8 Facts About Secretariat

8 Facts About Secretariat


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1. Secretariat’s fate rested on a coin toss.

In the fall of 1969, stable owners Ogden Phipps and Penny Chenery met in the offices of the New York Racing Association for what turned out to be one of the most important coin tosses in sports history. The winner would receive the recently born foal of the sire Bold Ruler and the mare Hasty Matelda, while the loser would get a second foal from Bold Ruler with a different mare, Somethingroyal. Phipps won the coin toss, but Chenery won for the record books: In March of the following year Somethinroyal gave birth to a red chestnut colt with three distinctive white “socks” on his legs–Secretariat. Chenery went on to fame as the legendary horse’s owner, while the Phipps family, successful breeders for six generations, didn’t win the Kentucky Derby until May of this year, when Orb captured the 139th Run for the Roses.

2. Secretariat was named Horse of the Year twice.

After losing his very first race, at Aqueduct on July 4, 1972, Secretariat lost just once more in his two-year-old campaign, and even that was due to a controversial disqualification in a race. At the end of that season, he was unanimously voted the winner of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year—the first 2-year-old to be so honored. In fact, only one other two-year-old has won the award: Favorite Trick, in 1997. He was a shoo-in the following year, when his Triple Crown wins earned him top honors in every major racing award.

3. Nerves were on edge when Secretariat lost the run-up to the Derby.

Secretariat easily won the first two races as a three-year-old, before running a disappointing third in the Wood Memorial, his final tune-up before Churchill Downs. With many in the racing world dismissing his chances at the Derby, Secretariat’s owner and trainers believed that their horse’s showing at the Wood had little to do with his stamina or possible nerves. Just days before the race, an abscess had been discovered on the top of the colt’s mouth, leaving him in severe pain. While some prognosticators now touting another horse, Sham, a half-cousin of Secretariat’s, as the Derby favorite, Secretariat’s team successfully lanced the painful infection and the horse was soon on the mend.

4. Secretariat set records that are still standing today.

As the 1973 Derby began, Secretariat broke out of the gate last, before quickly moving up on the field. Accelerating with each quarter-mile segment, he crossed the finish line at 1:59 2/5th, a new (and still standing) course record. In the 40 years since, only one other horse, Monarchos, has finished in under 2 minutes. Two weeks later at the Preakness he once again raced to catch up with the rest of the field before winning easily. Though his victory was never in doubt, his official time remained a point of controversy for almost 40 years. Members of the Daily Racing Form had clocked him at 1:53 2/5th, a new track record, while officials at Pimlico posted his official time as 1:54 2/5th. It wasn’t until June 2012 that the Maryland Racing Commission, using a forensic review of the race, determined that not only had Secretariat set a course record in 1973, he had been even faster than previously believed—1:53 flat.

5. Secretariat was a media superstar.

Secretariat-mania reached a fever pitch as he prepared for the final leg of the Triple Crown: The week before the Belmont, Sports Illustrated, Time and Newsweek magazines featured him on their covers in the same week—an unheard of accomplishment that has never been repeated. After his victory, demand for the thoroughbred’s time grew go great that his owners hired the William Morris Agency to oversee his public appearances, surely making him the rare horse with a Hollywood agent. His fame continued long after his career ended. He was inducted into the Horseracing Hall of Fame just a year after winning the Triple Crown. In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Secretariat stamp, making him the first equine to earn the honor; and ESPN named him to their list of the 100 greatest athletes of the 20th century.

6. Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by a jaw-dropping margin.

Racing against only four other horses in New York, Secretariat was considered such a favorite that no third-place “show” bets were accepted on him. As was the case at both the Derby and the Preakness, Secretariat faced off against Sham, but this time his cousin was unable to truly challenge him, finishing last. Secretariat, however, opened an enormous lead on the field that kept growing with every stride. By the time he crossed the finish line in yet another record-setting time of 2:24, he was a full 31 lengths in front of the second-place finisher. Secretariat had become the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. Rather than trade in their winning tickets (which would have netted just $.20 in profit), most people who bet on Secretariat decided to keep them as souvenirs instead.

