A request has been made to the Maryland Racing Commission from Secretariat's
owner Penny Chenery and Maryland Jockey Club president Thomas Chuckas to use
the latest technology to offer a corrected time for the race.
'During the last 40 years, video technology has been accepted in other
professional sports as a supportive mechanism for officials to ensure fairness
and accuracy in their decisions,' said Chuckas. 'It is important for horse
racing and the record books to confirm the correct time in this historical
race. It is the appropriate thing to do.'
Controversy has always followed the running the 1973 Preakness Stakes after
the final of 1:55 was first attributed to Secretariat. Two hand-timed readings
by independent clockers from the Daily Racing Form had the final time as 1:53
2/5 for the 1 3/16 miles.
The Maryland Racing Commission subsequently acknowledged that Pimlico's
electronic timer may have malfunctioned during the running of the race and
changed the official time to 1:54 2/5 as reported by Pimlico's official hand
'For me, revisiting this dispute on a new day is matter of resolution -- for
historians, for sportswriters and for racing fans,' said Mrs. Chenery. 'Their
voices are supported by sound evidence, and they deserve to be heard.'
Secretariat holds the records for both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes
at 1:59 2/5 and 2:24, respectively. The Preakness record of 1:53 2/5 is
credited to Tank's Prospect (1985), Louis Quatorze (1996) and Curlin (2007)
and the track mark for 1 3/16 miles of 1:52 2/5 was set by Farma Way in the
1991 Pimlico Special.
The Maryland Racing Commission will take the matter up at its June 19 meeting
at Laurel Park.