America has waited 37 years for the twelfth Triple Crown champion. And while we don’t want to take away from American Pharoah’s wins, it is interesting to note that race horses have not gotten faster which may be the reason it took so long to achieve another Triple Crown winner. Secretariat still holds all three racing records. Dr. David Ramey, DVM, wrote a great article talking about this subject and we recommend you read all about it here.
2015 TC Winner
1.25 miles, 10 furlongs
1.1875 miles, 9.5 furlongs
1.5 miles, 12 furlongs
It is glamorous to see the races and watch the wins, irrespective of the times posted. To us, sport horses are impressive athletes, period. All that being said, while we congratulate on the one hand, let’s take a moment to bring a little more awareness to behind the scenes of the racing industry on the other. Too many Off Track Thoroughbreds, or Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB), need a second career and a new home with a new lease on life because racing was not where their hearts were. Only a precious few ever make it to a full, pampered retirement as a prized breeding stallion or mare. So please check out these OTTB resources to learn more about adopting and retraining for an amazing athlete!
- ReRun, Adopt a Thoroughbred (Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance)
- Retired Race Horse Project
- Horse Channel’s “Starting Over With OTTB: Part 1” Article
- Horse Channel’s “Starting Over with OTTB: Part 2” Article
Live. Love. Horses.