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Please find below the years of correspondence that our Guestbook has received from Secretariat fans across the world.

2008/2009 Entries

Name: janet hoagland Email: janethoagland@hotmail.com
Comments: Hopefully someone can steer me in the right direction. I’m looking for the picture of secretariat in the Kentucky Derby when the field hits the first turn and secretariat is dead last, all you see is his hind quarters. I’ve been searching for this picture for along time. Please help. thank you.


Name: David Rorke Email: darorke@yahoo.com
Comments: What a great story, and what a terrific champion Secretariat was and still is! He did so much on his own without being urged to perform. Every time I watch the Belmont race I’m amazed at the power, grace, and determination that he showed. The lightning quick move he made on the first turn at the Preakness was possibly even more thrilling! It’s very sad that he is gone now, but he lives on in the hearts of all the fans who love him and gain inspiration from his unique example of pure excellence.


Name: joyce daugherty Email: dgondoli@nd.edu.com
Comments: Secretariat was so beautiful, and had such amazing talent. It stands to reason that along with his good looks and desire to win, he would be a kindly, amiable horse, that everyone liked. Even today, he amazes me. I wish I could have seen him in person.


Name: russ Email: sec@truevine.net
Comments: The real tragedy about Secretariat was that so little was asked of a horse that had so much to offer. To any other horse, sweeping the Triple Crown and Marlboro Cup all in the same year would have been stupendous achievements but to Secretariat they were minor. He should have faced the best in Europe, and then returned and faced the best here while carrying top weight. Then his real talent could have been vouched for. He would have defeated the best in the world and on their turf. Then there would have been no question about the best of the century.


Name: Sonja Email: edmonton_oilers_chick@hotmail.com
Comments: Hey just looking up Secretariat I am just getting into the famous horse stats


Name: Janet Hickman Email: rattlesnakefamilystables@yahoo.com
Comments: My Dad and I had a dream of one day owning an offspring of Secretariat. Well Friday I am going to pick up my dream. She is a great grand daughter. She is skinny and due to foal in three months. I just wish that my Dad could be here to see this day, but sadly he passed away in 1992. I am sure that he will be watching as she steps her lovely hooves into our barn.


Name: Sandra Email: gwenhuvera@msn.com
Comments: I used to visit Secretariat every Thursday at Claiborne Farm. Melvin or one of the other grooms would let me go back and spend a few minutes with him. It came to pass that he would recognize my voice as I walked toward the barn and out would come that beautiful face….. He knew I was bringing him an apple or some carrots. I loved him so much. When he died I cried every night for three weeks and it took months before I could get through the day without shedding a tear for him. I just hope that if there is a heaven and I’m lucky enough to make it that he will be there. Heaven is supposed to be full of things you love……. What more can I say? There will never ever be another one like him. He was simply the best.


Name: B0r Email: jhhsjdg@mail.com
Comments: You have a best web site!


Name: fioricet Email: gytui@frtyu.com
Comments: This is a cool site! Thanks and wish you better luck!


Name: Lenore Lamooureux Email: snowball1939@yahoo.ca
Comments: I love to watch the Belmont Stakes in l973 over and over where Secretariat won by 3l lenghts. I consider myself priviledged to have been able to see that race. At the time in 1973 I watched on the T.V. in my home in Angus, Ont. where I was living at the time. I never seen anything like that horse race and I am sure I will never see a race like that again. I can thank my grandfather for getting me interested in horse racing. He used to tell me about Man O War. That was in his life time. Grandpa even got me a book about Man O War. Now all my four grandchildren know about Secretariat. He lives on in our memories. yours truly, Lenore Lamoureux, Peterborough, Ont., Canada


Name: DerneObendall Email: maila@lipetsk.in
Comments: Good site Good luck the web designer.


Name: peter alphonsus razon viduya Email: peterviduya@yahoo.com
Comments: when i first learned to love the sport i heard the name Secretariat but unfortunately he was about to retire. But i knew that Secretariat was the greatest horse of all time specially now after 34 years, i read his accomplishments, i was astonished to imagine how excitingly he run and beats his opponents. From the accounts, i could imagine how exciting and challenging watching the “machine “race against his opponent. Secretariat indeed brought out of me the love of sports. Hail Secretariat!


Name: Martina Gebala Email: martina.sorvisto@gmail.com
Comments: I live in Finland, and i have a beautiful black gelding after National Zenith xx. So proud to have the grandson of the greatest racehorse ever! Love him!


Name: Papa T Email: racing_gall@yahoo.com
Comments: I love Secretariat he is my hero and he is soo amazing… he inspired me to learn more about the sport.


Name: demo_77 Email: Good site
Comments: I read you site every day!!! Nice x37!


Name: lisa lee Email: lisavlee@peoplepc.com
Comments: I thank my lucky stars to be born at a time when I could appreciat this animals ability to stop time and make the world notice just how wonderful a horse can be!!!!


Name: Sandra Email: sandy.griffett@sylvania.com
Comments: I live only 15 miles from Claiborne Farm and I used to visit Secretariat at least once a week in the eighties up until the time of his death. He got so accustomed to my visits that he would recognize my voice as I walked toward the barn and he would stick his head out the door and whinny. I always brought him apples or carrots and he wanted his treat. I have a lock of his mane and one of his horse shoes and they are among my most treasured possessions. I also have many photographs of Secretariat with me and with my son. There are no words to convey how much I loved him. Just being in his presence gave me a sense of awe and wonder. He was sweet-tempered as far as studs go and had a laid back attitude but still…… his demeanor left no doubt that he didn’t have much patience for fools. When he died my heart was broken. I cried for three solid weeks and couldn’t sleep at night. I visited his grave site every day for those first weeks and just could not believe that he was gone. There will never be another like him. I say that with full confidence. He was a special gift to us all and we will not see the likes of him again.


Name: donnetta apple Email: donnettaapple@yahoo.com
Comments: It was Secretariat, that wonderful creature, who helped get me through some very tough personal times during the early 70’s. I sat in front of my television and watched in absolutement amazement as he won the Derby, the Preakness and then his unbelievable performance in the Belmont. We will never see anything like that again. To borrow from John Keats: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness….” Whenever I get a little “blue” I get out my Secretariat DVD and find myself amazed again and again. Also, Penny Tweedy is obviously a wonderful woman and realized how much our nation needed a hero, especially during the tumultuous times of the ’70’s and also just how much joy her horse brought to our lives. Thank you. Donnetta Apple


Name: Lenore Lamoureux Email: snowball1939@yahoo.ca
Comments: I am so glad I can go on the You Tube and watch Secretariat over and over again. Every time I watch him win the Belmont Stakes it makes me cry. I will never see anything like his winning again. What a privilege to be able to see it. He is my hero. Lenore


Name: Bassor Email: opper@mail.com
Comments: Hi, nice very nice page..! Good luck !


Name: Dana Gaspers Email: californiadana@hotmail.com
Comments: I will never forget the feeling of watching Secretariat run even though it was on TV and not in person. As a horse crazy girl of 12 when he won the Triple Crown, that memory lives on as if it was yesterday. My 6 year old daughter has the same fever as I, and boasts that when she runs, she “runs like Secretariat”. How could I be more proud? He lives on…. Thank God for Eddie “Shorty” Sweat who gave him what every horse truly needs to be great…”love”. Maybe some day someone else will figure out that love is the key ingredient for greatness, not greed.


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Name: Chas Hutchinson Email: gratefultiger@hotmail.com
Comments: Secretariat! probably the greatest post war thoroughbred anywhere,and that’s coming from a aussie racing fan! What a legendary horse. greetings from down under …Chas Ps love the T shirts & wear them with pride


Name: Michele Tzanakis Email: shellpen10@verizon.net
Comments: I was 8 years old when a fiery chestnut burst onto the scene and stole the show.. I cannot even watch a rerun of his Triple Crown quest without crying. There may have been Seattle Slew and Affirmed since him but his is the ONLY Triple Crown that I remember the most. I must say that for all those that doubt his influence as a stud just look into the backround of most of those horses of tody—you will see his blood running through most of them. My only regret is that I never got to touch him. Many peppermints and hugs to you — You were simply the best!!!!


Name: David Keyes Email: xborder_dek@yahoo.com
Comments: The summer of ’73. I was 11. I was staying in a cottage of family friends on one of the ‘Thousand Islands’ in the St. Lawrence river near Brockville, ON. No TV, no phone. Just a transistor radio on the window sill above the kitchen sink. It was in that room that time stood still as I listened to Secretariat thunder to victory at Belmont, completing the Triple Crown. A horse had become one of my boyhood sporting heroes. Pele, Bobby Orr, Jack Nicklaus and Secretariat. What a beautiful boy he was! Fast forward to 2008. I am a 46-year-old long haul trucker who, last week, had a day’s layover in Louisville, KY and a chance to visit the Kentucky Derby museum at Churchill Downs. I talked to people who were there in 1973 on that historic spring day. And I relived my own memories from that summer. Thank you beautiful, big red horse, thank you. -David Keyes, Toronto, ON, Canada


Name: Monzzzter Email: monzzzter@gmail.com
Comments: Hi all! This very cool site! Nice design! Thanks!


Name: Gabriel Valdes Email: baregil@prodigy.nt.mx
Comments: After having seen Secretariat’s face expression: such nobility, intelligence and tenderness, I have no doubt that he had a soul and being the hero and saint it was, his abode must be in heaven with Bucephalos, Incitatus, Babieca and Rocinante. Maybe he was an incarnated horse-angel, a Pegasus, whom lived among us to teach us a loving lesson.


Name: Sidney Email: main@yandex.com
Comments: Don’t Worry, Be Happy! =)


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2007 Entries

Name: ljones Email: ljones@aol.com
Comments: Secretariat is my hero! 


Name: Rhonda Glenn Email: rglenn@usga.org
Comments: Hi — I am in Lexington, Kentucky, until Sunday June 24th and would very much like to visit the grave of my hero, Secretariat, to pay my respects. Is he buried near here? Thanks so much. 


Name: ALFIE BARRETTO Email: albarr57@att.net
Comments: I was only 17 yrs old when I heard about Secretariat the firs time and was very eager to see him run but I just don’t have the means because I was in Manila, Philippines. I started appreciating horse racing when I was 12 and loves watching famous horses run. I’ve been a fan and loyalist of Secretariat ever since. I know that he is a super horse, an extra ordinary horse or the best horse of all time. I wish that they would make a movie of him, just like the rest who was not as great as him. I’m just wondering why they(producers) haven’t thought of this yet. Anyways, I hope that they would make a movie soon. 


Name: rac Email: sec@truevine.net
Comments: Secretariat, what a marvel….i just finished watching the made-for-tv film on Ruffian, based on a book by Bill Nack, one of Secretariat’s biographers….the magnificence of that filly that started running as a two in 1974 reminded me of Secretariat who finished racing just one year earlier…Ruffian’s sire, Reviewer?, was bred by Secretariat’s sire, Bold Ruler…roll on Big Red. 


Name: Nonnie Email: nonnie_nt@gate.net
Comments: I was there that June Day in 1973. I saw it happen and it still brings a tear to my eye. Horses are not throw aways. Please save what you breed and what you use on the track. I know you know about New Holland Penny….. put your pennies where your heart should be. Nonnie 


Name: Jane Stein Email: janeastein@msn.com
Comments: I just watched the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes videos! An Amazing horse. I hoped Barbaro might rank up there with him, but fate intervened and not to be. Thank God Secretairat’s brother was saved! God Belss the woman who rescued him> Jane 


Name: James Ashe Email: jlashe@bellsouth.net
Comments: I was 12 years old when Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby. There will Never be another like him. I still get chills when I see his picture or just hear the mention of his name. 


Name: Arthur Smith Email: artful7855@yahoo.com
Comments: I love that horse. 


Name: ronald huffman Email: rhuffman10@cox.net
Comments: Im glad that the big red horse is getting some company soon. I wonder if horse angels have wings? I hope reds are red too. 


Name: rac Email: sec@truevine.net
Comments: great racehorses are like Rembrandts; they are a marvel to see, to study,to admire and write about…. 


Name: Jason C. Lockhart, Sr. Email: sunsetconductor@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I still recall being 13 years old. My father was interested in the triple crown because so few horses had won it. In my teens, it seemed no big deal because so MANY horses won it during the 70’s. I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. But I will forever remember, for as long as I live, the 1973 running of the Belmont Stakes. There was this one horse who had a chance to become The Triple Crown winner. I really liked this horse because I was fond of Big Red Horses with White on their faces. I sat there watching the TV spellbound as this horse, about 1/2 way through the race, suddenly broke away from the pack. What was that stupid jockey thinking? He’ll [the horse] kill himself with a heart attack before he rounds the last turn! Hold him back! He needs to win, but he has to finish to win the race! Oh My God! And as I watched, totally spellbound, the lead stretched farther and farther and farther. “Don’t you kill my damn horse!”, I yelled at the screen! And in the back of my mind, I was also thinking that I had never seen a horse race like this. All of the horses are usually pretty evenly matched and they usually cross the finish within 3 or 4 seconds of one another. This was a freakin’ blowout! When it was clear that the horse was NOT going to drop dead from exhaustion and was going to win, all I could think of saying was “Oh My God! Oh My God! Oh My God!” I knew at that time that I had been lucky enough to witness a truly historical event that would never be repeated anytime soon, if it even gets repeated in the history of mankind. As I sit here writing these memories down for the first time ever, I have tears gushing from my eyes. I cannot watch any replay of the 1973 Belmont without blubbering like a baby. A damned fine thing for a grown man now 47 years old. My wife would not even be born until October of that same year. She is a bigger horse lover than I am, but she gets the biggest laugh at me and how Secretariat affects me. How is it that I am in love with an animal that I never met, much less owned myself? I don’t know. But I was never inspired as much again by any race horse until “Real Quiet” made his failed bid for The Crown. Secretariat was the greatest racehorse that ever lived. Period! Bar none. 


Name: carolyn haskell Email: special-events@qwest.net
Comments: big red – the most amazing horse ever! we will love you forever. 


Name: Ally Email: ally_horse_lover@msn.com
Comments: Hey, i didn’t personally know this horse, but i’ve heard a lot about him! last night i rode his Grand-daughter Abby(Abolute-Excellence)! she looks just like him! shes an appendix horse… ☺♥ 


Name: James Taylor Email: jamesalice2005@yahoo.com
Comments: I was a 10 year old boy living in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1973 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. The most awesome display of talent ever witnessed in any sport. I remember watching all of the races on our (3) channel black and white television. I made it to Churchhill downs for my first Kentucky Derby in 1982, and I was finally able to touch the dirt on the track where my hero had inspired me so many years before. Secretariat taught me about courage, desire, respect, and reaching for my goals. My son (15) tries to avoid me as much as possible on Kentucky Derby day, as an old man tells him stories of Big Red. He finally justs sits down and listens to me, knowing he will hear the same stories every year until I am unable to tell them anymore. He knows the stories word for word, but on that first Saturday each May he eventually allows an old man, if only for a few moments to be 10 years old again, and to repeat these famous words: “but here comes Secretariat, he’s moving fast, and he’s going to the outside, he’s going for the lead, and it’s right now he wants it”. Chick Anderson, Track Announcer, Preakness Stakes, May 19, 1973. 


Name: Mrs. Mary Werner Email: mary-werner@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I still remember the first time I saw him run, and how excited I was to see this gorgeous red horse running like I’ve never seen another horse run. I watch the videos of his triple crown wins, and I still get tears in my eyes from the pride I feel watching something that I will never see equaled in my lifetime. He was something so special that I feel priviledged to have seen him run. I am a pretty old lady now, but I can remember seeing his daddy, Bold Ruler run too, but Secretariat was in a class by himself. 


Name: LYNDA NILES Email: MYSMARTYJONES@MSN.COM
Comments: EVERYTIME i READ ABOUT, OR SEE PICTURES OF SECRETARIAT, I CRY. THERE ARE SUCH PROFOUND EMOTIONS THAT SURFACE WHEN I THINK OF HIM. WHAT AN AMAZINING CREATURE! I LOVE YOU SECRETARIAT 


Name: Mary Email: dmjett4@yahoo.com
Comments: Very nice website. I remember very well when Secretariat won the triple crown. My aunt and uncle knew my love for horses and bought me a silver piece that had Secretariat triple crown winner and the year on it. I still have that piece today and won’t ever let it go. The rescue of his brother is a very heartwarming story too. I still ride today, I have a 16 year old quarter horse mare. She is a joy and I hope I can keep her till her time is up. 


Name: Maksymilian Email: Vitus@adambrodey.com
Comments: Beautiful site! 😉 


Name: Kimberley Poulin Email: kimberley_gayle1@hotmail.com
Comments: Secretariat is my absolute favorite Thoroughbred. I would love to have a horse that is descended from him very closely and that is his color. 


Name: Leon Email: Franciszek@desireefox.com
Comments: Not much on my mind right now. Today was a complete loss. So it goes. I’ve just been sitting around waiting for something to happen. I’ve basically been doing nothing , but I guess it doesn’t bother me. 😉 


Name: Inez Sinor Email: isinor@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I read the inspiring story about the rescue of Straight Flush. Are there other oldtimer’s in need of rescuing? What about younger horses who do not perform well on the track; are they also being sent to slaughter? It is apalling that anyone would send any horse to slaughter because they are no longer of use to them. I applaud your efforts to help rescue these beautiful animals. 


Name: Vilyamad Email: Vilyamhl@DarkSites.com
Comments: Hello! great idea of color of this siyte! 


Name: Connie Poe Email: mamakin53@aol.com
Comments: I have to say watching Big Red win the Belmont was the greatest event I’ve ever seen in my life and I’ve seen many, many others.Even to this day when I watch the race on tape…it brings goose bumps and my eye’s cloud up! In my opinion Big Red is the greatest horse to ever step on a race track. There will NEVER be another horse like him. 


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Name: charles bownds Email: cbownds@hotmail.com
Comments: Saw The BIG RED HORSE race at Garden State and the triple crown, wvwn now when I watch the vhs tape of his life and the Belmont I still get chills..this is 2007 


Name: Innommaeverce Email: vorbbaire@sweetville.net
Comments: hello users of site www.secretariat.com I not so a long ago settled in Clinton and so, that I lost connection with magnificent a man, An n- Lisaon, and now try to find him, last that I know so it that he lives in citi, and often vi sits the resources of type your www.secretariat.com, names on itself Sunshinekon , if suddenly will see this nik write that this man knocked in my icq . I very much I miss without socializing with this man.To reason wanted to say thank you to the team of developments and web masters your resource. So to hold boys. Only little request of,sdelayte so that www.secretariat.com better embarked on dial-up connection 


Name: patriciaDivaio Email: patriciadivaio@hotmail.com
Comments: Secretariat the greatest thoroughbred for ever. Does anybody know how fast Secretariat ran? I heard over 5o miles per hour at the end of the Belmont stakes race that’s beyond unbelievable race horses run around 40 mph. His heart weighed 21 pounds and the average weight of a thoroughbred heart is about 8 pounds. Secretariat the perfect racehorse. No thoroughbred could match his speed beauty and talent. I wished he raced longer because he had more greatness to show us. Love you Secretariat forever. Patricia in Northfield NH 


Name: Russell Flansburg Email: jrflans@roadrunner.com
Comments: Greatest horse of all time. I grew up with Secretariat and still love this excellent horse.Its something being 10 during the Triple Crown win and still retain this as a great childhood memory. I live 12 miles from Saratoga,NY and love July August every year for all the great horses. Secretariat you were excellent at your sport and love the determination you showed. True meaning of perserverance.Thanks for the lifetime of memories. 


Name: john weinle Email: john.weinle@us.army.mil
Comments: To Ron Turcotte: Hi Ron hope that you are feeling well today! I’ have lot of question for you, but will take it easy on you today! Ron of all the great horses beside the “Great Secretariat” what other Thoroughbred Legend would you, Ron like to have rode? What Jockey’s are your very best friend? Ron I’ love Secretariat, but I’m just started to read about a race horse name “JOHN HENRY”! Ron what are some of the outstanding if any Records John Henry holds? Ron I’m sorry for boring you with my question,but thank you for taken time to read my e-mail, hope you fell up to answering my questions! Very Best J.W.W. 


Name: Mary McGlothin Email: sissybugs@verizon.net
Comments: Have followed this magnificant horse for years. Have the Fred Stone Print of Ronnie and “Big Red” had the pleasure of attending the lecture from Bill Nack at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg where I reside. There were more people attending that lecture than there were for CHAS. DeGaulle. When Ms Cherney met with L’ville Stone wear to design the Secretariat dishes I became the proud owner of a set of the stoneware. 


Name: Maddy Email: baymare125@aol.com
Comments: I would love to say how fortunate Penny is to have owned such a legend. When I heard Secretariat had been put down I started crying.He was like Barbaro, he was everyone’s horse.I wish there was a way to bring Secretariat back, trust me I would do all I could to help bring him back.Has anyone seen the new picture of Barbaro and Secretariat??It’s so beautiful!!I wish I could buy it somehow!! Penny if you could read this message I would love to know if you’ll ever go into the racing business?!?! -Thanks 


Name: sarah pulford Email: pulfordsjp@hotmail.com
Comments: I used to pretend i was secretariat, everyday i walked with my family, every day i was the great horse on excercise, i’ve not told that to many people, but now i’m 40 and 1974 75 seems so far away i don’t mind telling a few more of you. Now into breeding horses for the show ring my aim now is to own a secertariat breed horse and that isn’t that far away. THE GREATEST HORSE OF ALL TIME. 


Name: tooth whitener Email: jaime.green@aol.com
Comments: Very cool design! Useful information. Go on! 


Name: little red Email: lr.com
Comments: The best 


Name: FreeStoring Email: 212@bluebottle.com
Comments: hay!! good project :) senks :) 


Name: Michelle Klinkner Email: m_klinkner@hotmail.com
Comments: Wow! What a amazing Horse. I was just a baby then but have truely enjoyed reading about that day. Since I have a deep love for horses it is awesome. Not to mention I own a few. To my surprise I have a granddaughter of Secretariat. She is the greatest. I am selling her unfortanlty so if anyone is interested please contact me. We are on the West Coast. 


Name: Rusty Ross Email: sarasotarr@msn.com
Comments: Merry Christmas !! Your memory lives in so many of us !! 


Name: alex Email: oolly@yahoo.com
Comments: Greate site! 


Name: dawn ramagli Email: dawnmichelleaniero63@yahoo.com
Comments: Hey Sec, Just want to read your fan mail. 


Name: Lori Kyle Email: I_love_dobes@yahoo.com
Comments: I was too young know about Secretariat during his racing and breeding days. I had heard of him, of course, but other than the fact that he had won the Triple Crown, I knew next to nothing about him. I have always had a deep love of horses and have several of my own that I show in performance. Naturally, through my love of horses, I was drawn to thoroughbred racing. One day before the Belmont was to have run, I saw the ESPN Secretariat special. It had clips of many of his races, including the Triple Crown races. I was completely blown away just watching him run. The amazing moves he made, and the speed at his command was like a bullet out of the gun. From that moment on, I became a huge Secretariat fan, some thirty years after his racing days. I started buying all the Secretariat books I could get my hands on. He was truly a gift from god. I wished I could have seen him in person. 


Name: Trans Nick Email: nick.profit@gmail.om
Comments: Oh, great today’s post! My respects! Write more!

2006 Entries

Name: Janet McBride Email: foreveremilyrose@yahoo.com
Comments: UNFORGETABLE 1973! The Kentucky Derby, how could I ever forget… I was almost 8 yrs. old, that was the day I went running through the living room to see the race but unfortunately only ended up watching the replays of it in the emergency room because I fell and ended up with a compound double fracture to my right arm, Damn that footstool! Thank you “Big Red” for the memories. Always in my heart always missing you! Janet


Name: carl Email: netfreak70@hotmail.com
Comments: This is a fact: there might not be another Secretariat, not for a long while. There’s been some good horses since him, Seattle Slew, Affirmed/Alydar, Lady’s Secret; but anytime people got into the comparing game with Secretariat, saying this horse or that one might be on his level, they always were silenced when Secretariat’s 31-length win in the Belmont was mentioned. The first half of this century had Man O’War; the last half, Secretariat. It is difficult to believe the horse of our lifetime might be twenty plus years behind us now. Maybe this fact only increases the desire for another. This is a quote I came across while looking for info on the one and only Secretariat, what a HERO! R.i.p Big Red, until next time……..


Name: Kristi Email: ireallyhategolf@yahoo.com
Comments: As a little girl in New York, I had the joy of attending the Marlboro Cup at Belmont Race Track when Secretariat and Riva Ridge ran as stablemates. I was mentioned in the Secretariat coffee table book that was published around 1974…I was the little girl at the paddock going nuts as Secretariat was paraded before his fans. I had sent him fan letters, but received kind responses letting me know that because he was only three years old, he couldn’t write yet :D! Later on, as ironic as it may seem, I worked at Hobeau Farm in Ocala Florida in 1975 and excercised Onion, the horse that beat Sec in the Wood Memorial!! The farm was under the guidance of Elmer Hubeck at the time; I’ve heard the farm has since been sold. NEVER has a horse had such an impact on the public as Sec, and never has racing had such a star…Rest In Peace, Sec…it’ll never happen again.


Name: Jessica Newark Email: Hrslover@msn.com
Comments: Secretariat was the greatest race horse that lived and will ever live.Although he wasn’t the fastest race horse and he didn’t win all his races he left us with something greater than money or power. he left us with the memory of a champion and a great horse and he will always be with us.


Name: JAMES D. BERNDT O F BOCA RATON, FLORIDA Email: Jimhorse@bellsouth.net
Comments: I HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY SINCE THE EARLY 1960’S.. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER THERE WERE ONLY TWO GREAT CHAMPIONS IN OUR CENTURY OR TIME… MAN-A-WAR AND SECRETARIAT… MAN-A-WAR’S RECORD’S WILL SHOW A STRIDE FROM HIS FRONT FORE-LEG TO THE SAME FRONT FORE-LEG STRIKING THE GROUND WAS 25 FEET IN DISTANCE….SECRETARIAT’S RECORDED DISTANCE WAS 28 FEET FROM STRIDE TO STRIDE.. ALSO REMEMBER THAT SECRETARIAT HAD A GREAT AMOUNT OF COMPENDIOUSNESS WITH A LOT OF HEART….HE CERTAINLY DID!!!…RECORDS WILL REVEAL THE AUTOPSY OR NECROPSY EXAMINATION REPORT WILL SHOW HIS HEART WEIGHED 18.6 LBS. COMPARED TO THE REGULAR AVERAGE SIZE HEART OF 12.0 LBS FOR A THOROUGHBRED IN TRAINING OR RACING …IF YOU COMPUTERIZED THE TWO HORSES ON A SCREEN IN A RACE, I DO BELIEVE WITHOUT A DOUBT SECRETARIAT WOULD OUT RUN MAN-A-WAR AT ANY DISTANCE, AT ANY TRACK UNDER ANY CONDITION, ON TURF OR DIRT!!!!!!HE WAS A PEOPLE’S HERO. NO ONE HAD TO DO PUBLIC RELATIONS WORK TO PROMOTE HIM…HIS CLASS OR ABILITY..I DO BELIEVE AS A HORSEMAN, SECRETARIAT WAS FAR ABOVE THE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE OF A HORSE..HE COULD COMPREHEND AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN MOST HORSES. I DON’T THINK HE WAS NATURALLY BORN THIS WAY, BUT THE TIME SPENT WITH HIM IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS PAID OFF. ASK PENNY TWEEDY SHE WOULD KNOW!!!!!THERE SHOULD WITHOUT A DOUBT BE A MOVIE MADE OF HIS GREAT LIFE AND SEEN AT THE THEATERS FOR THE PUBLIC!!!!!! ANYONE WHO FEELS A NEED TO CHALLENGE THESE FACTS PLEASE STEP UP AND E_MAIL ME AT Jimhorse@bellsouth.net


Name: James D Berndt Email: Jimhorse@bellsouth.net
Comments: MY CORRECTION OF SPELLING ON THE COMMENTS OF SECRETARIAT…MAN O’ WAR… NOT MAN-A-WAR…THANK YOU


Name: JP Email: jmpdws@att.net
Comments: I am a native Louisvillian and I was 19 yrs. old when Big Red won the KY Derby. I’ve never missed a KY Derby since 1973. What greatness, what fun, and I had a winning ticket! My picture was in the Louisville Courier-Journal the next day. I was standing on a step ladder in the infield! Those were the days. They even spelled my name right. You could bring practically anything into the racetrack back then. Amazing. I still have a copy of the photo and have tried to locate the original from the newspaper recently but they don’t keep many photos for over 30 years! I regret waiting so long to request it. But, I will never forget that day and I will never forget the great Secretariat. I know he’s living large up there in horse heaven and I know I will meet him face to face one day. Talk about wings on your feet…Maybe he’ll give me a ride!


