Thomas Allen Pauly Oil 2014
On this day in 1973 Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, clinching the Triple Crown. He broke records in each of the events– the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, which still remain unbroken. He was the first winner of the coveted trophy since Citation in 1948. There have only been three winners since–Seattle Slew in 1977, Affirmed in 1978, and American Pharoah in 2015.
Secretariat was only allowed to race through his third year. During his career he went 16 for 21 with four more top three finishes. He then went into race retirement and began his career as a stud. He was the proud grandpa of Seattle Slew, another triple crown winner. (Yes, I tend to anthropomorphize.) He also had several successful daughters and was an ancestor to American Pharoah.
After his death in 1989, he received the great honor of being buried at his home farm in Kentucky. He’s considered not only one of the greatest race horses of all time, but is even considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. ESPN even listed him at 35 in the 100 Greatest North American Athletes of the 20th Century.
Thomas Allen Pauly is the premiere American equine artist. The Chicago native fell into the career after painting a friend’s horse after a win. You can learn more about him and watch a video here: Thomas Allen Pauly.
I think the beauty of this painting is really the beauty of Secretariat. He’s strong and muscular. His coat is shiny and lustrous. The detail in the mane and tail border photo realism. He’s just a great looking horse.