Tinners Way before the Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park, with the statue of his sire in the background. Unlike Secretariat, Tinners Way did not care for the track's sandy surface; his worst races on dirt were at Belmont.
Tinners Way works at Santa Anita Park in November 1993, soon after returning to this country after starting his racing career in Europe.
Tinners Way returns to the barn of Bobby Frankel after his workout.
Tinners Way after a morning gallop in January 1994; he was preparing for his first start on dirt in an allowance race on January 14.
Starting his stud career at Vinery in Kentucky, he moved to California's Harris Farm, and then went to Key Ranch in Texas, where he is pictured here in 2004.
Unfortunately relocating to Texas didn't help jump-start his stallion career; he sired a total of only two stakes winners and was a disappointment at stud.
Tinners Way was certainly a handsome representative of Secretariat's last crop and was his third-leading money earner overall.
In 2010, Tinners Way moved again, this time to his forever home after being pensioned. He is pictured here at Old Friends five years later.
A nervous sort throughout his life, Tinners Way is happy to be in the "back forty" at Old Friends, away from the noise and lights of the road.
Still a handsome boy at age 25.
Super Staff at Santa Anita in December 1992, after a successful year in which she twice defeated the great Hall of Fame champion Flawlessly.
Secretatiat's chestnut daughter began her career in Europe, like most of Juddmonte Farm's runners back then, but did not do well on the undulating turf courses there with her head-to-the-ground running style.
Super Staff was the first stakes winner trained by Ron McAnally for Juddmonte; most of their horses were trained by Bobby Frankel while in California.
Super Staff was preparing for her 1993 debut she was injured while training in February; she was retired to Juddmonte's Kentucky farm with high hopes as a well-bred, stakes-winning daughter of Secretariat.
Super Staff at McAnally's Santa Anita barn. She would later produce nine foals with only one winner among them. She died of an apparent heart attack at age 24.
Kingston Rule was a Kentucky-bred that won one of the world's most important races, the Melbourne Cup. His 1990 victory set a course record that still stands today.
I saw Kingston Rule in January 2007 when he was 21 years old. He spent his entire life after retirement at Ealing Park in Victoria; the farm's owners were quite gracious when I visited.
Kingston Rule looked very much like his daddy, and I had a lot of fun spending a morning with him.
Like most Secretariats, Kingston Rule struggled as a sire, but did have two G1-winning daughters; only five other sons sired even one G1 winner.
Described as a "true gentleman," Kingston Rule died from the infirmaties of old age on December 3, 2011. The trip to see him in 2007 was one of the best things I have ever done.
Risen Star at Belmont Park in July 1988; a few weeks earlier he had run a Belmont Stakes that brought back memories of ihs famous sire, winning by almost 15 lengths in a time second only to his sire.
But for a little bad luck in the Kentucky Derby, Risen Star might have followed in Secretariat's footsteps by winning the Triple Crown. He was most impressive in winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Risen Star was one of the most successful horses ever to take the "Louisiana path" to the Classics, having raced exclusively in that state until venturing to Keeneland for his last Kentucky Derby prep. In that race, the Lexington Stakes, he defeated champion Forty Niner in a thrilling duel to the wire.
The picture of good health in July 1988, it was a shame the injury to his suspensory ligament was slow to heal. He was retired far too soon.
Risen Star was troubled by colic as a stallion, first in 1990 and again in 1998, when he died on March 13, less than two weeks shy of his 13th birthday. In an abbreviated stud career, he sired a G1 winner in Star Standard and a German champion in Risen Raven.
The incredible Lady's Secret at Hollywood Park in March 1986. The little gray filly would accomplish the most of Secretariat's offspring on the racetrack, with 25 wins in 45 starts and earnings of just over $3 million.
She is the only offspring of Secretariat to join him in racing's Hall of Fame.
Lady's Secret enjoys a bit of grass outside trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Hollywood Park barn. Shortly after this photo was taken, she headed east for the bulk of her 1986 campaign, beginning at Oaklawn Park.
Lady's Secret before the Iselin at Monmouth Park; she was fresh off a dominating win against the boys in the prestigious Whitney at Saratoga.
Early in the race, Lady's Secret led the speedy Precisionist, but she ended up finishing third as both of them were upset by longshot Roo Art.
There was never any doubt in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, as the Iron Lady toyed with her rivals to win easily. When Precisionist and Turkoman were upset in the Classic later that day, it left her standing as the only logical choice for Horse of the Year.
