Watch: Secretariat wins virtual 'Triple Crown Showdown'

Secretariat's record times in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes stood the ultimate class test -- virtually -- when the 1973 champion edged ahead late to win the Triple Crown Showdown.

Inspire Entertainment put together the Kentucky Derby of sorts, broadcast Saturday on NBC, using historical handicapping information and probabilities from America's 13 Triple Crown winners.

Citation (1948) got up for second over pace-setting Seattle Slew (1977) at a virtual Churchill Downs as Larry Collmus called the action. American Pharoah (2015) put in an inspired bid himself, finishing fifth, one spot behind Affirmed (1978).

Will it end all the debate about the greatest of all time? Probably not. But the Triple Crown Showdown did at the least offer some levity on the only first Saturday in May without a Kentucky Derby since 1945.

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