Sculpture of legendary racehorse Secretariat nears finish
The Associated Press - March 10, 2019 8:57 am
(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – A flamboyant sculpture of renowned racehorse Secretariat is entering the final stretch of completion in Norman.
Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths in 1973, setting the record time, and became the first Triple Crown champion in 25 years.
There are five known Secretariat sculptures, but wildlife sculptor Joecelyn Russell’s piece will be the largest.
Russell tells The Oklahoman that the sculpture stands about 11 feet “hoof to helmet.”
Russell and her husband, a master welder, came to Norman in 2018 to create Secretariat out of foam and clay.
The monument will be cast in bronze in Norman before being driven to Kentucky.
The privately-funded Triangle Foundation in Lexington has not disclosed how much the project costs.
The sculpture is expected to be completely bronzed this fall.