SECRETARIAT - Marlboro Cup Original 1973 Photograph (Triple Crown Year)


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1973 Secretariat Marlboro Cup Original Photograph - Triple Crown Year. On September 15, Secretariat returned to Belmont Park in the inaugural Marlboro Cup, which was originally intended to be a match race with stablemate Riva Ridge, the 1972 Derby and Belmont Stakes winner. After Secretariat's loss in the Whitney, the field was expanded to invite top horses from across the country.

It rained the night before, but the track dried out by race time. Secretariat stalked a fast pace in fifth, while Riva Ridge rated just behind Onion and Kennedy Road. Around the turn, Secretariat raced wide and started to make up ground. Coming into the stretch, Secretariat overtook Riva Ridge, while the other early leaders dropped back. Secretariat drew away to win, completing ?1-1/8 miles in 1:45-?2/5, then a world record on the dirt for the distance. Riva Ridge ran second with Cougar II in third and Onion in fourth. Turcotte said, "Today he was the old Secretariat and he did it on his own." The purse for the Marlboro Cup was $250,000, then the highest prize money offered: the win made Secretariat the 13th Thoroughbred millionaire in history.

Captured during the Marlboro Cup victory, this original photograph of Secretariat measures 7x9" with mild wear exhibited, including production markings on the front, and an original paper caption on the reverse along with multiple stampings.

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