Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it.
In Secretariat’s first race, a rival horse bumped him as they charged out of the starting gate, almost knocking him to the ground. Pinched back with no place to run, Secretariat fell far behind but then dug in to recover and finish fourth.
In his second race, he held back at the start to keep out of the crush of horses, then came from behind and won. That tactic became his modus operandi: a slow, safe start followed by a late surge.
In the Kentucky Derby, Secretariat again broke last out of the gates but then overtook Sham on the backstretch to win. In the Preakness, he broke last again but made his move on the first turn, surging ...