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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