Beloved Son Of Secretariat Passes At 30

The great Secretariat had just four of his progeny alive and well in the beginning of 2020. That number would be down to three by 2021. The youngest of his offspring, Secret of the Sea (later dubbed “Strider”), was one of the last foals born in Secretariat’s final crop in 1990. Bred by Darley Stud, Strider wasn’t destined for the greatness of his father, finishing his career with just one win in nine starts. 

Strider was retired by trainer Clint Goodrich and kept as his personal horse, living in Montana and then Colorado, where he came to be owned by racing fans Linda and Scott Riba in 2011.

The couple enjoyed nearly nine years with Strider, but in 2019 his health began to fail. The gelding was diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome, a condition common in older horses that causes hormonal imbalances, which affect every facet of their lives, from their hair coat quality to their hooves. 

Though Cushing’s disease is sometimes manageable, it is incurable. Strider developed other problems after his Cushing’s diagnosis and was euthanized on Dec. 12 due to struggles with his hoof health. He was 30 years old.

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