34 years ago today, Secretariat put the crowing jewel on his triple crown run by winning the Belmont Stakes by an incredible 31 lengths. Jockey Ron Turcotte has said in documentaries that he could sense the horse wanted to be let loose, and he did so, letting the horse shift into "high gear" and run his own race - never once having to use his whip. Still gives me chills to watch.
Why is this so great? Because too often sports get sidetracked by bad calls, politics, egos, biases, free agency, and greed. Secretariat was immune from all of that. He just went out and ran, and was the best ever. A true athlete at the prime of his career.
That's why they call horse racing the sport of kings. Simply majestic.
Here's to all things beautiful.