7. Secretariat bailed out his financially beleaguered owners even before he won the Triple Crown.

Helen “Penny” Chenery had inherited her father’s Meadow Stable in Virginia following his death in 1973, but the organization had begun losing money years earlier. Desperate to shore up the family’s shaky finances, Chenery agreed to a “syndicating” agreement with Seth Hancock, the new owner of one of the country’s most prestigious breeding operations, Kentucky Claiborne Farm. In February 1973, four months before his history-making victory at Churchill Downs, it was announced that 32 breeding “shares” had been sold at a record-breaking price of $190,000 a share, netting Claiborne Farms and Meadow Stable more than $6 million—$30 million in today’s money.

8. Secretariat was euthanized at just 19 years old.

Secretariat’s record off the track was not as successful as it had been on it. Put out to stud in late 1973, he sired nearly 600 foals, including one horse that sold for more than $1 million at auction—but nearly all of his male offspring failed miserably at the racetrack. Secretariat’s grandsires fared a bit better, with grandsons A.P. Indy a Horse of the Year winner and great-granddaughter Rags to Riches the 2007 Belmont Stakes champion. In the fall of 1989, the 19-year-old champion developed laminitis, an incurable hoof condition; he was euthanized in October of that year.


The Crazy Real-Life Story Of Secretariat

You don't have to be a horse racing fan to appreciate Secretariat's jaw-dropping win at the Belmont Stakes in 1973. No horse ever won like that before, and no horse has ever won like that since. As the camera pans out to show the field opening up behind him, it can't go wide enough to show any of the horses he left far behind in his incredible 31-length victory. That moment is still widely regarded as one of the greatest performances in sports history — human, horse, or otherwise.

In the decades since "Big Red" won the Triple crown, a lot of horses have tried to match his performance. A few followed in his footsteps and became Triple Crown winners, but none of them did it as spectacularly as Secretariat did. His secret? He had a big heart. Literally. Here's everything you need to know about the big, red champion's remarkable life.


10 Secretariat facts* we learned from 'BoJack Horseman'

The second season of BoJack is every bit as funny and weird as the first season on Netflix. The Season One finale sets up a Season Two story where BoJack — a washed up actor — revives his career and plays Secretariat in the story of his life.

This story differs just slightly from the Secretariat history you've come to know.

So take no offense, have a laugh, and know that what follows is definitely satire from an animated TV show.

Where did things begin to go wrong for Secretariat? Perhaps it was the dark period in his life when his father was sent to the glue factory, a time that coincided with the horse's first career loss. Ol' No. 3 was never the same.

Also, it's great they went for historical accuracy in the race poster.

Struggling with racing mortality, Secretariat was spotted heading into the opposing locker room for another horse with a pipe. It was a sign of what was to come in a career that was in decline.

It was 1972 when Secretariat squared off with then-President Richard Nixon in the White House over the possibility the thoroughbred legend would go to war in Vietnam.

"Perhaps an arrangement can be arranged," Nixon told him.

Secretariat's little-known brother, Jeffretariat, takes his place in Vietnam.After a big win, Secretariattells an interviewer his brother is "fighting the reds in 'Nam, which is necessary to protect our way of life."

"Andanother herois President Nixon . He is one groovy dude."

The pause made it clear: Something was wrong with Secretariat.

In a story that shocked the sports world, Secretariat was accused of betting on his own races. Dick Cavett confronted him about the matter in 1973. Secretariat deflected, but tragedy was ahead as the allegations shook him to his core.

With the sports world turning its anger to Secretariat, exposed for betting on his own horse races, he jumped off a bridge in Louisville. A horse gone far too soon.

The sanitized version of Secretariat's life paints an entirely different picture. Remember when Secretariat reached those kids in an inner city math class?

The film was an utter disaster. But there's more.

Perhaps this was the happy ending sports fans wanted for Secretariat, but never got. He was tired of running in circles. He settled down with his girlfriend.

Indeed, this wild stallion had been tamed. Or so the directors of this fraudulent film would want you to believe. But we know better.

Maybe they went for one too many happy endings in the redone version of Secretariat's biopic. Forcing the legendary horse into a Christmas sweater and telling him to get down the chimney was an all-time low.

In the end, Secretariat has a child and is ready to win the "race of life."

Even if the actor in the shot is just a 3D representation from a computer scan of BoJack Horseman, playing a fictional Secretariat. Did we mention this show is kind of weird?


