I cannot believe the number of people, mostly in the media, who believe Zenyatta was greater than Triple Crown champion Secretariat.
They were similar in size, both unusually large horses with plenty of personality. Who couldn’t resist giggling at Zenyatta as she danced and pranced every time she entered the track? Secretariat was always majestic, full of vigor and confidence as he went on to win the Triple Crown, a grueling achievement squeezed into three races of varying length in just a six-week span. Zenyatta never ran in even one Triple Crown race.
But here, perhaps, is a better indicator of who is greater:
Both raced the one-and-a-quarter-mile track at Churchill Downs. Zenyatta ran it in 2:02.28. Secretariat ran it in — what is still a record of — 1:59.40.
Both were incredible creatures and athletes. They serve as reminders to the creative genius of our awesome God.