- Patricia McQueen
Secretariat's Final Crop
After Secretariat died on October 4, 1989, there was one last crop yet to be born. The following spring, 45 foals arrived with a chance to add to their sire’s legacy. Tinners Way came through in a big way, becoming one of Secretariat’ best runners and his third-leading earner overall. There were two other stakes winners in the last crop, Lt. Pinkerton and Insijaam, and three stakes-placed runners, Canaan Land, Sakiyah and Secret Damascus.
There were 24 colts and 21 fillies, and a total of 38 made it to the races; 22 won at least one race. The leading earners were Tinners Way, Lt. Pinkerton, Phoenician, Champagne Affair, Secret Damascus, Insijaam, Sakiyah, Canaan Land, Sarabic and L’Esperance.
Here are all 45 of the named foals in Secretariat’s last crop, in order of their foaling dates.
Doug Secret, a bay filly born Jan. 25, 1990; out of the Advocator mare Marcia’s Boots. The last of her 21 starts produced the only victory of her career at age four. That was at Louisiana Downs; she started her career in New York, with her best finish a third on the Saratoga turf.
High Official, a bay gelding born Jan. 27, 1990; out of stakes winner Belle of Dodge Me, by Creme dela Creme. He won two of 10 races, both at Detroit Race Course.
Canaan Land, a chestnut colt born Jan. 28, 1990; out of stakes winner Jones Time Machine, by Current Concept. Initially trained by D. Wayne Lukas, he won two of 11 starts with Fabio Nor the trainer. He was third in the Saratoga Handicap at Bay Meadows as a 4-year-old.
Sunrise Symphony, a chestnut filly born Jan. 30, 1990; out of stakes winner Wimbledon Star, a daughter of champion Chris Evert. Unplaced in two starts, she had some success as a broodmare, and is the second dam of G1 winner Dominican.
Cool Secretary, a dark bay or brown filly born Feb. 8, 1990; she was one of five Secretariat foals out of the stakes-placed mare Icy Pop, by Icecapade. She was unplaced in her only start in England and sent to Japan as a broodmare.
No Such Stuff, a chestnut colt born Feb. 11, 1990; out of the Ack Ack mare Such ‘n Such. Trained by Ron McAnally, he was unplaced in his only start.
Lt. Pinkerton, a chestnut colt born Feb. 13, 1990; out of graded stakes winner Kapalua Butterfly, by Stage Door Johnny. The first stakes winner in Secretariat’s last crop, his best efforts were on the turf course.
Secretariat’s Fire, a chestnut filly born Feb. 13, 1990; out of the Mr. Prospector mare Prospector’s Fire. She was twice placed in five starts, both on the turf. She was one of the last known Secretariats until her death in 2018.
Secretariats Ghost, a bay colt born Feb. 16, 1990; out of the Alydar mare Cherokee Darling. He won one of his six starts at Calder.
Secretarin, a gray filly born Feb. 20, 1990; out of stakes winner Sharpening Up, by Sharpen Up. She was second three times at Woodbine in 13 starts.
Senor Secretariat, a chestnut colt born Feb. 20, 1990; out of the Raise a Native mare Matter of Pride. He won one of seven starts in Mexico.
Secretly’s Sister, a dark bay or brown filly born Feb. 23, 1990; out of stakes winner Chieftan’s Command, by Turn and Count. Unraced, she was a full sister to the stakes-placed Secretly.
Secret Damascus, a dark bay or brown gelding born March 3, 1990; out of the Damascus mare Petit Dejeuner. He won four of 28 starts and placed in several stakes, including the G3 Budweiser Mile Stakes at Yakima Meadows.
Whispered Secret, a dark bay or brown filly born March 7, 1990; out of champion and incredible broodmare Classy ‘n Smart, by Smarten. The half-sister to champion Dance Smartly and leading sire Smart Strike was unraced.
L’Esperance, a bay filly born March 15, 1990; out of stakes winner Suprematie, by Gay Mecene. She made 24 starts from Florida to New England, with all four of her wins at Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park.
Moubeed, a chestnut colt born March 18, 1990; out of the Northern Dancer mare Hanoof. He only made two starts in the U.K., one at age six and one at seven. Both were unplaced efforts over hurdle courses.
Knock Hard, a dark bay or brown gelding born March 23, 1990; out of the Luthier mare La Margalaise. Racing exclusively in France, most of his 35 starts were over hurdle courses. He placed in six races, five of them hurdles.
Memorable Moment, a dark bay or brown filly born March 23, 1990; out of the stakes-placed North Mist, by Far North. She was unplaced in two starts in Southern California, and as a broodmare produced the stakes winner Song of the Moment.
Legends Last, a bay gelding born March 26, 1990; out of graded stakes winner Ivor’s Image, by Sir Ivor. Racing mostly in Maryland, he won two of 25 starts.
Bastian Bay, a bay colt born March 28, 1990; out of the Sir Ivor mare Miss Ivor. Unplaced in two starts on the Kentucky circuit.
Vonn Trapp, a chestnut colt born March 29, 1990; out of the Mehmet mare Followeveryrainbow. In two starts, he won a race at Keeneland; he died after a training accident at three.
Elgin, a chestnut colt born March 30, 1990; out of G1 winner Ida Delia, by Graustark. He sold for $200,000 as a yearling but never made it to the races.
