Photo: Karl W. Schmidt/Lexington Herald LeaderHow larger-than-life Secretariat monument could become Lexington’s newest tourist attraction
The memorial to the 1973 Triple Crown winner, considered by many the greatest racehorse ever in the United States, will be the largest of five known Secretariat monuments: two at the Kentucky Horse Park, one at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., one at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the other in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, home of Secretariat’s jockey, Ron Turcotte. All honor the popular racehorse who accomplished the near-impossible in his lifetime, winning the 1973 Triple Crown to end a 25-year series drought.
This newest Secretariat memorial will be slightly more than 1- 1/2 times the size of Secretariat when he lived.
The sculptor is Jocelyn Russell of Friday Harbor, Wash., assisted by her husband, Michael Dubail, a master welder. Russell also sculpted the Kentucky Horse Park’s bronze memorial to Sergeant Reckless, a mare who filled a significant role assisting the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.