Secretariat time in '73 Preakness could be changed

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Secretariat's owner has asked the Maryland Racing Commission to conduct a hearing about changing the time of the horse's winning run in the 1973 Preakness Stakes.

Penny Chenery, along with Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas, say advances in modern video technology will prove Secretariat ran the 1 3/16 mile race in 1 minute, 53 and 2/5 seconds. That would have been a record at the time and would match the standing record for the Preakness.

The commission will consider the request for a hearing at its meeting on June 19th.

Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973. His time in the Preakness was originally clocked electronically at 1:55, then changed to 1.54 2/5.

The Preakness was the only Triple Crown race in which Secretariat didn't establish a track record.