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Secretariat inspired and touched so many of us! He exhibited heart, courage, the will to win, and stood for all things good in our sport. Pure and noble, he remains a hero to new and old fans alike. We welcome you to leave your comments in this public guestbook so we can share your thoughts and memories with other visitors.

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Art HanlonArt Hanlon wrote on January 20, 2017 on 5:04 pm:
I so enjoyed hearing Secretariat win as I was camping and had only a radio. Now I enjoy seeing Big Red's win on Youtube. When I saw the Belmont win to the tune of Rudy movie then I cried like a baby. His win is the greatest moment in sports in my view, all types. They had to pan the camera at the finish line.. says it all. Poor Sham.. any other year. I live south of Richmond so travel by Meadow Farm often. I hope this finds Ms Chenery well and hope she has a Happy Birthday on January in one week from my post.. God bless
Deborah DavisDeborah Davis wrote on January 17, 2017 on 10:53 pm:
I watched the poster signing and Vox Populi presentation at Santa Anita. It is good to know your family, Ms. Chenery, will carry on with this creative and innovative award named in honor of Secretariat and Thoroughbred horse racing. What a shot in the arm for the fans, wagerers and avid admirers. Let us hope the Pegasus race is another venue to modernize and generate interest in this sport. I'll be watching and I hope you will as well. Go Chrome! Thank you for all you continue to do for this grand sport.
Charles BeckmanCharles Beckman wrote on January 17, 2017 on 12:00 am:
Just finally watched "Secretariat" for the first time tonight with my wife. This really brought back memories of my teenage years, and being swept up in the enthusiasm that this great champion generated. I started choking up at the very end, because I started to remember what this felt like as a kid. Hails to Secretariat, the greatest racehorse of all-time, and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. I'm so happy you are an inspiration to all who love the sport.~
Reggie DeFilippoReggie DeFilippo wrote on January 16, 2017 on 11:21 pm:
Just watched the movie AGAIN..and each time I see it, I get up out of my chair to root on "Big Red"...no matter how many time I watch those races I still can't believe how great he was...just Awesome...and I think back to how excited my parents were at the time...THANKS for the GREAT MEMORIES SECRETARIAT...The Greatest Race Horse of ALL time.
Lacy WinstonLacy Winston wrote on January 16, 2017 on 11:08 pm:
I watched the Disney movie for Secretariat but am thankful that I remember when he won the Triple Crown. Big Red is a legend and I will always miss him. I miss the old days when he was around and horse racing was a sport that was televised like baseball or basketball is today.
DRMaxDRMax wrote on January 7, 2017 on 9:11 pm:
Secretariat (or ANY horse) does *not* need to be a champion...it's the LOVE for them that counts!! I believe they KNOW!! EVERY horse should be treated "like a champion!" :)
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LavettahBrewerLavettahBrewer wrote on January 7, 2017 on 6:03 pm:
Has been a while since I wrote the fan club , but it is not like I have not thought of Secretariat or you Penny. Every time I see a horse so western I thing of the tremendous Secretariat. I have a course the movie Secretariat with Diane Lane , Penny &Red and the one bout Ronnie the jockey. And more which I look at all the time. Hoping there will be a follow up movie by Disney. Would it not be fantastic if they could have found some of Secretariat's off spring and tell what happened to them. I love you Secretariat and you Penny
ALLEGRA WINTERSALLEGRA WINTERS wrote on January 5, 2017 on 4:04 pm:
SECRETARIAT, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BEING, AND WHAT AN INCREDIBLE HORSE.
SECRETARIAT MADE MY UNHAPPY LIFE SO MUCH BETTER. I NEVER CARED FOR THOSE MALE GLORIFICATION SPORTS. I PREFER THOSE WHERE THE ATHLETE IS ONLY AS GREAT AS THE LIMITATIONS ARE FEW.
SECRETARIAT MESMERIZED ME. HE WAS THE STORY, ALL OF IT. RIVA RIDGE WAS A GREAT HORSE. I ALWAYS LIKED THAT SECRETARIAT AND RIVA RIDGE WERE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. IT IS NOT COMMON FOR TWO, GREAT STALLIONS TO GET ALONG AS WELL AS THESE HORSES DID.
WHY DO OTHERS RACE.? IT SEEMS SO SILLY.
THOSE HORSES WILL NEVER APPROACH SECRETARIAT, E-V-E-R.
Sydney PeritzSydney Peritz wrote on January 1, 2017 on 12:54 am:
There will never be another as great or as loved as Secretariat. He was the king of all equines. Even his stance was majestic like a king. And when he ran, it took your breath away. Many witnessed his greatness and millions more to come will be inspired by his performance, especially in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. The handsome four legged gentleman they called "Big Red" continues to live on in a legacy that only the greatest of champions can claim.
DianneDianne wrote on December 27, 2016 on 1:37 pm:
Secretariat (BIG RED) was truly a gift to us from GOD!! Last night I watched the movie for the 9 or 10th time, I still stand up and cheer for him. I maybe thick but I realized that if Penny's mother hadn't passed away, Big Red's future would have been completely different. Penny's knowledge of horses and sheer instinct and love for Red led to a bond that could only be broken by his untimely death. I guess Penny's Mom and Dad wanted him in heaven, I'm sure they watched him WIN the Triple Crown. His lead was stupendous, I know he did it for his family that he loved so much, and those who trained, groomed and rode him. I'm not a horse racing fan, but SECRETARIAT is different, he captured my heart and will always have a place in it.
RickRick wrote on December 16, 2016 on 6:13 pm:
I love the 4 horses that are up for the "Vox Populi" award this year. What an exceptional group of champions. Ideally, the vote would end up in a 4-way tie. That would be fitting because there are no losers in this group, they are all extraordinary!
Additionally, I would like to list my 5 most electrifying performances of 2016. These were all eye-popping, had that WOW factor, and literally took your breath away. The only order here is the order in which the races were run.

