Could American Pharoah Have Beaten Secretariat?
A new video shows the horses side by side and who the better Belmont Stakes runner really was.
This Saturday, in front of a crowd of brightly clad, sufficiently sotted, very excited ladies and gents, history was made when American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and therefore the first Triple Crown since 1978's Affirmed. (Disappointing realization: American Pharoah is not to be confused with Bedford's Upstart, who upstarted zilch and came in last at the Kentucky Derby.)
It was a riot—attendees were hollering and nostalgic old men tearing. American Pharoah is the best race horse in almost four decades. War Admiral, Seattle Slew, and Secretariat, among others, have a new colleague.
And that begs the question: Is American Pharoah better than Secretariat, world-renowned über-horse extraordinaire? Does he compare to Secretariat's considered-the-best-ever Crown? How does Pharoah really stack up against the best horse ever?
Fortunately, the folks at the Wall Street Journal put together a video showing the two Belmont races side by side to see how Pharoah compared to Secretariat in the 1.5-mile marathon. And though Pharoah's the best in the past 38 years, he's certainly not the horse Secretariat was. The video's pretty great, so take a look below—undiscernable double audio excluded.