After American Pharoah captured the Belmont Stakes Saturday to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, some observers pointed out that he is still no Secretariat, the 1973 Belmont and Triple Crown champion. Secretariat is considered by many to be the greatest race horse of all time.
The Wall Street Journal perhaps ended any debate over which horse would win in a head-to-head race on Monday when it posted video of their historic Belmont runs, side by side. It should be noted that the competition, based on time, isn't close. Secretariat's record-shattering 2:24 for the 1.5 miles would put him considerably ahead of American Pharoah, who clocked 2:26.65. That would be about a 10-length margin, the Washington Post reported.
To American Pharoah's credit, he ran the last quarter mile nearly a full second faster than Secretariat did, but then again, Secretariat won by 31 lengths.
Still, it's fun to watch two great four-legged athletes race side-by-side through time. And if you've never heard the call for Secretariat's run, it might give you chills. Track announcer Chic Anderson exclaiming, "He's moving like a tremendous machine!" is one of the best broadcast moments in sports.
And it helped add to the lore of "Big Red."