in the longer term. How easy is it to compare times alone if they are running on vastly different surfaces? Is that a fair comparison? Cramer famously said "He's a mudder. His mother was a mudder."

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