Name: Stormwind Email: Will not say, thank you very much
Comments: Lovely website- my fave!


Name: Sara Kathryn Email: shattucktus@aol.com
Comments: I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS WEBSITE. IT IS SOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!


Name: carl Email: netfreak70@hotmail.com
Comments: Two great accolades about Secretariat just about say it all for me: “As though a mighty oak had fallen, there is an emptiness against the Kentucky sky”. Bye bye big red Virginian. And…There once was a Secretariat, but only once! The greatest of all time. Say’s it all does’nt it? R.I.P Big Red x


Name: Rita C Snyder Email: Rita.Snyder@HAChealthcare.com
Comments: I have followed and loved the BEST HORSE OF ALL TIME: Secretariat – since I was a kid.. I am proud to say that I now own my first racehorse; Sparky’s Serenade ~ and hopefully foaling a new baby race horse of my own – who is BTW out of Secretariat’s female progeny line; which some how is supposed to be better in this pedigree circumstance. Any how, I will God in my corner; will have a Secretariat Grandchild within the next year; RIGHT HERE; so you’all please sqweeze my hands and the hands of my friemds, mentally and physically, and we all be pulling for a poor trailer park girl with no money,,,lot’s of problems…but a BIG dream… WITH EVERYONES HELP AND GOOD THOUGHTS.


Name: Elliot Email: elliot_eversley@hotmail.com
Comments: Just watched the 31 lengther on my 25 Greatest Races DVD, blew me away… Wish I was alive & in the right country when he was around, Elliot, 23, England


Name: Kimberly Cahill Email: Kimberdoodles@aol.com
Comments: I love this site. I added it to my favorites list. I was amazed at how much I learned about Secretariat on this site and plan on coming back to visit the gift shop when my horses allow me to have a little extra money. I own a mare that is a couple of generations down from your wonderful “Mighty-Horse”. Evertime I walk out to the paddock and see her I think of the mighty horses that made her. Thank you for creating such a wonderful site for such a wonderful horse. Kimberly Cahill


Name: hunter Email: twwarnergirl222@aol.com
Comments: i love this website and i love secretaariat. he is my favorite horse of all times!


Name: Kimberly Email: denverdesigner@gmail.com
Comments: The only horse (Bryers) I will not let my twin girls (2 1/2) play with is Secretariat. He inspired me to follow the sport to the point that for my Grad Project for Interior Design I did a TB training facility that included housing for the Jockeys and Trainers. I have a virtual stable and have had one since 2004 to follow the Triple Crown to see who will be the next great thing. The part of Secretariat that stands out the most is the fact his heart was so big, literally and I read one stoy that made cry and it was beautiful. He was beautiful.


Name: DOWN WITH THE SEABUSCIUT! Email: perkhorse@hotmail.com
Comments: DOWN WITH SEABUSCUIT AND UP WITH THE MOST AWSOUME HORSE TO EVER LIVE! AN INFINTY CHEERS FOR SECRETARIANT!


Name: debbie contreras Email: debbie.contreras@worldnet.att.net
Comments: I remember seeing him for the 1st time watching the kentucky derby on tv with my family and thought what a pretty horse he is and was the favorite. dont remember much of the 1st two races but will never forget the belmont stakes when he won by such a large margin. was able to see him in 1978 @ claiborne farms the same day affirmed won the triple crown…I fell in love with this horse..those muscules on him….I was so sad when he died just cried a very long time but have never forgotten the beauty of a beautiful horse..I have the 1st book published after his retirement of his career and still look @ it now and then….I cannot wait to come back to kentucky to see his statue someday soon


Name: Morgan Email: I’m afraid I’ve forgotten!!
Comments: Thank you all for this grand website! Secretariat was a marvellous horse; may he rest in peace. I had never even heard of this sleek athlete before I had visited this site. My favourite racehorses then were Seabiscuit, Phar Lap, and Man o’ War. They were all spectacular, but now I’m thinking I’ve found a new equine favourite! I wish I could’ve seen at least one of his winning races… sadly I wasn’t born in time to see any!! Anywho, thanks to the makers of this site and all those who helped make this site what it is! May Sec rest in peace.


Name: Misty Hagen Email: mistehayz@yahoo.com
Comments: Just wanted you to know that I’ve been in love with horses all my life, but there has rarly ever been times were I have been brought to tears by watching the determination and heart it takes to strive forward and not look back and take over a race with such dominence. The Belmont race just thinking about it makes me overwhelmed with tears and fasination of such a wonderful soul.


Name: will bond Email: LBond85375@AOL.com
Comments: I submitted comments once before, but don’t think I did the computer thing exactly right. I was in Vietnam when he was born and 3 years later watched the Triple Crown races with my new wife Linda. I trained Quarter Horses for the track before being drafted, but never had anything to compare with Big Red. He was the absolute best. I watch his video once a week for inspiration and to reminise. I cry a little and smile a lot. He brings back many fond memories and there are times when it seems like 1973 all over again! I miss him and the spirit he embodied – God bless you and all those who were associated with this special horse.


Name: Sandra Hancock Email: sandrah2222@hotmail.com
Comments: I so well remember watching Big Red run in the triple crown races. I was only 12 yrs old, and I knew this was (horse racing) going to be the passion in my life. I wanted so badly to go to Kentucky and see him, (secratariat)the closest I got was the summer of 89 when I got to drive across the country with a gal I just met to be with a boyfriend who was staying in Cape Cod with his brother, whom wasin the coast guard. I pleaded with her to drive through Kentucky,cause if I was ever going to see him this was my one opportunity. Julie (sic)would not relent. we drove over the top through ILL. I had a miserable time on the Cape. and eventually had to take an emergency ride home on a Greyhound Bus.Forget The miserable time I had, I only knew that my opportunity to see Secretariat had been taken away from me like a Bully stealing a brand new bike from me the day after I got it for my birthday.Later that month when I was (at)my boyfriends house, the tv was on, which it so rarily was, I heard the news come on, and the announcer come on to say, That an era has come to an end Secretaiat,The Big Red Horse, who had stolen our hearts and gave us our dreams has died. As the news showed clips of his Triple Crown races, I started to bawl. I had seen him on tv but he grabbed my heart and gave me a dream. My Dream. The only thing in this world that I am still so passionate about. Tears were rolling down my cheeks as I continued to watch thenews reel. My BF said whats the matter Sandra? It was only a Horse. I answered,” But he was ” THEE HORSE”, and I had missed my chance to touch my dream. Needless to say I broke up with that guy. I went on to have a beautiful little girl who is crazy about horses as I am. I never have made it to Kentucky. Would still like to very much. My heart is there , and every time I watch a rerun of him in all his glory, winning that third leg, I cry, without fail. I wish Breyer Model Horse company would remake a new model of Secrariat, the one they have is of NO JUSTICE to the MOSTEST HOSS THAT EVA WAS.” The best pose would be of Secratariat in that full length leaping for the moon stride that you will never see the likes of on any other horse. Photogragpher Ted Cook captured it best at the start of the Kentucky Derby. Yall know which one I,m talking about. Poster {life size) would be nice. GOD BLESSED PENNY TWEEDY, aka HELEN CHENERY I am glad for you ^^^^ sincerely, Sandra Hancock P.O. Box 7603 Boise Idaho 83709


Name: Cynthia Stewart Email: cks17@att.net
Comments: I was eleven years old when my grandmother and I watched Secretariat win the triple crown. From the moment I saw him at the Kentucky Derby I knew he was something special.When he won the Belmont by 31 lengths I was awestruck. (When I watch the race today, I still have the same feeling.) In the summer of 2004, my husband and I visited the Kentucky Horse park and Claiborne farm. As I placed flowers on Secretariat’s grave, I made up my mind that I was going to finally realize my lifelong dream and have a chestnut thoroughbred of my own.After many months of research I found the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation website. Every day I would look at the horses avaliable for adoption.Finally my prayers were answered! In August 2005 I found a 5 yr. old chestnut gelding who just so happens to be Secretariat’s great-grandson. His name is Orion Red. He raced until August 2004 at which time the TRF took possession of him. I immediately filled out the adoption paperwork and on August 13, 2005, Orion Red came to live with me! Not only did my dream of 32yrs come true, but I was able to give a second chance to a wonderful horse. We ride on trails together and every time I’m in the saddle, I still say the same thing I said the first time I rode him, “GOD IS SOOO GOOD!!!!”


Name: dawn ramagli Email:
Comments: Ms. Tweedey, Your horse was my hero. I have excelled ever since because of him. I do not have the time to compose what he deserved and also to you. He defined greatness and power and beauty and you defined class,manners, and graciousness. One of the most poignant memories of my childhood was not Nixon resigning, but Ms. Tweedey (you ma’m) retiring him on the plane. It was not hope, although for my father’s generation perhaps it was (Korean War Vet), it just what what was expected–greatness and humility walking calmly off into the future. Thank you for that,both of you. I did continue with horses, Big Red pushed me to be the best I could be, but marriage, college etc.., deterred me. I excelled but did not ever have the inate talent to be great: the ablillity, the desire, the love of sport, the will to win was in me, but not the greatness, which is only bestowed sparingly, was not mine. You were/are the custodian of all that we wish for, want for are children, made the miracle happen which he did in the Belmont. I am not a sportswriter, Chic Anderson said it all and perfectly so, its’ our heritage, our greatness. Thank you Ms. Tweedey for preserving that for all of us, you conserved all your horse’s greatness with class and dignity. You are as great a Lady as Secretariat is as racehorse. He will never be gone and neither will you, Ms. Penney Tweedey. Sincerely, Dawn Ramagli My mother’s family is from the south, a visit was allowed for me to see Secretariat at Claiburne(long after he went to stud). It was on a Sunday, he had been turned out all day, muddy, scruffy, and just like any other stallion(well perhaps,not just like any other stallion)not really wanting to be bothered, Iwas allowed to take him out of stall ,Riva was next to him, Ma’am , I have been raised with Quarter horses and some TB’s as my fathers incomes varied(racehorses) But what a horse, the emotion was overwhelming, I just hugged him crying. this was the horse that did it all. He shall have his own archives . Then I will compose my recollections properly and recount how much it meant, Secretariat is a national icon, I know Ihugged history that day, but most i just hugged my hero. This is not proper. One last addition, any other stud would have ripped me apart,or at least tried, not Sec, he was not that old, the man I asked about told me he takes it all in stride. What more can be said, he took it all in stride . I was in college when he passed, I as did all the world paused,something great was gone. What can we do but send 2dozen hybrid tea Red roses, the best, but not the greatest. Thank you both. And cry.


Name: Barbara H. Moore Email: bhmoore@charter.net
Comments: The answer to the greatest athlete in history according to me,Secretariat. Thank you for the site, gracious of you as we would say in The South.


Name: constance l bennett Email: bandl20002001@yahoo.com
Comments: Hello, I watched Secretariat run the Triple Crown races years ago and it is one of my favorite, most cherished memories. Never had I seen anything like it before or since, and feel priviledged to have witnessed his greatness, live, as it happened. His spirit….well we all should have even a little of it, and when they say he can make grown men cry, I have no doubt of that. I am wondering if there is a replica of him somewhere in Louisville, perhaps at the museum, that we can visit. I am curious as to where he is buried, any information would be appreciated. My husband and I hope to visit Louisville in May or June of this year. Thank you very much, Constance L Bennett Spencerport, NY


Name: Morgan M Parker Email: Mabbryfl@hotmail.com
Comments: You were an inspiration and a true champion. You are a legend that people will never,ever forget. The only words I can think of are ” you were just awesome”. You give us a ray of hope that someday we can be at peace with ourselves to realize that you are gone but not forgotten. God Bless you, thoughts of you are never far from our minds. Morgan M Parker


Name: Morgan M Parker Email:
Comments: You were an inspiration and a true champion. You are a legend that people will never,ever forget. The only words I can think of are ” you were just awesome”. You give us a ray of hope that someday we can be at peace with ourselves to realize that you are gone but not forgotten. God Bless you, thoughts of you are never far from our minds. Morgan M Parker


Name: Callie Hughes Email: cindyhughes3@netzero.net
Comments: I love your trivia quiz!i got 41 out of 81 from,calie H.Hughes p.s i love horses!i study horses!i loved learnig about SECRETARIAT!:)i even cut out pictures and write down info about horses then make a notebook about it.i have 6 noteboos i made!got to go.Bye


Name: Sadie Email: whitejaq@aol.com
Comments: I still get goosebumps when I think about Secretariat winning the Triple Crown in 1973. I was 19 years old, and I watched the races on TV with my aunt. I felt fortunate to be able to witness those wins, even though I couldn’t be there in person. You could actually see the will to win in his eyes. Secretariat was probably the most amazing athlete of the 20th Century. I’m not really a horse nut, but remembering those races is still thrilling.


Name: Michael Seabridge Email: cbridge@capital.net
Comments: Having lived horses my entire life and currently a professional farrier for 30 years. I am still moved every time his name is mentioned or a comparison is made. I was 21 years old and just starting my career in horseshoeing and was on top of the world. When the country and the world were reveling in his triple crown victory all my friends and clients would remark “how would you like to shoe him” my answer was always “if only I could my life would be complete” Mrs.Cherney I would like to tell you a story of a horse I own presently, a throughbred named Pinky’s Thunder by Thunder Puddles out of a mare named Pacific Pink. He is a distant relitive of Secretariat. The simalarities in conformation and color are astounding. However the racing accomplishments are not, Pinky was not afforded good speed or stamina. He broke his maiden at Aquaduct and never won another race. How we came together is very interesting and A great story for horse lovers. If you were to see him and interact with Pinky you may be surprised how much he would remind you of the great Secretariat. I say that knowing alot of personality traits that I have read about Secretariat. I am in no way suggesting that Pinky is near the specimen or in any way equal, but to me I can only imagine what Big Red meant to you because I know what Pinky means to me. Thank you for continueing the legend of the great SECRETARIAT


Name: anna Email: ride4ever16@comcast.net
Comments: why hello. secretariat is a brilliant racer, he is a legend and i pay homage to him in my household everyday. he is just such an inspiration to all, and he just fascinates me. i can never learn enough about him, being the spectactular racer he was. sincerely, yolanda


Name: Joe Malheiro Email: joemalheiro@aol.com
Comments: I remember well, the Monday after the Derby was run in ’73 the trainer of 4th place finisher “FOREGO’having lunch with some friends said loud and clear: I’ll never run against “SECRETARIAT’ again “its just impossible to run against that Animal he will break Horse’s heart out” so He did…True vision of a Horseman. Forego went on to be tne Handicap Horse of the ’70s and Horse of the year a couple times I think.But the real “CHAMPION WAS BIG RED NAMED SECRETARIAT” Thanks for the Memories “BIG BOY” as Penny use to call Him! JM


Name: Jamie L Williamson Email: jamie.williamson@technocel.com
Comments: Secretariat has had the biggest impact on my life when it comes to horses. He was doubted and over came. He helped me believe in my heart that I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to.


Name: Robert Email:
Comments: I am from Australia and remember Secretariat’s deeds very well. Whilst we have had great thoroughbreds here, Secretariat is trully the outstanding horse. It was a thrill to see the way he destroyed the other horses winning by many lengths. We need another one.


Name: Christine Bachor Email: christinebachor@verizon.com
Comments: I grew up loving horses and was able to start riding at the age of 6. My father also loved horses, but only for the wrong reasons–gambling. I grew up in NJ, went to a riding acadamy for 5 yrears (couldn’t get any higher in the program as I went to the top), but went to Monmouth park everyday during the summer while my father bet and I handicapped. I was able to see “BIG RED” in the summer of 73. He was the most magnificent animal I had ever seen in my short lifetime, yet his memory stayed with me forever. As a wedding gift in 1984 my new husband had bought me one of Secretariat’s fillies who had never been raced but been bred to be a.hunter/jumper. She was dark bay, 16.2 and a great performance horse with a great personality. She was the sweetest mare I ever owned. Long story short, I was mugged and assaulted while working (pharmacist) in the parking lot, and it was this wonderful mare who brought me out of a wheel chair that I had spent over a year in. Not only that but she gave me my most precious gift, a colt , a Dutch Warmblood whose sire was Sebastiaan from Iron Spring Farm, Pa. The owner of the farm, Mary Alice Malone may be a name familiar to you as he is the heir to Campbell Soup. My colt was the last from her sire as he expired when my colt was just 6 mos. old. I cried when I heard that “Big Red” had passed away. I cry when I think about why he died from “laminitis” as it is a condition that is so preventable. I cry when I see former footage of this country’s hero. I cry now because I love him so and miss him. As we begin Kentucky Derby week, I will cry when I see this fabulous superstar from old film footage and remember the day when I was actually able to see him in real life. As a certified e


Name: Christine Bachor Email: christinebachor@verizon.net
Comments: I loved “big Red” when I saw him in real life in 1973. I cried for weeks when I had learned that he had died, especially from a condition that is so preventable. This is Kentucky Derby week, I will cry when I see hif footage from his past racing, his photos of days of old. I cry now as I write because I loved him and he should have had more years to run in the fields and play. I cry because we lost our “hero”.


Name: Terri May Email: tmmay73@hotmail.com
Comments: MY HERO, SECRETARIAT! I LOVE WATCHING THE REPLAYS OF “BIG RED”. I WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN HIM RUN LIVE, BUT I WAS BEING BORN AS HE WAS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE AT THE BELMONT BY 31 LENGTHS ON JUNE 9,1973. I LOVED SECRETARIAT BEFORE I KNEW HE WON THE “TRIPLE CROWN” ON MY BIRTHDAY. I GREW UP JUST A COUPLE OF BLOCKS FROM CHURCHILL DOWNS. AT 12, I WOULD GET A GROCERY CART AND ASK “DERBY GOERS” IF I COULD PUSH THEIR COOLERS(OF BEER)TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE INFIELD GATE FOR $$. AT 15, I STARTED WORKING AT THE TRACK IN THE KITCHEN AND THEN MOVED TO THE STAKES ROOM WHERE I MET MANY JOCKEYS AND THEIR WIVES,TRAINERS,OWNERS,etc. MY FAMILY GREW UP ON “HORSE TALK”. AT ONE POIMT, ME AND 4 OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WORKED AT THE TRACK(MILLIONARES ROLL). MY BROTHERS CAN’T BELIEVE THEIR LITTLE SISTER KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT SECRETARIAT,BUT I’VE ALWAYS DONE MY HOMEWORK ON HIM. MY BEDROOM IS DONE ENTIRELY IN SECRETARIAT. FROM PICTURES TO THE LIGHT COVERS TO BOBBLE HEADS. SECRETARIAT—BY FAR—THE BEST HORSE EVER


Name: Carrie Email: lefty@leftyweb.net
Comments: Secretariat is one of my favorite thoroughbreds – The others – Man’O’War, the original Big Red – Seattle Slew who is the only horse in history to win the Triple Crown undefeated, and Charismatic, the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. I believe Charismatic would have won the Belmont had it not been for the fractured foreleg (he still finished 3rd). I have a hard time remembering back to 1973, as I was not quite 6 years-old when Secretariat set the world on fire. I have the Raymond G Wolfe, Jr book on Secretariat, and read it at least once a year. It is a great book with some excellent pictures and information on Secretariat. Secretariat had a presence all his own. Secrtariat remains on the top of the heap, as his records have not been beaten in the 33 years since he set them. That is the testament to his greatness. We are still waiting for another Triple Crown winner (the last was 1978 – Affirmed), I think it will be quite awhile before we see anything to equal Secretariat. As a horse lover and a major fan of thoroughbred racing, it is hard for me to limit my favorites to one horse, but Secretariat is at the top of my list. I am adding Lawyer Ron (2006 Derby contender) to my list. Check out his video footage and still photos. He displays a similar power and intelligence. Secretariat fans will see the similarities I refer to. I have given away the yard stick that I use to judge race horses! Secretariat is my yard stick!


Name: Sarah Lafayette Email: sarahal1965@yahoo.com
Comments: I was only 6 yrs old when I began my love for the horses, and discovered the most majestic equine to grace this great sport! Secretariat was amazing and mesmerizing. He took my breath away then, and even today @ 40 yrs of age, I still get the same feeling reading about his accomplishments, looking at his photos..He was greatness!


Name: Kimberly Rock Email: rockmon315@comcast.net
Comments: The most beautiful and powerful racehorse to ever grace the turf! I love and will always remember him as long as I live. He was one of a kind and there will never, ever be another like him! YOUR MEMORY LIVES ON FOREVER, BIG RED!


Name: racar Email: rac@truevine.net
Comments: Just skimmed Dorothy Ours new book on ManOWar and found it saturated in hypotheticals and ‘expert’ opinion dressed as fact. After finishing, one would think that he was an invincible god capable of anything. Though she writes very well, her presentation is a bit unprofessional and streched, really not worth the reading. Have a nice day.


Name: LTrelease Email:
Comments: I am a public school teacher who incorporates the love of Secreatariat into my curriculum every year during the first week of May. My students never leave my classroom without knowing the importance of such a great horse as Secretariat. I am always asked by my innocent, simple, naive, media-fed high school students, “If Secretariat was so great, how come there isn’t a movie about him like Seabiscuit?” I honestly reply, “Because there is not a horse alive that could play his part in the film. Seabiscuit was easy to cast, but no horse will ever have the overwhelmingly athletic frame and impressive nature that Secretariat had.” He can not be replicated.


Name: Pat Finnegan Email: joshuasfan@myway.com
Comments: Greetings! Since today is Kentucky Derby Day, I thought I’d do a Google search about the great Secretariat….and I found this awesome site! I was 19 years old when he won the Triple Crown. And my eyes still well up with tears, when I watch his incredible win at the Belmont! Big Red is the greatest horse I will ever see in my lifetime! We might have other Triple Crown winners….but there will never EVER be another Secretariat! (NOTE to Constance Bennett: Big Red is buried at Claiborne Farms in Kentucky. You can see photos of his grave at www.findagrave.com. Just thought you’d want to know….I hope you can go visit his grave this year! ) Keep up the great work on this site–I’ll pass it on to my eldest sister, who is a big horse-nut. THANKS!


Name: Laura Kenney Email: mochagirl61@hotmail.com
Comments: I loved Secretariat. I was 12 when he won the Triple Crown, and in later years, my parents took me to Claiborne Farm often to see both him and Riva Ridge. I moved to New York in 1985, but still devoured anything I ever saw printed about him. When he died, I cried! I still miss him, and I’ve brought my own daughter up on stories of him – what a wonderful horse he was! He will never have an equal. God bless you Secretariat and everyone connected to him. Thank you for all the happy memories!


Name: Jackie Turta Email: threejaze@telus.net
Comments: I was 9 years old when i watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown and it will be forever etched in my memory…What an awesome feat !! I truly believe there will never be another horse like him. May he rest in peace up in that big racetrack up in the sky.


Name: simon & liz blake Email: simonb@searscarpet.com
Comments: Having just watched the Kentucky Derby I am reminded of the Great Secretariat and tears fill my eyes. Such power such perfection oh my, The Great Secretariat. Simon


Name: pat buchanan Email: pbuchanan@hotmail.com
Comments: I personally was at the 1973 preakness.I was 12 years old and had been to that track so many times before with my father.I can remember the derby as well, though i didn’t attend.My father and mother had gone to kentucky to see it-although we kids thought dad was going hunting in kentucky .anyhow, i can remember the awesome slices of pizza and cola there.(i was 12).my dad came back from betting and sat down beside me.he then reached down and stuffed a bunch of tickets in his shoe.Remember, this was 1973-and although my father was a colonel in the army, he had 6 kids.now i’ve hit a few tri’s and super’s in my time that paid over 5-6-7 grand.but he won over 3 grand in that race.i think he told me he cashed 28 tickets.I KNOW THIS—I AM TRULY A SECRETARIAT FAN.ask anyone who tells me they know the greatest horse of all time.i know-i don’t guess.and i know the greatest salesman of all time could never convince me i did not stand 30 feet away from THE HORSE OF ALL RACEHORSES(PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.) Thank you for letting me say that,pat buchanan.


Name: Talia Gammill Email:
Comments: I wasnt even born until 1982 but my hole life I have been intrigued by horses, and as I grew older became engulfed in the world of racing mainly the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. I think I have read just about everything on these races since they began. However none have grabbed me as much as the Secretariat story. How could a horse be so magnificent. I only wish that I had been around during his reign. I just love watching clips of his Triple Crown runnings, and I only hope that in my lifetime there will be another horse that may be as magnificent as he.


Name: Heather Email:
Comments: Wow Secretariat is my #1 favorite horse ever. I never was alive when he was around for i wasnt born till 1992. My grandpa first told me about your “super horse” and i was amazed escpally after he told me about his total domination in the Belmont! You must have felt so blessed to have such a wonderful horse and Secretariat has made me belive mabe i could have a horse like him… that would be a dream come true. To have a tall majestic red chestnut stallion who put up a fight and gave it his heart to win every race. My grandpa told me about visting the farm where Big Red retired he said he was breath taking and full of energy… its a shame he died at 19 do i never got the pleasure of seeing such a wonderful horse you where truely blessed. i hope Big Red is in heaven cantering around and living happily. I want u to know that your horse made an impression on me and touched my heart and i wasnt even alive when he was alive so i can only imagne how much he touched your heart.


Name: Horsemissy Email: horsemissy@optonline.net
Comments: Hi! I have never seen Secretariat race, as I was born way after he raced, but I am totally inspired by him.He was an amazing horse and he did amazing things. I had wished that he had lived longer, but that was not the case. I hope that Ms. Penny Tweedy realizes how lucky she is to have owned a wonder horse. I hope we will have another Triple Crown winner, but none will be like the 1973 Triple Crown, that was won by a racing god.


Name: Joseph DiGianni Email: JDiGianni@syratech.com
Comments: I am not a great horse racing enthusiast-but I do enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont-just to see if I can see a Triple Crown Winner. Etched in my memory is that Saturday in 1973 when Secretariat came around that far turn and turned on all the jets. I was alone in the house, but I was jumping up and down like a kid-although I was 41 at the time. I was actually yelling and crying at the same time-I knew history was being made, I knew I was watching one of the greatest horses of all time. Everytime The Belmont is run-I hope they show Secretariat’s race again-I never tire of watching it. He lifted up the whole country on that day-truly a remarkable feat for an animal.


Name: Hebe Navarro Email: HebeNavarro@firehousemail.com
Comments: What a horse that’s all that has to be said.I saw him run the Kentuckey Derby in 1973 as many did. And now I’m 46 years old and still think he is the best Athlete that ever graced this earth by far, I even have one of my pass codes in my computer in his name.What a great @##$%% horse. It did crush me today to see that happen to Barbaro(what a shame,what a shame) I whish them good luck. I’m so happy that you and your people have kept this great Athletes name alive. Thanks for all the great pictures and memories. P.S I have been a horse lover and owner for a long time. Sincerely, Hebe Navarro Gilroy, Ca.


