Secretariat Wins KY Derby Triple Crown Challenge

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That was the question fans were asking after the two horses were separated into different races at the Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

"It's weird not being there", Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah, said in an interview from his California home.

Charlatan romped in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, leading all the way to win a race pushed back three weeks to help fill a void when the Kentucky Derby was postponed until September. Churchill Downs will match up to $1 million of donations which will go to Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.

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"That was fun "calling" Secretariat and the other Triple Crown winners", he tweeted.

Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973, and his victory at Belmont Stakes is considered one of the most iconic moments in horse racing. No margins were provided.

On a day when the Kentucky Derby was to have been run, the Arkansas Derby was run instead, and was won by Charlatan.

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There was actual horse racing that took place on Saturday.

The most recent Triple Crown victor, Justify, finished in eighth. Seattle Slew was third. Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown victor, was fourth, followed by American Pharoah. Race organizers used data algorithms and historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of a victor. Those with a higher probability value weren't necessarily going to win; they just had a greater chance of doing so.

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