Secretariat

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The Secretariat is organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion in the UN’s programme of work. Much of the UN Secretariat is located in New York City, USA. The UN also has three major Offices outside of its Headquarters and five Regional Economic Commissions.


Secretariat’s Heart Size: Inside the Tremendous Machine

Secretariat ’s heart size still remains a wonder of the racing world, and the power of it prompted Audi to use it in a commercial. “The all-new, 354 hp Audi S5 Sportback is here,” the commercial says. “Progress is powered from within.”

The analogy, of course, it that Secretariat’s power came from within, as well. He had the breeding to be a great race horse, but he also had something that made him more powerful and unique. His heart was more than twice the size of an average horse.

In Pure Heart, originally published in the June 4, 1990 issue of Sports Illustrated, Bill Nack reports the words of Dr. Thomas Swerczek, who performed the necropsy that discovered just how big Secretariat’s heart was.

“We were all shocked,” Swerczek said. “I've seen and done thousands of autopsies on horses, and nothing I'd ever seen compared to it. The heart of the average horse weighs about nine pounds. This was almost twice the average size, and a third larger than any equine heart I'd ever seen. And it wasn't pathologically enlarged. All the chambers and the valves were normal. It was just larger. I think it told us why he was able to do what he did.”

While Secretariat’s heart was buried with him, Audi’s depiction compared to the average horse helps provide an idea of how big the champion’s heart really was.

Secretariat’s heart was estimated to be a whopping 22 pounds. The possible secret behind the enormous size is the X Factor, a term coined by Marianna Haun. In Haun took the ‘X Factor’ to the nth degree , Mark Simon of The Daily Racing Form, remembers Haun and her dedication to this theory:

“Marianna had learned that Secretariat had an unusually large heart – estimated at 22 pounds, while the average Thoroughbred heart is 8.5 pounds. This tremendous cardiovascular system, pumping oxygen into his lungs at an abnormally high rate, was clearly a source of his stamina and power. Though Marianna did not possess a scientific background she wondered if it was genetic, and began looking into it – learning that Australian researchers had studied heart size 40 years earlier and had concluded it was passed along the X chromosome. But their research never gained traction here and they never linked it to specific horses in North America.

In February 1994, she wrote a piece for Thoroughbred Times entitled The X Factor , which suggested that the large heart traces to a single mare, Pocahontas, born in England in 1837, heralding back to the great sire Eclipse. The article went into detail on the theory, examining all available research to that time, and why it was so important to the breeding world. It was a very good article.”

Haun’s first book, The X Factor, What it is & how to find it: The Relationship Between Inherited Heart Size and Racing Performance, was published in 1997. This was followed up by Understanding the Power of the X Factor in 2001, and Solving the Mystery of Secretariat’s Heart in 2013. Haun passed away February 12, 2016, but her first, second, and third books can still be purchased.

The third book is aimed to help breeders reproduce a heart similar to Secretariat’s by breeding bloodlines that follow the X Factor pattern. While Secretariat was able to produce a Thriving Legacy, including 1986 Horse of the Year Lady’s Secret, he never replicated himself.

The enlarged heart wasn’t the only thing that allowed Secretariat to smash record after record during his 1973 Triple Crown campaign. He was also known for his astonishing confirmation, which Wikipedia summarizes:

“Secretariat's absence of major conformation flaws was important, as horses with well-made limbs and feet are less likely to become injured. Secretariat's hindquarters were the main source of his power, with a sloped croup that extended the length of his femur. When in full stride, his hind legs were able to reach far under himself, increasing his drive. His ample girth, long back and well-made neck all contributed to his heart-lung efficiency.”

Looking at the beginning of Secretariat’s career race history, it was clear he was a talented colt who deserved to be highly regarded on the Triple Crown trail. The three classic races would only grow his fame, as he still holds the fastest times for the Kentucky Derby , the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. His Derby time was 1:59.40, and the only other winner to make it under two minutes was Monarchos in 2001, with a time of 1:59.97.

Continuing onto the Preakness, Secretariat broke another record and finished in 1:53 flat. His first two legs of the Triple Crown were impressive, but his historical Belmont win, done in 2:24, is the race he is most remembered for.

