Not that his résumé as one of the greatest racehorses of all time needed any more burnishing, but Secretariat had some gold dust added to his legend Tuesday when the Maryland Racing Commission decided he ran a lot faster than he was credited for in the 1973 Preakness Stakes. More
Secretariat won the did not hold the record in the Preakness until 2012, even though experts at the race agreed his 1973 race was indeed record-setting. A clock malfunction gave Secretariat’s victory an incorrect time and the Maryland Racing Commission refused to reverse the official time and award the record to Secretariat. It took 39 years, a movie, new technology leading to even more evidence, and a rule change which allowed the use of information beyond official clockings to determine race times to convince the commission to finally declare the fastest Preakness ever was run by the mighty Secretariat.