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Secretariat-Less Belmont Turns Chaotic: David Papadopoulos

Superstar racehorses have a way of scaring off their competition.

Secretariat faced just four rivals when he rolled to his record-setting 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Man o’ War had just one foe, a poor, hapless soul by the name of Hoodwink, when he galloped to a 100-length win in a 1920 stakes race. Spectacular Bid’s career finale in 1980 was the easiest kind of win after the owners of all his would-be rivals backed out of the race. The Bid pranced around the track uncontested.