Click to enlargeGotham Stakes - April 7, 1973

The $50,000 added Gotham Stakes run on April 7, 1973 from Aqueduct. A new facet of Secretariat was unveiled that day when he was sent to the lead as opposed to his typical powerful closing rush. Although the tactic was different, the end result was the same. Secretariat never looked back - winning the one mile race by three lengths over his familiar adversary Champagne Charlie and equalling the track record for the distance in the amazing time of 1:33 2/5. This new dimension of versatility only added to the chestnut colt's arsenal of inherent talent and growing reputation as a super horse.

Featured in this rare official composite photo were the Meadow Stable constants; jockey Ron Turcotte, trainer Lucien Laurin, groom Eddie Sweat, and exercise rider Charlie Davis, seen peeking out beneath Secretariat's neck. A Chenery family affair, joining owner Penny in the winners circle were her siblings Hollis and Margaret, as well as long-time Meadow secretary Elizabeth Ham. Making the trophy presentation was none other than the great Eddie Arcaro, the 2-time Triple Crown winning Hall of Fame jockey.

Like all memorabilia associated with Secretariat's races prior to the Triple Crown, the Gotham Stakes winners photo is a very scarce and highly sought after collectible. This image represents the last winers circle photo prior to the Kentucky Derby when his popularity and exposure to the general public would exponentially soar. Available with the option of being hand-signed by jockey Ron Turcotte. Measures 8" x 10", larger sizes available by special order.


Click to enlargeGotham Stakes by Bob Coglianese
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