Name: Richard Brooks,jr. Email: sunlifejob@verizon.net
Comments: It’s so nice to be able to share in the glory with Secretariat via this site.I was only four when he made history, but have alway’s been a huge fan!


Name: Christian L. Dunville Email: xianleigh@earthlink.net
Comments: It’s the day after the Preakness where Barbaro, tragically broke down. Barbaro was the first horse since the mighty Secretariat who was absolutely thrilling to wath race. What a sad finish to a career, a terrible spectacle. Please add your hopes and prayers to mine that the veteranarians will be able to save his life.


Name: C. S. Mellons Email: scottyn2000@hotmail.com
Comments: I was born 9 years after Secretariat made history, but my mother always told me about him. I live in Kentucky and Secretariat around here is equivelant to Abe Lincoln. I wish I could have seen him in person. What an athlete! I watch the Triple Crown every year hoping to see another winner-another Secretariat. I know in my heart my hope of seeing another Secretariat is all in vain, but I think it’s what makes the sport so much fun; adds the excitement. As Barbaro was running and leading up to the Preakness before his horrible accident, I am convinced as he busted through that gate before the other horses that this was about as close to Secretariat as I was ever going to see, Barbaro himself being worthy now of legendary status. I ask all Secretariat fans to pray for Barbaro to make a full and speedy recovery. Somehow I think old “Big Red” would want it that way. God Bless.


Name: Donald Email: winntrader@yahoo.com
Comments: A wonderful Champion


Name: Madeline Email: read1ride2@yahoo.com
Comments: Hi I am 12 years old and I did a school report on Secretariat. I was thrilled to discover this site because this had so much information. I would love to email w/ other Secretariat Fans my email is read1ride2@yahoo.com. Thank You


Name: Barbara Carlson Email: Bachiyr@yahoo.com
Comments: Just love Secretariat and always have since I was very young and watched his amazing races. I would like to see a movie made about his life.


Name: Justin DuBose Email: justin_z_dubose@msn.com
Comments: What else can you say that hasn’t already been witnessed by history? He was a champion, in the purest sense of the word, untouchable by any competitors. Secretariat was, and always will be, one of the greatest champions in ALL sports for ALL of time.


Name: Jean Email: Jetsmoke@hotmail.com
Comments: Here was the greatest horse in my life time. No matter where I am, this horse can always bring me to tears. I remember him winning the races, watching them on tv, never getting enough knowledge about him. He was so incredable, so handsome. There is such romance that goes along with racing and this horse truly captured my heart. I plan to travel to the horse park to see this amazing new bronze of the horse the captured America’s heart and has never let it go. Thank you ” Big Red “, for the beautiful memories I’ll carry with me forever!


Name: RUTH A Heiser Email: ruthh3@verizon.net
Comments: What a wonderful champion he was!!!!I am honored to have watched him race.


Name: Gary Wells Email: GWells3883@yahoo.com
Comments: I still get chills down my spine everytime I recall witnessing “Big Red” win the Triple Crown and the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths on June 9, 1973. We all got to see the fastest 1 and 1/2 miles ever run by a thoroughbred at the same time. I sincerely doubt this record will ever be broken!!!


Name: Gary Wells Email: GWells3883@yahoo.com
Comments: Secretariat comments continued: Many people do not realize that Secretariat holds six or seven track records and world records in 3 different distances. On the day of the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat’s quarter mile times actually broke the world records for 1 and 1/8 mile, 1 and 1/4 mile, and set the world record for 1 and 1/2 miles at 2:24 flat, with an average of only 12 second fractions known as “a perfect 12 clip” in horse terminolgy. He broke his record of 1:59 2/5 in the Kentucky Derby with a time of 1:59 flat for 1 and 1/4 miles. Only one other horse has run a sub 2 minute Kentucky Derby, to this day, and that was Monarchos at 1:59.97 in 2001. “Big Red” was the greatest, without question.


Name: rac Email:
Comments: In Memory of Secretariat and Other Great Equine Athletes Let the wingless angels fly the link to ancient battle cries; Courage, will, grace, and fleet in moments too short, the equine athlete; A king arises, blessed with heart a willing soul, in battle sharp; In effortless wonder, he strides the earth to enwrap our fields within his girth till forces demand he relent and age whispers his descent; Such ones dwell in song and poem to etch in stone a memorial wing in memories long and in children’s dreams till Time raises another king. rac… support the ‘exceller fund’


Name: Sandra Email: sandradearie@cox.net
Comments: I was 17 years old and had just graduated from high school when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. Those two events will always be together in my memory. Big Red will ALWAYS be the champion, the horse with whom all others strive to compare. I hope we see another Triple Crown winner soon, but none will ever match the heart and soul of Secretariat. I will always love you, Secretariat!


Name: Jamie Hurtt Email: jamiehurtt@alltel.net
Comments: I have been watching video clips of secretariat winning the belmont and got goose bumps when I saw his performance. I have never seen such a racing machine before.He was the “greatest”,or the Muhamid Ali of horse racing.


Name: joe alexander Email: pa77407@hotmail.com
Comments: I THINK THE GREATEST HORSE THAT EVER LIVED. EVERY YEAR THE KENTUCKY IS RAN NOBODY COMES CLOSE HIS RECORD. I HOPE NOBODY EVER DOES. THANK YOU JOE


Name: karsen Email: karseeboo93@hotmail.com
Comments: I love your website and Secretariat, he was quite a catch his 31 length belmont makes me prouder than if he was my own horse,I dont ever thik any horse will ever compare to that big red horse, i love to read about him and his record timings. Hopfully when I ride my mount in the 3 triple crown races i can wi n the big one for the big red.


Name: Rachel Email: horse_luver369
Comments: Secretariat is my hero! he was the greatest racehorse of ALL time to me! Thank you soo much!


Name: Laura Email: l.albanese@sbcglobal.net
Comments: My brother, Jeff, has loved and attended many Kentucky Derby’s in his lifetime. To this day, Secretariat has always been his favorite horse. He always tells me he loved Secretariat’s heart and spirit. Jeff turns 40 in June. We love your heart and spirit, too, Jeff!!! Love your big Sis, Laura


Name: rac poem Email: rac@truevine.net
Comments: In Memory of Secretariat and Other Great Equine Athletes/// Let the wingless angels fly the link to ancient battle cries; Courage, will, grace, and fleet in moments too short, the equine athlete; A king arises, blessed with heart a willing soul, in battle sharp; In effortless wonder, he strides the earth to enwrap our fields within his girth till forces demand he relent and age whispers his descent; Such ones dwell in song and poem to etch in stone a memorial wing in memories long and in children’s dreams till Time raises another king. /// support ‘the exceller fund’


Name: Rocket Email:
Comments: This site is great. I love Secretariat. I’ve studied him for a while and have loads of pics of him. He’s awsome so keep up the good work and maybe a new horse will come and remind us of Secretariat.


Name: Gabe Nelson Email: gnelso2002@yahoo.com
Comments: I Don’t watch or follow horse racing, nor was I old enough at the time. But, Secretariat is one horse I sure would’ve loved to have watched.


Name: George Durso Sr Email: gdurso80@yahoo.com
Comments: I HAVE WATCHED MANY PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES IN MY LIFE, BUT SECRETARIAT IS THE ONE THAT HAS TOUCHED ME THE MOST.


Name: dennis hoffmann Email: trenadh@cox.net
Comments: THE IMMORTALS>>>>PRESLEY,DEAN,MONROE,SECRETARIAT……THANKS FOR THE MEMORY


Name: Barbaralee Breen Email: threeceltichorse@aol.com
Comments: The 1973 Triple Crown was the first horse race I ever watched and have been a fan of Big Red since. I have had the priviledge of owning a grnadson of his who not only raced but was a wonderful show jumper and looked like his famous grandsire. Secretariat will live in the hearts and minds of all who love horses forever.


Name: rac Email:
Comments: FYI: a new book on secretariat is being released in sept 06…entitled “The Horse God Built; Secretariat, His Groom, Their Legacy”…by Lawrence Scanlan, a Canadian writer. Supposed to be about the relationship between Eddy Sweat and the colt. Publisher is Harper-Collins i believe…


Name: Pat Jackson Email: pat10552003@yahoo.com
Comments: I had just graduted high school when this magnifecent animal won the triple crown.I have been a fan of horses and this sport for the past 20 years and find his story so inspirational.It is exciting every year to see if there is another horse like him. He is trully a hero and a legend, thankyou for sharing his story.


Name: yvette patrick Email: yvettepatrick@hotmail.com
Comments: I am not a horse person by nature. But after I watched the Belmont Stakes in 1973, EVERY year of the Belmont since, I pray they will show Secretariat’s magnificant run of that race. Usually, I am disappointed. (is it possible to get a copy of that race!) Watching it then, and to this day, makes me weep….it was one of the greatest performances by ANY athlete I was privileged to see. The injury to Barbaro affected me, as the world. These animals are so magnificent and only live to run. I appreciate and thank them and all are dedicated to their care. Thank you Secretariat, “Big Red”…every time I watch any Triple Crown race, but especially the Belmont, I think of you. You were the very best and I will always remember your giant heart. Yvette Patrick


Name: kalin Email: leesangelgurl@verizon.net
Comments: when you said that big red was not the best racer man o war was well i got something to say to you that is complete crud. i am 14 years old from new jersey and my father is one of the bigest big red fans i have ever seen. and then u have the audacity to come on to his site and bad mouth him well thats just disgraceful.


Name: Kim Miller Email: bkimmiller@comcast.net
Comments: As a ten year old, I watched his Triple Crown performances, and to this day, the words “Secretariat is widening now – he is moving like a TREMENDOUS MACHINE!” can still bring tears to my eyes. Even as a small child, I knew that I was watching something that most of us will never see again. When I learned of his passing, I cried as if I’d lost an old and dear friend. There have been great horses since him, and there will be others, but there is only one Secretariat – and for those of us who grew up with him, he will always be our horse!


Name: Tanya Zywotchenko Email: NYRealtorz@aol.cpm
Comments: Big Red has made me fall in love with horses and in the racing industry !!! I live in NY and NEVER miss the Belmont Stakes.. I someday hope to be able to get to the FAMOUS KY Derby !!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU


Name: Rick Skoglund Email: rardogrick@aol.com
Comments: I followed Secretariats career with great passion. I was able to take some great photos on Marlboro Cup day. I was at Saratoga when the Onion defeated him, I have his retirement medal from Aqueduct. I followed Ladys Secrets’s career also. Either you get it or you don’t. He was magnificent.


Name: Jim Gaffney…;o) Email: bigredjg@aol.com
Comments: I was 37 when I first got on Secretariat and from that moment on I just loved everything about him. He did not have to walk past me twice ..as it WAS love at first sight. He was a in a class all of his own and he really did not let it go to his head. He loved people, he loved life, he loved to run, he loved the Flamingos at Hialeah he loved his retirement years on the farm, he loved all of those nice mares that he met, he loved all the people that would come and give him treats.. He was such a trooper and a real pleasure to ride and I will always love him and he has a place in my heart called the “Secretariat Room”. THANKS FOR THE RIDE BIG RED ..and thank all of you wonderful people for your nice comments that I have been reading on this page. Im sure the red flame will be burning at that race track up in the sky and around the world forever. Thanks again RED. Love you, Jim Gaffney


Name: Beth Email: BARS93@hvc.rr.com
Comments: I wrote something about Secretariat that i would like to share. “When you look at Secretariat on the outside you saw a gentle and kind race horse. But when you looked in his eyes you saw somethin different, you saw that he really did have a heart worth of gold. When he died the whole world went into a great mourn because their beloved champion died. Just like they said when Man O’ War died ‘Our big horse just died.’ Everyone saw Secretariat or they heard about him and they all loved him. Secretariat was remembered in everyone’s minds but most of all in their hearts. He left the imprint of his hoof on every race track and he also left the imprint of his hoof on our hearts. Secretariat gave everything he had to win a race, expecially the Belmont. Today we don’t remember him as a race horse who won the Triple Crown, we remember him as a friend.” I never got to see Secretariat because I am only 13 years old. But this is how I feel about him. Beth


Name: Candace Richardson Email: cj_richardson99@yahoo.com
Comments: As always, at this time of year, Secretariat is in my heart. I was fortunate to be able to watch him through his races as a 3 year old and knew at once that he was a very special horse. Just wanted to wish those connected with him the best. You were blessed to have him and to share him with us. Sincerely, Candace Richardson


Name: Jackie Johnson Email: wvmoonsister@yahoo.com
Comments: I was only a teenager that spring of 1973 when I watched Big Red run like the wind, right into the history books and also right into our hearts…to remain there forever. Whenever I watch the footage of the Belmont Stakes and see Secretariat I am still amazed at what an amazing legend Secretariat was then and still is now. I cried when I heard the news in 1989 that Secretariat was gone but I know he is running right now…running like the wind…and he is happy. Rock on Secretariat!! You will live in my heart forever…Jackie


Name: william delnegro jr. Email: dyanidakotah@yahoo.com
Comments: i am a 52 yr.old fan of racing for many,many years with a 14 yr.old daughter who is just as crazy as i am. to this day i tear up every time i see a picture of big red, and my daughter always asks why. the answer is always the same, the beauty,power, speed and grace of such a champion is a once in a lifetime gift from god, and it saddens me that i never got to see him in the flesh. i have seen all of his wondrous races over and over and am still to this day amazed by his almost supernatural performances. i do someday plan a trip to the derby and also a trip to see the resting place of not only one of ,if not the best horse to ever race, but of one of the most gifted atheletes of all times. thank you red for all the fond memories of a short career and an all too short life.


Name: shawn mckelvey Email: shawntiller@hotmail.com
Comments: I just wanted to say thank you. Secretariat turned me on to horse racing as a 7yo child and I have loved it ever since. I feel that this big, red horse was the most amazing animal that has ever run in the sport. I was thrilled when Secretariat was named #35 in the ESPN 100 greatest athletes (and the only animal to be named no less). I have several books about this beloved horse and have just ordered the DVD and cannot wait to receive it. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of the day that the Magnificent Secretariat had to be euthanized. It just broke my heart and still does after all these years. Again, thank you…. For the memories, the inspiration, the dreams and the desires that you have stirred in my soul. Secretariat will always be remembered and always missed. There will be no other like him. shawn mckelvey


Name: Susie Kehl Email: Brkskjt@aol.com
Comments: Hello to all Secretariat fans out there!! I was wondering if anyone else shares my obsession on Derby Day. It doesn’t really matter to me who wins the race, but I always pray that Secretariat’s track record will stand every Derby Day. I know it may fall one of these years, but I like to think that the “Racing Gods” are rewarding him for giving everyone such hope back in 1973. Long live 1:59 2/5!!!!!


Name: not available Email: not available
Comments: Hi! I love secretariat and was wondering if he was a male.Penny, your so lucky to own him!Thanks!


Name: not available Email: not available
Comments: hi!!!!! I love secretariat and own 6 horses of my own.I own 3 race horses named Blaze, Barney, AND THE BEST, AND THE BEST, AND THE BEST, AND THE BEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTT, A.B.E ya! I’m only 11, Yaaaa! a young horse owner and race horse trainer. by by!


Name: Therese Email: tyedyed14@yahoo.com
Comments: What a priveledge to be able to step back in time, and watch the wonderful gift that Secretariat was to the people, to the sport, and to the world. A magnificent, and once-in-a-lifetime kind of horse. Looking back at these archives bring many tears of joy, thanks, and appreciation. You were truely the Greatest…EVER. Thanks for the memories, Sec, and RIP.


Name: Biff Email: bailsman@verizon.net
Comments: I was 19 when a magnificent four legged creature, not a man, stirred my soul and left me with a feeling that I may have been blessed to witness the finest athelete of my lifetime. 33 years later, my interest in Secretariat has, for reasons I don’t understand, been rekindled and the feelings of awe have sprung back to life. I’ve watched his running of the 3 legs of the Triple Crown for the first time since 1973 and felt the same knot in my stomach, tension in my neck and watery eyes I’d felt as a teenager. I sat with my wife and my own college aged children and witnessed the same amazed expressions on their faces as I know I showed many years ago. Whether it was the day of the actual race, 33 years later or 100 years from now, watching Secretariat surging around the competition at an incredible rate of speed on the first turn during the Preakness, or watching him steadily pulling away from Sham and the rest of field at the Belmont, it is apparent that he was an athelete bigger than life and a creature who could perform at a level that I doubt I will witness again in my lifetime.


Name: christin kreuder”not available” he he Email: Digitalhorses@hotmail.com
Comments: HORSEY =__> =__> =__> RACE-HORSES


Name: Shelley Roberts Email: ubetshewill@yahoo.com
Comments: There will never be another Secretariat. He was an inspiration to millions, from his record breaking times to his magizine covers, he was a true Champian. I loved him and continue to love him to this day. I bred one of my mares to his grandson for many reasons, pedigree, disposition, conformation but mostly to touch his greatness..


Name: Dean Nesvold Email: neze@tvecwb.com
Comments: In ’73 I began the great following of this magnificant horse. Each week end of the triple crown, I would go out and ride my own horse and see Secretariat there in my dreams. I followed him through his entire history. As others I remember this great creature and compare all others to him and they have all followen short. Neze


Name: Rose Turbow Email: rturnbow@lifespr.com
Comments: I have always loved horses. I remember seing several Kentucky Derbys on television when I was younger. When I first saw Secretariat on television, I was a Junior in High School. This was before the 1973 Kentucky Derby. When I saw him, I said “This horse is going to be Great. He is going to win the Kentucky Derby, and not only that, he is going to win the Triple Crown.” And guess what, he did. I was not surprised at all.


Name: Jana Everitt Email: Jana@rcsis.com
Comments: Although it’s been many years now, I still get tears in my eyes just thinking of this unbelievable horse! I was in high school in 1973 when all the excitement was really at it’s peak. It is truly one horse that I wished could have lived forever. He was beyond sensational. Will there ever be another one like him? I’m so very sorry the United States of America had to lose such a NATIONAL TREASURE!!!! Mr. Secretariat, run forever up there big boy. Jana Everitt


Name: BOBBI CROSS Email: belladonna1972@yahoo.com
Comments: I REMEMBER HEARING TALES ABOUT “SECRETARIAT” WHILE I WAS GROWING UP. I USED TO WONDER WHY SECRETARIES RACING WAS SUCH BIG NEWS. IT WASN’T UNTIL I WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE(8YRS OLD IN 198O) I DISCOVERED A PASSION FOR HORSES AND HORSE RACING. I READ ALL I COULD ABOUT SECRETARIAT AFTER THAT. SINCE I LIVED IN A VERY SMALL BC COMMUNITY, WE DIDN’T HEAR ALL THAT MUCH IN OUR LOCAL NEWS UNFORTUNATELY. I FOUND I COULD GO TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND READ THE U.S PAPERS. SO I DID. I FELT LIKE HE WAS MY HORSE AS WELL. HE IS STILL ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES EVER TO GRACE SPORTS.THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!! BOBBI IN VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA


Name: ELIZABETH ANN HODGES Email: catwomandidit@yahoo.com
Comments: AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I STILL GET GOOSE BUMPS EVERY TIME I WATCHED ANY OF SECRETATIAT’S RACES, ESPECIALLY THE 1973 BELMONT STAKES RACE. I THINK THAT HE HE IS “SIMPLY THE BEST”.”THE VERY BEST OF WHAT A RACE HORSE SHOULD BE.MY FAMILY AND I VISITED CLAIRBORNE FARMS WHEN SECRETATIAT WAS THERE , AND MY SON TOOK A PICTURE WITH HIM, I STILL HAVE THAT PICTURE, AND I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH IT.WE THINK THAT SECRETARIAT WAS THE GREATES HORSE THAT EVER LIVED OR COMPETED ON A RACE TRACK. I WAS UNCONSOLEABLE WHEN HE DIED ,AND I STILL FEEL SAD WHENEVER I THINK ABOUT HOW HE DIED.I HOPE THAT A CURE AO TREATMENT CAN BE DISCOVERED SOON FOR THAT AILMENT. SECRETARIAT , “I LOVE YOU”.


Name: christin kreuder Email: digihorses@hotmail.com
Comments: hi! i have been here before. I am 11 and advertising digital horses and digital horse racing. I own a digital horse, which is a race horse. His name is star, also known as A.B.E. I als o own alot more horses too. I am just advertising, beacause there needs to be something done. Alot of people are just suffering without a real horse, and need to feel the experience of a real horse. The pride of owning and loving horses is sooooo such a beutiful thing that alot of people don’t have. If you can’t afford to have a horse, get a digital horse.It’s as if it feels like a real horse.Thank you all and get a digi horse! (go to radish works, valuesoft, and other horse games webs.)


Name: christin kreuder Email: digihorses@hotmail.com
Comments: hi! i have been here before. I am 11 and advertising digital horses and digital horse racing. I own a digital horse, which is a race horse. His name is star, also known as A.B.E. I als o own alot more horses too. I am just advertising, beacause there needs to be something done. Alot of people are just suffering without a real horse, and need to feel the experience of a real horse. The pride of owning and loving horses is sooooo such a beutiful thing that alot of people don’t have. If you can’t afford to have a horse, get a digital horse.It’s as if it feels like a real horse.Thank you all and get a digi horse! (go to radish works, valuesoft, and other horse games webs.)


Name: Denise Muccioli Email: naughtyrotty42@msn.com
Comments: I enjoyed all the information that Secretariat.com offers. I thought I knew everything I was to know about him, but I was wrong! I can remember the day I first laid eyes on Secretariat. It was love at first sight. I still get goose bumps and am reduced to tears when I see clips of him racing, or even just standing still. I have a painting of him that I keep over my bed always. No, I don’t expect to ever see another horse as great as he was in my lifetime. How blessed we were to have known him. Rest well, my hero.


Name: Tony C Email:
Comments: GO TO www.truevine.net/~sec@truevine.net/Legends for an interesting study on Secretariat and ManOWar. Read the abstract and then click the links for the study. Send any comments or questions. The writer would be interested in feedback.


Name: Melodie Holliday Email: melodie@aracnet.com
Comments: I enjoyed following his career and his acheivements which occured at some of my lifes landmarks. His father Bold Ruler was foaled the same year I was. Secretariat finished his racing career & won the first Triple Crown in over 25 years in the same year I graduated high school. I watched him on TV, followed him in print, and today his image watches over me from the prints on my office walls. He’s one of only two athletes I’ve ever admired and followed (The other was a two legged racer named Steve Prefontaine). Secretariats great heart gave him power & courage, but his spirit & charisma empowered us all. An athletic legend that could not be corrupted by fame, money, or temptation – he ran like no other could and we loved it as much as he seemed to. In May I was finally able to go to Claiborne Farm where he stood for his stud career. Now in the stall where Bold Ruler and Secretariat once lived, stands Eddington another bright chestnut with a white blaze & big shoes to fill. We wish him well and Secretariat legacy.


Name: Sam Gattlieb Email: sgattlie@sbgnet.com
Comments: To this day I watch my video of big red. It always brings a tear to my eye, The entire team around him, especially Mrs. Tweddy are truly classy. I got to see him at Clairborne Farms when he was there. I had goose bumps all over me. The picture I took that day is on my desk next to Riva Ridge’s picture I took the same day. I’m glad i was living when the greatest hirse of all time ran. God bless you all. Rest in peace big fella. There was never a better race horse, maybe never will be.


Name: Cheryl Eiler Email: ceiler@access995.com
Comments: I was 15 years old when I first saw Secretariat. All you had to do was look into his eyes to see his heart and courage. Not to mention his intelligence. It was beyond words too watch him!


Name: Harold Stewart Email: stu-balls@msn.com
Comments: Simply put, the King of all racehorses ! ps. (stuballs)was a racehorse )


Name: christin kreuder Email: breyerhorses@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi! i have been here before and today, tuesday the 8th of august, I got the model of secretariat. It’s a breyer! Dear sweet, sweet secretariat, sleep in peace. – christin kreuder age 11


Name: christin kreuder Email: breyerhorses@hotmail.com
Comments: poor poor secretariat. It’s too bad he died. It just made me cried. He was a good strong beutiful horse of course. It feels so so so horrible to lose a horse. Penny, I know how it feels. In all of our hearts, he lyes. – christin kreuder age 11


Name: Judy Gwin Email: hijude42@msn.com
Comments: I first saw Secretariat at Belmont in New York when a few of us from the office were playing hookey from work. Since we were all secretaries, we couldn’t resist falling in love with the big red colt that somehow carried the banner of all over worked, underpaid secretaries…or so we thought. There was something so special about this wonderful animal that I followed him over the years and still have the notice from the paper when he had to be put down. I will never forget him.


Name: Ciara Bowen Email: ciara.bowen@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I am a big fan of Secretariat and all of his offspring.


Name: Robin E.Robinson Email: hossladyme@yahoo.com
Comments: What a horse!! There will never be another like him! To see the marks in the walkway at Kentucky Horse Park that measures his stride-you realize the power he possessed………BIG RED, you’ll never be forgotten by your fans!

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I love this Secretariat site, thank you!!


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I’m 12 years old, and recently my mum brought me a horse. I had heard of Secretariat, so when I looked at my horse’s bloodlines and I saw Secretariat’s name, I practically screamed from excitement!


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I’m 12 years old, and recently my mum brought me a horse. I had heard of Secretariat, so when I looked at my horse’s bloodlines and I saw Secretariat’s name, I practically screamed from excitement!


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Lynn Luallen Lluallen@aol.com The greatest horse bar none. Miss Penny the finest owner ever. All the best,Lynn


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I had a chance to see this horse workout and bathe afterward as a teenager. What an impressive animal. I also saw seattle slew and almost got close enough to touch them both but not quite. I was working next door at the harness track as a trainer/groom in hometown of Saratoga springs. This is a great website and what a way to honor perhaps the greatest horse of all time!


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Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Seattle Slew – 3 S’s, 3 Champions that will live on forever!!


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The greatest horse of my lifetime, is Secretariat. I have nothing but warm and happy memories of watching him run. He was a great chamption and a beautiful animal. DK


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I am 13-yeasr-old, I wish I could have seen Secretariat run, I wish i was alive to have seen the belmont, not knwoing what would happen, but, evrey chance i get, i watch it!


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Taylor, horsechick535@charter.net – This is an awesome site! I love secretariat, because he was looks like my horse, he was a truly amazing horse, and he is one of the two racehorses I consider the best of time – Secretariat and Ruffian. I wish he was still around today! Thx 4 making this site!!


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An absolute legend in athletics. Thanks. Megan Tumulty ab0099c9e085f@yahoo.com


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Too young to have seen seabiscuit, but I’m glad I was able to see Secretariat in action at least once. thanks for the info. Walter E. yawn21@gdyas.com


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Seretariat was my horse’s great great grandfather! -Helen


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Hey! I think Secretariat is really cool! I now own his grandson, Chucklin and hes an excellent, young horse and very sweet- something that can only come from blood. Im sorry to say that he was taken out of racing when he was injured at the gate and that is why I have him now! Thanks for the awesome site honoring an extremely fantastic horse!


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There have been many great athletes, but none will ever come near the greatness of Big Red. Forever in our hearts.


