Because I have fond memories of how I spent the afternoon of the Kentucky Derby in 1974 (not necessarily much of the race itself, as I was visiting a girlfriend at Skidmore and, while the race was playing in the background …), I thought to look up who won that year. Turns out it was Cannonade, Angel Codero on top (don’t know how that phrase just popped up).
But I digress. Point is, while Cannonade’s winning time was a slow 2:04, and the fastest time was Secretariat’s 1: 59 the year before, this chart shows that this race is consistently won by horses running it in 2:01 to 2:03. Since track conditions can vary each year, it seems to me that unlike human runners, these guys aren’t getting any faster – remember the “four-minute-mile” and the assumption that no one could ever accomplish it?
Why is that? Just wondering. Walt, as the father of four (five?) fillies, I’m sure you have the answer.