Lady's Secret wasn't the same in 1987; she had a disastrous run in the Donn H. and resurfaced months later with a new figure-eight bridle and a new bit. She had injured her mouth running off one morning, and the new gear was supposed to be kinder while providing more control.
Some grays go white, some develop the speckled look, as did Lady's Secret, pictured here before the 1998 Keeneland November sale. She had sold as a broodmare earlier, bringing $3.8 million in 1989.
Like many great racemares, Lady's Secret never produced anything of note. Of her 12 foals, none were stakes class. However, two daughters produced stakes winners in Japan.
Because of her produce record, she only brought $750,000 when offered in 1998. She went to California, where she died March 4, 2003, from foaling complications. I recently visited the site where she is buried, now named Oak Creek Farm.
Image of Greatness with trainer D. Wayne Lukas one March morning in 1985. The flashy colt had just won the San Felipe Stakes and was, for a while at least, on the Kentucky Derby trail.
As it turned out, the highlight of Image of Greatness' career was that San Felipe victory. He struggled in a few more races, and was retired to owner George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Farm in Florida.
He entered stud in 1986, and was fairly well received his first couple of years. His first crop earned enough to give him a spot on the list of leading first-crop sires, but in the end he only sired three stakes winners.
Image of Greatness enjoying life at Kinsman. He lived out his days there, even though he wasn't earning his keep as a sire, because he was one of Steinbrenner's favorite horses.
One of Secretariat's most flashy sons, Image of Greatness died like his sire, of complications from laminitis. He battled the disease for a long time, eventually losing that battle at age 20 in 2002.
Fiesta Lady was the first of three G1 winners in Secretariat's 1982 crop. She won the Del Mar Debutante and the G1 Matron at Belmont, before heading to the post in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles, where she is pictured here.
Fiesta Lady ran up the track in the Breeders' Cup. Never regaining her earlier form, she failed again in the Hollywood Starlet, which was the last race of her short career.
Fiesta Lady was sold for $2.2 million in foal to Alydar at the 1985 Keeneland November sale. She is the second dam of multiple G1 winner Thorn Song, an earner of $1.1 million.
General Assembly helped rescue Secretariat's reputation as a sire when he came out running at two in 1978. He would certainly have been a champion but for Spectacular Bid. He is pictured here in 1991 at Spendthrift Farm.
With a fabulous performance winning the Travers at Saratoga, General Assembly held the track record there for more than 35 years. He was sent to stud in 1980 at the Irish farm of his owners, Bert and Diana Firestone.
By most measures, General Assembly was Secretariat's leading son at stud, and sired a bonafide Hong Kong hero in Quicken Away. The General came back to the U.S. for a few years, then served two years at stud in France before ending up in Germany. He died there at the ripe old age of 29 in March 2005.
A member of Secretariat's first crop, Dactylographer became his second winner on October 8, 1977. He then won the G1 William Hill Futurity, the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal first year of Secretariat runners.
Dactylographer stood in Florida during his entire stud career; he is pictured in 1993. He was the first of Secretariat's sons to enter stud, and did so with great fanfare, even drawing a welcome letter from Florida's governor at the time.
Often among the leading Florida sires of two-year-olds, Dactylographer sired seven stakes winners including some durable campaigners with long racing careers.What happened to him in the end appears to be lost in history; reports say he died in Texas in 1996. His last foal was born in Florida in 1995.
