Secretariat’s owner has asked the Maryland Racing Commission to conduct a hearing about changing the time of the horse’s winning run in the 1973 Preakness Stakes.
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Penny Chenery, along with Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas, say advances in modern video technology will prove Secretariat ran the 1-3/16 mile race in 1 minute, 53-2/5 seconds. That would have been a record at the time and would match the standing record for the Preakness.
The commission will consider the request for a hearing at its meeting on June 19.
Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973. His time in the Preakness was originally clocked electronically at 1:55, then changed to 1:54-2/5.
The Preakness was the only Triple Crown race in which Secretariat didn’t establish a track record.