A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 11, 1973

From Football Star Joe Namath to Baseball Hero Hank Bauer, New York Bureau Chief Marsh Clark has covered some of the most famous personalities in sports for TIME cover stories. His subject for this week, however, was his biggest assignment yet—by some 1,000 Ibs. Syndicated for more than $6,000,000. Secretariat is the most valuable horse in history, a good bet to win racing's Triple Crown this month, and the first of his species to appear on a TIME cover since Native Dancer back in 1954.

For the story behind the reigning monarch in the sport of kings. Correspondent Clark and Ernest Havemann,...

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