States Rights, a chestnut filly born March 31, 1990; out of stakes winner Majestic Folly, by Alydar. Unplaced in one start at Aqueduct, she was sent to Japan as a broodmare.
Insijaam, a chestnut filly born April 1, 1990; out of the stakes-placed Cadeux d’Amie, by Lyphard. She was one of three stakes winners in Secretariat’s last crop, winning three of seven races in France, including the Prix de la Cochere and Prix Charles Laffitte. As a broodmare, she produced graded stakes winners Pictavia and Maputo, the latter also a stakes winner over hurdles.
Let’em Eat Cake, a bay filly born April 1, 1990; out of the Alydar mare Alycette. She was unplaced in her only start at Calder.
Peau De Soie, a chestnut filly born April 7, 1990; out of the stakes winner Ruth Pitcher, by Ack Ack. She was unplaced in six starts in California and Florida. She’s the second dam of New Zealand G1 winner Time Keeper.
Secretariat’s Song, a dark bay or brown filly born April 8, 1990; out of the stakes winner Popular Tune, by Stop the Music. She died as a yearling.
Loam, a chestnut colt born April 9, 1990; out of the stellar producer Alluvial, by Buckpasser. He was therefore a half-brother to champion Slew o’Gold and Belmont Stakes winner Coastal. He won two of 17 starts, one each at Belmont Park and Suffolk Downs; he died after an injury at age four.
Red Bone, a chestnut colt born April 10, 1990; out of the Crimson Satan mare Scarlet Darling. He brought $125,000 as a yearling, but was unraced and died in 1995.
Sakiyah, a dark bay or brown filly born April 11, 1990; out of G1 winner Scoot, by Mr. Prospector. Her three wins in nine starts all came at Belmont Park, and she was second in the Cooper’s Ferry Stakes at The Meadowlands.
Alyred, a chestnut colt born April 13, 1990; out of the Alydar mare Farmington. His only win in 14 starts came at Sam Houston when he was five.
Kiriyaki, a chestnut filly born April 14, 1990; out of the stakes-placed Princesse Kathy, by Luthier. The full sister to graded stakes winner Athyka had one second in two starts in France. As a broodmare, her son Thunder Dragon was G2-placed in England.
Phoenician, a dark bay or brown colt born April 17, 1990; out of the Kennedy Road mare Kendra Road. He made more starts than all but one last-crop Secretariat, with three wins in 50 starts through age six.
Santiago Red, a chestnut colt born April 18, 1990; out of stakes-placed Santiago Lassie, by Vertex. Unplaced in his only start at Pimlico.
Champagne Affair, a chestnut colt born April 27, 1990; out of the stakes-placed mare Foamflower, by Grey Dawn II. He won three of 21 starts; the first 17 were on the flat and then he was tried over the steeplechase course. His wins were all in New York; the best he could do over the jumps was a second in four tries.
Pride of Baino, a gray filly born April 29, 1990; out of champion Heavenly Cause, by Grey Dawn II. Sent to France, she was unraced. As a broodmare she produced the French stakes-placed winner Higuest Ruler.
Secret of the Sea, a chestnut gelding born May 1, 1990; out of the stakes-winning Lyphard mare Lyphka. He won one of nine starts, and was one of the last known Secretariats when he died in 2020.
Secret Sight, a chestnut filly born May 3, 1990; out of the Damascus mare Second Sight. She placed twice in three races before an injury took her life in her fourth start.
Sarabic, a bay colt born May 13, 1990; out of the unraced Nijinsky II mare Arabic. He made the most starts of any last-crop Secretariat, 61 through age seven. He won races, and was the second winner of Secretariat’s last crop when he won at first asking on August 16, 1992, while still trained by Allen Jerkens.
Maritime Traveler, a chestnut colt born May 15, 1990; out of the Northern Dancer mare Oceana. His dam was a full sister to champions Storm Bird and Northernette. Unplaced in fives starts at Woodbine, Maritime Traveler is one of two Secretariats known to be alive in January 2023. He spent most of his retirement as a teaser at Bridlewood Farm in Florida.
Gentle Shepherd, a bay colt born May 16, 1990; out of the Nervous Energy mare Nervous Pet. He won three of 31 starts, all three in Northern California at age six.
Water Sprite, a bay filly born May 19, 1990; out of the Danzig mare Baltic Sea. She was the first winner in Secretariat’s last crop when she took a maiden race at Woodbine on May 23, 1992. It was her only win in three starts.
Tinners Way, a chestnut colt born May 25, 1990; out of Devon Diva, by The Minstrel. The star of Secretariat’s last crop, his stakes wins included two G1 Pacific Classics and the G1 Californian; he began his career as a stakes winner in England. With earnings of $1,846,546, he was the third-leading earner by the Triple Crown winner.
Lady Secretary, a bay filly born May 28, 1990; out of stakes winner by Lantana Lady, by Vice Regent. She raced only three times, all in May 1994 at Pimlico, with a win and a second. As a broodmare, her last foal, the stakes-placed Honor Earned, was one of the last three runners out of any Secretariat mare.
Risen Starlet, a bay filly born May 30, 1990; out of the His Majesty mare Break Over. Closely related ton Risen Star, she was sent to trainer Scotty Schulhofer in New York, but never made it to the races.
In the early 1990s, I traveled America to photograph these horses; I eventually found 27 of them. For a photo gallery of these horses, click on the image of Risen Starlet below.