The 1973 Belmont made many people consider him the best racehorse to ever grace the earth. In fact, the HRN community has Secretariat ranked number one on the list of Top 250 Thoroughbreds of All-Time.

While Secretariat’s familiar rival, Sham, second in the Derby and Preakness, tried to pressure him in the Belmont, the attempt did the opposite. Instead, Secretariat performed the impossible. He began to pull away before he even reached the second turn, and the leading margin kept growing as he barreled down the track.

“Secretariat is widening now,” Chic Anderson called with excitement. “He is moving like a tremendous machine!” Those famous words were just before Secretariat turned for home to win the Belmont by 31 lengths. Anderson knew he was watching something special unfold, but what he didn’t know is that his words were not far off from the truth.

It wasn’t a tremendous machine that powered Secretariat – engines like that are reserved for cars – but a tremendous heart that helped make him arguably one of the best racehorses.

More on Secretariat’s life can be seen in ESPN ’s Sports Century episode below. Aired on November 5, 2000, Secretariat was part of a series featuring the top athletes of the 20th century.


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8 Facts About Secretariat - HISTORY

Super Bowls are rarely super. Pay-per-view fights are hyped without money-back guarantees. And there's that old expression that applies so perfectly to horse racing: There's no such thing as a sure thing.

Secretariat was sold to a breeding syndicate for a then-record $6.08 million.

Then there was Secretariat at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

He carried a lot more than jockey Ron Turcotte when he went to the gate a 1-to-10 favorite. He had the weight of Secretariat Mania on his back. The international buzz surrounding him was deafening. He was being counted on to win the race and become the first Triple Crown champion in 25 years -- the first of the television generation that had already put him on an unrealistic pedestal.

Secretariat's response went beyond unreal. He won by a jaw-dropping 31 lengths. His time of 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles set a world record many argue may never be broken.

Secretariat became so popular, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated featured the horse on the cover the same week. The William Morris Agency booked his appearances the way it would for a hot movie star. At the time, no movie star was as hot as "Big Red."

"This red horse with blue and white blinkers and silks seemed to epitomize an American hero," said Penny Chenery, who owned the playful, barrel-chested colt during his racing days.

In a career that spanned only 16 months, Secretariat started 21 times, won 16 and finished in the money in all but his first race. He was an odds-on favorite 17 times, winning 13. By the time he went to stud, he had won back-to-back Horse of the Year awards.

The true measure of Secretariat's greatness was his performances in big races. As former Pimlico general manager Chick Lang said, "He looked like a Rolls-Royce in a field of Volkswagens."

Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970, at the Meadow Stud in Doswell, Va. He was the third offspring of 1957 Preakness winner Bold Ruler, the greatest sire of his generation, and Somethingroyal, who raced just once but whose breeding was of top quality. Secretariat was the brightest of chestnuts, deep-chested with the muscular quarters of the speed horse and the length and scope of the stayer.

In Secretariat's debut on July 4, 1972 at Aqueduct, he went off as the favorite but was impeded at the start and finished fourth in the 5 1/2-furlong race. Eleven days later, he broke his maiden in a 6-furlong race at Aqueduct.

Secretariat's only other defeat as a two-year-old would be on a disqualification, in which he was placed second for bumping Stop the Music in the Champagne at Belmont. His seven victories in nine races enabled him to become the first two-year-old to be voted Horse of the Year.

Before his 1973 season, Secretariat became the solution to a financial crisis. Christopher Chenery, Penny's father, died in January. As the builder of Meadow Stud, he left behind hefty estate taxes. His family decided to pay the bill by selling Secretariat to a breeding syndicate that would assume ownership at the end of the horse's racing days. The price tag was a then-record $6.08 million.

Secretariat won his first two races that year, but in his final tuneup before the Kentucky Derby, he finished third behind Angle Light and Sham in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. At 1 1/8 miles, Secretariat seemed to hit his limit. The Derby -- all 1 1/4 miles of it -- was only two weeks away.

It turned out that just hours before the Wood, an abscess was found under Secretariat's lip. When the abscess broke before the Derby, the pain he was suffering was gone. But was the abscess the reason Secretariat lost? Or was it an excuse?

The answer came soon enough.

