Tuesday, March 30, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SECRETARIAT!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the birth of Virginia-bred Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

Bill Millsaps, retired executive editor of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, was a reporter, columnist and editor for the sports department of the newspaper from 1966 through 1991.

He was asked to write about his memories of Secretariat. Here's a little tidbit:

In the fall of 1975, Virginia Tech played football against the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The day before the game, then-Tech coach Jimmy Sharpe put his traveling party on two buses for a trip to Claiborne Stud and a visit with Secretariat.

They arranged the team and coaches in a large semicircle outside the stud barn, and a man brought out Secretariat for the viewing. The big horse slowly scanned the group from right to left, then back left to right, tossed his head and turned his rear to the group, as if to say, "I know who I am. Who the hell are you people?"

To read the article, click here.

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