Celebrating the May 5, 1973 Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. After a dozen races, Secretariat had reached a pivotal moment in the hopes and dreams of Meadow Stable and the syndicate of investors who had acquired his breeding rights. After coming off a shocking loss in the Wood Memorial that could be attributed to an undetected abscess in his mouth, the chestnut colt had something to prove to those who began to doubt him. And prove it he did... in a performance that is still the benchmark of excellence in Derby history. After breaking last in the 13 horse field, Secretariat improved his position throughout, collaring Sham at the top of the stretch and drawing away for a 2 1/2 length victory. The time for the 1 1/4 mile race - 1:59 2/5 - a new track record breaking the long standing two minute barrier and existing track record held by Northern Dancer.
The composite photo features Secretariat as he crosses the finish line ahead of Sham and jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. Below is a rose adorned Secretariat, wearing the historic 1A with beaming jockey Ron Turcotte aboard, being held by trusted groom Eddie Sweat modeling the fashionable plaid couture of the time. In the background to the left the infield tote board is visible, revealing the Lucien Laurin Derby entry of Secretariat and Angle Light at 3-2 odds. To the right, announcer Jack Whitaker and governor Julian Carroll overlook the trophy presentation.
A wonderful photo capturing a quintessential moment in the history of horse racing. Available with the option of being hand-signed by jockey Ron Turcotte. Measures 8" x 10" up to an impressive 16" x 20" with larger sizes available by special order.