|...a tremendous machine...|
It's a well-deserved award. You can read the entire article, originally published last June, here. Not only is it beautifully written, but it serves as a reminder of a something that is so intertwined with Secretariat's astounding Belmont run, but often overlooked in terms of giving credit to a guy who found himself in what turned out to be a legendary moment in sports, one that, as the article emphasizes, he could never have seen coming and therefore could not possibly be prepared for...and yet rose to the occasion while maintaining a boggling level of poise and professionalism.
You can also watch and listen to the immortal race and call at the link. I watched it live as a child, have rewatched it countless times since, and it still gives me goosebumps.