On Saturday, California Chrome will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. The 35-year drought is the longest in thoroughbred history, but the second-longest -- 25 years -- was broken by Secretariat in 1973, in a Belmont Stakes performance for the ages.
Secretariat was a genetic marvel, considered one of the greatest race horses of all time. His Triple Crown run began with decisive wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, setting records in both races that still hold to this day. But it was his Belmont run that cemented his place in history.
With only four horses competing, Secretariat was the heavy favorite to take the 1½-mile race, but few people expected him to blow away the field as much as he did. Secretariat opened up a lead on the back stretch and never looked back, leaving his competition in the dust. He won the race by a total of 31 lengths in one of the most dominant athletic performances of the 20th century.
Above, you can watch Secretariat's historic run, with the venerable Chic Anderson calling the action for CBS.