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Secretariat, Spectacular Bid, Bill Shoemaker - June 30th

Spectacular Bid won his first race, at Pimlico, by 3 1/4 lengths. ~1978
 
Retired jockey Bill Shoemaker won his first race as a trainer, sending two-year-old filly Tempest Cloud to her maiden victory at Hollywood Park. ~1990
 
One year after his first victory as a trainer, Bill Shoemaker recorded his first Grade I win, with Alcando in the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park. ~1991
 
Three weeks after he won the Triple Crown, Secretariat scored another victory, a nine-length win in the Arlington Invitational Stakes at Arlington Park, where he was sent off at the shortest odds in his career, 1-20. With no place or show wagering on the four-horse race, which was run with a three-horse field against Secretariat, the track had a minus win pool of $17,941. More than 40,000 spectators turned out for the event. ~1973

 

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Secretariat, without a doubt, the greatest of all time.