The Wow Horse Races into History

Secretariat—the name has a kind of bureaucratic resonance. But no label could be more deceptive. The regal thoroughbred that carries it is not the tallest horse that ever lived, but he is enormous by any other measure of size or performance. He has a neck like a buffalo, a back as broad as a sofa. His chest is so deep and wide that it takes a custom-made girth to encircle its 75% in. and hold the saddle. And he is still growing.

At full speed, this huge and powerful combination of bone, muscle and...

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