So, after nearly 40 years, the Maryland Jockey Club, after hearing two
hours of testimony and forensic analyses, finally has awarded the
Preakness stakes record to Secretariat. When Penny Chenery first began
her crusade to change Big Red’s time in 1973, it appeared as if the true
time was 1:53 2/5 instead of 1:54 2/5 instead of 1:55.
unanimously agreed upon that the original time of 1:55 was a tote board
malfunction. The commission decided to go with the Maryland Jockey Club
hand held time of 1:54 2/5 and not the Daily Racing Form hand held time
(by two clockers) of 1:53 2/5.