The 13-horse Derby shaped up as a duel between Secretariat and Sham. The two held back early -- Secretariat at the rear Sham just off the lead. Then Laffit Pincay moved Sham to the front just before the final turn. Turcotte moved Secretariat to the outside to close on Sham, who was picking up steam.

"I didn't think anybody would be able to catch him," Pincay said of Sham. "I knew we were going to win."

Secretariat had other ideas. He caught Sham halfway down the stretch and won by 2 1/2 lengths in a world-record time of 1:59 2/5, the only Derby winner to crack two minutes.

Two weeks later in the Preakness, Secretariat went from last to first on the clubhouse turn, never relinquished the lead and beat Sham again by 2 1/2 lengths. Clockers timed him in a Pimlico-record 1:53 2/5 for the 1 3/16 miles, but because of an apparently malfunctioning clock, the official time was recorded as 1:54 2/5, two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Canonero II in the 1971 Preakness.

Only four horses challenged Secretariat in the Belmont, even though the previous seven horses to have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness withered in the 1 1/2-mile race, unable to match Citation's 1948 Triple Crown.

"Big Red" changed all that on June 9, 1973.

Secretariat and Sham broke together and stayed that way into the first turn. They were by themselves on the backstretch when Secretariat made the biggest move ever seen in a Triple Crown race.

"Secretariat is alone. He is moving like a tremendous machine!" track announcer Chick Anderson yelled. "He's going to be the Triple Crown winner. Unbelievable! An amazing performance. He's 25 lengths in front!"

"I kept hearing Chick Anderson," Turcotte said. "I finally had to turn to see where the other horses were. I know this sounds crazy, but the horse did it by himself. I was along for the ride."

Secretariat paid $2.20 to win and his 2:24 remains a world record for 1 1/2 miles on a dirt track, and it's still two full seconds better than subsequent challengers to his Belmont Stakes record. The 2 3/5 seconds by which he broke Gallant Man's 16-year-old track record was the equivalent of 13 lengths.

But most impressive was the 31-length gap. It was so big, even the widest angle of the CBS camera covering the stretch run could barely show Secretariat in the same shot as the next-nearest horse, Twice A Prince. As Charles Hatton wrote in The Daily Racing Form , "His only point of reference is himself."

The ensuing months were anticlimactic for Secretariat. Suffering from a fever, he lost the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga to Onion in August and the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park to Prove Out. But he went out in triumph. On Oct. 28, 1973, he won the 1 5/8-mile Canadian International Championship Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths in the cold of suburban Toronto, raising his career earnings to $1,316,808.

In stud, Secretariat sired such future champions as 1988 Preakness and Belmont winner Risen Star and 1986 Horse of the Year Lady's Secret. But none of his offspring came close to matching the standard he set.

He remained a popular figure even after Secretariat Mania subsided. But his life ended tragically. Suffering from laminitis -- a painful hoof disease -- the 19-year-old superstar was given a lethal injection on Oct. 4, 1989, at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

"It was a terrible day for all of us," Claiborne president Seth Hancock said. "We just couldn't stand to see him suffer."

To this day, Secretariat remains one of the first names everyone thinks of whenever the topic of horse racing comes up. "It's hard to believe after all these years," Chenery said, "but hardly a day goes by that I don't get mail about Secretariat."


23 Interesting Facts About Hyderabad

Situated along the banks of the Musi River, Hyderabad is known as the city of Mughals and Nizams. The time you’ll visit here, you’ll witness the charm that sets this city. The towering & spectacular architecture and monuments will force you to admire it. There are still many traditional and ancient markets in and around Hyderabad. Here are some interesting facts about Hyderabad:

1. City of Pearls

Hyderabad is one of the chief producers of natural pearls and is also a major contributor to the diamond trade, hence, it is referred to as the City of Pearls.
Source: The Hindu, Image: Pixabay

2. Biggest Monolithic Buddha Statue

With a height of 18 m and weight around 450 tons, this breathtaking statue of Buddha is his biggest single rock statue in the world.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Alosh Bennett, Flickr

3. A Densely Populated City

A Portion of Hyderabad City

With a population of about 6.8 million, Hyderabad is ranked 4th among the most populous cities in India.
Source: census2011.co.in, Image: Wikimedia

