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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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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.
CaroleCarole wrote on October 3, 2016 on 12:11 pm:
27th anniversary, tomorrow Oct 4th, of Big Red's death. What a sad day for all. RIP Big Red. You may be gone from this earth but your memory lives on in all of us. You will never be forgotten and are terribly missed. We love you.
RickRick wrote on October 2, 2016 on 5:38 pm:
Remembering the Champion Secretariat on the 27th year of his passing. You continue to be an inspiration for us all. Forever missed and never to be forgotten. May you always run wild and 'laminitis' free!
Deborah DavisDeborah Davis wrote on September 28, 2016 on 12:22 am:
Thank you for keeping his legacy alive and well. He is a well etched memory.
CBS's "Sunday Morning" said happy retirement to Charles Osgood on Sept. 25th.
Part of his tribute were moments in history. These were memories particularly poignant to Charles Osgood.
One of the moments in history was Secretariat at Claiborne Farms, in 1984. They aired the film footage of Secretariat romping in his pasture. Another snippet showed Secretariat being led to the breeding shed.
Much to my delight, I sat up and took notice of this 12 second film archive. So glad Secretariat's day to day routine, was worth noting on such a well received program. Thank you "Sunday Morning", and Charles Osgood.
I am sure Secretariat Days were a success. Please share stories and happenings so I may be a part of the experience.
Mike CostanzoMike Costanzo wrote on September 7, 2016 on 5:35 pm:
Secretariat was a unique horse and champion. His Belmont win remains timeless.
elizabethelizabeth wrote on September 6, 2016 on 8:42 am:
A once in a lifetime true fairy tale of a beautiful horse. I saw the movie three times and I remember actually seeing Secretariat win that famous race by 30 some odd lengths
this is a horse that will never be forgotten.
junior  oliverjunior oliver wrote on August 25, 2016 on 9:16 am:
wow the greatest horse ever and ms penny will always be the best ever, i love her story, i want to thank her for this great memory.god bless
Nicole CoteNicole Cote wrote on August 10, 2016 on 11:18 pm:
About two weeks ago, my family and I watched the movie "Secretariat" and since then I have become a huge Fan of you my dear and sweet Secretariat. You were and always will be an amazing horse and you have touched my heart in such a powerful way. You have touched the lives of so many people in such positive ways. You will never be forgotten and I just want to say " Thank You for being such a great Hero to so many people.

Again, I am so proud to say that I am from the same little French Canadian Town as Mr. Turcotte is and that puts a big smile on my face every day.

Je t'aime beaucoup Secretariat. Tu es magnifique! :)
cindy boydcindy boyd wrote on August 10, 2016 on 12:03 pm:
Have been a fan since 1973. I have a 6 year old granddaughter who has Aspergers Syndrome. Like most kids with autism, she has an obsession which is horses! We watched the movie Secretariat sometime back and she is now obsessed with him. She talks about Secretariat and Ms. Penny all the time. To her every red horse is named "Secretary" and she tells everybody he is the bestest horse in the world and that she loves him the most. She often ask to go buy carrots and go to Ms. Penny's house to feed and pet "Secretary". So, after 43 years and 2 generations later, Secretariat still has a number 1 fan!!!!! Her name is
Addison Boyd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NicoleNicole wrote on August 8, 2016 on 10:52 pm:
I Love You Secretariat and you will never be forgotten! Am also proud to say that Mr. Turcotte is from the same little French Canadian hometown as I am from! Very Proud! :)

I am a new and forever Fan! :)

Je t'aime beaucoup Secretariat!
Lenny VentreLenny Ventre wrote on July 24, 2016 on 10:40 pm:
Ron, happy belated birthday. it was great seeing you again at Belmont this year and I certainly hope to see you again at the Secretariat Fest coming in September. Belonging to the Secretariat One and Only Facebook Club has renewed my inspiration that I found as a 12 year old with both you and Secretariat. Please know that your performances with the greatest racehorse of all time continue to inspire many of us today.
Judy HollemanJudy Holleman wrote on July 23, 2016 on 3:25 pm:
Have a great birthday Ron. I watch you win the triple crown I've loved you and secretariat even since. Best wishes always. I'm with Secretariat one and only face book club.
MelodieMelodie wrote on July 23, 2016 on 2:48 pm:
Happy Birthday Ron !!
I never get tired of watching your races with Secretariat . Very special .
Best of wishes to you always .

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