|“||BoJack, when I was your age, I got sad. A lot. I didn't come from such a great home, but one day, I started running, and that seemed to make sense, so then I just kept running. BoJack, when you get sad, you run straight ahead and you keep running forward, no matter what. There are people in your life who are gonna try to hold you back, slow you down, but you don't let them. Don't you stop running and don't you ever look behind you. There's nothing for you behind you. All that exists is what's ahead.||”|
Secretariat is a famous racehorse and the childhood hero of BoJack Horseman. He won the Triple Crown in 1973 and then months later committed suicide after being banned from competition for illegal betting, and learning of the death of his brother.
The Real Secretariat
Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that, in 1973, became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He set race records 43 years ago in all three events in the series – the Kentucky Derby (1:592⁄5), the Preakness Stakes (1:53), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24) – records that still stand today.
May 19, Secretariat loses his first race, while thinking to himself in the locker room about how he might lose his scholarship. The same day, he learns that his father has died and was send to the glue factory.
In 1972, Secretariat meets with President Richard Nixon. Nixon is threatening to send Secretariat to fight in the Vietnam War. He pleads with Nixon not to be sent. In return for not going to Vietnam, Secretariat makes a deal with Nixon to send his brother instead.
Later, Secretariat can be seen in a news interview using his celebrity status to promote the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon.
A year later, Secretariat wins the Triple Crown and books an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. There, he denies recent allegations that he bet money on his own races. He also addresses a fan letter from a young BoJack Horseman.
Months later, he is banned for life from competition for betting on his own races. At some point he finds out that his brother, who took his place to fight in the Vietnam War, had perished in battle. On August 22, 1973, Secretariat parks his car on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville, climbs up onto the railing and jumps.
- "BoJack, when you get sad, you run straight ahead and keep running forward, no matter what. There are people in your life that are gonna try to hold you back, slow you down, but you don't let them. Don't you stop running and don't you ever look behind you. There's nothing for you behind you. All that exists is what's ahead."
- The real-life racehorse, Secretariat, lived until 1989, when he was euthanized after becoming afflicted with an incurable hoof condition.
- Character actress Margo Martindale has a role in the 2010 live-action Disney film Secretariat.