runs in front of 67, 605 eager spectators andopens not from behind the pack, but setting a fast pace, challenged only by ahorse named
run 10 lengths ahead of any otherhorse. After 6 furlongs,
begins to tire and fades into the pack, finishinglast.
however, runs even faster, finishing 31 lengths ahead of theother horses and not only wins the race, but sets the record for the fastest time of any horse in a 1 1/2 mile track, 2 minutes and 24 seconds. The record timecontinues to stand today.Many knowledgeable horseracing fans cursed Ron Turcotte,
rider,for running the horse at such a reckless speed. They felt sure that the horse would run out of steam, lose or even die in the process. Turcotte would later say that the pace was beyond his control and
just wanted to run. Many more felt that Turcotte would be harmed traveling at such high-speed. Thepicture below shows a curious Turcotte as he tried to look behind him. He latersaid, “Looking back momentarily I became even more scared and turned back around.” Spectators said they would not have been surprised if
took to flight like
. Most wept openly at the vision of the rare moment of perfection in an otherwise imperfect world and time.Many winning ticketholders never turn intheir tickets, choosinginstead to hold on tothem as souvenirsand a memory of thatmagical day at
won thecoveted Triple Crown,reassuring us thateven in challengingtimes events canoccur thatdemonstrategreatness.On October 4th, 1989,
lost his earthly race that all living things run, but he left us with a legacy that inspires still today. His name will be foreverlinked to a championship year when he drew our attention away from Worldevents, even for a few minutes.
championship year inspired us,gave us reason to look at our own lives with promise and hope, and made ussmile and even cry, but most of all to run from within.