This Day In Sports History (May 4th) – Secretariat

It was on this day in 1973 that Secretariat won the 99th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Secretariat entered the race as a 3-2 favourite and would defeat second place finisher Sham by 2 and a half lengths.

Secretariat ran the race in a time of 1:59 2/5, which still stands as the fastest time ever at the Kentucky Derby.  It would be 28 years before another horse ran the race in under two minutes when Monarchos did so in 2001.  Secretariat would complete the triple crown later that year, becoming the first horse to do so in 25 years and only the ninth horse in history to accomplish the rare feat.

Secretariat was one of the most celebrated thoroughbreds of all-time, and in addition to setting the Kentucky Derby’s fastest time, he also set the Belmont Stakes fastest time of 2:24, another record that still stands to this day.

Here is the 99th Kentucky Derby.

Notable Birthdays

Matthew Barnaby, NHL – Born May 4th 1973 (age 39) in Ottawa, Ontario

Miguel Cairo, MLB – Born May 4th 1974 (age 38) in Anzoategui State, Venezuela

Derek Roy, NHL – Born May 4th 1983 (age 29) in Ottawa, Ontario