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Sire Northern Dancer
Dam Betty's Secret
Grandsire Nearctic
Damsire Secretariat
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1981
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder E. P. Taylor
Owner Luigi Miglietti
Trainer David O'Brien
Record 4: 3-0-1
Earnings $326,537 (in UK)
Secreto is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Betty's Secret by Northern Dancer. He was born around 1981 in the United States, and was bred by E. P. Taylor.
Major wins
Tetrarch Stakes (1984)
Epsom Derby (1984)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Secreto (February 12, 1981-1999) was a Maryland bred Thoroughbred racehorse who raced in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A son of Northern Dancer, Secretro's damsire was the U.S. Triple Crown champion, Secretariat. He was bred by E. P. Taylor at the Maryland branch of his Windfields Farm. He was purchased by Luigi Miglietti and trained in Ireland by David O'Brien.

In the 1984 Epsom Derby, Secreto defeated the odds-on favourite El Gran Senor, who was also by Northern Dancer,trained by David O'Briens's father Vincent, by a short-head.[1] He never ran again after his Derby success and was retired to stud at Calumet Farm in Kentucky before being sent to Japan in 1992 where he died in 1999. His most notable offspring was the 1991 English 2,000 Guineas winner Mystiko. Secreto's half brother Istabraq won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham's National Hunt Festival in 1998, 1999 and 2000.


  1. Flat Racing Profiles see section on Christy Roche
Pedigree of Secreto
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Betty's Secret
Secretariat Bold Ruler Nasrullah
Miss Disco
Somethingroyal Princequillo
Betty Loraine Prince John Princequillo
Not Afraid
Gay Hostess Royal Charger
Your Hostess



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