in 1973 Secretariat won the Triple Crown – The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness
and the Belmont Stakes. That alone should have proved he had the X Factor, right?
Except the X Factor is more than that. The X Factor means achieving celebrity
in a way that makes you stand out and be remembered.
And, he gave anyone who watched him race something to talk about. In the Derby and
The Preakness he broke from the gate in last place, and he only started to challenge
the lead horse after the last turn. He had to come from last place and pass every horse
on the track to win it.
He actually ran each 1/4 mile faster than the previous, he was speeding up as the
other horses were slowing down.
And, that was truly amazing to watch. Secretariat didn’t take the lead until 3/4
of the way around the track and not only did he take the lead – he won by
almost 3 lengths. And he was running on his own – no whip, the jockey
had both hands on the reins.
And, then with 2 of the Triple Crown races won – it was time for the Belmont. The stakes
were unbelievably high. This was his race to lose, and anything can happen in
horse racing. In the Belmont, there were only 4 other horses even entered.
Secretariat didn’t break last as he usually did, he broke out in first and stayed
there until the first turn when he was overtaken by Sham for a couple of seconds.
Then Secretariat turned on the gas and he never lost the lead again. He was ahead
by one length, then two, then four. In the home stretch, the camera had to pull back
to show that he wasn’t running the race alone – he was almost 1/16th of a mile ahead
of the 4 other horses. At that point, Secretariat wasn’t racing against the other
horses, he was racing into history, winning the 1 1/2 mile race in just 2 minutes 24 seconds.
Not only did Secretariat win the Triple Crown – but he shattered the track record and set his own for each race.
And, that is the X Factor at work.
What can you learn from this? Use your natural talent to it’s best ability.
Stand out from the pack. With each 1/4 mile, Secretariat pushed himself harder, he ran
faster, he was racing against himself to see how fast he could go. Do the same. Better your
Run YOUR race, don’t look back, and don’t race against others.