It seems as though either something was wrong with the horse or he wasn’t quite sure that the outcome would fall in his horses favor. So who is the superior racehorse here? The interesting thing about Secretariat is, in the Belmont, Jockey Ron Turcotte said he was along for the ride. It is possible to track the large heart from sire to daughter to granddaughter and grandson and to great granddaughter and great grandson. At the finish line it was Man-o-war by 2 lengths over Citation with Count Fleet third by a nose. Secretariat was also superior to ManO'War in speed. Dr. Swerczek said "by comparing it to numerous other hearts I got actual weights on, I am certain the weight was between 21 to 22 pounds. His competition was one horse. Does ManO'War get the nod as a superior horse because he beat a higher level of competition but ran a slower time to Secretariat? Just until recently it was thought that the sire was the one responsible for his offspring's success. The Blood-Horse selected a panel of 7 to crunch the data and come up with the top 100 thoroughbred racehorses of the 20th century. You name it I have read it and studied it. Secretariat would have beaten ManO'War 9 out of 10 times if they had raced. The Large Heart and the X Factor In baseball we have the World Series to determine the best of the year. 1 mile 1:35 4/5 1:33 2/5 +12 lengths So much of the strategy of racing is determining the best moment at which to start the burst. 1 3/16 1:56 3/5 1:53 0/0 +16 lengths

The above chart shows the lengths that Secretariat would have beaten ManO'War if they both raced in their prime.

As a point of reference Secretariat’s best time at 1-1/8 mile was The second largest on record. Their criteria was based on their own personal preference. Now lets assume that Secretariat ran the same 1-¼ mile distance against Riva Ridge, and Sham. Because of his deep crimson color and imposing body he is often referred to as “Big Red.”. 1 1/16 1:44 4/5 1:42 4/5 +10 lengths I have talked to people who have seen both horses run, and believe me there aren’t very many still around. A good judge of competition is at the big races. Through the strategies of Louis Feustal, ManO'War's legacy is cemented forever. Through the strategies of Louis Feustal, ManO'War's legacy is cemented forever. I don't know who this particular voter was---individual voting has remained a secret on that panel---but it was an idiotic judgment that should have been dismissed out of hand. Secretariat was a phenom. Throughout my research I have discovered that ManO'War's trainer Louis Feustel, never would let the jockey give him full rein. And if that indeed happened it would make me wonder about the competition level in that race. This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The Large Heart and the X Factor Their criteria was based on their own personal preference. But as humans and competitors we always find the need to put one before the other. They should have no personal affiliation with either party, and should have no personal interest what so ever in the one it deems better than the other. Does ManO'War get the nod as a superior horse because he beat a higher level of competition but ran a slower time to Secretariat? They can talk all they want to about the win record. In last place as the horses moved past the stands, Big Red made a big leap forward on the first turn. He still owns the one and a half mile record, and, likely, it will never be broken. There have been a lot of words spoken over the last few years about two racehorses and their superiority. Or does it say that if the two red powerhouses ran against each other Secretariat would have beaten ManO'War by 6 lengths? She also states that if Secretariat's heart hadnt been so far out of the norm, they might not have ever discovered what they have about the genetic mutation that produces a high performance heart. His winning Kentucky Derby time still stands. He lost to Secretariat all three times. If you follow horse racing at all you will know that the two horses are ManO'War and Secretariat. If Secretariat’s race record was 30-30-0-0 but he never ran the Preakness or the Belmont do you think he would even be in the top 5? Now lets assume that Secretariat ran the same 1-¼ mile distance against Riva Ridge, and Sham. Given the size of ManO'War I was conservative in this category. A score of 103 is considered small. Claiborne Farms But as years go by and more data becomes available, my money's on Secretariat.

If Secretariat’s race record was 30-30-0-0 but he never ran the Preakness or the Belmont do you think he would even be in the top 5? 1 1/2 2:28 4/5 2:24 flat +24 lengths The heart of the average horse weighs about nine pounds. 117-120 and above is considered large. Yes there were occasions where ManO'War carried 130 and once carried 138. pounds for a thoroughbred race horse. Measurements of more than 400 horses with a ECG has found that the X-Factor is 100% consistent. Secretariat had a long stride, great stride rate, and high stride angle coupled with a huge strong heart, excellent muscle tone, and a solid frame.

There is some new information from author Bill Nack regarding the outcome of why Man'OWar was selected #1 in the The Blood-Horse poll.

Justify’s combination of size and speed will let him win the Preakness easily. I have bought, sold, and broke racehorse yearlings. These lines come from Princequillo, War Admiral, Blue Larkspur, and Mahmoud.

The panel that The Blood-Horse chose for this certainly has their opinions. Their criteria was based on their own personal preference.

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I wont go into that now, but as long as people are giving their opinion on the subject, here is mine. That’s a 10-length difference in favor of Secretariat. The exception to this however was ManO'War, who was fortunate enough to be bred to a mare whos heart was actually larger than his own. I have read and researched both horses. That is an incredible feat considering it was at the end of a mile and a quarter race. His competition was one horse.

mesg2 = "Triple Crown Winner! * Equated times are based on the adage of 1/5 of a second equals one length (info provided by the Daily Racing Form). And his level of competition was hardly great. You can’t ignore them.

For reference Secretariat ran the then 1 ½ Belmont track in 2:24 flat. ESPN, "Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century"

* Equated times are based on the adage of 1/5 of a second equals one length (info provided by the Daily Racing Form). The Largest heart in his study was from the Thoroughbred Champion Key to the Mint. Seattle Slew, Cigar, and Silver Charm all have that heart line.Therefore ManO'War was considered a great sire, although it was his dam that passed on the large heart gene. Donnacona only won 6 races in his whole racing career. There were only two horses entered in the 1920 Belmont Stakes.

There is always a chance something would happen.

At the '73 Belmont, Sham tried in vain to keep pace with Secretariat but to no avail.

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However, when one looks at the margin of victory in all of ManO'War's races this makes absolutely no sense at all. Listed below are the distances, times and *equated margins of victory for both horses. That is an incredible feat considering it was at the end of a mile and a quarter race. But as I stated earlier, it is all a matter of opinion, including mine. Most of Princequello's hearts were between 147 and 160.

Another reason Man-o-war was selected number one was that in the voting he was chosen second place on 4 of the other ballads. That equates to 2:12 1/5 for the 1-3/8 mile.

Distance Man'O War Secretariat Margin The massive heart helped pump more oxygen and blood as he raced around the track. He also had the heart and the will to win.

There is a lot of racehorses with superb conformation that can’t win a race.

A heart score of 140 and above is considered very large and generally found in very successful racehorses.

But to determine the best of all time is always subjective because it is based on people’s opinion, and how people quantify the facts. I think that the reason there was so much stock in the race was that Sir Barton was the only decent competition for ManO'War in those two years.

A medium size heart is scored from 104-116. As a point of reference Secretariat’s best time at 1-1/8 mile was Secretariat's average speed was 37.8 mph. In 1973 he set a new standard for the Kentucky Derby.

Fast horses can speed up their stride rate without reducing the length of their strides.