Secretariat served as the “hook” horse for many fans getting into racing. Whether it was his timer-shattering Triple Crown thrills or the “moving like a tremendous machine” chills, his performances drew in many fans during the Spring and Summer of ‘73. After the Triple Crown trail, he made his first start back in an invitational race at Arlington Park. Called the Arlington Invitational and broadcast on national television on ABC, the race was created by Arlington and provided the Midwest a brilliant chance to see their hero. In the video below, owner P. Chenery (nee Tweedy) provides analysis.
And for those who prefer the in-house call, we have it too (though stretch only) in something that would have graced the nightly news.
Arlington Park -- Race 8 -- G1 Secretariat Stakes -- 1 ¼ miles on turf -- post time 4:23 CT
Three-year-olds will take to the turf for a pot of a half million in a wide open race. I wasn't impressed with the American Derby or the Virginia Derby a month ago. Felt the former was slow and the latter was top heavy, with only the top two finishers worth a look. Neither are here in this Grade 1.
Let's try for a mild upset in this Secretariat with FIRST CORNERSTONE. He gets first time lasix for this race and enters off a fifteenth in the G1 French Derby. That was on "good-to-soft" ground and think the ground will be firmer in the northwest burbs. Cycle back to two starts back on "good" ground where we has fifth with a solid race in the prestigious G1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas. That was at a mile, and an undulating one. Ergo, a mile and a quarter should be in range, especially given the paternal breeding. ADMIRAL KITTEN enters off seconds in both of the local feeders: the G3 Arlington Classic and G3 American Derby. Now Rosie Napravnik climbs aboard for Mike Maker on this runner that goes second off the layoff. Has four seconds in all his stars this year, three of them stakes races and twice behind Infinite Magic (once in the American Derby, once in an allowance). Perhaps another minor award for the Ramsey-owned son of Kitten's Joy seems likely. JACK MILTON is a defensive use off his third in the G2 Virginia Derby. He had a troubled trip in the stretch finishing third that day, but that was a race that appeared ordinary. Rider switch to Rosario on the morning line favorite.
#4 FIRST CORNERSTONE (8/1)
#5 ADMIRAL KITTEN (5/1)
#9 JACK MILTON (3/1)
Our longshot play is for dry turf only, and that's #2 VISIYANI (12/1). The trainer won last year's Secretariat with Bayrir, and his wins have come on "good" ground (last out in an allowance, career debut). He's cashed checks in group stakes in France on ground that might not be his best. The ship is a possible concern, but think he catches a soft ground of Americans in this year's first G1 for sophomore turf types.
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