Both were great in their time..but I give the edge to Man o' War based on his superior record of 21 starts; 20 wins; 1 second, and he was by far the better sire.
Old Sec would throw in towel in some starts. (Wood, Whitney, and Woodward),
A FIVE time HOTY, a feat that will never be duplicated. Beat more good and great horses, more other Hall of Famers and Champions than any thoroughbred in history. Set nine track records and 2 world records...one of which still stands today...60 years later.
Carried 130 to 136 pounds to victory consistently spotting substantial weights to many great opponents including champions and Hall of Famers.
Considering those facts, may be the greatest thoroughbred race horse in history.
I'd love to see another Triple Crown winner, and you have to root for CC in view of his connections. But I believe Wicked Strong will end up being his biggest threat. Jimmy Jerkens will have him primed, and I will definitely bet him in the Belmont.
If CC wins the Belmont, it will be the first time a Triple Crown winner won the Belmont without at least one race over the track. In fact, every Triple Crown winner had 2 or more starts on the Big Sandy oval.
CC will have one extra hurdle in his quest for the Crown. If CC wins the Belmont, it will be the first time a Triple Crown winner won the Belmont without at least one race over the track. In fact, every Triple Crown winner had 2 or more starts on the Big Sandy oval.
OH, and BTW, I had excellent grandstand seats at Belmont on June 9, 1973 and the scene there when Sec roared down the stretch was one of the greatest racing experiences of my life. Still have the Belmont pocket race program and an un-cashed $2 win ticket...two of my favorite racing keepsakes.
Look, I certainly don't mean to downgrade Sec, he was definitely one of the greatest of all time....but not #1 in my opinion. I believe MOW and Native Dancer rank 1 & 2 with Sec third among colts. Especially when you throw in their influence as sires, and their amazing records of 20 wins in 21 starts, and 21 of 22, respectively. On the non colt list, Kelso, Exterminator and Forego are my top 3. And in view of the competition beaten, both in class and sheer numbers, Kelso is the greatest race horse of all time.
ZXSwordZZ: Sec did in fact lose 4 races not counting the DQ. His very first race he finished 4th. He then finished third to Angle Light and Sham in the Wood at equal weights. He then won the Triple Crown spectacularly of course. In August he lost to the Allen Jerken's trained Onion at equal weights in the Whitney. Then in what was definitely his most crushing defeat, he lost by 5 lengths to Prove Out, also trained by the great Jerkens, while carrying SEVEN POUNDS Less than Prove Out, at Belmont at the same 12 furlong distance, in 2:25.4.
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