Good morning, Whitewater.
Thursday in town will be a day of scattered thunderstorms and a high of seventy-nine. Sunrise is 5:15 PM and sunset is 8:32 PM, for 15h 16m 45s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 22.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
Google has a doodle today to mark the birthday of Phoebe Snetsinger, who in her lifetime had seen 8,398 species of birds.
On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins the Triple Crown:
In the stretch, Secretariat opened a lead of almost 1?16 mile on the rest of the field. At the finish, he won by 31 lengths (breaking the margin-of-victory record set by Triple Crown winner Count Fleet in 1943, who won by 25 lengths), and ran the fastest 11?2 miles on dirt in history, 2:24 flat, which broke the stakes record by more than two seconds. This works out to a speed of 37.5 mph for his entire performance. Secretariat’s record still stands; no other horse has ever broken 2:24 for 11?2miles on dirt. If the Beyer Speed Figure calculation had been developed during that time, Andrew Beyer calculated that Secretariat would have earned a figure of 139, the highest he has ever assigned. Bettors holding 5,617 winning parimutuel tickets on Secretariat never redeemed them, presumably keeping them as souvenirs (and because the tickets would have paid only $2.20 on a $2 bet).
The race is widely considered the greatest performance of the twentieth century by a North American racehorse. Blood-Horse magazine editor Kent Hollingsworth described the impact: “Two twenty-four flat! I don’t believe it. Impossible. But I saw it. I can’t breathe. He won by a sixteenth of a mile! I saw it. I have to believe it.”
Secretariat became the ninth Triple Crown winner in history, and the first in 25 years.
A Google a Day asks a geography question: “What area of the country is the main benefactor of the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam?”