Secretariats legacy on local horse farm

Published 3:08 pm Thursday, November 4, 2010

Editors Note: With the arrival of the new movie about the life of Secretariat, the Triple Crown winning horse, local horse breeder Annette Murphy submitted the following about some horses on her farm that are related to Secretariat.

We had heard that Secretariats progeny had wonderful temperaments and we have found the next two generations, his children and grandchildren, are very much the same. They are also very athletic and can do well in many disciplines.

The first one we bred was True Romantic by Romantico out of True Halo by Halo. Romantico, a son of Secretariat who stood in Stokesdale, N.C., near Winston-Salem, was a moderate racehorse that won one Stakes race. Romantico was a mover with a superb temperament. He also showed and did a little dressage successfully.

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True Romantic or Bandit, his stable name, did not race but was sold to a keen event rider in Louisiana and was very successful.

The next one we bred was again by Romantico, a filly out of a mare we had bought to foxhunt, Kate, turned out to be a wonderful jumper and excellent at dressage.

Her filly, by Romantico, Romantic Secret, turned out to be a mover and a very capable jumper. She has the excellent temperament of her grandsire, if a little opinionated.

We bought a mare, Megan Marie, from Canter, Ohio, a great granddaughter of Secretariat a chestnut, of course and her temperament is delightful. She has done everything we have asked of her hacked, hunted, shown on the flat and over fences, Pony Clubbed and also had two foals, each easy to work with.

Megans first foal, a colt by Romantico, was sold to a friend who had been present at his birth. His registered name is Romantic Ending as he is Romanticos last colt. He is known as Curly. He has Secretariat on both sides of his pedigree and looks like his grandsire.

Mister Syntariat, another grandson of Secretariat, we purchased for me to ride, foxhunt and show in dressage.

When ill health forced me to give up riding I gave Mister Syntariat to a good friend who enjoys his unique personality to this day at the great age of 26.

We also bought another grandson from Canter, Ohio, Kellys Star by Risen Star, another son of Secretariat. We bought him to reschool and sell on. He was just off the track so he took a little more time to relax but I had a keen working student who took Casey, as we called him, under her wing and helped him adjust, taught him to jump and took him to his first horse show. We sold him within a year to a mother and daughter in Georgia.

It has been a wonderful experience having all these horses and finding a bloodline that has such a lasting even temperament and athletic ability.