Frosted - The Met Mile - on Belmont Day - 12 length victory - 1:32.73 (record time)

Tepin - Queen Anne Stakes - June - she did America (& herself) proud - 1:43.87

California Chrome - Pacific Classic - August - easily handled the field - 2:00.13

Arrogate - Travers Stakes - August - 12 length victory - 1:59.36 (stakes & track record time)

Beholder/Songbird - BC Distaff - Nov. - heart stopping stretch run by 2 champions, an instant classic, Beholder by a nostril - 1:49.20

Happy Holidays to all who are associated with and to those who visit this website.
RickRick wrote on December 16, 2016 on 4:24 pm:
Remembering Chic Anderson on his day of birth...(12/17/1931). I had the fortune of hearing his Triple Crown calls on TV in 1973.
the Derby: "Secretariat is in the center of the track and driving..."
the Preakness: "...and Secretariat has 'em put away...he's beginning to run away..."
the Belmont: "...he is moving like a tremendous machine...here comes Secretariat to the wire...an unbelievable, an amazing performance...". "The time of this race 2:24...that is a record that may stand forever".
Just the most historic 'calls' of all-time! Those calls gave voice to the greatness of what Secretariat had accomplished. We are all grateful to you Chic.
Frankie TaylorFrankie Taylor wrote on December 5, 2016 on 6:50 pm:
Watched Secretariat win the triple crown on broadcast tv. It compares to no other.
Shannon HowlandShannon Howland wrote on December 3, 2016 on 12:28 am:
I was 14 yrs old when Big Red won the Triple Crown...I cried. What a horse, you could see he loved to run and the further the better. Not just an average horse but an amazing athlete that knew no limitations.
How fitting is it that three of the nominees for the Vox Populi are descendants of this great ambassador of the people and horse racing. I was at the Breeders Cup this year and saw California Chrome lose by a head, and I saw Beholder beat the wonderful Songbird. Both Chrome and Beholder as older horses show the heart of their sensational grand-sire. Long live the bloodline of Great SECRETARIAT.
Deborah DavisDeborah Davis wrote on December 2, 2016 on 9:46 pm:
Thank you so much for your continued involvement in the thoroughbred industry.
I find you to be an incredibly brave woman who has and is still living what I believe to be a remarkable life.
Your courageous determination, to do right by your father, has been an inspiration to me. Your horses weren't bad either! I guess consternation and talent runs in the blood of human and horse.
Because of your speaking engagement at the 2014 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders conference, I am actually considering purchasing a 4yr turf mare to breed to a stallion here in Northern California. I have never owned a race horse but I know a little about bloodlines and crosses. I don't know who to talk to for breeding advice in No. California, but I am confident I can find someone I will trust. This plan, that once was just a dream, is because of your realistic candor, and willingness to continue supporting this industry. I thank you for getting me off the proverbial fence. I thank you for just being who you were born to be and staying true to who you are.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Rhea RoyalRhea Royal wrote on November 24, 2016 on 11:22 am:
Horse racing effects me on such an emotional level and I have yet to uncover why it infects my heart so close. This story, these moments lived are of the greatest one can hope to witness and be apart. I am thankful just to be on the same earth as a horse thst mastered his art. A woman with unrelenting courage and fire to never let the dream cease and then watch it become her reality. Tears come and go as I watch the story unfold and with determination I'm gonna be like Penny and Red. A fighter, a giver, and never one that quits. Bravo to really living, really living. For seeking and finding what many will never know. May God bless you all.
Constance hartmanConstance hartman wrote on November 23, 2016 on 6:04 pm:
1973 I remember everything Lucian Laurin, Penny, Ron, Eddie and Roger did. In the spring he lost the Wood the turf writer's had off the Derby watch list.
I made all the New York races. Even his retirement day. Dr Manny Gillman said that his stride was longer than anything he raced against. Plus his girth size or length as they are measured more than 55 inches. Please correct me if wrong.
Dan MaherDan Maher wrote on November 15, 2016 on 10:34 pm:
I had no idea this site existed. I was 20 something when I attended Secretariat's Triple Crown races in person. with my good friend
Jim D. It turned out to be the highlight of my life!...We sure picked the right year to go to the Triple Crown!...We knew Sec. was going to be great, but we didn't know how great & immortal he really was. I saw Big Red run in person 6 times, (I was living in New York) but his Belmont was AWESOME! 31 lengths? Who wins a major stakes race by 31 lengths? Only Secretariat! Rest in Peace Big Red!..We love you!
CaroleCarole wrote on November 9, 2016 on 4:51 pm:
Last night in his Presidential victory speech, Donald Trump introduced the RNC Chairman and said "They can’t call you a superstar, Reince, unless we win,” because you can’t be called a superstar — like Secretariat — if Secretariat came in second, Secretariat would not have that big, beautiful bronze bust at the track at Belmont." I was thrilled that Mr. Trump mentioned what a superstar Big Red was and remembered him in his victory speech. Go Trump!!
CourtneyCourtney wrote on October 14, 2016 on 9:32 am:
We visited Secretariat's Meadow in Doswell, VA for the first time this year. We look forward to going back for your birthday celebration in March. We both had a great year in 1973 Secretariat. You won the triple crown and I was born. From one Virginian to another, you are an amazing horse. I love you Big Red.

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