Only three weeks after his historic Triple Crown sweep, Secretariat retuned to the races to the delight of Midwestern racing fans in the June 30, Arlington Invitational in Chicago. A conscious effort was made by the Meadow Racing Stable to share the phenomenal colt with as broad a slice of race fans as possible. That enthusiasm was not shared by his competitors however, as only three other horses decided to take their chances against the chestnut champ in the $125,000 added 1 1/8 mile race.
In a very unusual wagering set-up that reflected the respect given to the Meadow superstar, the betting interests were divided into a heavily favored Secretariat at 1-20 odds and the rest of the horses all coupled together as the Field at 5-1. And for good reason. Secretariat provided yet another unextended and dominating victory, easily outdistancing his nearest rival My Gallant by 9 lengths in a time of 1:47, just 1/5 off the track record. It was reported that over 5000 bettors never cashed their winning tickets (worth only $2.10 each), instead opting to invest in a historical keepsake rather than accepting the paltry $2.10 winning pay-out.
The official winners circle composite features admiring groom Eddie Sweat holding Secretariat who wears a distinctive saddlecloth bearing his name arched around the number 1. Joining owner Penny Chenery in the winners circle presentation are her sister Margaret Carmichael, jockey Ron Turcotte, trainer Lucien Laurin, and Arlington Park executives.
A very scarce photo considering Arlington racetrack and all its historical archives burnt to the ground in 1985 (before being re-built to its present elegant stature). Available with the option of being hand-signed by jockey Ron Turcotte. Measures 8" x 10", larger sizes available by special order.