4. The World Famous Biryani

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani was first introduced in India during the period of Nizam rule. It’s believed that Biryani came from Iran, where it was originated. Hyderabadi Biryani is made with rice, spices, and chicken or meat. It is mainly of two types, raw and cooked. There are around 140 varieties of Hyderabadi Biryani.
Source: BBC, Image: Garrett Ziegler, Flickr

5. Biggest IMAX Screen in India

Prasads IMAX theater in Hyderabad is the biggest 3D screen in India with a 72 X 95 height and width, respectively. It is also one of the most attended screens in the world. With the sitting capacity of around 635, it’s a must-visit place in Hyderabad.
Source: rediff.com, Image: thehansindia.com

6. Kohinoor Belongs to Hyderabad

Kohinoor, a 105 karat priceless diamond and one of the most expensive diamonds in the world is believed to be mined here. It was taken by the Britishers and is still in the UK.
Source: lonelyplanet.com, Image: speakingtree.in

7. Hi-Tech City

Often referred to as the Hi-Tech city, Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing IT cities in India. Companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Nokia, Dell, AMD, Accenture, Amazon, etc. have established their offices/workstations here.
Source: BBC, Image: fbcdn-photos-c-a.akamaihd.net

8.The Best Convention Center in India

Whether it’s an event, exhibition or conference, the HITEX convention center provides with the best facilities in the country with the seating capacity of around 2500 people in 53 acres of area.
Source & Image: hitex.co.in

9. Twin of Bollywood

After the Hindi Film Industry (Bollywood), the Telugu Film Industry (Tollywood) is considered the second-largest film industry in India.
Source: Forbes

10. Residence of India’s President

Located at Bolarum, Rashtrapati Nilayam is a single storied building. After India’s independence, it was taken over from the Nizam of Hyderabad and handed it over to the President’s Secretariat. The President of India visits Rashtrapati Nilayam at least once a year (especially, during winters) and conducts official business from this Nilayam.
Source: presidentofindia.nic.in, Image: oldcityhyderabad.com

11. The City of Artificial Lakes

Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad, Secunderabad

Lakes such as Hussain Sagar, Osman Sagar, and Himayat Sagar are the most popular among the 140 lakes in Hyderabad mainly due to dams on river Musi.
Source: thenewsminute.com, Image: wikimapia.org

12. World’s Biggest Film Studio is Here!

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

The Ramoji Film City is considered the biggest film studio complex in the world with a massive area of around 2000 acres.
Source: guinnessworldrecords.com, Image: Wikimedia

13. Hometown of the Indian Tennis Sensation

Sania Mirza, one of the most popular tennis players, is from Hyderabad and is known as Indian Tennis Sensation.
Source: architecturaldigest.in, Image: Keith Allison, Flickr

14. The Landmark of Hyderabad

Constructed way back in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the Charminar, indeed, symbolizes this city. With the height of 56m surrounded by 4 minarets or towers, the Charminar is a must watch place in the city.
Source: lonelyplanet.com, GIF: gfycat.com

15. Engineers Hub

Hyderabad is well known for its educational infrastructure. Around 350 Engineering colleges are located in Hyderabad, and Ranga Reddy district in Hyderabad has the most number of engineering colleges in a city in India . Some of the renowned colleges are BITS Pilani, Osmania University, IIT Hyderabad, etc.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

16. Seventh Oldest University in India

Osmania University Hyderabad

Established in 1918 by Osman Ali Khan, Osmania University is a well-known university with around 17,000 admissions in all courses.
Source: osmania.ac.in, Image: Wikimedia

17. Hyderabad is Too Old

Hyderabad is considered as one of the oldest rock formations on the planet, around 2500 million years old.
Source: Wikipedia

18. Hub of Irani Chai

Irani Chai is actually a Persian brand of tea. Now, there are around 25 Irani Chai cafeterias in the city including Nimrah Cafe, Hotel Iqbal, Farasha Cafe, Sarvi Bakers, etc.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

19. Biggest Snow Theme Park in The World!

Hyderabad is a considerably warm place, thus creating a snow theme park here is a blissful delight. Snow World is a theme park covering an area of around 8000 sqm and is the biggest one on the planet.
Source: yatra.com, Image: Wikipedia

