At the time of Secretariat's death, the veterinarian who performed the necropsy, Dr. Thomas Swerczek, head pathologist at the University of Kentucky, did not weigh Secretariat's heart, but stated, "We just stood there in stunned silence. We couldnt believe it. The heart was perfect. There were no problems with it. It was just this huge engine." Later, Swerczek also performed a necropsy on Sham, who died in 1993. Swerczek did weigh Sham's heart, and it was 18 pounds (8.2 kg). Based on Sham's measurement, and having necropsied both horses, he estimated Secretariat's heart probably weighed 22 pounds (10.0 kg), or about two-and-three-quarters times as large as that of the average horse.
That engine drove Secretariat to a feat at the Belmont that is for the ages.
OK, I admittedly don’t know much about horse racing, but what is the big deal with the Triple Crown? You are choosing 3 races arbitrarily, aren’t you? What happens if a horse wins 3 other races? I just don’t get it, sorry.
In one of those races he ran each quarter(?) faster than the one before. He was still gaining speed at the end, looks like.