Book excerpt: Secretariat, American Pharoah and Canonero II chapter (from ‘Going 15 Rounds With Jerry Izenberg’)

Ed Odeven Reporting

This chapter appears in Part I of “Going 15 Rounds With Jerry Izenberg: A Collection Of Interviews With The Legendary Journalist.” The paperback edition of the book was published on Dec. 31, 2020. The ebook version of the tome was published on Izenberg’s 90th birthday, Sept. 10, 2020.


Chapter 6: Secretariat, American Pharoah and Canonero II

By Ed Odeven

Secretariat’s jaw-dropping, 31-length victory in the 105th running of the Belmont Stakes in June 1973 clinched the amazing horse’s Triple Crown feat. It secured his place in the annals of the sport until the end of time.

And it was a performance that nobody thinks will ever be replicated.

Jerry Izenberg witnessed Secretariat’s unparalleled greatness that day long ago in New York.

He also witnessed countless disappointments after Affirmed’s Triple Crown quest in ’78 until America Pharoah’s thrilling triumph in the 2015 Belmont, which completed the rare feat.

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