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Secretariat was the horse of a lifetime. I don’t know why there is even an arguement about whether he was better than Man O’War. If you look at the competition and all the track times, Man O’ War cannot even come close to Secretariat. Even though he only lost 1 race, He didn’t have competition, plus he didn’t run when he was sick. Of Secretariat’s 5 losses, He was sick in 2 of them,(Absess in the Wood, and Fever against Onion) got mugged in the other one,(Maiden Race) was placed 2nd in another one(Woodward) and didn’t train for 1 of them (Prove Out). He is by far the best horse, and best looking, there ever was and it was a sad day in history when he died. Joseph Swiderski JOETOW68@AOL.COM


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Hello! I looking to this site, and it’s so nice to find so many racehorse crazed people like me. Sercretariat is my third fave racehorse of all time (Man o’ War (Yes, I love him beyond words, and whom ever compares Secretariat, and Man o’ War are foolish, you should never ‘talk smack’ about a race that hasn’t happened. That’s why so many people love racing it is so unpredictable.) being my first, and ruffian in second.) Sercretariat was an amazing, amazing horse. I wish I could have seen him race. It’s funny because the younger racehorse fans that weren’t there to see legends like Secretariat, and Man o’ War, and Ruffian race complain about the lack of good racers on the track today. I do agree with this to some extent, however, I do try to make my way to Kentucky in late Spring each year to see the retiring racehorses, and new foals that may sweep the race track as the other legends have before them. I always keep my look out for great racehorse today (however, in my heart no horse will ever match Man o’ War, Secretariat, or Ruffian (my three legendaries lol) so maybe when my kids look in the books, and say WoW that horse Smarty Jones was amazing I can say Yep…he wasn’t to bad, I saw him race. Thanks to all the fans that keep horse racing alive.


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I fell “in love” with Secretariat, when I saw his stablemate Riva Ridge, win two out of the three Triple Crown races. I’ve been a race fan since 1968. I was just s kid when I heard about “Big Red.” I read an article about him being from the same place as Riva Ridge. Secretariat, was only two then, but I knew he was special. Other horses have won the Triple Crown, but not one, has done it with the same style as Secretariat. And no horse will again. We who love him will always be blessed, knowing he was, and always will be the best. ~Patty


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Secretariat was the best horse ever known. I bet not one horse in the future could ever beat his record. I love you Secretariat!!¢¾


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WHEN I WAS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD, I REMEMBER BEING AT MR GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE ON “DERBY DAY”. I LIVED IN KENTUCKY, SO IT WAS A REALLY BIG DEAL, AND EVERYONE HAD PARTIES. MY BROTHER AND I ALWAYS WENT TO MY GRANDMOTHERS. SHE TOLD US EACH TO PICK OUR FAVORITE HORSE TO WIN. WELL OF COURSE I SAW SECRETARIAT, AND IMMEDIATELY SAID, I WANT THE “BIG RED” HORSE, IN THE BLUE AND WHITE CHECKS. I HAVE HAVE LOVED HIM SINCE I FIRST LAYED EYES ON HIM, AND WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET HIM WHEN I WAS 13. I AM NOW 41, AND CAN REMEMBER THE WINNING COMMENTS AND MOMENTS OF THE TRIPLE CROWN VICTORY, LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. HE IS AND ALWAYS BE MY HERO! robbinkempshall@hotmail.com


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Those questions are sooooo dumb! Secretariat could beat them anyday!


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Like Smarty Jones, it seems that Bellamy Road traces back to Secretariat in his pedigree…Lets hope that he makes a big showing this yr….Go Bellamy


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Brothers, do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Run to win. That horse set an example for us all.


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I was only 11 years old when I watched Secretariat win the triple crown and it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I still get goosebumps when I watch the replays of those races, especially the astounding Belmont race. Even at 11, I knew that Secretariat was special and that I’d probably never see another racehorse as great as he. I wish I had been able to go see him when he retired to stud at Claiborne farm. Unfortunately, he died before I was able to have a chance to visit. I now collect Secretariat memorabilia to honor his memory and I have quite a collection established. Movies are made about lesser racehorses than Secretariat. I am quite certain that if these other horses had ever run against Secretariat, he would have made them look like a bunch of donkies. I wish that someone would make a movie about Secretariat and prove that once and for all, that he was (and still is) the greatest racehorse who ever lived. Thank you for all the wonderful memories that touched the lives of all who witnessed your greatness. Rest in peace Big Red, I will never forget you. I am a fan forever. lovoian@verizon.net


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Secretariat was more than just another racehorse, he was a legend in his own time. He set records and margins that still stand today. I consider myself lucky just to have been able to see him win the triple crown in the astounding way he did. I don’t think we will ever see another like him again. He was a one in a million. He was the best. They make movies about other racehorses who aren’t even in the same class as Secretariat. These other horses can’t even hold a candlestick to the great Secretariat, not in looks or in speed. He had it all, speed, stamina, good looks, charisma, and intelligence. He also had that special something that these other horses lack. I wish they would make a movie about Secretariat to honor his greatness. He was just simply the best. I was so happy to find this website. Thank you for creating it. Your # 1 fan from Massachusetts. lovoian@verizon.net


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I’ve written in this guestbook before, but I thought i’d write in it again. I’m 16 now and when I wrote in here last time I was 14. I’m still a huge fan of Secretariat. In fact I just got his Breyer not to long ago. I also still ride dressage and I still ride Secretariats grandson Chief. He is such a sweet horse. Anyway, if any teenagers share the same love for Secretariat and horses, feel free to email me at lilhobbit88@yahoo.com. -Sarah


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I have always loved animals since I was a child, especially horses. Here about two yrs ago I started noticing a deep affection for Thoroughbreds. As an athlete, Thoroughbreds have shown me what “heart” and strenuous work is really all about. They inspire me when i’m down and do not believe there is hope. Racing most certainly deserves the name sport of kings. Most do not understand the beauty of the sport, but I can remember being very young and my dad talking about Secretariat and his 31 length win and of course his Triple Crown. I remeber a faint curiosity of him. I was born a few months after Secretariat died. For the longest time I didnt understand how I could harbor such a love for a horse I never even saw. But Secretariat was no mere horse, he was the epitome of “heart”…a true warrior and a prime example of the Thoroughbred. Never again will there be such a legend to set foot on the race track or in my heart. ~Maggie~ (masoftball11@yahoo.com)


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This website is fantastic. I quit watching horse racing when Secretariat was gone in the 70’s. Now I got involved in Smarty Jones & read the seabiscuit & movie & am hooked again. Now I am reading Secretariate wonderful book!!! I cannaot explain how much your horse has meant to me over the years. The most beautiful red coat & athlete!! No one will ever compaare!!! Thank you with all my heart… Brenda thedixiebelle2002@yahoo.com


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I was 23 years old when the 1973 Triple Crown occurred. While Secretariat’s Belmont will always be the benchmark of unbelieveable power and speed, I also remember his breathtaking move in the Preakness that rocketed him past everyone as if they were parked. It was executed effortlessly. He just toyed with his opposition. I also remember his last race, which was run in Canada at Woodbine. Eddie Maple was on board, because Ron Turcotte had received a 5 day riding suspension. It was foggy and cool up there as Secretariat floated out of the fog all by himself. I could not even talk, because it was his last race and his performance, like all the others before, was magnificent. There have been many talented and athletic horses since the big horse, but the standard still belongs to Secretariat. As it has been written before, “His only point of reference is himself”. He was and still is, in a class by himself. Even now, it is very difficult to watch tapes on Secretariat, because the emotion floods over me and I just can’t stop the tears. He truly was God’s gift to us. Many young race horses early on in their careers have been compared to Secretariat and that thought amuses me. Not only has no one been able to break the Kentucky Derby record nor the Belmont record(that will NEVER happen)since 1973, the competition has not been as formidable as Sham was. He also broke the Kentucky Derby record in finishing second to Secretariat. That is real competition. May these owners dream and I wish them the best, but there was and still is, only one Big Red Machine. Marilyn Mitchell


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Secretariat is the best race horse I have ever seen! He culd tell in his eyes that he always loved to race!


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Why does just reading about the mighty Secretariat bring tears to ones eyes? I am so lucky, I have a grandaughter of Secretariat standing in my barn. I am looking for a stallion to breed her to. She had a fantastic foal this spring, by a son of Storm Cat, so she has Secretariat blood on top and bottom! When the big foal was born, and stood up for the first time, I could hear her heart beating half way across the stall! I could only think of Secretariat and his large heart..perhaps it has been passed on…perhaps she will have the courage, heart and stamina to run as he did.


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One of Secretariat’s most enduring gifts to his racing public has been his owner, Mrs. Chenery. And while I know that one day his records on the racetrack will finally be reached, I doubt the standards she has set for warmth and courtesy ever will. Mrs. Chenery, you continue to be a joy! Kim Morgan ratso444@aol.com


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I was blessed to have been able to spend time with Secretariat at Claiborne numerous times. I visited the farm the day he foundered shortly after he was xrayed & it broke my heart to see him suffering. I mourn his death like that of the loss of a dear friend. That is why I can never thank Penny Chenery and Claiborne enough for all they did and continue to do for his legion of fans. The unveiling of the magnificent Bogucki bronze in July was an unbelieveably fantastic event. I was so moved by the charity of Penny, Ron, Jim Gaffney & Eddie Maple to sit at a table for 4 hours signing anything & everything the huge line of fans put in front of them. I wish to extend my prayers for Penny’s continued recovery. Can’t wait to return to Kentucky for the dedication of the bronze at its permanent site – trust the website will post the date as soon as it is set so we can all make plans to be there. Happy holidays! Deb L. from Wisconsin


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He still brings tears to my eyes. What a blessing to have seen him. One of the great highlights of my life.


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we have a horse the most beautiful appaloosa in the whole world gogland minstrel (or spot to his friends) at finlake riding centre devon in the uk and we have just discovered that he is secretariats great great great great grandson!!! and we are very proud !!!


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my dad held Secretariat while standing at stud at Claiborne farm.


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secretariat was a great horse. but in my opinion he was not as good as Man o war. remember he ran on tracks that were not in very good shape. and if I am not mistaken he won a race by over 90 lengths??? If the 2 of them had met to race it would have been a very interesting race. He was also BIG RED. thank you


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Hi my name is Amy, I am 12. I love Secretariat he has made my dreams come true! One day I was looking in the dictionary when I saw Secretariat then I went online and found lot’s of things about him. I have never watched him raced, but I still love him, everyone that probably reads this probably thinks I am stupid but I don’t really care, I am a fan no matter what anyone says. I don’t have a horse like some people do I also ride western, hopeing that I will soon learn how to ride english. Also who ever has a horse they are lucky. Some people probably hasn’t been through things like me, I see lot’s of people that have easy going lives, well I don’t. When I go through some thing I always look at a picture of Secretariate that I carry around, and then I am happy. I just love him lot’s. Who ever saw him win the triple crown are very lucky, I hope someday I could see him on a video, only if I was born at that time so i could see him! But this is life. Thankyou Penny very much I hope I could talk to you sometime. My e-mail is horsecrazy7074@yahoo.com.


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I was born in June 1973, the same month and year that Secretariat turned in one of Sport Historys’ greatest performances of all time. To this day, he brings new fans to the races, he carries many people around the world on his back in spirit…a Sports legend.


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SECRETARIAT is the best race horse ever!!!!! i live 2 miles from his barn and love it he is my favorite race horse!!!!!!! i even know one of his foals that is a race horse but not as good as him email me for info on him cutey11552003@msn.com megan


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I own a grandson of Secretariat, he is 11 yrs old and he is the best horse in the world! He raced briefly, but has gone on to be a wonderful Dressage horse conpeting at 2nd level. I now am conditioning and training him to be a jumper. I love his big heart and gentle personality! Ketty


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Would you please add pictures of Bold Ruler, Somethingroyal, and Secretariat as a foal on this sight. I’d love to see them. Thank you so much for this site. It is wonderful for us all to be able to share our feelings and memories. Secretariat stirs up such strong emotions. Please add my name to your e-mail list: shellykramer@sbcglobal.net


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Secretariat is by far the best horse that ever set foot on this earth. He sould never be forgotten. I was not born when he raced but I know he was an awsome horse with a big heart.


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Hi I am 12 years old I love horses and have a 10 year old mare, Gypsy. Secretariat is THE best racehorse in the world. I never saw him race but all the times my Dad has talked about him it sounded amazing. Aside from my horse he is the most awesome horse in the world. His legend will always live on in my heart. Janice McMurray


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To this day I can still remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that Secretariat had died. The only other deaths that have affected me that way were Elvis Presley’s and the Space Shuttle disaster. I just couldn’t believe that the greatest athlete I would ever see– bar none– had passed out of this world, and I cried. To be honest, I didn’t realize what he meant to me until then.


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SECRETARIAT FRIENDS, For all of the reasons that others love him, I love him too. For any one who doubts he is the greatest, face the facts. He did all he did before the end of his three year old year with class, finesse and strength unsurpassed …and his stride, conformation and charisma were superiorly packaged. He had the goods and he delivered. If anyone thinks he had to do more to prove he was the greatest ever, all you have to do is imagine. Sure there were fantastically great horses in history’s past, but seriously …did any of the other great ones do what he did in such a short time and have such glorious, dynamic physical and mental attributes while doing it? Oh, and can anyone say MIGHTY BIG HEART? … He’s so perfect, no artist can even draw him true to his perfectly handsome conformation and character. He really did have it all! -DD, bluedd2@yahoo.com, San Diego, 12/2004



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i have a poster framed and hanging in my home. he is my hero. the only athlete i have hanging in my house. i read about him all the time. i love your website. Cherbowtie@aol.com


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I REALLY enjoyed the book, secretariet, making of a champaion. I was a little confused at the end thought after reading that Jockey Ron was paralyzed some years back. I though he was riding in the Derby this years. Can anybody explain this. Thank you Linda Fleshman efmpdoc@msn.com


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There will never be another Secretariat…he has been my “horse-hero” ever since I was young, and I will never forget watching him win the Belmont…it brings tears to my eyes just to think about it. He was truly a great racehorse….


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I fell in love with horse in the second grade (72-73).My dad was a big sports fan;I know we watched Secretariat win the Derby and Preakness but I don’t remember it. BUT I do remember him winning the Belmont on our black and white television. I had no idea at the time what an incredible thing I was seeing, but the memory is forever etched in my mind. I was a teenager before I realized the silks were blue and white-I had had no trouble filling in the chestnut part in my memory. I was driving-listening to a rock station when they announced he had been put down. I cried so hard. Does that tell you how much he meant to me and everyone at the _rock station-usually they just tell you about up coming concerts.Thank you for this web site. txlaura511@aol.com


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this horse is the most beautiful racehorse i have ever seen


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I’m looking for Secretariat memoribilia………. {past or recent} to decorate an office featuring Big Red, his Belmont run , etc. ……… please feel free to contact me at: markl@usadatanet.net it would be appreciated……… I had the opportunity to meet Penny and Ron Turcotte at Saratoga in August 2004, it was fascinating………. I’m 42 now , but will always remember 1973 and my most loved horse!!!! thank you , Mark Utica, New York


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I love Secretariat. He has a place in my heart and others. He has the best place in history of all. He will continued to be loved in any Secretariat and racehorse fan.


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I was 10 years old when I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown. To this day, I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember my father saying to me – “keep your eye on that horse, he’s something special”. Indeed he was!!! I think one of my fondest memories was when I actually saw Secretariat at Saratoga. Even though I was a child at the time, it is something I remember vividly and still talk about to this day. Being a racing fan all of my life and spending the August weekends at Saratoga when I was a child, I have seen many great horses come and go – but not one can compare to the great one – Secretariat!! He will forever be in my heart. – Paula Perez, Plantation, Florida – Runfortheroses22@aol.com.


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Secretariat was and still my favorite horse ever. I watch t.v. series and movies about him at home all the time. I love reading about him, and he will always have a place in my heart. I love Secretariat!!! CAsEy ogDeN


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Secretartiat shows to me the greatest heart possible in all of God’s creation. The heart of a true warrior. I will never forget Him. Thank you for sharing this great gift Lyle Brady


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Anyone with a dvd of secretariat, can u e-mail arvesenfan@hotmail.com Thanks


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i think smarty jones is going to win horse of the year . ghost zapper is a pretty nice horse


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Hello, I also think this is a fabulous use of the internet, giving tribute to a fanominal horse. I actually own a Secretariat granddaughter and would love it if anyone could help me find a picture of her sire,a Secretariat colt named Brilliant Protege. If so please contact me at homes@amyjacobsen.com thanks.


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I would like to say well done on such a wonderful website. i never knew how much secretariat inspired people, i came about this website by researching my own horses history and was amazed to find out how amazing her great grand sire was.thank you for bringing a wonderful horse into my life. Christina ellis Great britain


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Secretariat was the greatest horse of our times! My daughter is privileged to own a grandson and great-grandson of his! Christy


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I was born in 1990 but by 1999 I knew about this majestic horse nicknamed ‘Big Red’.This horse since then was my favorite horse in the world even though this horse has passed on.All I could say is ‘WOW’ an incredible performance by this horse.When I was 9 I heard about Secretariats’ 31 length victory in the Belmont Stakes but yet I didn’t know how much 31 lengths was..After I watched a video clip of the race my jaw dropped I could not believe that actually happened.WOW!!!


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secreatariat is my favorite horse of all time and i have every thing there is on him.. exept for HIM! he was and still is the greatest horse of all time! there will never be another horse like him. i wish that i was alive when he was because i would have loved to meet him! he is the greatest horse of all time! i think that he might even be greater than Man ‘O’ War. i love horses and Secretariat.


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Thanks for letting me view this awesome animal on your web site I am the proud owner of one of his great grandsons from national zenith9His son) out of love chicago. I absolutley love my horse Cherikee bob and am so happy he’s from such noble bloodlines. Sincerley, Ay’mee moist

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I have a Secretariat grandson, “Without Reason” out of “The Name’s Jimmy.” He is 6 years old right now and standing at 16. hands. He’s bright chesnut, sweet disposition, wonderful over fences, out in the fields and on the ground. He is by far the most agreeable and friendly horse I have ever known.


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Hello, I only have good memories, wait, no the memories are much more then good. They are great and warm memories of the days when Secretariat first made his entrance onto the American Racing Scene, but more so into the American Spirt. That spirt that brings us together and lifts us up and gives all of us a reason to cheer. That something, that we know in our hearts, is pure and simple. To be the best and to do it with style and flair, he certainly had style, and his flair exited our imagination. They where wonderful days. There have been other horse’s who have given me much pleasure but Secretariat is the one who has given us a reference point to judge all that have come after him. The people who were close to Secretariat, deserve are thanks. I think Lucien Lauren and Ron Turcotte and Eddie Sweat did a great job but the applause should be the loudest for Penny Tweedy, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and charm. They where wonderful days.


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In July of ’73, I lost my dad to cancer. He too loved horses, like me. Secretariat was a great inspiration for me at a very difficult time in my life.

I am looking forward to the unveiling of the new Secretariat bronze in a few weeks. What a fitting tribute. Thank you Mrs. Chenery for sharing him with the world.

Cindy Totten – VA clt2@shentel.net


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Our thoroughbred mare – Somebody Loves You – gave birth to one of Secretariat’s grand kids (Sire is War Secretary) He is 2 weeks old and looks like a winner to us. Wish us luck – would love to know more about Secretariat – I can be emailed at horseloverbas@aol.com


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Hello. Secretariat was simply the greatest of all time. Great website with terrific merchandise. My only regret, that i was old enough to see the 1973 belmont (I was only 1 yr. old at the time). 31 years later, I hoped and watched Smarty, but it was not to be.


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Every time I watch “The Life and Times of Secretait” video, it seems i discover something new (it seems i’ve watched this tape 1000 times). After watching the Kentucky Derby, i came to the conclusion that that race was almost as incredible as the Belmont. Secretariat ran the first quarter in last place, about 12 lenghts behind the speedy Shecky Green who was first, before making his move. Then, in less than three quarters of a mile he went from last to first, or at least tied for first. He entered the final turn in fith place and came out first or tied for first with Sham. He then pulled away to win by 2 in the last quarter and set a track record…Absolultely incredible. In Secretariat’s career, if my research is correct, he ran 10 distances on 9 tracks and won at all distances. He set or tied records on 6 of the distances to include 2 world records. He came very close to at least tying records on a few of the races where records were not set. Unofficially he set a third world record when he broke Swaps record for a mile and five eights as he was slowing down after winning the Belmont and on another occasion, the mile and a half Man-0-War on grass, he tied the same record when slowing down after winning that race. His performances are amazing to behold. Man-O-War, great as he was, set a similar number of records, but only one world record. He may have won more races, 20 of 21, but i’ll bet his 20 wins were no where near as impressive as Secretariat’s 16 . ONe more thing, as far as the Triple Crown, Sham needs some recognition too. He too was a great horse, in fact, i believe that without Sham, Secretariat doesnt perform quite as well. Sham brought the best out of Secretariat, always trying to chase him down, giving everything he had. They brought the best out of each other…2 great horses. At the K. Derby and the Preakness, Sham broke the same track records that Secretariat did, but it was Secretariat who set the new ones. Two great horses. God bless them both.


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In the beginning, God said let there be light…and there was light…from the light came all the angels and archangels, beautiful creatures with great minds and abilities…and God saw that they were Good…But then God foresaw that some of his angels would rebel against Him, and He then foresaw that it was not good that the archangels should have only a mighty sword to defend His Word in the worlds He was about to create; the Heavenly Creator foresaw that speed would be required to carry his angels into battle against the angels of darkness that were about to rebel, so He said let there be a mighty creature that will carry His angels and Word across the vast universe in a very short time …thus a great and mighty stead came to be…it had wings of such span that it could traverse distant worlds in one stride….he created it with a star between its eyes so as to let the angels know it was a mighty host among hosts… The Lord of Creation allowed His angels to name it, and they called it Man-O-War; God then forsaw the craftiness of the angels of darkness…that they will create a great dragon and will use this dragon to strike fear into the hearts of the men and women that will inhabit the worlds He was about to create. This fear will paralyze their wills and they will loose hope…God saw that another great creature would have to be, one that would not fear carrying his angels into battle against the great dragon, and so another mighty stead came to be, and the angels called it Citation…This mighty stead was made so as not to cower in the face of danger, indeed to stand up to any challenge and fearlessly carry the archangels into battle…it was made to be not quite as fast as Man-O-War but of such metal and power so as to be able to traverse great distances with little rest…A great stead indeed….Once again the Lord of All foresaw the craftiness of the angels of darkness….they will inject such fierceness and speed into their dragon that it will be able to escape Citation and the archangels. It would then have the capacity to live and terrorize men for many days…God foresaw that he would have to create yet another creature, one that had a perfect blend of the speed of Man-O-War and the fearlessness of Citation….a creature of such might and speed that the great dragon would have no escape…Thus the Great Architect put Man-O-War and Citation to sleep and took the mighty wings of Man-O-War and made a replica of them..they were of a slightly smaller size so as to make them lighter when having to traverse long distances, but yet such that they retained so great a width so as to allow for the travel of great distances in blinding accelerations; the Great Creator then took the fearless Heart of Citation and doubled its size…This Great Heart, the Great Creator foresaw, would allow the creature to travel vast distances without rest, to seek the angels of darkness and fearlessly battle them from behind or from afront…to stalk them or to await them from ahead, however the angles of light wished to use him…thus The Lord of All Host’s said let this creature be…and a great stead of such magnificent proportions and balance came to be…it had wings and a stride that could carry it at blazing accelerations and speeds from world to world, and a heart of such size and power that it could sustain the great creature across the furthest distances with little or no rest….the Lord of Lords saw that it was Good…indeed His Greatest Work yet….He allowed the angels to name it…and they named it Secretariat….Like Man-O-War, it too had a star between its eyes so as to inform the angels and all who would see it that its brother was the Host of Hosts; and like Citation, it too had a fearless Heart so as to inform the angels and all else that it was here to stay….The Lord saw that All this was Good…The first day came to an end…


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My mom started my Secretariat obsession years ago when she bought me Breyer’s model of him. When I saw the name on the box, I got curious and read every entry in the encyclopedia about him, and then started branching out into other forms of writing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t born until 1978 and when the obsession began, it was too late. After reading that such a great horse was gone before I could know him was tragic. He is the epitome of greatness. No other horse will ever replace him on the pedestal, or within my heart. The attachment I feel, (not even having seen him run in real life), I don’t want to imagine those who did see him run. I know their hearts are still bleeding more than mine would ever understand. Secretariat: The greatest hero a heart could follow.


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I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one that cries whenever I read, or watch something about Secretariat. Over and over…no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I don’t understand why I feel such a kinship with this horse. I’ve waited a long time (31 years) to feel that way about another rising star, but no horse has come anywhere close. Not even Smarty Jones. I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime. Secretariat was the greatest horse of all time.


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Secretariat- what does that mean, anyway? (haha) I love you Big Red! -Samantha Griffen


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I was about eight when I saw my first Kentucky Derby on a black and white televison set. I was hooked. By age eleven, I understood the elusive magic of the Triple Crown. I watched and waited. Then in 1973, dreams became reality in the form of a shinning big chestnut, Secretariat. The first time I saw him, I thought he reminds me of Man O’War! I cheered, danced around my parent’s living room when Big Red set the new track record for the Derby. During the Preakness my parents thought I had gone off the deep end. With the Belmont, they were certain of it and I believe were about to call the little men with butterfly nets for me. For a fifteen year old girl from Arkansas, (who had finally given up her hopes of being a jockey when she stood five foot four inches in fifth grade with more growing to come), to see a Triple Crown Champion in her liftime and to see it done with such speed, grace and strength—where are the words to decribe that feeling?! Even now as I type, remembering the races, and looking at the 8×10 bw photo of Secretariat on my office wall, that I got from the NYRA back in 1973, I am fighting tears. No matter how long I live, I may be 99 years old, in a wheel chair with drool on my chin, but someone mention Secretariat, my eyes with dance with light, a smile bigger than Texas will come over my face and this old woman will get up and cheer and dance across the old folks home recreation room!!!!!!!


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I am an up and coming race trainer, with Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds here in Colorado and my goal is to one day have a wonderful horse like Secretariat! Not because he won everything, but because he was so nostalgic!! He is my hero and is still alive in my heart forever. My children even know who he is! To me he was better then Man O’War, and so on! Thankyou for this wonderful site and I look forward to the newsletters. I still wonder why he couldnt be saved for laminitis? Could Penny please clear that up for me, as I have seen many lame horses saved and yet he couldnt be? Please clear this up for me.. Thankyou, Susan Kerins-Goeritz 2 Bar Lazy H Farms


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He is still the most glorious creature I have ever seen. But don’t forget Sham! Without the noble Sham to challenge him, he fairly walks through his Triple Crown series. Sham gave us the show, too!

Kim Morgan San Leandro, CA


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What can you say about a true wonder horse? His likes won’t be seen again. He has been my favorite since he made history and will continue to be. A true phenom. I have a retired racehorse with lines to Secretariat and am tickled to death. My horse is happy and retired and I’m extremely proud.

If anyone gets a chance to check out Clairborne it’s a beautiful resting spot for our hero.


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In the Hall of Legends Past, amidst the Great Performers, stands Secretariat. The heart of Unitas, the endurance of DiMaggio, the charisma of Ruth, the power of Louis, and the grace of Nuriev. Combining all these qualities into a singular existence, Secretariat remains a non-human standard unto which humans yet aspire.

Dan Rieke Irvine, California


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I was a twelve year old girl in love with horses and horse racing and I loved this horse more than anything. He inspired me to do my best. To this day watching his videos gives me goosebumps and can bring me to tears. I can’t wait to watch him run again when I get to heaven.


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Secretariat is my new favorite racehorse! I’m buying a model of him at breyerhorses.com and he’s beautiful! your site is wonderfully done, and all of the information is organized and accurate! Keep up the good work, guys!!! LOVE – cammy


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go secretariat go


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After the success of the book and movie, “Seabiscuit”, have to be thinking, what’s Laura Hillenbrand up to lately? If God can give her the strength to do it again, will it be about Secretariat, Smarty Jones, or maybe even Seattle Slew? Each of these fine animals share one common ingredient. Through their near perfection, they inspired greatness in all of us. God Bless them!

