In 1999 the Associated Press assembled "a six member panel of experts" to vote on the matter.
That panel elected Man O' War "Horse of the Century" and in so doing, settled nothing.
So, I'm sitting here minding my own business yesterday when the phone rings, and Paul T. says, "So, Man O' War or Secretariat?"
"Mary Ann. I say, "Although occasionally, Ginger."
"C'mon." He grinds.
"No, No, No." he says and as expected, launches into the eight reasons why I'm wrong.
"Enough, I say, gimme the greatest horse race of all time.
Seabiscuit over War Admiral?
Affirmed over Alydar at the Belmont Stakes?
And while we're on the subject of impossible to resolve arguments.
Which was the greatest rivalry,
Argue amonst yourselves, keep me out of this.