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“He’s moving like a tremendous machine”

Nine years ago, as the running of the Belmont Stakes approached, I took up an entire Slice column with the transcript of the track announcer's call of Secretariat's mind-blowing victory in that race in 1973. Many regard that Triple Crown finish as one of the all-time most thrilling moments in the annals of sports.

But reaction to that particular column was sharply divided. Some of my readers enjoyed it and told me so. Others, however, regarded it as a throw-away and felt I had broken my compact with them. Or something.

Next year will be the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Belmont. I think I know how I might fill up a column as that June 9th approaches.

“…Secretariat is all alone. He's out there almost a sixteenth of a mile away from the rest of the horses.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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