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I think Arkle was to NH as Secretariat was to the Flat. On a different planet.
I’ve seen recordings of both: Arkle slaughtering Mill House and wanting to go round again. And I’d been thinking he seemed a heck of a long way behind.
Didn’t they have to reframe the weights for a big handicap, so that he carried 12-7. And almsot the whole field was still out of the handicap?
I believe it was discovered later that his heart was physically outsized, which I suppose would be characteristic of a champion. It was of the Aussie flat-race champion, Far Lap, I think. Also, Big Red, as his owner called Secretariat.
(Edited by Grimes at 9:19 pm on Dec. 11, 2006)