20. Lengthiest Flyover in India

P V Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway Corridor is the lengthiest flyover in India with a length of around 11.6 km. It was made to form a straight link to the local airport.
Source: rediff.com

21. Home to the All-Time Richest Indian Ever

Osman Ali Khan, last Nizam of Hyderabad

The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967) was so rich that he had a diamond paperweight worth £50 million. He is considered the all-time richest Indian ever.
Source: British newspaper ‘The Independent’, Image: Wikipedia

22. Best Museum in Southern India

The Salar Jung Museum is considered the best museum in Southern India. It has around 40,000 collections from all over the world.
source: Wikipedia, Image: pinimg.com

23. Asthma Patient? Come to Hyderabad


12 Fascinating Facts about Horses

Anyone who loves horses knows that they’re majestic, athletic, and absolutely fascinating animals. They also have some unique attributes and history. Let’s take a look at some 12 fascinating facts about our horses.

2. This probably comes as no surprise, but horses are incredibly intelligent. In fact, studies have shown that horses understand variances in human facial expressions, are capable of indicating preferences, and can exhibit at least some degree of empathy.

3. Horses have exceptionally large eyes (some of the largest eyes of any mammal), and the prominent placement of the eyes on the sides of a horse’s face results in vision that is known as monocular. Humans have binocular vision, meaning that the eyes work together to view the same scene. With monocular vision, horses see two different scenes independently.

4. The average gestation period of equines is approximately 340 days, which makes it similar to the gestation periods of llamas, alpacas, and seals. Variations can and do occur, but most mares typically carry their foals in the range of 320 to 370 days. Situations beyond either extreme aren’t unheard of, but they aren’t common, either. Mares carrying colts (male foals) tend to have slightly longer gestation periods than mares carrying fillies (female foals), and foals born in January tend to have shorter gestations than foals born later in the season.

5. Bay, black, buckskin, cremello, chestnut, champagne—the genetics behind equine coat colors can be complicated! Thankfully, some of the rules are easy, so here are a couple to keep in mind:
◆ A gray horse must have at least one gray parent.
◆ Two chestnut horses will always produce a chestnut foal.

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6. Envision the skeletal system of the human body, and then mentally compare it to the skeletal system of a horse. Which one do you think has the higher number of bones? The answer: they’re virtually identical! Adult humans have 206 bones, while most adult horses have 205 bones.

7. And speaking of bones, here’s a quick shout-out to the amazing Arabian’s special skeleton. With only five lumbar vertebrae in their backs (most horses have six) and one less rib, Arabians tend to have shorter backs than other horse breeds.

8. As anyone who has ever watched a horse race can attest, horses are capable of achieving impressive rates of speed. Although the Thoroughbred is the breed that comes to mind when talking about speedy horses, Thoroughbreds generally excel at carrying their speed over long distances of ¾ of a mile to 1½ miles or more. For short distances, the American Quarter Horse is actually the fastest breed, capable of sustaining 45 mph for ¼ mile.

9. Don’t look that gift horse in the mouth, because you may just discover that he’s a bit older than you expected! Quaint proverbs aside, it’s possible to determine a horse’s age with a fair degree of accuracy simply by examining his teeth. The presence or absence of certain deciduous teeth, the particular markings on the teeth, and the angle of the upper and lower incisors can all be used to help estimate the age of a horse.

Ramses III depicted with a chariot. Photo by Mountainpix/Shutterstock

10. Horses played an important part in ancient Egyptian history, but only after their introduction to the country in about 1600 BC. The famous pharaoh Ramses the Great (Ramses III) even recorded the names of his two chariot horses they were “Victory in Thebes” and “Mut is Contented.”

11. Horses have also played an important part of American history. Think of all the iconic scenes from history: hardworking horses on cattle drives, farm horses plowing fields, carriage horses in cities, Pony Express riders galloping across the West. But all of this is fairly recent history, as horses have only been present in North America for about 500 years. Columbus—and shortly after, Spanish explorers—brought the first horses across the Atlantic.

12. And for our final of 12 facts about horses: While the world is populated with hundreds of different horse and pony breeds, the most popular breed in the United States is the American Quarter Horse. The American Quarter Horse Association has registered nearly 6 million horses worldwide since 1940.

After these 12 facts about horses, what do you find fascinating about our equine companions? Share your stories in the comments!


