A big life: Maryland breeder Higgins will be missed
- Published: June 2023
- Written by Joe Clancy
Fifty years ago, before the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, Secretariat wasn’t changing lives. He was another Kentucky Derby winner, giving the Preakness a go. He could have lost the race, like so many before him and after. Instead, he won with a first-turn move people still have difficulty explaining and added the ultimate exclamation point three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes (I actually say “by 31 lengths” to describe a lopsided victory by a horse, person or team).
Trainer Joe Davies had the same answer to a four-part question posed in mid-March. The query went like, “Did you think we’d be having this conversation four or five years ago? About this horse? About winning three Maryland Hunt Cups? About being compared to Blockade and Winton?
Notice anything different about this magazine? Hopefully you did already and if you didn’t, keep turning pages. There’s a fresh look, largely steered by director of publications Barrie Reightler and her design skills, that hopefully makes Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred better.
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