L.A. Lucenti


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I remember it like it was yesterday, the beauty of the horse, the triple crown win, the magic in the air at Woodbine and the excitement of the crowds. I recently received a video “Woodbine, where CHAMPIONS race.” 1993 edition. It is a beautiful video and I am put right back to the time of the race. I love watching the Northern Dancer and Secretariat races, and to hear the voice of Daryl Wells. The Bob Cole of horse racing. Just to hear the words, “They’re at the post, they’re off, they’re coming around the clubhouse turn” brings tears to my eyes. These are very special moments to me. There is a very special place in my heart for horse racing, because these horses come around only once in a lifetime if you’re lucky. Horses like, Phar Lap, Seabuiscut, Northern Dancer, and Secretariat are gifts from God. They are very few and far between, and if you get to ride the wave what a ride it is. And when the ride is over it breaks your heart to know that it’s over. The pride and the joy they bring to your heart is never forgotten. Their loss is never more keenly felt than when you watch these videos. I’d love to get the Belmont race on tape where Secretariat blew the doors off the boys. 31 lengths, what a sight it was to see. So here’s to Secretariat the greatest horse of them all. As Tina Turner says in her song “Simply the best”. Thanks for the memories. You will always bring a tear to my eye and hold a very special place in my heart. We will never forget you. Dave, Brampton Ontario, Canada.


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watching his last race on video, at woodbine. the canadian international(1973) and to hear the great voice of daryl wells,saying, and their he goes,their he goes,and it’s all secretariat.will forever be burned in my memories.thank you big red 31 lengths at the belmont is what they call kissing the boys goodbye.timeless. dave brampton,ontario,canada aug,22,2004.


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I have followed Secretariat ever since my days of youth when I saw him win the Belmont.

I just want to say that Big Red has certainly left his genetic imprint on some of the best horses today. Some people may not think so, especially the ones who claim that Secretariat was not a successful sire.

To these naysayers, this is what I have to say: Just look at the 2 top sires right now: Storm Cat and A.P. Indy Both stallions are descended from Secretariat’s daughters. Look at Smarty Jones–Elusive Quality, his Sire, is descended from Big Red as well.

Big Red’s legacy, both his imprint on history and his genes, live on stronger than ever and will continue after we are gone.


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Secretariat Rox!!!!!! He’s the best. Luv u secretariat!!!!!


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Secretariat was, and will always be the best racehorse evr in my heart and in the world. I was not born until 18 years later Secretariat roared through the starting gates and out into history, capturing the hearts of everbody who watched his grace and power. The Big Red horse will always have a place in my heart to race. I am sad that he is now dead, and his lovely once power thriving body is under the earth, where his legs can no longer stretch over the dirt of a racetrack, or the turf of his once loved earth. He didn’t have to worry about war, nuclear weapons, or anger, just his races, his time. A powerful pedigree brought a indeed powerful horse, Secretariat was the 9th triple crown winner, and has set a record in the 1973 Belmont stakes that no horse can oor will ever break. Sometimes, I think of what it must have been like for Ron Turcotte when he was on Big Red, racing infront of all those people, on a 1200 pound of machinary. I would have loved it. Penny Chenery was sooooo lucky to have owned the magnifisent thoroughbred. I will always remember Big Red of Medow Stables, and if he was still alive, I would be at his side right now, patting his giant neck and telling him how great he was. But, sadly I can never do that for the racer is gone. I love big red and often cry when I think of him. He was a true racehorse….and sometimes I swear I could see him running on the Churchill Downs racetrack during Kentucky Derby week, or on the Preakness track and even the Belmont track where he made his final lap in the triple crown. I hope to write about the great ghost, and praise him forever. I love you Secretariat! Dont ever forget about your true fans! Sheila McHenry ThatsSecretariat@yahoo.com


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Never forget Secretariat he was the greatest ever i love him. Brennan Duecy 13 Austin Texas shiz247@yahoo.com


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The movie “Seabiscuit” brought to life the story of rooting for the underdog, and brought racing to the screen in a way probably no movie ever has before.

The saga of Secretariat would be a fitting sequel – at a time when all our institutions were letting us down, at a time when imperfection became the expected, this horse dared to be perfect.

In every sport, there are arguments over the greatest performers and performances. But nobody who has ever seen a horse try to run fast could possibly doubt that on the afternoon of June 9, 1973, Secretariat ran as no horse ever had before, or ever has since, on the planet Earth.


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Secretariat is my hero like he is to a lot of other people. And yes, I get teary eyed whenever I watch the video I have of him. Everyone seems to always talk about the Derby or the Belmont but to me I will always remember the move he put on the field in the Preakness. It was like no other I have seen in any sport. It was the men vs. the boys. It was domination like I have never seen. When he started on in last place and then decided to turn on the afterburners and went from last to first in the blink of an eye it blew me away. There will never be another on like him.


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I had the honor of being at the Kentucky Derby…I still have photos of Secretariat in the bar area of my restaurant…..great memory…..Rocco Muriale


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Penny,

I recently became aware of your heart attack. I wish you a speedy recovery! I think of you as one of the classiest of thouroughbred owners. Secretariat was the greatest racehorse to ever step on a track. There will never be another one like him!

Best wishes

Anthony Book


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it is a very nice horse and a great site


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If you put every great racehorse on a racetrack, at their peak, with the same conditions, era, etc, the winner would be no other than SECRETRARIAT. It is as if God wanted to shed all his blessings on one horse; amazing …as perfect as it gets …comformation, balance, soundness in mind/body, grace and strength, color, muscularity, physical internal and external attributes that influenced his massive stride/stamina (and the ability to adjust it), …you name it. He had it. There should not be an argument …he did it with only two years on the track when he was barely out of childhood. The greatest! Without a Doubt! SECRETARIAT! Deanna Lynn


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I just wanted to say that I think Secretariat was the greatest athlete of ANY specie I have ever seen. I always well up whenever I see Belmont 1973 – which I consider the greatest display of sports dominance in a single event by any athlete in history.


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Dear Mrs. Chenery, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting you this year at Saratoga, and I wanted to say it was a great honor for me. Secretariat is the epitome of equine perfection in every way shape and form. You , Ron and Jim signed a picture for me, which is one of many Secretariat I own. I very much look forward to finding my “paver stone” at the Horse Park next Spring. I am wishing you a speedy recovery from your recent Heart Attack. I perceive YOU to be as much a National Treasure as Secretariat. You have always been a “class act”, just as He was! Carolyn Beverly Kenney


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Did Secretariat Died Because Of A Foot Problem Or Did You Sadly Put Him Down? Ravyn Thompson Derekjeter9001@yahoo.com


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9/22/04 What a wonderful site for our favorite hero! Please let me share my Secretariat experience with everyone. Secretariat has been my main hobby ever since he won the Kentucky Derby. I have a photo album and VCR tape devoted to him. I had always wanted to see him in person, so one year my parents, sister, brother-in-law and I went to Kentucky for a weekend to visit the horse farms, Claiborne in particular. I could barely wait. When we finally arrived at the farm, a groom was called to take us on the tour. At the first barn, I was bursting with anticipation, but was told Sec would be in the next barn. Approaching the next barn was like nearing the top of a roller coaster. We went inside and finally, there he was! Then, I couldn’t believe my ears when the groom said he would bring him out. He would do that for us?!!! He led my hero out and I couldn’t believe I could touch this magnificent creature. We took several pictures and it was pure heaven. I ran my fingers through his mane to get some strands of hair and when the groom saw this, he reached into Sec’s forelock and yanked a lock of hair out for me. Is that cool or what?!!! (not to worry…Sec didn’t even flinch) While at the farm, there was a stunning, large picture of him on the wall and I asked if it was possible to get one. They told me to write and request it, which I did. It抯 still beautiful after all these yesrs. So I have my pictures, VCR tape and photo album (with the prized lock of hair). (By the way, all of these treasures recently survived Hurricane Frances. They were safely tucked away in the trunk of my car in a garage. How I anguished over where was the safest place to secure everything.) I greatly miss watching him fly down the track, then grabbing the phone to call my parents and ask: Did you see him! Of course, they had been watching too. I’m sorry for those of you who didn’t get to see him in person or on live TV, but thank God for VCR tapes! There was a special on TV several years ago called “An Easy Way of Going” on the Discovery Channel, I think. There is a wonderful segment on Secretariat in it, as his stride was so perfect.

Thank you so much Penny, and to all those who made this site possible. Secretariat’s spirit will live on forever! Marilyn Dicks Mariljean@hotmail.com


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There’s no doubt in my mind that Secretariat has been drafted to fly Aurora’s Chariot and announce the coming of each new day. Just the mention of this Champion makes me happy as my mind and heart recall some brilliant athletic performances. His fractions in the Belmont beg credulity and that race will always be close to my heart as one of the most inspiring displays of talent and determination that I have had the pleasure and blessing to enjoy. More than all the honors, awards, and disputes over which horse was the greatest, we all feel a rush of exhiliration as we see in our mind’s eye the great Secretariat bolt across the meadow. I’m sure it is a great honor to have raised, cared for, and protect the memory of this American icon. I want to purchase the video for my library. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Robert Devine rdevine146@yahoo.com


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I had never heard of Secretariat until a few years ago, but after seeing him win the Belmont and even just looking at pictures of him , I was AND still am amazed and inspired by this magnificient creature. There will never be another like him.


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You were the first horse I ever saw run and you are engraved in my heart forever.


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Hi, I own a chestnut mare who I believe is Secretariats great great grand-daugher – I have papers for her but would love to try and trace back her history to the greatest racehorse of all time! If there is anyone out there who is willing to pass on any information however little about the stallions that he sired then I would be so grateful. The one that I am particularly interested in as a starting point is “First Secretary”. The mare Secretariat covered (First Secretary’s mother) was Leola. Any info is good info. By the way I live in Inverness, Scotland. Your web site is fantastic! My e-mail address is diane@dianeross.freeserve.co.uk thanks.


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I wanted to give some feedback on my experience with Claiborne Farms during the weekend of the Secretariat statue unveiling in July. The group of us were bussed to Claiborne and given a guided tour by Claiborne representatives. We got to see Big Red’s grave and the graves of other many famous horses — two Triple Crown winners rest there. We also got to meet several retired famous thoroughbred studs in the flesh – including 2001 Derby winner Monarchos and Danzig. Monarchos is a beautiful, stately grey with every inch of him still looking like a Derby winner to me. Seeing Danzig in the flesh was a great thrill — I’ve put so many bets on his children. What really impressed me, however, was the true professionalism of the stallions handlers and other Claiborne employees — they knew every detail and fact about their impressive studs and other details of the farm. I had a great time and loved every minute of it.


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My husband loves this horse so much that he watches the videos over and over. They bring him great excitement, joy and even tears. I agree this horse is beautiful, powerful and enduring. I would like to see what else can be found on him. The song “Right Here Waiting For You.” is truly a fitting climax for this video. What I find especially touching is the race commentary inserted during the instrumental part of the song. This segment is truly beautiful to see. I would, however, love to see a movie done of him like was done of Seabiscuit. All the actual footage is phenomenal and heart breaking in places. I would also love to see a movie or documentary covering the lives and overlapping times (lifetimes) of all the greats comparing everything.


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What a great horse Secretariat was. The moment I laid eyes on him,I knew he had what it takes to be a great horse. Such a beautiful horse! He will remain in my heart forever. Margaret Brown JBmb@cox.net


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Secretariat was the greatest thoroughbred racehorse of all time, bar none. His triple crown record speaks for itself. Kentucky Derby record time. Robbed in Baltimore by the buffons who could not operate the teletimer, however a frame by frame review of the 1973 Preakness verifies he set the record there too!! Obviously his Belmont Stakes race is still the stuff people in horseracing dream about. If there are any doubts in anyone’s mind, you’re only kidding yourself.


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There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already a hundred times or more but, I am a fan and thus must pay him his due. One question that has echoed im my mind ever since it was posed; ‘How can you compare a horse to a human athlete much less rank him among the top 50 all-time-greats’? Well, im my mind, I can not think of another athlete who’s performance took us to a plane or level of the supernatual. Of course, I refer to his ‘Belmont’ Secretariat not only transended time but other ‘boundries’ as well. He not only captured the heart of a nation but, unified the world even if for only a few weeks. Indeed, how can one compare ANY athlete to HIM? One can not, he stands alone

I have tapes of all his races including the piece done by ESPN (both 1 & 2).I have a tape featuring all of the Triple Crown Winners as well as tapes of alot of other ‘greats'(Damascus,Dr.Fager,all of Ruffian’s,John Henry’s, and more)and while they all were great in comparing them within thier element and peers, none had that undefinable quality of which he owned-a touch of Divinity, perhaps?

C.P. shalozon@aol.com


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Secretariat in my opinion is the #1 athlete of all-time. I’ve probably watched the 1973 Belmont Stakes dozens of times and the results are always the same-tears running down my face and I have the most incredible adrenaline high my body can experience! What a high it brings to the body and spirit! Mark Hildebrand 5709 E. Fox St. Mesa, Ariz. 85205


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Hi there, i just visit the Kentucky Horse Park this last September 2004, with a wonderful lady in your area. I know lots of horses, my parents are farmers as they raise horses, but nothing about races, that is foreigner for us in my country. I learn about SECRETARIAT, as many other, but this one got my soul in a feather, i fell in love with his history, as i am contributing for his monument at the site. My words are very short to explain about my feelings but; SECRETARIAT… THE HORSE MAY BE DEAD, BUT HIS MEMORY IS STILL RUNNING…

Paulo J.S.S. PARIS


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Secretariat Is The GREATEST HORSE AND ATHLETE TO EVER LIVE! SHAWN MCKENNA


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If Secretariat was an Olympic swimmer he would have twenty Gold Medals If he was a baseball oplayer He would have 1000 homeruns If he was a running back he would run for 3000 yards in a season he is simply the best no other athlete can even compete with him especially if he ran the Belmont in 73 every time he competed


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Dear Penny,

I am a ten year old girl from Ashland,VA. I love horses and I have been riding for five years. I watch horse races with my mom and dad. My dads favorite race horse is Secretariat he is mine too. I go to St. James the Less Episcopal Church, a church my father told me was built because of your dad. The church has a picture of Secretariat in the parish hall. Last year I took Virginia History and one of our projects was to dress up as our favorite Virginian. I was you, Penny Tweddy.

I hope you are feeling better. My father’s e-mail address is stpace@erols.com.

Allison


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Of all the words in the English language nothing describes my feelings the most than by saying this; “I loved that horse!” Michael A. Toy booglebutt2000@yahoo.com


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Hello I really don’t know much about Secretariat but I know that he was and is a famous horse. His accomplisments were great and I wll never forget him. One of the greatest horses he was!


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I was another one of those little girls in love with Secretariat. I cry when I see him run the Belmont. I cry when I even read anything about him and am sitting here crying now reading this guestbook of others who feel the same. Thank you so much for this website!! Keep it up! Good job. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time now. We pray for Mrs. Chenery and thank you to Eddie Sweat, Ron Turcotte and Lucien Laurin. There will NEVER be another race horse that can take Big Red’s place in our hearts. I miss him very much!


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I will never forget his retirement at Aqueduct in November ’73. He was actually bowing his head to the crowd, like a King acknowledging his subjects! What a performer! Only way to describe him. Only one word comes to mind. AWESOME!!


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Even though I was just a year old when he won the Triple Crown. I still feel the excitement that happened on that day. There will never be another horse as great as he was…


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I love this site! I am an avid horse lover, and Secretariat rules!


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WONDERFUL SITE. SO MUCH INSPIRATION. I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.

GUY KACHI, SHENZHEN-NAIJA, niceone@magamugu@yahoo.com.hk


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I thirteen years old and live in a small town it Michigan. i started reading about thourghbreds about a year ago and fell in love with horses. i don’t ride much and am not very good at it. i recently started reading the book Secretariat The Making of a Champion. i wish i could have seen secretariat run. i just watched Speightstown win the breeders cup sprint. he’s grandson to secrettame and great-grandson to secretariat. my parents aren’t horse people and could care less about them but i think their extrodiary.


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My father (Daryl Wells) called Secretariat’s race at woodbine, I believe in it was 1973. It was & still will be my fathers legend call!!!

Thanks for the site.. Wendy Wells


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i just would like to have a pic of that pretty boy he was ausome


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Dear Friends, Hi from Mary Wier in Chattanooga– I want to sign up for your newsletter tonight but the computer is not getting me to the site–I am a fan of Secretariat for sure. I read the book Big Red in the late 80’s and was amazed at his story. I never saw him race. But in the late 80’s my family and I were on a trip into Kentucky and I saw a Claiborne Farm sign and said I wondered if we could see the great horse as a visitor–we followed the signs to the main gate and were met by a nice man who told us it was off season and it wasn’t really open to us—well, something came over me, I teared up with emotuin and he noticed this and said well, it won’t hurt–something inside me connected with Secretariat I don’t know what–but the man took us in a tour of the farm, we met Secretariant there as he put his great head through the stall opening–I wanted to pet him but he said not to, so I just drank in whatever was happening, my feelings flowing toward the horse, and perhaps from him to me My spouse, daughter and I were truly privileged that day to have that experience and I thank the kind man who felt my devotion to a horse I never saw before—later I wrote a poem for Secretariat. Again thanks and please put me on the newsletter list. Mary Wier 532 Elinor St. Chattanooga TN 37405 423-756-5752


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Message number 2 from Mary Wier in Chattanooga:

Our e mail is: w.wier@att.net for the newsletter!


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Hi again from Mary Wier at w.wier@att.net— I am wondering if I can get a copy of the Ron Turcotte article from the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated issue of recent–the other night I saw a PBS or ESPN? documentary on this issue and they were dramatizing Ron’s story on this program, I am not sure of the network, it could have been National Geographic, I can’t remember–thanks so much.

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Ya know? I’m sittin here at the computer on secretariat.com and reading some of the comments people have written about the greatest of them all and the more I read, the more the tears begin to swell up in my eyes. When my turn comes to make a visit to Heaven, I’m going to make a special effort to look you up. The standard which you set while you were here is so high that other thoroughbreds are having a tough time trying to emulate you. You are and were the best at what you did, and and I miss the hell out of you. There’s no way you will ever be duplicated for that is surely a task for the gods. See ya someday. Carol in Alameda, CA


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I think the most amazing thing, out of the many amazing things about Secretariat, is how he is still able to bring so many people to tears, and how so many people are able to express that fact.

He is the embodiment of innocence and pure goodness, something that is so missing in his two legged comrades; us humans.

At Woodbine this past ‘Secretariat Saturday’ commemorating his 30th year since running in the Canadian International, the line up of people to get the video of Big Red started hours ahead, and we were all so well behaved, and everyone talking and showing their programmes, or whatever they had like ticket stubs from when he was here. I know his spirit was looking down on us that afternoon, and I’m sure he was remembering his running around the track to victory, and his beautiful eyes were and are still bright and mischevious with the hope he wishes on us all.

Now hes’ brought me to tears again, so I must sign off. Truly a SUPERHORSE!!!


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As I did back then and even now, when I view the recording of Secretariat smashing his rivals in the Belmont Stakes chills runs through my body and teasr run down my face……………1 1/2 Miles was run in 2 minutes and 24 seconds on 9th June, 1973. Astounding 31 Length victory!!!

Glenn E. Morrison, Louisville, Ky Moemorrison69@hotmail.com


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This site is so great! I love how you honor Secretariat!


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I love Secretariat. I believe he is the one of the greatest race horses in history.

Love Always Jessica N Gaudioso


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I just wanted to say that Secretariat was my most favorite race horse of all time, I absolutely love him


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I remember “Big Red” fondly, even after all these years! I remember seeing him at Belmont, up close in the ring, he was so gorgeous, and he had such heart,you could see it in his eyes!! That horse knew what he wanted, and what he had to do, Ron Turcotte, who is and was also my idol,had an easy job,”Seccie” knew what to do! I was so disappointed when he was retired., and so sad when he died, he touched my life. Ok I know this sounds silly, but I was only 21,and pregnant with my first son, so I guess I was in a romantic phase. If it is possible, to be in love with a horse, then I was then. Thanks for the memorys. Linda


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Secretariat will always be a special memory for me. I fan of his from the beginning. He will always be “The Worlds Greatest Athlete” to me. Watching him shine all by himself at the Belmont was a magic moment. Karen in MS


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Most people have Secretariat to thank for his heroic and courageous performances on the racetrack, and how his full hearted efforts still bring tears to their eyes. I, myself, have one thing that Secretariat has given me that I wouldn’t give up for the world. All my life i have been a horse lover and have ridden since the ripe age of five. Last August, my parents finally broke down and got me a horse of my own. His name is Spencer. Spencer is the grandson of Secretariat, and he is the spitting image let me tell you. He is 16’1′ and chestnut and his registered name is Crew’s Tim. All that i can say is that he is the center of my universe. I love that horse more than any friend, family member, boyfriend, or single person I have ever met. His unconditional love has moved me in ways I didn’t think were possible. So, thank you, Secretariat, for a horse of my own, and the greatest love that I have ever known.

Stephanie Madison, CT hbxriderxsteph@netscape.net


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As a proud born and bred Virginian, I have on many ocassions offered up the name of Secretariat beside those of Washington, Jefferson and Lee. Not, mind you, to exclaim a horses greatness over some of the greatest Americans who ever lived, but to suggest that no list of famous Virginians would ever be complete without the name of Secretariat.


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Dearest Penny, My love of horses has been enormous since the first time my “Grampa Lewy” first took me to old Sportsman’s Park in Chicago. He would talk about Twenty Grand, Man O’ War, and other great horses he had seen or was told about as a child. I alway looked forward to the Triple Crown races and dreamed of a Triple Crown winner who could finally repeat the feat that Citation have last achieved. I have seen in my days great horses: Northern Dancer (a great little horse who came close to getting the Triple Crown), Graustark (how great is only a guess), Buckpasser (always lazy on the lead . . . his “comeback” Flamigo win was astounding), Spectacular Bid (a tiny package of perfection-he should have won the Triple Crown, but his jockey was trying too hard to beat the legends of Man O’ War and Secretariat, forgetting that even great horses if pushed too early can tire), Seattle Slew (a front running demon), Dr. Fager (a giant of speed who could only be defeated if a rabbit was used), and the champion of blood, guts, heart and determination Affirmed. In my life I have seen only one true Super Horse, a horse so extraordinary that comparing other horses to him is not being fair to them he was a miracle and a phenomenon of nature. I remember how huge the thickness of his bones and size of his hooves were and his “stark” musculature was like Arnold Schwartzenigger at his best. I remember how his quarters seemed to be a bit foreshortened which seemed to as a result catapult him in his stride. The exhilaration I felt after his Belmont Stakes win was the greatest I ever experienced, your happiness on that day brought tears of joy to my eyes. When I feel down or as if I am succumbing to mediocrity in my existence (not striving to be creative, dynamic and imaginative, not being the best I can be) I replay in my mind that race and the memory of your wonderful horse Secretariat! Sandy


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It’s been 30 years since Secretariat won the Triple Crown and 14 years since his death, and yet he seems suspended in time. I find myself not thinking of him as gone. It’s like he’s still around, just waiting to see if there is any thoroughbred out there that can beat his World/Track Record of 2:24 in the Belmont. The two that came the closest were Easy Goer in 1989 and A.P.Indy (Big Red’s grandson) in 1992. Both ran the Belmont in 2:26. If they had been racing Secretariat, he would have won by 10 lengths. That’s how great he was.

Pat (flyingfoxpat@yahoo.com)


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Dear Penny…… My name is Meghan Rutledge and I own Secretariat’s great grand daughter…….Lady Ghazza. I live in Greenbank Ontario Canada. I acquired Lady through the horse barn I used to work at. They bought her from Florida about 3 years ago.(She is now 5) When they bought her she was in rough shape. She has extensive nerve damage, her hips are so messed I can barely do anything with her and when she was at the track in Florida, they tried to breed her because of her blood line and she miscarried twins and ripped a hole in her cervix. It’s so sad that they had to waste such a beautiful horse. I just thought I would tell you this to let you know that Secertariat lives on in her.


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Secretariat is the greatest horse that ever lived


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While I never got to see him race and wasn’t even born (one year too late!) to see him race, I always followed theTriple Crown being the biggest horse lover. I always knew about Secretariat but never had the opportunity to see his races except for short clips here and there. Horses always make me cry, just because they are the most beautiful giving and trusting creatures that do so much to help and enrich us humans. It was a thrill then, for me at the age of 28, now living in London England for 6 years going, although originally from Ontario Canada, to receive from my dad William Nacks book and a video of Big Red with all of his races on it and documentary of his last race at Woodbine plus another one. I was crying my eyes out at the beauty of him and how amazing he was. I just couldn’t comprehend how much this animal moved me after all this time. What also sticks in my mind is how my dad, a Triple Crown watcher, always brought up Secretariat telling me how he had never seen a horse run like he did. For my dad to be continually saying this to me year after year said something to me about how he touched my parents too. He never goes on about any other horse! I remember too how my mother told me at home that Secretariat was put down, she was in tears and then of course I was too. In fact, I am crying now just writing about all of this. He was truly a horse beyond compare. I hope to someday go to all the Triple Crown races myself and plan to order a b+w copy of his famous photo from the finish line looking back to the trailers in the Belmont to frame and put up in my house. I think alot of people will ask me why I have a picture of a racehorse up on my wall. I will tell them that that is no ‘racehorse’, he was a hero and a horse in a class all by himself who touched the world and will forever be the yardstick to whom all others will be measured.

Sincerely, Allison Cruise whippet66@hotmail.com


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It was our deepest wish to meet General Assembly at the Olympia Stud in Alpen/Germany, in loving memory to Secretariat! Father and son, what a unique personality! We are the happiest in this world! Since then, we have also two horses, we bought them from a slaughter!

God bless you all wonderfull people and all the wonderfull horses!

Greetings from Andernach/Germany/Europe

P.S. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


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Seabiscuit was a great movie…why not a “Secretariat”….talk about full of great race horse moments… Tammie


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Secretariat es el sueño de todos aquellos que amamos los caballos. Aun hoy, 30 años después que ganó el Belmont con 31 cuerpos de ventaja, uno puede revivir la inmensa emoción que nos proporcionó ese día. El enriqueció nuestras vidas. Gracias a Dios por él.

ramonerr@cantv.net


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It would of been a real honour to look after this great athlete. I will always remember him. A very great horse.

Dennis R. Buckle dbuckle@sprint.ca


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I’ve just ordered a 16 x 20 picture of Secretariat’s 31 length Belmont win and hope to frame and display it in my home office.

This horse has gotten emotions out of me that I never knew I had. Secretariat takes my emotions and breath away from me when I think of him and when I see his picture. It’s just hard to explain. I wish it were 1973 again.


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Secretariat lives on in many horses. I for one, also had the wonderful experience to own one of his grand daughters. I have never seen such passion in a horse. I know that his heart and grace got passed on to her. I feel very honored to have known her. She was graceful and put all heart forth until the day she left my care. She truly had the speed and determination to be a Secretariat baby. So thanks to you, Penny, who owned this beautiful horse and gave him a chance, as I gave his grand daughter Sadie’s Song, one.


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I have always admired Secretariat and everyone that helped to make him the great horse that he was. I regreat that I was never able to see him in person before he died but I was able to stand beside his statue at the Kentucky Horse Park several years ago. There are many people around me that will never understand the speical place this horse has in my heart, but now that I have found this web site I know that I am not alone.

Thank you!


