Secretarial, the American racehorse believed to be the most valuable in the world, has become a father for the first time.
GV Secretariat rounding final bend and winning Canadian International (2 shots)
SV Secretariat and foal in field (3 shots)
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Background: Secretarial, the American racehorse believed to be the most valuable in the world, has become a father for the first time.
At the Faraway Farm in lexington, Kentucky - where Man of War another alltime great American racehorse spent many years at stud - a brood more called My card gave birth to a brown filly by secretariat at ten o'clock in the evening on New Year's day.
The Farm Manager reports that the foal is in fine shape and good, sound thoroughbred who can look forward to a career in racing which will start in 1977.
This will bring great relief to the people who paid 190.000 US dollars (80,000 sterling) a share to join a multi-million dollar Secretariat breeding syndicate.
Just after Secretariat retired in October 1973 after winning the Canadian International Championship and the United States "Triple Crown", there were doubts about his fertility.
But these were later proved unfounded and Secretariat should pay handsome dividends to his syndicate investors as it has now been established beyond doubt that his success rate in putting mares into foal is in fact above average.