This iconic image of Secretariat "flying" down the homestretch at Churchill Downs in the 1973 Kentucky Derby is now available for purchase in photograph form for the first time. Secretariat's quest for the 1973 Triple crown began in the 99th Run for the Roses in spectacular fashion.
Breaking last from the gate, jockey Ron Turcotte allowed the muscular chestnut colt to settle well off the pace before making a sweeping move on the far turn to challenge for the lead. In a stretch run like no other, Secretariat ran the fastest last quarter mile in the history of the Derby finishing the race in an astounding 1:59 2/5, establishing a new track record for the 1 1/4 mile distance... which still stands today!
Tony Leonard captured Secretariat with all four feet off the ground in this moment of near-perfection as Turcotte guides the champion to the wire. Both wear the famous blue and white silks of the Meadow Stable and are a vision of athletic unison and harmony. A record crowd (including the several onlookers atop the tote board) bear witness to this amazing performance in racing history.
Produced from the original negative, each clear and vibrant photo is printed on the finest archival stock and available with the collectible option of being hand-signed by Turcotte and Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery. The perfect gift for Big Red fans or any racing enthusiast, order yours now.
Available in 8" x 10"; 11" x 14"; 16" x 20" - Larger sizes by special request.