LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Nigel Fennell worked as a farrier for 31 years.
A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including trimming and balancing horse hooves.
Three years ago Fennell turned to building life-size horse sculptures.
Fennell’s latest sculpture was unveiled at the Griffin Gate Marriott Hotel at the American Horse Publications Conference. A life-size sculpture of the legendary racehorse, Secretariat, and jockey Ron Turcotte, entitled “Gods Boy 31 – 2.24”.
The sculpture pays homage to the record-breaking and awe-inspiring performance by Secretariat to seal his 1973 Triple Crown win and cement his legacy as a racing legend.
In the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Secretariat literally ran away from the competition, winning the longest leg of the Triple Crown by a distance of 31 lengths in a record 2.24 seconds.
Engraved along the sculpture are iconic lines broadcasted during Secretariat’s Belmont race on either side of the horses head.
“Secretariat is blazing along.”
“He is moving like a tremendous machine!”
According to Foremans Forge, an organization dedicated to the long-term education of all farriers, Fennell contacted the Secretariat website for Secretariat’s last official measurements, primarily his huge 22 lb. heart.
“Secretariat’s huge heart has been celebrated by installing a heart plate, so at night a red pulsating bulb ramifies through his steel mosaics in his chest,” reads a Foremans Forge news release.
Currently, the sculpture still needs to be dipped in zinc, as its raw steel body is still highly susceptible to rust.