Children of Secretariat: the son who ran 144 times - and is still thriving at 31
Some of Secretariat’s best offspring lived long lives – Terlingua and D’Accord to the ripe old age of 32, General Assembly to 29, and 27-year-old Tinners Way is still hanging out at Old Friends in Kentucky. That longevity is also evident in a couple of not-so-notable sons still enjoying life more than 27 years after their sire succumbed from laminitis at the age of 19.
I recently wrote about Innkeeper, a (now) 29-year-old son of Secretariat living at Virginia Tech’s MARE Center. Remarkably, an even older son – the stakes winner Fast Market – is currently thriving in Western Pennsylvania. The chestnut gelding celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, having been born February 4, 1986.
These two horses’ paths to old age couldn’t have been any more different, but they share one big thing in common – people who care and who made sure they live out their days happy and healthy.