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I’ll never forget watching the Great Red Horse through all three of the Triple Crown races. I cheered myself hoarse during the Belmont. What a huge victory. My mom, my dad, my husband–none of us particularly a racing fan, were screaming encouragement to Big Red, as if he could hear us. What a wonderful horse, gone too soon. Adrienne Owen Pohrte – The Colony (Dallas) area TX


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I love Secretariat! He is the most beautiful and most amazing horse I’ve ever seen. I wish I could have been alive when he ran. melanie brush garfield101@eudoramail.com


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Secretariat is an incredible horse. Someday when I go to heaven I will see him. I’m sure he’s one of god’s most favorite animals. Secretariat had more heart then most people do. I love him and I’ll never get tired of hearing about him. Thankyou, Penny, for sharing your horse with us. :)


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Hey you Secretariat fans…Do yourself anfavor and purchase the book SECRETARIAT by Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. I’m tellin ya, the pictures in it are just breathtaking and there’s even a picture of Big Red as a foal. For the price, you can’t go wrong, so go ahead and purchase it, read it and enjoy the ride. You wont be able to put it down once you start to read, but I must warn you that it will bring afew tears towards the end. huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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I just have to say that I watched Secretariat on ESPN Sportsman of Century, I was weeping uncontrollably by the time the Belmont Stakes was shown…The absolute grace & beauty of this horse was a sight to behold !!! He was grace in motion!! I was 21 yrs old when he took the racing world by storm, & even though I wasn’t much of a racing fan, I was a Secretariat believer..I don’t think there has ever been a more beautiful animal. I know that there were horses that are probably just as famous, but there was something so very special about this one, he had “IT” … A true fan of a long ago passed on horse…Cathy Griffin @ cgriffin@csu.org


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I visited Secretariat in late September 1989. It was absolutely magnificent to have been in the presence of true greatness. Little did I know that he would die only one week later. I was devasted. I have loved thoroughbred racing my whole life but I only fell “in love” with one horse. Pam Stack // email // stackp@fiu.edu


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Although I was never a big racing fan I always was in front of the TV to watch this magnificent animal embarrass his competition.He was the Boston Celtics, the Green Bay Packers, and th New York Yankees all rolled into one A true CHAMPION!!!!! Thank you for all the memories!!!!!!!!! Jim Slee


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Hi Aunt Penny! One of my office co-workers and I happen to be talking about Secretariat today and how great and special he was. I remember that we had a “Secretariat for President” bumper sticker on our car back during those Nixon years. He was the greatest that ever was, 31 lengths and all!! Some of my fondest memories were coming to some of his races with mom and dad. The best was meeting him in the paddock at Belmont, Riva Ridge too! Best regards, Liz Timberlake Ebtfonehome@aol.com


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Secretariat has touched me and my family so much. He has helped people to love the racing sport. My mother knew nothing about horses or racing untill I got my retired race horse. We later found out that his great grandfather was Bold Ruler. My mom read the book, Secretariat making of a champion, and now she knows everything about racing. She loves horses and we both look up to this super horse as a hero and an american symbol. My friends at school would never think that a horse would be a hero, I tell them, “Do you think that Sammy Sosa would have a web-site, books, fan clubs, and many more, years after they have sadly past away…..I don’t think so.” Thank you Secretariat, you changed my life, and now I will help change others.


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PENNY and the BIG RED CREW: HI! I didn’t even know this Web page existed until now. I was 16 in 1973- the year of Secretariat. I loved the races and watched them on TV here in Boston from age 10 or so. I watched every single race with Secretariat that year. There was no race horse like him. I also dug up the newspapers from every city he ran…NYC…Baltimore…Louisville…Chicago… and, with special interest, Toronto. Not only do I still have ancient clippings from the Toronto dailies, Secretariat was responsible for the greatest friendship of my life. I’ve always been a fan of race announcers, and when Big Red made the trip up to Woodbine, I heard the best announcer of all…Daryl Wells. Oh, did that guy know how to call a race. I never, ever forgot his voice. Incredibly, a decade later, I returned to Toronto- and became a great friend of Daryl Wells. He was nothing less than the Secretariat of race announcers- not to mention the finest man I have ever known. Daryl and I were the best of friends for over 20 years, and I went up to see him in Toronto and Niagara Falls (where he retired) many times. He passed away earlier this month. If it wasn’t for the great Secretariat, I’d never have even heard of him. As a token of our long friendship, Daryl graciously gave me a tape of his Secretariat call some 15 years ago. I’ll keep it forever. It’s also great to see that Big Red’s Canadian appearance is featured on the DVD I read about on this page. I’ve got to dig that thing up soon. Those who are lucky enough to have it will not only see just how special Secretariat was…but how special Daryl Wells was. Thank you for reading. Secretariat- the greatest thoroughbred of all…and Daryl Wells- the greatest race announcer of all…forever burned in my memory. You don’t suppose Daryl’s calling home Big Red at that great race track in the sky right now? With appreciation- Jonathan Cohen, Brookline, MA jonaco@mindspring.com


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i remember secretariat day at aquaduct race track i waited days to be there & i still have old 8mm film that i took, i often take it out&set up the screen to show friends..parading in front of the grandstand the way he did made me feel like he knew this day was for him..no one will ever come close to secretariat vin


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I think that they should make a movie about Secretariat like they did Seabiscuit. That would be awsome. Actually they should make movies about all the famous race horses!


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John Wayne, Bob Hope, Elvis, Secretariat! Not bad company. We will never see a greater horse or a greater performance than the 1973 Belmont. When other athletes refer to him as the greatest you know its true! Lane in PA


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Secretariat..was more than just a horse. Being only 15, I was never graced with watching a race of his, but looking at pictures and reading stories brings me to believe that he must have been a fallen angel. When you look at him, there is something more, something that you cannot see but must feel in your heart. You know that he is the most beautiful horse you will ever lay eyes on, but you can’t quite put a finger on a special feature that makes this so. You can run down a list: his brilliant red coat, his splashes of white, his noble thoroughbred legs, but you will never capture that special characteristic. If it is possible to be like a horse in a human life, I want to be just like Secretariat. I want to try my hardest at everything I do, to burst my heart to finish 31 lengths ahead of the average. My grandfather, who has now passed, loved Secretariat, and it’s an honor to carry on this “love-affair” with “Sexy”. I know he’s watching me now, and I like to think that the nose of a Big Red Horse rests on his shoulder, peeking down on me. <3 Hannah. elfeesparkles@hotmail.com


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hello im sharon Earley and I currently own the grandson of secretariat and he looks so much like him its scares me. He’s also a stallion I had purchased him at a racetrack and didn’t even know his history. too my surprise I WAS SO HONORED too know he is his close offspring.theres so much more i could say. yours truely a secretariat lover


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Some say “Man O War” was mostest hoss, but give me Big Red anyday. Stride for Stride Secretariat moved faster. Someday there will be another, but sorry to say it will not be in my lifetime. Dennis Sands Shelby Twp, MI. 48317 MAILTO:dennis-sands@justice.com


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I remember having to do current events in school. Every one I chose was about Secretariat and my teacher knew everytime I stood up it was about horseracing. I never saw him race personally but got hooked on this beautiful horse through the media. He was beautiful and a champion. I am 49 years old now and whenever I hear Secretariat I just think Champ! deletedc@sbcglobal.net


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Well, after reading several of these messages…it’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said, or felt concerning this horse of a lifetime. And where is the movie, I was shocked that Hollywood has not givin’ him a star but, look at Hollywood! Anyway, I have one of the Grandsons of Secretariat.. Reel Performer…he looks so much like his Grand Father!! And acts so cocky, sure of himself, yet a gentleman, class…I hope to keep the bloodline going strong, and look forward to more champions from this bloodline. My stud had to retire after an injury, due to some people who THINK they are TRAINERS, a license doesn’t give you common sense or take away greed from many whom only do it for the money, forgetting that these horses have feelings and needs beyond the race track. I have this one and love him much, he is new to the breeding, but I hope to have him for a long while to come. We nick named him “Buff Daddy”, for he carries himself with such pride. He was bred by the University of Kentucky, Sired by: Academy Award, out of: Sensitive Annie. His first two yr. old will be next yr. Keep you posted on any running success. Thanx for the memories, knowing that better is always possible. **Where’s the movie? My stud could play the role, he can still gallop, nothing fast…he’ll need a stunt horse for that:) Andrea Daener,225-205-7979 soononme@bellsouth.net


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I am doing Secretariat for History Fair and this site has really helped me on his history. Really helpful!!


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I LOVE Secretariat! He was soooooo beautifil! I have videos, books, posters, ect.!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks! G2G! Bye’

-Alex-


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wwjan@psouth.net

-Alex-

soooooo beautiful


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To: efe_zulu@yahoo.com….Your financial problems don’t fit this website. This website is strictly for comments about a horse(Secretariat)., and not about people with financial problems looking for help. I suggest you go to a loan company or a Bank. Mrs Chenery is not a financial institution.


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My life is based on secretariat.I think i speak for the world when i say he was the best horse that ever lived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I am not a great fan of horse racing and Secretariat was at his peak even before I was born. But what a horse! I have been to the Kentucky Horse Park and one of my favorite things there is the area that shows the length of his stride. I would give almost anything to see a great race with all the incredible racing champions, Secretariat especially. What I would’ve given to steal a ride on him! I don’t think racing is for half the thoroughbreds that do it, but I love it that he loved it.


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a extreme elegant presentation! i am so farawey,and very bad speaker of english! i like this very much,your site!dchmilevschi@yahoo.com


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Every night after a hard day at work, I come to this site to read all the heart warming stories people share about Secretariat. Reading all the beautiful stories relaxes me and brings me back to my younger days as a little girl who’s BIGRED horse was prancing to his gate and as the gates open watch his run and stride and screaming up and down for joy and he crosses the line into victory lane. Secretariat was handsome drapped with roses and Secretariat knew that he was a winner in so many ways. He amazed me and amazed us all with his talents and grace. I guess Secretariat is “one of a kind”….Thank you for this site!!! Veronica from NY. tobin@pioneeris.net


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I LOVE THE HORSE!!!!!!!!!


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I love Big Red !!!!! He is an Amazing and heroic horse who deserves to be first on the greatest horses list, not second! He could of beaten Man O’ War while he was sleep walking. Secretariat Deserves every award there is. Who doesn’t love this horse? Who ever doesn’t like him is crazy and doesn’t know a thing about great horses. love, Allison D. age 10


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Secretariat came in a time that our country was in turmoil with the Vietnam war and the water gate scandal of Former President Nixon. Secretariat represented something of pure and untouched, he made us forget about everything else and just focused on him and the world of horse racing.


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Love every inch of Secretariat.com – please keep the information flowing – he was a very special animal that every generation should remember and cherish.

Thank you! MC New Jersey


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We all should be as proud and work as hard as Big Red did . My home has three wonderful prints that keep my home warm and the smile on my face. I live 25 minutes from Saratoga and the Hall of Fame. How lucky am I ??


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robbinkempshall@hotmail.com I remember watching Secretariat win the Ky. Derby and the triple crown, I was 9 years old , but I remember it like it was yesterday. I have prints and Pics of him all over my house. He is my hero. Robbin Kempshall Orlando, Fl


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I think it is so cool that ride in a race. I ride but I dont race. When I grow up I want to race. That has been my dream for ever.


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Hi it is me again. The person that wants to race. You wouldn’t happen to know where to get a race horse? I am getting a horse and I really want to race. Will you please contact the me. I cant tell you my name but I can tell you were I live. I live in North Carolina. Go to a place called Regency Park. Go to the neighbor hood called Kensington, I am on a street called Devenhall. Go to every house on that road. Thanks!


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I am from New Zealand and in New Zealand we are not told much about America’s greats. We have all heard of the old time greats, Man o’ War and Native and Northern Dancer though. But I am the biggest fan of Secretariat ever!!! He was an absolutely amazing horse and will live on in our hearts and minds forever!!! In new zealand we have awesome racehorses and breed world class performers like Phar Lap, Sunline, Horlicks, Bundy Lad, Zabeel and Happyanunoit every season. My personal favourite is Sunline and Secretariat would be close after her!!! Thanks for making such a great site about one of the best racehorses ever!!!


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Float and gloat…me thinks I’ll never see another like him at least not with his charisma. The Belmont was great but his turn of foot circling the field in the Preakness still takes my breath away. This was where I first sat up and took notice – didn’t everyone?


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hey thanks for your wonderful site keep it up i love it, UCH-MUMUBOY4YOU@MAIL.COM guy men carry gooooooooooo MUGU.


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Hi it is me again. The person who wants to race. I talked to you yesterday. I hope you can tell me lots about race horses. I told my mom that I wanted to race, but she thinks I will be to tall. Thanks!


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It’s me again. will you please tell me a good place to race, and some info about racing becase I sall sea buiscut and I want to be as good as him. Will you please tell me lots of info so I can be as good as him because I want to be very famus and get lots of money to get a horse all for me. Thanks!


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forever gonna exist secretariat in our hearts


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I was 15 during the ’73 Belmont. Interested in things other than horse racing, I remember clearly a friend telling me a horse had “won the Triple Crown” and the horse was “Secretariat”. I remember thinking, at that time, what a great name for a horse! It was not until about a year ago I actually saw that Belmont race. I wept. I’m a 46 year old man and I wept. Since that time some months ago I’ve become a huge fan. I now own all his bobbleheads, including one signed by Ron and Penny, as well as a limited edition signed artist’s print. They adorn my offices both at home and at work. Secretariat has become one of my heroes. Like Audey Murphy, Sgt. York, Jimmy Stewart and Bruce Lee. God bless and keep you, Secretariat. You are remembered.


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It is a delight to see this site as a legacy to the most remarkable equine athlete, Secretariat. I am also impressed by the ongoing presence of the incredible Ron Turcotte and Penny Chenery, who did so much to establish this amazing champion.

James VanDemark Fairport, New York SqrPegEntJ@aol.com


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SECRETARIAT WAS A HORSE MAN HOW BE RAN THE BELMONT SEE STORY ON SECRETIAT ON ESPN;S SPORTS CLASSIC THEY RESHOW KENT DERBY 1973 1973 PREAKNESS AND BELMONT I SAT THEIR WHEN HE OPEN ON SHAM O;K WHEN HE REALLY GOT RUNNING AND WON THAT BY 31 0R 32 LENGHTS IT WAS THE TALK AROUND AMERICA NRXT DAY STILL GOT THE THREE 1973 COVER HE WAS ON THANKS TELL PENNY HELLO THANKS WITH JACKSONVILLE FLA LOVE RAY GORDON REID


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I really loved your horse he was a great horse !!! congratulations on his great wins not just the Triple Crown in the other ones to he will always remain in the American Legend of horse racing and people that love horses like me. My family were telling me that he was one of the most beautiful horses in the world…


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Big Red, Ham, was a beautiful, friendly, affectionate creature. He ran his last race in Toronto in magnificient style and continued his life at Claiborne as a star. He loved his mint candies and never failed to give pleasure, and photo ops to all his fans who were fortunate enough to visit him. He is missed.


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I WAS AT WOODBINE WITH MY HUSBAND TO SEE SECRETARIAT RUN HIS LAST RACE IT WAS POURING RAIN AND A BAD DAY BUT THIS AMAZING HORSE DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO IT WAS VERY EXCITING.ILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE POUNDING OF MY HEART TO WATCH HIM COME DOWN THE STRETCH ALL BY HIMSELF.IT WAS A MARVELLOUS DAY IN RACING AND HE DID IT AT OUR CANADIAN TRACK MAY GOD BLESS YOU YOU BEAUTIFUL HORSE .


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No what as i sit her thinking about horses and horse racing i wonder whhen we will get another horse like Secretariat.Many horses myay be great but none are as great as him a large magestic horse as he. Definitly a role modle for all of my horses. Michelle King SC


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OMG I LOVE SECRETARIAT! I THINK HE’S THE MOST GORGEOUS, AMAZING HORSE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Katie


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There will never be another as good as Big Red!!

He was the best by far!!

Franey Donovan

fmd0945@yahoo.com


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I am so glad I found this website. It is so great to find a place where such a magnificent horse is paid tribute to and people can share their thoughts about him. I love him to this day and never tire of seeing videos of his races, especially the Belmont. I just got done viewing a video called the Life and Times of Secretariat and it gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. Robin in Pennsylvania


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As a young girl I remember watching this big beautiful horse win the Triple Crown and breaking records and have never forgot the magic and the love of the race that this horse brought to horse racing. Secretariat has always been my biggest hereo of the sports world. He is and will always be missed but never forgotten.


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I was only 3 years old when Secretariat ran, but as a thoroughbred racing fan for 19 years (since the age of 15), he as always been a legend to me. I not only believe that he was the greatest race horse of all time, but also the most beatiful horse of any breed that the Creator ever placed upon this earth. For me Secretariat is and always shall be the standard by which all horses must be measured in terms of beauty, courage, intelligence, and personality. I know that is a lot to lay on the big guy, but he deserves it. His races give me chills each time I view them; his Derby, his burst to the front in the Preakness, his awe inspiring Belmont, which still brings tears to my eyes, all the way to his final race at Woodbine, with steam coming from his nostrils, wow, what a beautiful animal. Secretariat’s memory will live forever and there will NEVER be another like him. I know that Big Red is somewhere racing Citation and Man o War to determine who really is the best!

Matthew Karns Bloomsburg, PA goforwand123@aol.com


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Dear Penny. I never had a chance to see Secretariat run in person, my only experience seeing him being on television replays. I so wish I was there, wrapped up in the hype of that 1973 triple crown season. I love nothing more than seeing a horse run in perfect stride – doing things on his own with no urging from the jockey. Big Red was the essence of a horse doing things on his own – a natural tour d’force. He moved with such power and grace. That is what I consider to be one of the most beautoful sights in the world – a flawless, powerful stride of a gifted horse.

My friend works for a bio tech firm named Genentech. I sometimes fantasize about Big Red being genetically cloned and seeing him all over again. It’s just a fantasy, but wouldn’t that be something? Thanks for being such a graceful ambassador to the sport of kings…

John Drummond Burlingame, CA


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I was 13 when Secretariat won the triple crown. I actually had a crush on this horse. That finish never fails to move me. Now my interest has been renewed all over again after seeing “Sportcentury” and watching that wonderful Belmont Race again. I hope my horses Stumpy and Sunny are grazing in the same pasture up in heaven with Secretariat.


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I love this web site and I am glad to see that such a champion has not been forgotten. ksellers914@yahoo.com


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He was simply the best.

Beth Kinnane mekinnane1@aol.com


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I will always remember a truly wonderful horse to watch in all aspects of his career. Hopefully someday another horse with his charisma and stamina will come along to enchant another generation.


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I’m 55 years old and I never saw a horse run like Secretariat. He was the greatest horse there ever was. When he won the Belmont the way he did it was stunning. Go Secretariat! Frank Camardo Jr. Joy frankcam@aol.com


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SECRETARIAT WAS THE GREATEST THING TO EVER LIVE! MY PARENTS ARE BREEDERS AND OWNERS IN MEXICO CITY, AND WHEN I WAS YOUNGER , MY DAD HAD A BOOK ABOUT SECRETATIAT WHICH WAS UNFORTUNATELY LOST AND I WOULD REALY LIKE TO GIVE IT TO HIM AGAIN AS A PRESENT, SO IF ANYWAY YOU COULD HELP ME, I WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU. CARLOS BARRERA. carlos_barrerag@hotmail.com


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I was not even alive when Secretariat was racing but I love and adore him anyway. If I could travel back in time I would go to 1973 so that I could watch this incredible horse. Secretariat will always have my loyalty and devotion as the best horse of all time.

Michelle nightrider2004@juno.com


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¿PARA CUANDO, COMPLETARAN LA PÁGINA CON LA DESCENDENCIA DE SECRETARIAT?


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I was born in ’85, I would have given anything to see the greatest horse ever run. There will never be another one like him.


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Secretsriat and old Slew where my fav but i always had a soft side for secretariat. Ihave one horse who is secretariat grand son and he runs that track better than any horse out there.


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I was blessed to have seen most of Secretariat’s races shown on TV. He was the best horse I have ever seen run. Would have liked to see Him race Seabiscuit what a race that would have been. Mr. Louis Berry, Libby,Montana


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I was born the year Secretariat died,so now,even at 14 almost 15 years of age,I have much respect for Secretariat,his groom,and his jockey,but most of all,you and your father Penny.During Funny Cide’s bid for the Triple Crown,they would give recaps of Secretariat’s Belmont win on ESPN;I got goosebumps watching him flying down the stretch leg weary but still running hard.I think Secretariat and Man O’War are somhow linked by pedigree.They just have to be.Don’t you think its a little uncanny that they were both fiery chestnuts with a star and stripe down their faces with spectacular racing careers,and they both retired at three?I know that Secretariat and Man O’War are related. thanks for the memories.I’m just crazy about horses and I hope to be in the Thoroughbred business after I finish college.Stephanie P.S.-check out my screen name: bigred03@zcloud.net


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Let’s let our imagination run free for a moment … and imagine the possible offspring of Secretariat and Ruffian. Oh my God, run for the hills!


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I was born near Louisville Kentucky and I have loved that horse for so many years! I used to dream of returning there so that I could go out and see him at Claiborne. The day it was reported that he had been put down I wept. I would not get to see him now. I read the Sports Illustrated story on him “Pure Heart” July 1990 and have kept it all these years. The same writer William Nack also has a wonderful book on Secretariat. I really enjoyed it. Amazing that this horse touched so many people world wide such as myself. I have never owned a horse and do not even ride but this beautiful special horse will never be forgotten. I am so happy that he will be celebrated with a bronze statue. I will make the journey to put flowers at his stone some day.


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Secretariat does have some magical way about him in that he is still with so many people after many years. I had the great opportunity to get the Woodbine 30 year anniversary Secretariat DVD and it has every one of his races as just one of the features. What a treat! My memory of him was usually about the Belmont like most people but after reviewing the Preakness I must say that it could have been his best race. He started out dead last as usual, then on the back stretch you see 1 horse on the outside just going past the others like they were standing still. Chick Hearn says,”and here comes Secretariat and he wants it right now”! What a heart he had. An inspiration to all who knew of him. Thanks for letting me vent. John from New York


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Gosh, The Name Just Makes Me Tingle. Secretariat, What A Horse! Im Only A Twelve Year Old Who Has Never Seen Any Of The Giants Races But HAve Heard Of Them. The Long LAsting Horses Strides In The Triple Crown, The Great Race Of The Kentucky Derby. I Really Want To Cry For Not Being Able To See, Touch, Or Fell The Sweat Lathered Horse Ever. Let Me Remind You….. A Horse Like That Only Happens Once. And It Happend. If Only I Could Have Benn Ron Boy For A Days Race. Sitting On The Broad Back Of That Beautiful Steed. His Gracefulness On The Track Caputred Our Hearts. Every Horse Owner Says “Train Him Like A Legend!” But Secretariats Owner Didn’t Need To Speak A Word. The Horse Was Born To Be An All Time Legend And He Fufiled What He Was Made For. If I Could Bring A Horse BAck To Life It Would Automatically Be Him! That Horse Had Guts. No Pictures Or Word Can Describe Him! My Love For Him Is Like A Horse Shoe…….Im Stuck To Him And Always Will Be. I LOVE You Secretariat! I Love You! *Cry* I Really And Hounestly Wish He Had Never Gone. He Was A Major Horse, The Kind Nobody Can Resist Loving. Big Reds Heart Had Love It It For All His Number One Fans, And If He Was Still Alive *Tear*…………He Could Be Able To Love Me Too. Im Not An Expert, But I Know A Great Horse When I See One…..And Hes The Best! Nobody Can Beat Him! Nobody! Even When Im A Jockey Im Not Going To Try To Even Beat His Record. It Would Be A Disgrace! I Love You So Much Secretariat And I Know That If You Still Lived You Would Love Me Back. Mabey When I Come And Visit Your Stall One Day……………Ill See You. The Faint Shadow Of A Great Horse. A Twinkle Still Hidden In Your Eyes. I Love You Again Secretariate And Let Me Tell You One Thing…………….You Will Always Live In My Heart. Love-Sheila McHenry (BIG FAN!)


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I love you, Secretariat!!!!!


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ebehm@earthlink.net marsha behm I have a wounderful relationship with a chestnut granddaughter of Secretariat. Like her grandfather she is in A CLASS OF HER OWEN!


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While going through some family treasures recently I came accross the items from my greatest sporting memory – Secretariat’s last race… and I was there. Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack is a nearly 4-hour drive but we wouldn’t have missed it for anything. The race program was running late that day; it had rained all week and there was a cold uncomfortable driving mist most of the day. With the lateness of the season and the northern latitude, it was nearly dark when the eighth race was called. We were just above the tunnel when the horses started entering the track. Secretariat’s arrival was met with what seemed like a thousand flashbulbs going off as he cleared the tunnel. In the very dim, rainy light that burst of light would have spooked a lesser thoroughbred. The race itself was on very wet turf, another unknown for Secretariat, but it all seemed like a day at the office for Big Red….go onto the track, demolish the opposition and leave quietly… composed, regal and mythical. Thanks for letting me share this. johnmackay@cogeco.ca


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All this talk of Secretariat’s descendants reminds me of a schooling show I went to several years ago. I was chatting with a very nice young lady before our flat class, and she mentioned that her mount was a granddaughter of Secretariat. I then took a good look at the horse. She looked very much like him, except a little smaller, also every bit the lovely mover and well-mannered lady. It’s comforting to know that even though we may never see such a spectacular runner again, Big Red’s progency carry on his classy looks and personality–Nan, Washington State


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People have mentioned a DVD from the Woodbine 30th anniversary event. Any chance that it will be for sale elsewhere? I’m beginning to wear out my VHS tape.


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Secretariat. Thats all that needs to be said.


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Hi I Luv ur site it realy helped my friend and I on Our History Project! Thankz, Lea Horselover27_5@hotmail.com


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Your site is ssssssssooooooooo cool!! It was a real help when I had to do a history project. Thanks again! From, Secretariat’s #1 fan


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I think Secretariat is the greatest horse in the world! I have been telling my family that ever since I learned about him. I was really sad when I found out he died. But maybe there will be a horse able to do what he did. Michaela Mildren Age 10 1/2


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Going through your web site and remembering back to those days of the great Secretariat brought tears to my eyes.I witnessed every one of his races in the state of new york,and it goes without saying that till this very day,no horse has yet to equal that of what he contributed to racing itself.He was truely a champion of champions and loved by all who were fortunate enough to witness his great achievements and many more that were not.He was an inspiration that will live on in the hearts of many.Thank you,for such a wonderful web site. Paui Arbitelle 71 osborn rd. Naugatuck,ct 06770 laup@earthlink.net


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love this site and love that horse brooke


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He was the best EVER!


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I felt so bad for a great horse named Sham that I named my dog in his honor. Guess it wasen’t his year, bet Secertariat still lookes over his shoulder now and then. Thanks for the memories of a great CHAMPION.


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WOW. First time at this site. Never knew there was this many that feeled the same way I do. Have to let everyone know I was moved with all comments. Cried like a baby. Have secretariat pictures everywhere, and my e-mail address is secretariate@alltel.net. Penny, this horse has changed my life in ways you would not know. Thankyou from the bottom of my wanna be secretariat heart. Marge from PA


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Secretariat was conceived in Kentucky and born in Virginia. When turned out to graze with the other foals and dams, Secretariat was seen to be more independant and masterful than the others. He didn’t cling to his mother like newborns usually do. Owner, Penny Tweedy, recognized almost immediately that this was an intelligent, confident, and curious individual. He was going to be a “take-charge” kind of horse someday.

Some of the first names submitted to the Jockey Club for this colt were “Sceptre”, “Royal Line”, “Something Special”, “Games of Chance”, and “Deo Volente” (which is Latin for “God Willing”). But none of these names were available. Finally, the sixth name submitted was accepted. And that is how we came to know him as Secretariat.

Trainer, Lucien Laurin, started the colt in a 5 1/2 furlong purse at Aqueduct on the fourth of July. His odds that day were 3-to-1 (the highest odds you would ever receive on Secretariat). The poor chestnut colt got mugged coming out of the gate, and suffered terrible interference. What a surprising introduction this was to his new career! He finished in fourth that day – the only time he would ever finish off the board. From this rough treatment, he learned to break slowly from the gate to avoid trouble. He was indeed a quick learner.

The remainder of his two-year-old season was an exhibition of consistency. He put together a string of eight consecutive first place finishes, including the best juvenile events in this country. The only black marks against an otherwise perfect season were the aforementioned debut race, and the Champagne Stakes at Belmont which was taken away from him on a disqualification and awarded to Stop The Music.

