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And down the stretch they came

Secretariat is considered to be the greatest Triple Crown winner.
Before saying goodbye to the Triple Crown last spring, ABC's Wide World of sports brought you to the three most fabled horse races for the past 23 years. One of the many highlights came in June of 1978, when Affirmed crossed the finish line to edge out Alydar for the third time in two months to win the Triple Crown. Affirmed's historic feat made him just the 11th and last Triple Crown winner in history. From Spectacular Bid's Triple Crown attempt in 1979 right up through Fusaichi Pegasus' powerful run at last year's Kentucky Derby, ABC Sports witnessed some of the greatest moments the sport has ever known.
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    The Jockeys
    Riva Ridge
    Jockey Ron Turcotte rode Riva Ridge to victory in the 1972 Kentucky Derby and back-to-back Belmont Stakes. His repeat Derby win in 1973 aboard Secretariat made him the first jockey with back-to-back victories at Churchill Downs. He went on to ride Secretariat to victory in both the '73 Preakness and the '73 Belmont -- a Triple Crown win for Turcotte. In an exclusive column to ABC Sports Online, he reflected on the 1973 Belmont stakes. With a career total of 3033 wins to his credit, Turcotte retired in 1978 following a tumble from his horse at Belmont.

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    Triple Crown Memories
    Chruchill Downs
    Who better to look back at each leg of the Triple Crown than ABC's Jim McKay, who has been a fixture around the paddocks for decades. He shed tears at the Kentucky Derby, which he calls a national occasion. He reflected on the Preakness, a home race for him, and how he witnessed Citation win at the Pimlico in the first race he attended in 1948. And he recounted his favorite races at the Belmont, including Secretariat's Triple Crown win in 1973.
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     Secretariat wins the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. (Courtesy: Belmont Park)
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     Fusaichi Pegasus barrels down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. (Courtesy: ABC Sports)
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