First Marlboro Cup and the Big Red Machine - Hangin' With Haskin
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The move from Thursday to Monday afternoons was also positive. He made his move to Texas in and resides in Spring, just ten minutes away from Sam Houston Race Park and operates a farm and training center in New Waverly, Texas. His first leading trainer title at Sam Houston Race Park came in With his seventh score, he tied the late Steve VanBebber, who dominated from He is ranked 38th on the list of all-time trainers by money earned.
I can't thank my help enough. Jimmy's done a really good job since he's moved down here and joined us. My owners and riders, Rodrigo Vallejo and Noe Villatoro. Noe is a good rider and super hard worker. He came on with us last year in Florida. He's got a bright future. We'll stick around and get it done next year. Leon Bard was third with 15 wins; Patrick Clemons saddled 13 winners and Brian Stroud rounded out the top five conditioners with 11 wins. Both jockeys had won the Sam Houston Race Park title three times each.
Vivanco had success for a number of horsemen throughout the racing season, including Angel Sanchez, Brian Stroud and Patrick Clemons. The big question, and on what the entire race hinged, was whether Secretariat could make it back in time and return to his Triple Crown form. It was going to be touch and go.
Lucien Laurin felt he had to get four stiff works in the colt, with the last one being brilliant enough to convince him Big Red was ready to perform at his best coming off an illness and a six-week layoff. This is a big task facing all these good horses.
I jumped inside the manure pit to brace myself, and he finally settled down. I was ashen and my heart was pounding out of my chest. It required supernatural recuperative powers to recover as he did. He was subjected to four severe preps in two weeks. Astonishingly, he gained weight and blossomed with every trial.
He had to work in time approximating track records just to keep fit, and trainer Lucien Laurin never got to the bottom of him actually.
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The colt had a most accommodating appetite. The Chilean-bred, who had won almost every major race in California, was best remembered by Easterners for his dominant victory in the Woodward Stakes, only to be taken down in what was considered one of the worst disqualifications in memory.
He was a horse who carried so much muscle and flesh he needed to work fast before a race to get sharp, both mentally and physically. Even as a youngster, he was a big, fat baby who had a tendency to get lazy. So Laurin sent out Big Red for his all-important final work, needing to see a fast time and strong gallop-out. But the last thing anyone wanted was for Secretariat to have a relapse because he came back a week too soon. Any fears or trepidation that may have existed disappeared in the vapor trail Secretariat left as he rocketed his five furlongs in: There was no doubt now that he was ready, even though Laurin felt he was still a week away from being percent.
I could have used another week. With the five-pound weight allowance for 3-year-olds, Secretariat was giving his stablemate two pounds on the scale. An all-night rain hit New York the night before the race, but the sun and wind dried out the track quickly, making it wet-fast, and then just plain old fast. That made the backers of Riva Ridge, who detested the slop, and Cougar II, who did his best on a fast track, very happy.
If this was the prelude to the big show, everyone knew the track record was about to fall in the Marlboro Cup. The Meadow Stable entry, the original two opponents for the race, was sent off as the favorite, with Key to the Mint at and the late-running Cougar II Riva Ridge broke on top, but was quickly joined on the inside by Onion, who attempted the same tactics he used in the Whitney by charging to the lead, with Riva in pursuit, followed closely by Kennedy Road and Annihilate Em.
Sitting right behind them in striking position was Secretariat, as they blazed along the opening half in: Heading into the far turn, Riva Ridge moved up to challenge Onion, as Ron Turcotte let out a notch on Secretariat and he began closing in from the far outside.
It soon became apparent that the race was going to be between the two Meadow Stable colts, just as the Philip Morris people had envisioned. Following a rapid 1: Big Red headed his stablemate approaching the top of the stretch, with Turcotte keeping him well off the rail, while looking over his left and then right shoulder to see if there were any threats being mounted.
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There was no one even close on his outside, so he gave one last peek over at Eddie Maple on Riva Ridge and saw that he had them measured. Turcotte never once went to the whip and let Secretariat open up on his own, passing the eighth pole with a two-length lead in a scorching 1: Turcotte continued hand-riding Secretariat through the final furlong and just waved the whip at him briefly approaching the wire.
The final time of 1: After the race, Steve Jordan was standing on the track waiting for both colts to return and found himself next to the great Charlie Whittingham, trainer of Cougar II and Kennedy Road, who was waiting for his two horses. The Big Red Machine was back operating at full power.
Tweedy felt as if they were unstoppable, with two indestructible weapons that they could fire at will wherever they pleased. With rain in the forecast for Woodward day, they entered both Riva Ridge and Secretariat with the thought that if it rained and the track was sloppy they would scratch Riva and run Secretariat, as if the race were a mere formality. They were well aware that Secretariat needed to work fast prior to a big race, and ignored the fact that he was given only a half-mile breeze around the dogs on the grass, followed by a slow mile work on the grass in 1: Both he and Riva should have passed the Woodward, but Laurin and Mrs.
Tweedy were determined to be represented. It was a recipe for disaster. Never one to fear a single horse, he took a shot and would have been thrilled with a second-place finish behind Secretariat.
After all, Prove Out, a son of Graustark, out of a full-sister to Triple Crown winner Assault, had already trounced the Forego in a seven-furlong allowance at Saratoga in a track record 1: So the talent was there. It was just a matter of a genius like Allen Jerkens bringing it out. In describing the race briefly, the Secretariat took over the lead from the Prove Out shortly after heading into the backstretch and was able to slow the pace down.
Around the far turn, with Big Red winging out there by two lengths, the crowd waited for the explosion that was sure to come. Secretariat had picked up the pace with a: