Rescued brother of Secretariat is alive and well at age 32

Straight Flush, half-brother to Secretariat

He has since passed away, but the story of Secretariat‘s half-brother was really interesting and heartwarming. Straight Flush (Riva Ridge x Somethingroyal, Secretariat’s dam) was destined for the slaughterhouse when he was rescued just in time and retired to a ranch in Southern California. He looks so handsome in the photos!

Straight Flush died peacefully at the age of 32 in 2007.

By horse-breeding standards, only those horses that have the same dam are considered half-siblings. Straight Flush and Secretariat were out of the same mare, so they were half-brothers. However, Secretariat and other horses sired by Bold Ruler are not called siblings.

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2 Comments on Secretariat’s Half-Brother Rescued from Feedlot

  1. Connie says:

    Late 1960’s and early 1970’s: During my childhood, my grandfather (and later, my uncle) worked on a ranch in Moses Lake, WA. The ranch, and the horses on it, were owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Edwards. The beautiful stud on the ranch was “Balance of Power”, or “Power”, as I knew him. He was a magnificent horse! A handsome horse, by all standards! Tall, dark, graceful… He was the half brother to Secretariat, sharing lineage thru “Bold Ruler”. “Power” was not able to race, due to a problem with his leg or foot – I do not recall if he was born with the problem, or if it was the result of an injury. Is there anywhere I would have access to bloodlines that would show the connection between “Power” and “Secretariat”?

    • Kristin Kristin says:

      Hi Connie! Thanks for your comment :) Check out this link: That site doesn’t have every horse in the world, but you can find the pedigree of many influential horses there. Interestingly, Balance Of Power was a full brother to Bold Bidder, the sire of Spectacular Bid, winner of the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1980 Horse of the Year.

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