Twenty-Five Random Horse Racing Facts for National Trivia Day

Happy National Trivia Day! Whether you’re a history buff or fan of pub quizzes, we have 25 fun facts for you to help you celebrate the occasion. The questions are listed first, with answers after the break. How many did you know?

1. Who’s the only horse to have won the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice?

2. Who is the last filly to win a Triple Crown race?

3. In the movie “Seabiscuit,” what racetrack stood in for Pimlico Race Course, the venue where Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in a famous match race on Nov. 1, 1938?

4. Who has trained the most Triple Crown race winners?

5. Where did Secretariat stand as a stallion?

6. What was the first race to offer a purse of $1 million in North America?

7. Which horse holds the speed record in all three Triple Crown races?

8. Who are the only three fillies (aka female horses) to win the Kentucky Derby?

9. Thoroughbreds can trace their lineage back to three foundation sires. What were their names?

10. Where was the cult classic horse racing comedy "Let It Ride" filmed?

11. Name the champion racehorse who was the last to go off at less than even-money odds in the Kentucky Derby.

12. Which Thoroughbred racehorse holds the world record for most consecutive victories?

13. Which jockey has won the most Breeders’ Cup races?

14. Michael Matz is well-known in racing for training top horses like Barbaro and Union Rags he’s also a famous equestrian and in the United States Show Jumping Hall of Fame. How many times did Matz compete in the Olympics?

15. What is the highest price ever paid for Thoroughbred at public auction?

16. Who is the leading owner of Triple Crown race winners?

17. Who is the only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race?

18. What is the only Breeders' Cup race that ended in a dead heat for first, and who were the two winners?

19. What jockey played himself in the 2014 movie “50 to 1”?

20. The Kentucky Derby is run at a mile and a quarter over dirt. What distance is the English equivalent, the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, run at, and over what surface?

21. Which racehorse is the top money-earner of all time?

22. Which sire is responsible for the most horses in the Racing Hall of Fame?

23. Of the three Triple Crown races – the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes – which one is the oldest?

24. Arcangues is the biggest longshot horse to win in the history of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1993 at odds of 133.60-1. Who is the biggest longshot filly to win a Breeders’ Cup race?

25. Who is the leading jockey of Triple Crown race winners?

Answers are below the gif!

1. Tiznow, who won the Classic in 2000 and 2001.

2. Rachel Alexandra, who captured the Preakness Stakes in 2009.

5. Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

6. The inaugural Arlington Million, won by John Henry in 1981.

7. Secretariat, who stormed the Triple Crown in 1973.

8. Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980), and Winning Colors (1988).

9. The Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian

10. Hialeah Park near Miami, Fla.

11. Arazi in 1992 at 9-10 odds. The 1991 champion 2-year-old colt finished eighth in the race won by Lil E. Tee.

12. Camarero, who won 56 straight races in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.

13. Mike Smith, who won 26 Breeders’ Cup races from 1992-2017.

14. Three: 1976, 1992, and 1996. Bonus trivia: Matz was selected to carry the flag for the United States in the closing ceremony of the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

15. The Green Monkey, $16 million at 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds.

16. Calumet Farm, who has owned 18 winners of Triple Crown races.

17. Julie Krone, who won the 1993 Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair.

18. In the 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf, Johar and High Chaparral tied for first place.

20. A mile and a half on the turf.

21. Orfevre, a Japanese Thoroughbred who earned $19,005,275 over four years of racing.

22. Bull Lea, who sired seven Hall of Famers.

23. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest and was first run in 1867. The Preakness Stakes was first run in 1873, and the Kentucky Derby in 1875.

24. Bar of Gold, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at odds of 66.70-1.


Splint Bones

A horse's splint bones are thought to be remnants of toes from prehistoric horses. The splint bones are small bones (about the size of a pencil at the top and tapering down to be much smaller) found on each side of the cannon bone.

In the photo below the red arrow is pointing to a small bulge that is a splint bone that has "popped." This happens when the splint bone becomes detached from the cannon bone. A splint might become detached due to a nutritional imbalance or trauma. It is usually not a cause for concern.

In most cases a popped splint will cause mild pain to the horse right after it separates from the cannon, but when the splint has "set" or healed it is completely pain free and is not a health or soundness concern.


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