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Secretariat's Preakness Time Confirmed As Record

Thursday, 21st June 2012

The Maryland Racing Commission voted in a special hearing at Laurel Park "that 1973 US Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that still stand at the Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Belmont States, also set the record in the Gr1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico 39 years ago" reported bloodhorse.com. In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the official time of the Preakness "was changed from 1min 54.4sec to 1min 53.0sec". Secretariat is 1 of 11 US Triple Crown winners. For more than 2 hours, the racing commission "heard testimony, backed by modern technology to prove Secretariat's time was actually faster than the Preakness record of 1min 53.4sec set by Tank's Prospect in 1985 & matched by both Louis Quatorze in 1996 & Curlin in 2007". The electronic timer in use at Pimlico for the 1973 Preakness "recorded a winning time of 1min 55.0sec — a clocking that quickly became the source of controversy after 2 independent clockers from The Daily Racing Form had individually hand-timed the race at a much faster 1min 53.4sec". In the days following race, the Maryland Racing Commission stewards & later the racing commission concluded there were "extenuating circumstances" attendant to the electronic timer's recording" & the official time was subsequently changed to that reported by Pimlico's official hand clocker - 1min 54.4sec".

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