June 8, 2015

THERE WAS ONLY EVER ONE SUPERHORSE:

American Pharoah's A Superhorse, But He's No Secretariat (BENJAMIN MORRIS, 6/07/15, 538)

Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.

But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn't really approach Secretariat's. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That's about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ΒΌ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:

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And if anyone had been within 13 lengths, Big Red would have just gone faster....

Posted by at June 8, 2015 3:40 PM
  

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