Bill Text: VA HJR561 | 2013 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown triumph.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-02-19 - Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ561ER) [HJR561 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2013-HJR561-Enrolled.html

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown triumph.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 11, 2013
Agreed to by the Senate, February 19, 2013

WHEREAS, Secretariat was born 43 years ago on March 30, 1970, near Doswell, Virginia, in Caroline County; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat was unanimously voted America's Horse of the Year as a two-year-old in 1972, the first juvenile ever so honored in history; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat, as a three-year-old in 1973, became the first thoroughbred in 25 years to win racing's coveted Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes in New York—in the brief span of five weeks; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat, the strapping chestnut colt, accomplished the unprecedented feat of breaking the stakes' records in all three Triple Crown races, including the one and a quarter mile Kentucky Derby in one minute and fifty-nine and two-fifths seconds and the one and a half-mile Belmont Stakes in two minutes, twenty-four seconds flat; the two records still stand today; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat's astonishing 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes is widely perceived as the single greatest performance in the history of the ancient Sport of Kings; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat was again voted America's Horse of the Year at the conclusion of the 1973 season; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat, as a breeding stallion, had a lasting impact on the thoroughbred breed, especially through his many daughters who served at studs around the world; and

WHEREAS, Secretariat, who succumbed in 1989, is today considered by many horsemen to be the greatest thoroughbred in the modern history of the American turf, the standard of excellence against which all other racehorses are measured; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commemorate the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown triumph; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, representing the citizens of Caroline County, as an expression of the esteem in which the memory of Secretariat, the finest athlete ever born in the Commonwealth, is held by the members of the General Assembly.