By year end, it was virtually unanimous that Secretariat was the most exciting horse in training (of any age), so at the age of two, he was crowned Horse Of The Year.

Secretariat wintered at Hialeah, Florida, while plans for his future were being made. In a deal arranged by Claiborne Farm, the colt was syndicated into shares and therefore the future breeding rights to him were purchased. The deal was worth a record $6,080,000 and stipulated the condition that the colt would only race though his three-year-old season.

At three, he debuted in the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct at the shrunken odds of 1-to-5, so great was the public’s faith in him, although he hadn’t raced in four months. No worries – he won easily by 4 1/2 lengths. This was followed by a three length victory in the Gotham Stakes. Here was, at this point, a virtually unstoppable superstar. He had only one more prep planned before the Triple Crown and that was the Wood Memorial. “Superman” failed that day. The victory went to stablemate Angle Light, with Sham second. Secretariat’s third place performance was disappointing to most, and unbelievable to others. Had someone placed Kryptonite in his saddlepads?

No – he was merely the victim of a slow pace, and simply could not reach the other two in time. Secretariat knew he had lost, and that angered him, according to his owner. Miss Tweedy also remarked that the loss was like a release valve – it took a great deal of pressure off the colt going into the Triple Crown. It showed the world that he was real, which made his outstanding victories all the more phenomenal.

The public was convinced the Wood had been an aberration. Secretariat and Angle Light were the bettors’ choice in the Derby at 3-to-2, although Sham was getting very good support as second choice at 5-to-2 odds. Shecky Greene assumed the early lead with Gold Bag, Royal And Regal, Angle Light and Sham in closest pursuit. Where was the $6 million dollar colt? Dead last. Secretariat relaxed nicely from the gate, and settled in at the rear, allowing the others to show the way. Making his way into the first turn he moved to the outside and began picking off the competition one by one.

Secretariat charged up the backstretch with his sights set on the leader who was by this time – Sham. That one drew clear of his rivals rounding the final turn, but Secretariat was looming on the outside. Sham led the way into the stretch but quickly Secretariat was upon him. For a few strides they ran together. Clearly the winner would be one of these two, as the others were hopelessly outpaced. Jockey Ron Turcotte showed the whip to his mount just once, and the chestnut colt responded, drawing away from his pursuers. At the wire, he had won by 2 1/2 lengths over Sham, setting a new track record. Sham’s race was also a marvelous one. His finishing time also bettered the previous race record. Our Native was 8 lengths further away in third place.

In the Preakness, Secretariat again began in last place, but was close to the rear of the pack, not far back. He passed the grandstand the first time still trailing. Then, far before Turcotte planned to urge him forward, Secretariat made up his own mind that the time had come to take the lead. He lunged forward with a mighty leap and burst past the others. He soared up the outside of the pack and assumed the lead before they had even gone a half mile. The remainder of the race was simply for the others to determine who would finish second behind him. Sham was once again the best of the rest, finishing (again) 2 1/2 lengths behind Secretariat, with Our Native (again) eight lengths further back in third place. The finishing time on the track’s teletimer was 1:55, a full second off the track record, but Daily Racing Form clockers all recorded a time of 1:53 2/5, which shattered the old record. The matter of the official time of this race is still in deliberations.

For the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat emerged from an inside post position in a field of only 5 runners. The break was clean and My Gallant got out the quickest with Sham up on the outside, and Secretariat at the rail. Seeing no one to block his path and interfere with him, Secretariat went right for the lead. He assumed command almost immediately after the start, and Sham went right up with him to pressure him. The two raced together around the first turn, then Secretariat drew away, and continued drawing away. By the mid-backstretch his lead was 10 lengths. By the far turn it was 12 lengths. He turned into the homestretch at least 20 lengths ahead of the others.

Chick Anderson, who called the race that day, spoke the now immortal words “…but Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine… he’s a sixteenth of a mile ahead of the other horses!” And he continued to widen the margin. 22 lengths. 25 lengths. 28 lengths. At the wire, the official margin was an unbelieveable 31 lengths. Twice a Prince was far, far back in second place. There was no doubt about this finishing time – 2:24 flat – a new world record.

“Big Red” went next to the Arlington International where his odds were drummed down to microscopic proportions, 1-to-20. He won that race by 9 lengths. The he ran in the Whitney Stakes, carrying a low-grade fever, and lost to Onion, but only by a length. In the Marlboro Invitational, he spearheaded a Meadow Stable exacta, leading Riva Ridge to the line. His last start on the dirt came in the sloppy Woodward Stakes, and there he finished second to Prove Out.

His last two outings both came on the turf. Lucien Laurin convinced Penny Tweedy that Secretariat could be even better on grass than he had been on the dirt. Perhaps the trainer was right – his turf debut in the Man o’War Stakes resulted in a new course record at Belmont Park. For his final race, Secretariat would get the services of jockey Eddie Maple. Turcotte was serving a suspension and was not allowed to ride for a certain number of days. The swansong came in the Canadian International Championship Stakes at Woodbine, Ontario. The weather was miserable, foggy, wet and cold. But Secretariat let no one down. He powered around the course like a locomotive with steam blowing from his nostrils. He was an easy 6 1/2 length winner. This victory brought his earnings to a then-record of $1,316,808.

A few weeks later, he was paraded under tack at Aqueduct, site of his first race, before a crowd of admirers who longed for one more glimpse of him carrying the famous Meadow silks. The crowd of 6,000 was the largest ever to gather at Aqueduct on a non-racing day.

Secretariat was retired to Claiborne Farm where he sired Horse Of The Year LADY’S SECRET and champions MEDAILLE D’OR and RISEN STAR. Other outstanding offspring included GENERAL ASSEMBLY (Travers winner), IMAGE OF GREATNESS, FIESTA LADY, PANCHO VILLA, TERLINGUA, ATHYKA, CLEVER SECRET, TINNERS WAY and many others.

Even more impressive is the role-call of his daughters’ produce. They include champions CHIEF’S CROWN, A.P. INDY, DEHERE, BORN WILD (in Austria), MIZORAM (in Dubai), CORREGIO (steeplechaser), and ISTABRAAQ (hurdler), and remarkable stakes winners LACOVIA, STORM CAT, CLASSIC CROWN, SECRETO, AL MAMOON, GONE WEST, SUMMER SQUALL, HONOR GRADES, LA GUERIERE, HEART OF JOY, CAPTIVE MISS, CHEROKEE ROSE (IRE), TA RIB, SPINNING ROUND, IRGUN, DARE AND GO, ATTICUS, HEART OF OAK, LISTENING, WELL CHOSEN, and so many others.

Secretariat died at age 19, relatively young for a thoroughbred. He had been suffering from an incurable foot disease called laminitis, which made it painful for him to walk or even stand. When his suffering became too great, the heart-wrenching decision was made to end his life peacefully. Secretariat was given the honor of being buried whole in the Claiborne cemetary. It is traditional for horses to be buried “head, heart, and hooves”, but certain special horses deserve special treatment. Visitors still flock to Claiborne Farm, bearing flowers and gifts for their hero.

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Pedigree:

Secretariat ch.c. born 1970 Bold Ruler, 1954 *Nasrullah, 1940 Nearco Mumtaz Begum Miss Disco, 1944 Discovery Outdone Somethingroyal, 1952 *Princequillo, 1940 Prince Rose Cosquilla Imperatrice, 1938 Caruso Cinquepace

(female family # 2)

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Born: March 30, 1970, bred in Virginia by Meadow Stud, Inc. Died: October 4, 1989, (age 19) at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Kentucky and is buried there.

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Racing Record:

Year Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd unp. earnings 1972 2 9 7 1 0 1 $ 456,404 1973 3 12 9 2 1 0 $860,404 total 21 16 3 1 1 $1,316,808

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Stakes Record: at 2: won – Sanford Stakes won – Hopeful Stakes won – Belmont Futurity won – Laurel Futurity won – Garden Stake Stakes 2nd – Champagne Stakes (disqualified from 1st) Champion 2yo Colt Horse Of The Year

at 3: won – Kentucky Derby (new track record) won – Preakness Stakes (new track record) won – Belmont Stakes (new WORLD record on dirt) won – Bay Shore Stakes won – Gotham Stakes (equalled track record) won – Arlington Invitational won – Marlboro Cup (new world record) won – Man o’ War Stakes (new course record) won – Canadian International 2nd – Woodward Stakes 2nd – Whitney Stakes 3rd – Wood Memorial Champion 3yo Colt Champion Grass Horse Horse Of The Year Now name me a better horse besides man o’war. The rest suck besides seattle slew and seabscuit and funny cide. Ravyn Thompson


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Finaly, a great site about a truly amazing race horse. Thanks, Molly H. age 13


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The love and admiration I have for Secretariat has been a cornerstone in my lifetime. I was 12 years old when he burst on the scene. My answer to the question “who was your first crush?”, is always answered, “Secretariat!” I am a part-time artist and Secretariat is also my muse. His confirmation is unparalleled in the equine world. I have never seen a more beautiful horse than he, nor do I think I will ever see the like of him again. I was lucky enough to have become friends with one of Ron Turcottes brothers, Camille. We were making plans to drive out to see Ron. Sadly Camille passed away. I will always treasure the times Camille and I shared talking. Our favorite subject was Ron. Camille swelled with pride when I asked him if he would please sign my copy of a Secretariat hardcover for me! In October 2004, I attended a 30 year anniversary of Secretariat’s final race at Woodbine. Meeting Eddie Maple was amazing. He signed a recreation of a poster of Secretariat’s Time cover. The crowd of people who attended that day is testament the Secretariat is still alive and well and living deep in all our hearts! Susan Andersen Georgetown, Ontario


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I have a Secretariat G-granddaughter. Her name is Bambi’s Shooting Star. She is a registered Appaloosa. I bought her when she was 2 1/2 not knowing her Thoroughbred background. She was so athletic and had such a “carpe diem” attitude. Her previous owner told me about the Secretariat background and I requested a 5-generation pedigree. I am so proud I could burst. It also answered all of my questions. She is a “mountain horse”. We live by Yosemite National Park and most of our riding is in the high country. She has the massive chest and full girth. I love her to pieces. She can also be quite a handful. Here is a picture of her http://www.sierratel.com/garyann/meadowloop1.jpg


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I just wanted to know if you had an update on the Secretariat Center that is to be developed at the Horse Park. G. Danko (abdanko2000@yahoo.com)


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I just wanted to know if you had an update on the Secretariat Center that is to be developed at the Horse Park. G. Danko (abdanko2000@yahoo.com)


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I loved Secretariat’s style of racing. In other words, I love the way he used to give his competitors a runnning start and then proceeds to pick them off one by one, ala the ’73 Preakness Stakes. That was awesome. Those tight turns on the track that Mrs Tweedy was worried about didn’t bother Big Red at all. huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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I loved Secretariat’s style of running, especially when he gave his competition a running start after he was trailing out of the startinggate and proceeded to pick them off one-by-one, ala the ’73 Preakness Stakes, with the tight turns that Mrs Tweedy was worried about. It didn’t seem to worry “Big Red” at all. He was the King of the Sport and he knew it. He was the perfect horse..huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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Hello, Oh, this place is wonderful! I love Secretariat, so this is the perfect place to be!

Elizabeth Reum

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where can i purchase a dvd on secretariat? i have been looking for a few months but have not found anything as yet. a horse of this stature should have his own movie too.

candace


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I love his speed, indurence, and heart to take it all the way to the Triple Crown. Nikita


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His spirit, agility, indurence and heart carried him all for his triple crown win. Love Ya Secretariat. Run free forever.


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I watched the secretariat video that belonged to my friend and when you played the song ” i will be right here waiting for you” in his honor, i cried so hard. he was an awesome horse who was so loved and even though he was 19, he was taken too soon. I love everything about him. There will never be another like him.


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Eventhough I never got to see Big Red race (was way before my time)I stil get tears in my eyes if I see this Magnificent animal on a picture or read about him on the net. I wish I could have met him. Anica Sims,SA


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I am lucky enough to own two of Secretariat’s grandsons by Panch Villa. Although neither got the priveledge to race, they are VERY good pony horses and have escorted many race horses to the gates as well as given several morning exercise. I love them both and I love ponying race horses. Connie Spade, Kansas


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I am lucky enough to own two of Secretariat’s grandsons by Panch Villa. Although neither got the priveledge to race, they are VERY good pony horses and have escorted many race horses to the gates as well as given several morning exercise. I love them both and I love ponying race horses. Connie Spade, Kansas mctandces@peoplepc.com


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Secretariat was a great winner and a real champion. I will never forget that May day in 1973. His legacy will always be remembered. What a beautiful horse. During the race, I just knew that his record would never be broken !


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ford2121@hotmail.com What a special and gifted horse. Secretariat was such a blessings for many horse lovers. He was truly a great horse. I remember how magnificent his Derby win was on that great day in May of 1973. I was just a girl, but the excitement. Just say the name Secretariat and you know that his record can never be broken !! That is the special legacy and blessing Secretariat left us. Our memories and tributes to him reveal the great spirit of a great horse !


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i have memorabila for sale if anyone is interested,final race ticket/form,program and other material.if interested contact pcunliffe@cogeco.com


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There will never be another secretariat as long as we live. he was not a horse, but a legend and we will never forget him.


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i have not read the books about secretariat, though there are a few….Seabiscuit has received much attetnion lately,and rightly so…i did read laura hillenbran’s book about him and determined that he was a great horse for different reasons….he too had great strength and speed, and longevity…he was a fierce competitor….but viewing some videos on secretariate led me to conclude that he was great because he may very well have been the fastest horse that has ever run or will ever run….i did some simple math on the time it took for him to run his fastest furlongs…about 20 yards in one second…absolutely unbelievable….that amounts to about 42 mph in races that required numerous momentum shifts, turns, etc….this may be unparrallelled in racing history….i believe that the fastest horses clocked recorded speeds that were in the upper 40s in straight away sprints, no turns or shifts in speed, etc….also, secretariate lost only one legitimate race, to one of jenkin’s well trained horses..it was a long 1.5 mile race on wet dirt that probably had the effect of neutralizing his strength…he lost the lead to a lighter horse that had a great kick in the stretch, and when secretariat tried to respond, it seemed he lost traction and eventually faded….all his other losses came when he was experiencing health issues….if those races were scratched, an argument might be made that he had only one bad race….Man-0-War had one too….so did Seabiscuit and War Admiral, and so did Citation….he bounced back from that loss to win his last 2 races on grass in a convincing manner..I believe that Secretariat is among the greatest of the great…in the top 2 or 3 in racing history…and possibly the greatest ever.. pls respond russell.cardenas@alcoa.com


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In 1973 I watched all of Secretariats’ races on TV and I went to Woodbine to watch him win his last race. It had always been my dream to go to Claiborne Farm and see him. In August of 1989 I realized my dream and went to see him. I thought that perhaps it would be a visit where you were taken out to a 2 acre paddock and would need binoculars to really see him!

We were met at the main office by a man who would take us on our tour of a lifetime….. We approached the main stable and the man told us to stay here and he would “bring Secretariat out to meet us”, the chills went through us all and before the chills were over we were told we could come over and Pet Secretariat! What a dream come true!

That was about 8 weeks before he died and that Oct 4th I cried like I had lost my own beloved horse.

Thanks for letting me share my memories and I hope to go back to Claiborne some day and place a rose on Secretariats grave. mmazepa@hotmail.com


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I think Secretariat is the most beautiful and amazing horses ever!! I wish i was alive to see him run the Triple Crown it would be a dream come true!! I’m really glad to see other people who love this horse as much as i do! Secretariat was a once and a lifetime horse there will never be another like him!! I watch my VHS of his races ALOT and i cry like a little baby every time!! Secretariat we miss you!! Love you always Big Red. I wish i could meet you.

Sarah poohbear@mipper.com


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Everyone should know very well about this horse,owner and farm in which the Almighty has gifted us all with. My greatest concern now is getting more people and keeping the people involved to inter-act more and do more for horses. Being here in Lex, KY, we spend our day volunteering on Sundays to help the horses.We would like nothing more than to learn and do anything necessary to better the animals and the good people that attend to the welfare of our greatest gifts. Love the job you do, more should follow your path. Thanks, J.A.LaVorgna mlavorgna@msn.com


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you will not often see a horse oozing with so much gameness, style and talent. secretariat is such a priceless treasure, truly a racing icon to be proud of.

gary see windblown_garoy@yahoo.com


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hi thanks for the website, I love secretarriat and i did a school report on him. this gave me alot of the info I needed. thanks so much


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I believe Secretariat is a great horse. I have a mare that is his great granddaughter and she is a great horse. I am always looking for info about her family.


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I’m delighted to have found this website. I’ve been a fan of the big red horse for years and enjoy searching out information about him. I hope to learn more tidbits as I poke around it more. Ellen / Marion, WI


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I was married on the day Secretariat won the triple crown. I did not see the race because I went on a week’s cruise in the Caribbean. On Sunday, the next day, I asked the purser who won the raise. He said that Secretariat did. I asked him by how many lengths? He said, 31 and he broke the track record. Astonished, I said, “You’ve got be kidding”. I couldn’t believe it. Because I was married on the day he won the Triple Crown, Secretariat will always have a place in my heart and serves as an inspiration to me. Mal Thomas, Trabuco Canyon, CA. malthomas@cox.net


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I have loved Secretariat since I was a little girl. Going to Churchill Downs was like completing a pilgrimage for me. I’m so glad to know this site is here. God bless you all!

Cassandra, New Albany, IN


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I loved Secretariat, especially watching Eddie Swett and Secretariat in their interactions. They loved each other and Eddie should have been acknowledged a lot more for the way he handled Big Red and cared for his body and spirit, kudos Eddie, R.I.P. What a great horse, and what a heart!!

Pat Donnelly email rsvp to: rascalrocky3@hotmail.com


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HOLA SOY JAVIER DE ARGENTINA, ME GUSTA MUCHO LA PAGINA Y ESTOY SEGURO QUE SECRETARIAT FUE EL MEJOR DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS. SU CORAZON ENORME, EL DOBLE QUE CUALQUIER CABALLO NORMAL (increible). SALUDOS A TODOS. JAVIER RICARDO RIBECA.


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After Secretariat had won the Derby and the Preakness, I remember how many of the articles would mention that he didn’t have the stamina to win the longest race of the Triple Crown. I tuned in hoping he could somehow finish what he had started. I didn’t see the finish (tears made the TV too blurry), but I still can hear the announcer being overwhelmed that Secretariat was pulling further away with each stride. My Secretariat poster has been with me through college and dozens of moves. I’ve tried to explain to my children about “The Greatest Racehorse”, but when the Secretariat DVD is available, I will be able to show them. WHAT A HORSE!!! Steve


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there is not a day that goes by that i do not think of big red and the courage he displayed through out his life. nothing more to say except i love the horse and he is without a doubt the greatest athlete of all time. jim fire, north tonawanda, ny


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hey, i love u Secretariat!~!~!~! i will misss u very much!~!~!~! even though i never really knew u but heard about u i still love u the best!~!~! u r now my favorite race horse!~!~! u r my second fav horse because i got my own horse.i am doing a project on u!~!~! i will come visit u!~!~! my email is gallopincheergrl@aol.com & cutie30621@aol.com my name is Tricia Pike

p.s. i luv u


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What a horse!!!! There have been no other of his caliber, and there probably never will be!! (in my eyes) I enjoy watching my Secretariat video over and over… I constantly reread all my books on him. I just can’t get enough of him!!!! One day, I hope to visit his grave!! He’ll always be #1 to me. Dorothy from Georgia.


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I Love Secretariat and I have the honor of owning 1 of his few remaining sons a 16.3 hand chestnut stallion named Regal Secret. We have a few babies every year. regalsecret@netzero.com


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Hey, i luv u secretariat!~!~!~!


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I wish I could have seen him in the flesh. It brings a tear to my eye everytime I see shows on espn about him. the greatest ever. thank you sincerely chris boyle spark2288@msn.com


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i would love to have a large poster of secretariat any help would be appreciated thanks millb@netscope.net


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i would love to have a large poster of secretariat any help would be appreciated thanks millb@netscope.net


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I HOPE SECRETARIAT IS IN HEAVEN BELLY DEEP IN GRASS AND CARROTS. BILL IN SAN ANGELO TEXAS


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When in las vegas we toured the wax museum and at the end there was a guest book to sign.It asked what famous personality you would like to see added to the museum. Without a second thought I wrote Secretariat’s name. I don’t know if it happened, but I will look for him the next time I’m there! I have a housefull of pictures, paintings, statues,and you name it. all of Secretariat, but the thing I treasure most is his videotape. I’m a 60 year old Marine Nam vet, but when I watch it I get all choked up and break down in tears. Like now as I write this!! My hero. Never has been and never will be another like Him.


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what a great horse and i saw secretariat win on tv yours truly william c rogers of troy new york rogers597@hotmail.com


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Hi everyone who wrote these articles:) I absolutely love horses and I love Secretariat and all thoroughbreds. I always dream of owning one and hope it is as great as all the other racehorses.


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There’s a rumor going around that Spectacular Bid is the greatest horse to ever look thru a bridle. All of us Secretariat fans know better don’t we? There’s no comparency between the “Bid” and Sec. The “Bid” was good, But Sec was great. Sec’s Triple Crown Races solidifies that title. huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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The sport of Kings,was replaced with Secretariat the King of the sport.The greatest who ever lived and I’ve seen them all since 1960.There will never again be one with so much talent and heart. I doubt his times will ever fall,those kinds of times will break 99% of horses down in one race little less half a dozen.He lost a few but showed no interest in those races.I’ve watched his races over and over both times he was beat in 03 after the triple and he just wasnt there,didnt seem to care if he raced or not.The big low after the amazing performances gets them all sooner or later in any sport.All who get that chill up their spine including me loved that horse like family.


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This is an AWESOME site:) I’ll deffinently come back.I absoltly LOVE SECRETARIET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So,continue the good work:)

From, Jean H.


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This is an AWESOME site:) I’ll deffinently come back.I absoltly LOVE SECRETARIET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So,continue the good work:)

From, *~*Jean H.*~*


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While watching the Kentucky Derby today, I could not help but remember Secretariat. I don’t think there will ever be a horse as great as him. Scott Dolbee


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I’ve been interested in Secretariat since I was a child. I was only a year old when he raced, so unfortunately I was too young to have seen him race. But I do remember reading almanacs and other items when I was a child about 1972, 1973, etc., and I saw Secretariat’s name over and over. Somehow, maybe because of the proximity to when I was born, that glorious name just caught my eye. That’s what first piqued my curiosity. The more I learned about him, the more my enthusiasm grew. Having watched shows about him, and having read articles, I realized early on what a truly special horse he was. He was one of God’s beautiful creations, physically just an amazingly perfect specimen, a perfect athlete (and an athlete he most definitely was). But it was that sense of himself, that sense that he had a clue about how great he was, that he was proud of his accomplishments and related to people, that makes him even more special. I don’t believe there will ever be another horse quite like him…he was one of a kind. I wish I had been old enough to see him myself…but since I wasn’t, I look forward to seeing the beautiful bronze life-size sculpture of him, just to get some idea of what he was really like. Thank you for having this website.


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this web site is great. it brings back the memory of a summer day years ago at saratoga springs, where i saw secretariat. what a beautiful horse!! he looked like a movie star.there will never be another quite like him.


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31 years later I still get chills when he makes his move at the Belmont. Greatest sports performance in my 53 years. I have framed photos, a painting and video. Big Red forever!

Rick Dixon rdixon50@mindspring.com


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Thirty-one years seems like yesterday. Secretariat brought tears to my eyes then with each of his magnificent, unmatched, victories. I can honestly say that I love Big Red, though I never had the opportunity to see him live. I love horses and he holds a special part of my heart. I miss him. I want to get a picture of him but cannot yet afford it.


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WHAT A HORSE,HE IS THE GREATEST 4 LEGGED ANIMAL THAT GOD PUT ON THIS EARTH.I GET CHILLS WATCHING VIDEO CLIPS OF HIM RUNNING. I WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN HIM IN PERSON AND WAS ABLE TO TOUCH THIS BEAUTIFUL CREATURE. WE MISS YOU BIG BOY.


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I was only 5 years old when SECRETARIAT won his triple crown, and even now, 31 years later, one of the ONLY happy memories of an otherwise hellish childhhod was sitting on my Dads lap and watching BIG RED show us all, long before his death and autopsy, that he was the horse with the biggest heart of all time! I always wished I would have had the chance to see him in person, and the fact hes gone, still makes me cry like a baby even while typing this…Because of you, Secretariat, I have a never ending love of horses and horse racing, and my dream is to one day raise and own my own, and am trying to instill the love, in my two children GOD BLESS BIG RED for he gave a little REDHEADED girl such happiness !!!!!!!!! Race on Race on!!! Deborah F Little littleby1@hotmail.com


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The horses was fabulous! Carie


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Secratariat was the greatest horse ever. Never has an animal, of any kind, inspired so many. He was a gift from God. A horse like Secratariat, comes along once in a lifetime.


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Cindy (Sweet) Schmidt cdskat@aol.com Hello, I was so in Love with Secretariat. He was a very beautiful Horse. The year he won the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown, My mother and I watched and the first time he walked onto the field, I told mom that he was going to win the Derby and as they were loading him in the gates I told my mom that I will bet her a month of washing dishes that not only would he win the Derby but that he was going to win the Preakness and Blemont. To win the Triple Crown, laughed at me but sure enough he did and I got out of dishes for a month and my mother would never bet on a horse aginst me again. I wanted so much to see him in person, & was so sorry when he passed away. I will always believe that he was the GREATEST HORSE that ever lived….


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The most Magnificent Horse ever to race. He still takes my Breath away. RebCarroll


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I saw Secretariat win…..it was and remains the most exciting horse race i ever saw…and sporting event. I was, in reality, afraid for the horse. I thought he would burst his heart running that fast or die after crossing the finishing line. At the head of the stretch, i was yelling slow him down!!! as a fan my biggest treat was being at the winners circle (in the stands) when Big Red walked by and i reached over the fence and touched the $10 million dollar horse!!!—Big Red you can see my hand touching him in the flim shown on ABC Wide World of Sports!!! In my humble opinion, there will never be another horse like Big Red!! john starns


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I’m from Virginia, and have posted here many times before. I love this site and reading everyone’s comments, usually finding myself quite emotional when finding that I’m not the only one who’s been touched by this great horse. So here’s a quick story:

My computer resides below a huge poster of my Big Red so that everytime I’m working, I can look up at him and remember to have try a little harder, give a little more, finish every race with HEART. So after this year Preakness, Smarty Jones looks incredible! He is truely a spectacular horse, I would never try to take anything away from him. But my poor, misguided roommate says to me, while I’m sitting peacefully in front of my Secretariat poster, “Man, one more race like that, and Smarty would smoke your boy!”

I almost dropkicked him. After calming myself down considerably, I thought about what Big Red did for all of us. What he did was a modern marvel – he . A couple years ago, I was kind of hoping AGAINST more TC winners (sorry). I didn’t want any horse to be mentioned in the same *breath* as our Secretariat. I’m a little wiser now and am DYING for a TC winner, just so that my generation has an idea of how hard a TC is (I’m born in ’77). It amazes me that I wasn’t even born when he did what he did, but I can still love him like I was there or something. To the people that were there to see him, or godblessit were able to see him in person…we ENVY you. Seriously, that is amazing. We should all thank Penny and her supporting cast for that. I consistently go back and wonder how a horse can make someone get literally choked up just by watching him run. Secretariat was a gift from God, I have no doubt about it. He will always serve as an inspiration to me – and oh yeah, he OWNS all the TC records. Sorry Smarty, you’re awesome, but you’re still a few shades shy of BIG RED.

Good luck to Smarty, thanks to the owners of this amazing site, and I can picture God is riding Secretariat hair blown back with a HUGE smile right now. I sure as hell would be!


