"That other horse" finished 2� lengths in front of Sham, who was another eight ahead of Our Native, as he had been in the Derby. The only question raised by the race centered around the running time. The track's electric timer ticked off fractions of 25 seconds for the first quarter, :48[4/5] for the half, the six furlongs in 1:12, the mile in 1:36[1/5] and the final time of 1:55, which is one second off Canonero's 1:54 track record. Although this will go down as Secretariat's official time—electric equipment is considered gospel at U.S. tracks—two Racing Form clockers, operating independently of each other, had identical splits: 24[3/5] seconds at the quarter, :47 at the half, six furlongs in 1:10[2/5], the mile in 1:35[2/5]. The final time was 1:53[2/5], bettering Canonero's mark. So there will always be those delicious doubts.
Now Secretariat, winner of 11 of 14 lifetime starts, moves to Belmont. Barring injury, he will join his sport's most exclusive club—Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault and Citation are the present members—if he can handle the classic 1�-mile distance. But six times in the last quarter-century colts have won the Derby and Preakness, only to fail in the Belmont. Some new horses may turn up for the Belmont, and Sham may not. As Pincay's wife Linda said of Secretariat in funereal tones, "He's too much horse, that's all. Too much horse." That seems a sound assessment.