I first saw American Pharoah at Santa Anita in the fall of 2014 as he prepared for an expected start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
American Pharoah before his workout the Sunday before the Juvenile
American Pharoah exited his workout with a minor foot injury that kept him out of the race
American Pharoah was eager in his gallops at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby
Another picture-perfect gallop at Churchill Downs – his smooth stride taking him effortlessly over the surface
A handsome horse, American Pharoah heads back to the barn after a gallop
Baffert routinely schools his horses in the paddock, and American Pharoah seemed happy taking it all in
Always alert, American Pharoah stands calmly in one of the saddling stalls
Every year, photographers hope they have the next Derby winner galloping under the famed Twin Spires
American Pharoah had to work for his Derby win, getting up late to drive past Firing Line for the victory
Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates the Derby victory
After the race, Victor Espinoza tells the world that Pharoah was number one
At Pimlico, American Pharoah waits for the track to reopen following the break, giving us plenty of photo opportunities
American Pharoah cast an awfully big shadow throughout the year
American Pharoah heads to the Pimlico paddock for another typical Baffert schooling session
Galloping at Pimlico, he passes the crown-shaped flowers planted along the inside rail, celebrating the middle jewel of the Triple Crown
A morning bath at Pimlico
Before the rains came down, American Pharoah heads to the paddock to be saddled for the Preakness
The heaviest rain came during the post parade, but it was still a steady rain by the time the race was run, and it didn’t bother American Pharoah one bit
Victor Espinoza looks back for the competition after he passes the finish line seven lengths in front
Assistant Jimmy Barnes leads the winner with the blanket of black-eyed susans; everyone was drenched but nobody cared
Jockey Victor Espinoza can’t contain his enthusiasm after the race
American Pharoah loved to pause while walking the shedrow, giving us plenty of photo opportunities
The morning after the Preakness, trainer Bob Baffert showed off his Triple Crown candidate
American Pharoah arrives at Belmont for his date with destiny
American Pharoah heads out for a morning gallop at Belmont Park
Posing for the cameras was just one of many things American Pharoah did well
At Belmont Park, the names of past Triple Crown winners are in the background as American Pharoah gallops down the stretch
Another pose by American Pharoah
Wearing his Kentucky Derby blanket, American Pharoah looks for his admirers
With the cameras following his every move, American Pharoah schools in the Belmont paddock
American Pharoah walks the Belmont paddock, the specter of Secretariat looming large in the background
The cavernous Belmont grandstand would be filled on race day, but was quiet as American Pharoah galloped the day before the race
American Pharoah gets a bath surrounded by photographers; Baffert let us into the yard, overruling the track’s restrictions
And he does it... hitting the finish line with 5 ½ lengths to spare
Just some of the cameras that were aimed on him as he drives past the wire
American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza made it look so easy
Victor Espinoza finally lets loose several yards past the finish
After a procession up the stretch to show him off to the fans, the outrider brings the new Triple Crown winner back to the winner’s circle
American Pharoah is surrounded as he heads down Victory Lane to the winner’s circle
For the first time in 37 years, a horse goes back to the barn as a Triple Crown winner
At the barn that evening, exercise rider Georgie Alvarez gives his star a big kiss
Bob Baffert shows off his Triple Crown winner to the media the morning after the Belmont Stakes
American Pharoah resurfaces at Monmouth Park’s Haskell Invitational
Geared down, American Pharoah heads towards the finish of the Haskell
Victor Espinoza sits chilly on Pharoah, letting him coast to the wire
After another victory procession up the stretch, American Pharoah comes back to the winner’s circle
The handsome American Pharoah after the Haskell
American Pharoah schools in the Saratoga paddock during Travers week
American Pharoah loved to stop and pose as he was walking, this time at Saratoga
American Pharoah heads to the track the Friday before the Travers
In beautiful light, American Pharoah takes a tour of the Saratoga main track
He certainly looks eager and happy at Saratoga
Georgie Alvarez gives him an admiring pat after his Saratoga gallop
A few moments to take in the scene on the track before heading for his daily bath
American Pharoah led early in the Travers, but was never allowed a breather during the race
Victor Espinoza brings the champion back after the Travers, as Saratoga claimed another beaten favorite
The look of eagles – and photographers reflected in American Pharoah’s eye
Bob Baffert lets his star pause during one of his many shedrow walks
Rarely are today’s Thoroughbreds allowed to stop and stare as they walk – Baffert’s horses are often the exception and American Pharoah loved to do so.
Another rarity is a horse without the lip chain that results in some pretty ugly photos – American Pharoah looked gorgeous with just a halter
Beautiful fall color is the backdrop as American Pharoah gallops on the training track at Keeneland the Thursday before the Breeders’ Cup Classic
Thousands of photos were taken of the champion as he galloped at Keeneland
For whatever reason, this photo just strikes me – I love the way he looks striding away powerfully
Georgie Alvarez begins pulling his star up after his strong gallop
And here he comes – American Pharoah secures the victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic
Victor Espinoza looks to the outside rail, mugging for the cameras at the finish line
American Pharoah gallops into history as the first Grand Slam champion – Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner
Victor Espinoza was all smiles after the race aboard American Pharoah
The jockey waves to the photographers after the Classic
Another wave, this time towards the track, acknowledging the crowd’s cheers
Assistant Jimmy Barnes with American Pharoah after the Classic
Owner Ahmed Zayat leads his star after the race
American Pharoah in the winner’s circle after the Breeders’ Cup Classic
Sunday morning after the race, Baffert and Zayat show off their horse to the media for the last time
And once again, members of the media were invited to pet the champion