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I love Big Red – I was the owner of the last post – if you want a good laugh, go to http://www.14waves.com/pages/3/index.htm.

***** I swear to God this is not spam or any attempt to draw you into something you don’t want to be in. Just a funny “Photoshopped” picture of a fan (me) jockeying our beloved Big Red. ***


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I was 8 in 1973, and totally captivated by Secretariat. I was lucky to have been able to visit him at his retirement “pad”, and bought a picture of him that I still treasure to this day! Natalie Lindholm nattymash@juno.com


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Dear Penny…….what a gracious, wonderful woman you are for sharing Secretariat with us for all these years. I can’t tell you how much I love you for it. And how much do I love Big Red? Well, I’ve been with the same wonderful man for many years and the WORST fight we ever got into was over Secretariat! This man is the ultimate Football/Denver Bronco fan and when ESPN put out the 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century, he was furious that John Elway was not on that list. He made the biggest mistake of his life by stating to me that they even put a “blankety-blank” horse on the list but didn’t include Elway. Needless to say, the fur flew. The poor man, I was so livid that I didn’t get off his back about that comment for a full week. To settle the argument he agreed to sit down and watch the Sport Century Secretariat video. He went from being a skeptic to being in awe of the greatest horse ever. When Smarty Jones pulled away from the field at the 2004 Preakness, this wonderful man looked and me and said, “now, who did that remind you of?”, of course, refering to Secretariat. I figure that’s a pretty complete conversion in attitude. We immediately jumped on the internet and both of us were tickled pink to see that Secretariat was on Smarty Jones’ pedigree. That’s how powerful Secretariat’s charisma is to this day. I have worshiped Secretariat and he has been a part of my life since I was 17 years old and watched him win the Triple Crown. But Big Red was so special he is still converting people like my boyfriend into die hard fans three decades later. I am truly blessed that I lived during the same time as the Super Horse and I was able to see him run. God Bless and thank you for this wonderful web site. Nancy G Davis ngd4096@hotmail.com


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Hello again….I just posted but I had one more thought. A big shout out to Mr. Turcotte, also. What a great job he did maintaining his cool through the Triple Crown and guiding Secretariat through the majority of his wins. The perfect jockey for the perfect horse. I know everyone is ga-ga over Secretariat’s 31 length Belmont win, as am I, but my very favorite race was the Preakness. I have watched horse racing since I was 10, and I’m now 48, so in 38 years I have never seen a move like the one Secretariat made on the first turn. Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe that move or do it justice. And I grin like an idiot every time I think of Ronnie Turcotte’s quote on describing that move…….”Once he got to the lead, I go to the rail and I just turn his head loose, and he goes back to his ol’ self….you know, just looooping along…..” I love his use of the term loping. Good lord, if that’s loping, what on earth is running lights out? When ever I’m down and/or having a bad day, all I have to do is think of Ronnie Turcotte talking about Big Red, and it brings me out of my funk every single time. Thank you, Mr. Turcotte. You and Big Red have a lot in common….you’re both the best. Nancy G Davis ngd4096@hotmail.com


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A great champion. I have the VHS recording of “Life and Times of Secretariat, An American Racing Legend”. Will any videos be produced in DVD format?


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will there be any films on Secretariat in “DVD” format? jhurse@dslextreme.com


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I have been in love with horses all my life, but Secretariat holds a very special place in my heart. Every time I hear the replay of the call “SECRETARIAT IS MOVING LIKE A TREMENDOUS MACHINE” I get goosebumps.

The day I heard the announcement that they had to put him down was a stab in my heart. I was out in the fields feeding the horses…. I just laid my head down on the steering wheel and cried like a baby.

This is a terrific site, and I thank you for it. I constantly check back to see if there is a new item I can buy for my collection. I sure wish I could have afforded the Secretariat blanket that was put up on ebay! That would have been something to CHERISH, I hope the buyer appreciates what he/she has.

Carolyn Beverly Kenney, Smithfield NC.


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Does anyone know how I can contact Ron Turcote or his agent? I own a $2.00 winning ticket of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown Belmont race and would love to get Ron’s signature on it. Thanks. (You can contact me at 718-625-3553.) Thanks. Robert


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He was the greatest horse ever!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I was there at all three races. Big Red still brings tears to my eyes for his strength and character. He has been rated as one of the top ten atheles in the 20th century. So very fitting!


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What a lovely site! I have been, as most of the world has,a fan of Secretariat and of the racing world. As I see Smarty Jones gearing up for the third leg of the triple crown, I think of the day when I was 10 years old and heard of this amazing feat of a horse named Secretariat. How lovely it would be to have another one so special to step up to honor this horse.

Betty A. Delfosse


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I reamber Secretariat.And the Belmont that was the best race I eaver saw.I hope ESPN will show the old video.My wife neaver saw him run,but I tell her he was like nothing you will eaver see again. Mark Overstreet misttent@yhoo.com


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My Dad got me interested in horse racing as a small child. I watched races with him all my life. He was old enough to be my grandfather. He saw Man O’ War in person after he retired. We always talked about who was better. Secretariat or Man O’ War. My thoughts are … Big Red would beat MO. I do feel confident to say that on a warm day in ’73 in New York , nobody past or present could have beaten the Secretariat! My Dad is gone to be with the Lord now but maybe someday when I get there , we will watch a great MATCH RACE IN THE SKY!


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After my Man O’ War Secretariat match race comments I forgot to put my email address! jcy@paulding-net.com


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Secretariat will always hold a special place in racing history because he was a true champion. He loved to run. He smiled as he raced around the track as though he knew that he was destined to be a winner. It was a sad day when this amazing horse died…we truely lost someone special! Thanks for the momories!


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May 5, May 19, and June 9, 1973, are all quite vivid in my mind. I was just shy of my 13th birthday — and no great fan or horse racing — when I watched Secretariat performed his magic on television (OK, I couldn’t watch the Derby on TV but I listened on radio while in a car between Baltimore and Philadelphia). The Derby and Preakness wins were special, but what he did in the Belmont simply defied description. I have never seen such total domination in a competitive event — either before or since. And the memory of June 9, 1973 stays with me still. Whenever I think I have nothing left to give, I think of what Big Red did that day — and suddenly, I find the will to continue. Who knew a horse could be a role model? Godspeed, Secretariat — you’re the best! Joe B.


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hi I would like to have lots of addresses for my use I would like to write different famus people because I have lots of friends that I have surprisees for ok so here e mail address bkw99@hotmail.com __________________ Barbara Wheeler


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Big Red? Best race-horse? No, Man o’ War was both. THE BEST!


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Hello, Secretariat is my second favorite racehorse of all time. (Man o’ War being my first.)Secretariat was beyond words, and I wish I could have seen he, and Man o’ War run freely. I watch clips of both of them- and I know this is crazy, but they make me cry everytime. What a great horse! Power of the Reds!


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Secretariat…Enough Said


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Secretariat is the greatest creature ever to grace God’s earth – no matter what anybody says about Man O’ War. ~Christina(Secretariat’s Number One Fan)


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Ok- it’s me again, Secretariat’s Number One Fan. I thank God that he created this horse – this splendid, magnificent Pegasus without wings and with a heart huge enough to capture the whole world. My father was the first one to tell me about the Greatest Of Them All, and this is high praise in itself for my father knows absolutely nothing about horses and racing. While I was sobbing after having watched my first Triple Crown hopeful, Silver Charm, lose the Belmont in that close stretch duel, my father tried to cheer me up by telling me about this amazing animal called “Secretariat” who won the Crown “a few years ago”. My dad may not have the best time sense, but little does he know the fire that he helped ignite by those few simple words. I found a website about him shortly after that conversation and fell in love with him immediately. I kept reading and reading and when it seemed like that horse just couldn’t get any better short of being a god, he would. When I found out that my only hero slipped out of this mortal world only three weeks and two days after I was born I cried my heart out. Since that day over six years ago I have relentlessly learned as much about America’s Horse as is humanly possile. When I was little I used to pretend that I was one of Secretariat’s daughters, just to connect with that Super Hero/Horse. I can honestly say that he is the love of my life. If I could have just one wish for myself granted, it would be to spend a day alone with my hero in some heavenly paddock – that would be paradise. On a more realistic scale, top on my list of life goals is to visit his final resting place in Paris, Kentucky. If any other fan who visits this sight happens to know how this can be accomplished, I would be eternally grateful if you could e-mail any info to me at crazyhorse0170@hotmail.com. Would that I could have enoug money to expand my tiny yet extremely well-loved Secretariat shrine. As of right now it consists of the Special Edition Breyer model, three postcards, and all three books that I have been able to find about Him. And I know that all of you reading this will agree that, as magnificent as Man O’ War was, there is simply no comparison between him and the true Big Red. The nerve of whoever authored that book on the 100 greatest racehorses of the century! How dare they let the crown fall upon the wrong horse! I sincerely hope that someone who has any connection with him/her/them lets them know of their terrible mistake so that the record can be set straight once and for all. Well, I have tried my very best, but there are simply no earthly words perfect enough for Perfection Itself. So, as a final parting message: I LOVE SECRETARIAT MORE THAN LIFE! HE MAY BE GONE FROM THIS EARTH, BUT HE WILL ALWAYS RUN FREE IN MY HEART! GOD BLESS HIM AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES HIM – WE KNOW WHEN WE TRULY SEE GOD’S MASTERPIECE! THERE WILL NEVER, EVER, BE ANOTHER TO EVEN TOUCH HIS PRECIOUSNESS! I LOVE YOU SECRETARIAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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This is my first visit to the web site. I have been a thoroughbred racing fan since the age of eight, when I saw my first Kentucky Derby on a black and white televison set in 1966. I have not missed a race since, my family knows that on the first Satruday in May, two weeks later and three weeks after that, I do not go anywhere and do not bother me until after the race. When I saw Secretariat streak across my televison screen in 1973, I “went off the deep end” as we say here in the south. I did not get any better as he snatched up the Preakness and then walked away from the feild in the Belmont. At 15, I had my first Triple Crown Champion!! Even now as I think about it my heart pounds again. At the time, my parents thought I was having a seizure or something. I have a black and white 8×10 photo of Secretariat framed and hanging in my office. He shares a wall with Seabiscuit, the first race horse I fell in love with and Man O’ War, my second thanks to Seabiscuit. I will never forget the joy of watching Secretariat run. When I heard of his passing, I could not help but cry. I cherish every memory of that big horse.


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I Ride Secretariat”s Great-granduaghter Great idea (Black-Berry Brandy) If you have any medical info any of there relitives please e_mail me at vwrmbenz@aol.con

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I Ride Secretariat”s Great-granduaghter Great idea (Black-Berry Brandy) If you have any medical info any of there relitives please e_mail me at vwrmbenz@aol.con

THAX


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Go Smarty Jones, win the Triple Crown, and make your great great grandfather, Secretariat, proud.


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I get weepy when I think about Secretariat. The day he died, I cried a river of tears for the horse that I idolized in my youth. Born not far from our summer residence, I have tremendously fond memories of following his career, a good Virginia bred horse. Big Red was, has been and forever will be my favorite! Oh, he was beauty and strength in motion.


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This is a great site for all of us that remember so well how Secretariat stole our hearts as well as the Belmont to capture the Triple Crown.

He died on my birthday, making it a day of sadness for me.

His memory will live forever.

Art Dees, Atlanta, GA


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When I saw Smarty Jones win the Preakness I could only think of that other great horse he reminded me of, Secretariat, the greatest horse that ever lived. Secretariat lives in Smarty Jones — go Smarty !!


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Secretariat…ran the belmont in 2:24….let’s see how fast Smarty Jones runs this race in…..i say 2:27 maybe……if so secretariat would have won the race by approxiametly 15 lengths…..remember 5 lengths per second……..comparing him to the “THE BIG RED” is not too smart…or should i say “smarty”…..


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Hi Penny, May I say what an impressive website you have and what a gracious lady you are. What are your feelings about Smarty Jones, whom they say is the great, great grandson of your beloved Secretariat? What are the notable similarities in your opinion?

A new fan of Secretariat Most sincerely, Gail Green gail_green@hotmail.com


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I remember watching Secretariat race like it was yesterday. What a magnificant animal!!! He was a beautiful horse, commanding with his presence, and ran like the wind. I still have newspaper clippings I saved when he was racing and after he retired. When I heard he had died it was just like one of my own pets had died. I felt such loss knowing Secretariat was no longer on this earth. I am one of the lucky ones that got to see him race and remember him clearly. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of the world.


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Many years ago, when I was a young boy, my dad used to regale me with wonderful stories of great horses and great races he had seen. Because we lived close to both Beautiful Belmont and the Big A, I got to see a few good races and horses myself. Still, nothing I saw compared with my dad’s tales about Whirlaway, Citation and other great horses he had seen. Then came Secretariat and the 1973 Belmont Stakes. And the torch was passed.


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I have been a racing fan since the mid-80s and have never seen such an amazing horse. I only wish I could have seen him in person.


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I enjoyed watching Secretariat’s races as much as anyone, and was a fan of his unmatched accomplishments. But as the years went by he faded in memory and I only thought of him briefly (of course during the triple crown season). Then on that awful day it was announced he was put down I burst into tears like I lost a family member. Uncontrollably crying and I don’t really know why I felt so sad but I surely did. That’s the effect he had on people I guess. We are lucky to have been able to see him and his greatness.


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My mom is a huge racing fan and instilled that same devotion in me. I grew up in Indiana, about a 5-hour car trip from Claiborne Farm, where Secretariat stood at stud. We have pictures of him in family photo albums with him, me and a groom. I still have the term paper I wrote about Secretariat when I was a 7th grader in 1974. I loved that horse! I was living on the East Coast when I heard he had died, and I cried as if I’d lost a close friend. It is great to see this website, dedicated to a wonderful horse who is still very much missed. Laura Kenney, Decatur, IN


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I was watching a replay of the 1973 Belmont Stakes today on ESPN. What thrilling memories it brought back for me – I was seven years old, and it was the very first horse race I ever saw. Naturally, I got the idea at the time that all horse races were won by big red beauties who demolished the competition by dozens of lengths. I wept when Secretariat passed on, and I still think he’s the most beautiful animal I’ve ever seen. Wherever you are, Big Red, I hope you know how much you still touch our hearts. God bless you and all your descendants (including Smarty!!!! :) )


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One more thing – this might be a difficult subject for some to read about, but I post it here because I think Secretariat himself would approve. The deaths of Ferdinand and Exceller in slaughterhouses only underscores the tragic, inhumane fate that tens of thousands of American horses face every year at the hands of those who wish to serve them up on European and Japanese tables. Among them I’m sure are the descendants of other beloved champions such as Secretariat or his sire or dam or brothers and sisters.

Several bills have passed or are active in attempts to ban horse slaughter in the US and exportation of American horses for the purpose of slaughter. If you appreciate these beautiful and noble animals and the joy they bring to our lives, please write your congressman or senator and give these bills your support.

http://www.ohahs.org/slaughter.html

The above is a link to an older but concise site about the issue. Fair warning: some descriptions in the article may be disturbing. Discretion is advised.


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i have only one thing to say this horse was the greatest horse i ever have seen run when is he going to get his doo from the preakness. they have the video tapes in real time look at the time he finished the race and prove the this horse broke all three track records to win the tripple crown.


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Big Red you would be proud of Smarty..


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I have just recently become a horseracing fan and I have to say that your website brought me to tears more than once. Just reading Doolittle’s notes on the 1973 Belmont race gave me goosebumps. I love this website. Keep up the great work!


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Secretariat was simply the greatest. Could he have beaten the other great horses? Yes. Could Citation, Man O’ War, Affirmed,Sir Barton,or Seattle Slew have beaten him? Of course Secretariat lost races, but he was never beaten. He was not always great, he was great when he had to be. Big Red knew when he had to be great, and his times in the Triple Crown Races demonstrate his dominance. When I see the replay or think of that 31 length win at Belmont Park I can only ask myself one question. What would his time have been if he had a horse that would have pushed him to the finish? I still cry when I see that 31 length win, because it is as amazing now as it was in 1973.


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I was only a 9 year old child when Secretariat started his historic run for the Triple Crown and had never before watched watched a thoroughbred horse race. As I watched the Kentucky Derby and seen this absolutely beautiful and magnificent horse I was an instant fan. I watched all 3 races that year and was awestruck & elated to see Big Red run. As an adult years later when I heard that he passed away I felt a great sense of loss & cried at his passing. I am still a race fan and I watch every year the race for the Triple Crown. I know that I can speak for a lot of people in saying that Secretariat was the greatest horse that ever lived.


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I believe that Secretariat (Big Red) is the greatest horse ever in thoroughbred racing. I was only 7 years old when he won the triple crown. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, I feel honored that the first leg of the accomplishment was in my home city. WAY TO GO BIG RED. There will never be another like you and you will never be forgotten thanks to Secretariat.com and other memorabilia out there just for you. Thanks Penny!!! JULIE…loukywmn@yahoo.com


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GO SMARTY GO!!! MAKE US PROUD AS WELL AS YOUR GREAT-GREAT GRANDSIRE!!!


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The greatest racehorse I have ever seen was BIG RED. I wonder, however, what has become of another sentimental favorite of mine–General Assembly. Could someone please fill me in on him. Is he alive? He never earned greatness but that was OK with me. He was a beautiful horse and will always be in my memory. My e-mail address is: pacatshack@aol.com


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General Assembly stands at stud in Germany, according to the Thoroughbred Times directory. I’m assuming he’s still living. Perhaps someone would like to do the research?

I’m sorry about Smarty Jones, but he still ran a great race and did his great ancestor proud.


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Today June 5th, 2004, I watched Smarty Jones fall short of becoming the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. After listening for three weeks to all the hype as I did in previous years regarding the Silver Charms, Funny Cides and Arazi’s of the past, I go on in life wondering why the media looks so strongly to back these horses with such force that they seem to already make them part of the Secretariat class, with students Slew, Affirmed and one of the greatest of all Citation. As Smarty staggered home, out of gas in the test of champions, I could recall the thunder that Big Red dropped on us back in June of 1973. Winning by 31 lengths is something that should be considered one of the greatest out of this world’s experiences one could have, a sort of supernatural occurance that only happens once in a lifetime. The media should revel in the Seattle Slews, the Citations, the Affirmed’s and the rest of the Triple Crown class that keep the history of horse racing to its purest of champions. Secretariat, When that name is mentioned for generations to come, those who write and talk should make sure they know what and who they are talking about. The GREATEST!!


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Hi! I am so thrilled to find this site. I have been a fan of Big Red’s for so many years, I was so inspired by his strong will and courage, I was just a young worman when I watched him run, and was lucky enough to see him at his home in Kentucky. I will never forget sharing the experience with my daughter who is now thirty-four years old, but still remembers seeing him, and how impressive he was. I have had a computer for years, and never thought about looking for a site that would let me talk with others that this horse so inspired, but today after watching the Belmont, I finally thought about using this tool that would connect me to others who also admired and loved him. Thank you: Vickey


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I was married the year secretariat won the triple crown. I will always remember him as the great competitor he was. He made 1973 an unforgetable year for me.


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After Smarty Jones’ valliant, but unsuccessful effort to win the triple crown, the achievements of Secretariat become even more amazing. I will never forget seeing him in the Marlboro Cup. An incredible big red machine coming around the far turn with Riva Ridge in his wake….and no force on earth could stand in his way. The Babe Ruth of horses.


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Even after all these years I still feel all the emotion that Secretariat filled in me when he was alive and racing. Today I was pulling for Smarty Jones to win the Triple Crown because we need him almost like we did Secretariat. Even though he was denied the Belmont today, he inspires us almost like the impact of Secretariat. Thank you, Big Red, for being here for all of us.


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The next Secretariat came to Belmont yesterday, 6/5/04, in the name of Smarty Jones. What we saw yesterday was further proof of the greatest of all thoroughbreds: Secretariat. I was 11 in 1973 and will never ever forget Secretariat. I wept in 1989 when I heard of Big Red’s passing. The magic created in 1973, 31 years (after a 31 length victory) ago grows stronger and stonger. There never will be another and I thank God I remember.


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It was sad to see Smarty Jones finish second in the Belmont, but it shows you just how hard it really is to win all three races — let alone to win all three races in record time, like Big Red. And Big Red didn’t tire as the ’73 Belmont progressed — no, he got stronger. I watched the full tape of the ’73 Belmont this weekend so that my kids could see what took place that day. They couldn’t believe it, and that’s despite the fact that I had already told them what had happened that day (31 lengths, record time, etc . . . ). Smarty Jones will be remebered as one of the best and will go on the have a great career — winning the Derby and Preakness, and coming in 2nd in the Belmont is awesome. But it just goes to show you how AMAZING Secretariart was on the warm, humid day 31 years ago. Godspeed, Secretariat — you’re the best! Joe B.


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I’ve never seen secretariat but i do own his grandson and he really looks like him. i have pictures of both horses and it’s almost as if they’re the same horse. i just think he’s great and i’m glad i have some of secretatiat


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i recently left a note about owning secretariat’s grandson and i want say that my email is carkeys134@comcast.net :)


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WOW! What a great website. I am writing a paper for school about the American Dream and I chose to relate it to horse racing and the Triple Crown. This will help a lot and it was so interestiong! Great Job!!! Heidi McNeill fab005_1@hotmail.com


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Everytime I watch the 1973 Belmont on the NYRA site, I get a little emotional. Secretariat’s performance in that race is probably the finest athletic performance in America of all-time. I love the call… “Secretariat is running like a TREMENDOUS machine!!!”… The only comparable sporting performance that I can think of is Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game… I remember chuckling, that that big horse would always stumble out of the starting gate,race after race, he could never get that right! But boy could he run afterwards. I’m not into celebrity worship, so ironically, when Secretariat died, it’s probably the only celebrity death ever that caused me to shed a tear. I guess it’s the animal lover in me. But somehow Secretariat seemd like much more than just an animal. He is remembered. And I’m not even that big of a racing fan. Thanks for the fine web site. Keep expanding it. – karchad@optonline.net


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‘SMARTY’ IS NO “SECRETARIAT” ,SECRETARIAT HAS AN AVERAGE SPEED RATING OF “100” WHEN YOU DISMISS HIS 2 YEAR OLD RACES, AND HIS RACES ON A SLOPPY TRACK…INCREDIBLE……………..


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Secretariat was a true hero turned legend. An athlete who did not concern himself with money or fame. His performance in the 1973 Belmont is the single most incredible feat in sports history, nothing short of supernatural. At a time when America needed a true hero, it was if Secretariat instinctively knew it, and gave us what we needed. Watching that performance always inspires me and is enough to encourage anybody to be their best.


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June 9, 2004.

31 years ago today I saw the greatest athletic feat I’ll ever see.

And it’s still every bit as stupefying.

God bless…


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“Secretariat is widening now. He is moving like a tremendous machine!” Happy 31st Belmont Stakes Anniversary, Big Red! Joe B.


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My earliest reading was of Anna Swell” Black Beauty”. A dream, kept in the heart of a little N.Y.C. girl. In 1971, then 11 years old, I remember picking a Derby horse from black and white photos run by the newspaper. I watched channel 9’s racing program from then on. Canonero gave way to Riva Ridge, but my heart was stolen by a big Chestnut Beauty. I clipped newspaper articles, kept in a scrap book I still treasure. No loss, ever doubted his superiority in my mind. I hated Prove Out and Onion with a 13 year olds anger. I followed his retirement throught the Racing Form and newspapers. My heart still feels the pain when I received a phone call from my horse loving mother, telling me he died. My eyes still tear at the thought. Bless little Smarty Jones, but he is no Big Red!


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I was 16 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown and it is something I will never forget. He was absolutely the greatest horse ever and always will be. I am 47 now and tell my children all the time about this fantastic horse and what he did; especially in the Belmont where he totally ran away from the field. There will never be another Secretariat!!

David Rando randorunner88@yahoo.com


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DID YOU EVER THINK SECRATARIAT WOULD RUN SUCH A GREAT RACE ON TURF(HIS NEXT TO LAST START)… AFTER RUNNING SO CHAMPION-LIKE IN 19 DIRT RACES…..THANK-YOU!!!!


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I admired this horse when he was going for the Triple Crown and watched the race just to see him run and make history! He will always be the BEST horse in my mine and others. Rhonda Carlisle Omaha,NE


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What a majestic presence Secretariat was! The most beautiful equine creation to ever grace the earth, in my humble opinion. After Smarty Jones’s heartbreaking Belmont 2004 loss, I viewed my Belmont 1973 video to console myself. And was amazed, for the thousandth time, at just how utterly special Secretariat was, as an athlete, as a personality, a competitor. A once-in-a-lifetime horse. Watching him win at 2:24, 31 lengths, completely astonishes me even more today than it did 31 years ago. There will never be anything else even remotely like him. Other fine horses will come, challenge and go, but strangely Secretariat is timeless to me, he will always exist for me. I truly believe he was born with a purpose, at a chosen time in history, to uplift the spirits of millions. What a special gift from God to the world. So glad I was around in 1973 to witness the greatest! Thank you, Penny Chenery and your fine team, for sharing him with us and giving me memories that will last my lifetime! Cheryl in Oklahoma


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I will always have the memory of Secretariats great Belmont Victory . The greatest moment in sports I have ever witnessed in my lifetime and every will. Dawn Allen, nellajada@aol.com


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your hosre is not a good one but is bertter then ssmarty jones.

you firend melanie Emil mballard4002003@yahoo.com


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There will never be another Secretariat….but his sons General Assembly and Risen Star amazed me…Terlingua was a fireball…Smarty Jones is related to him as was Charismatic, and I always look at the bloodlines to see if he is there. That is who I cheer for…those related to Big Red… I can guarantee that the next triple crown winner will be a part of him, and may even look a lot like him..the ghost of Big Red will come back to pick us all up again…wait and see…


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by the way my e-mail is Perley66@aol.com


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I know Risen Star, the huge beautiful son of Secretariat died too early from colic at age 11, but does anyone know if General Assembly, Terlingua, or Tinner’s Way are still alive? How about Lady’s Secret? My e-mail is Perley66@aol.com. I miss Secretariat…his spirit will come charging down Belmont’s long track once more in the form of a great grandson or granddaughter to win the triple crown again, and my bet is that horse will look and act excatly like him….he is moving like a great machine……


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I have never been a fan of horse racing, although I can remember occasionally accompanying my late Father to Rillito Downs in Tucson in The 50’s, as a very young boy. I had never watched a horse race on television and I had absolutely no interest in horse racing whatsoever. I had never owned a horse or even sat on a horse. However, I, like millions of other Americans, got caught up in all the hoopla over Secretariat winning The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness in 1973 and having his picture on the cover of both “Time” and “Newsweek”. I decided that I would watch The Belmont Stakes, just to see if this horse that everyone was talking about could become the first Triple Crown winner since The 40’s. As I watched Secretariat pull away from the field that day I was, and there is no other way to describe it, in complete and absolute awe of him. I realized that this horse was making the best racehorses in the country look like they were not even on the same track as he was. I realized that I was watching not only history in the making, but something transcendent. It was one of the most unforgettable things that I have ever seen in my life and I can remember it, 31 years later now, as though it were yesterday. For me, as for so many others, Secretariat will always be “The Horse”; the greatest racehorse of all time and a magnificent champion in every sense of the word. I will remember him with respect and affection and awe so long as I live. I read everything that I can about him and my respect for his amazing feats continues to grow. I still have virtually no interest in horse racing, but I will never, ever forget Secretariat.


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Really nice site! Very informative!

Gr. Denise

http://www.horse-book-store.com/


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I have a Secretariat grandson, “Without Reason” out of “The Name’s Jimmy.” He is 6 years old right now and standing at 16. hands. He’s bright chesnut, sweet disposition, wonderful over fences, out in the fields and on the ground. He is by far the most agreeable and friendly horse I have ever known.


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HAY,IM SARAH FRANCOIS ,AND IM 15 YEARS OLD, AND I JUST READ YOUR BOOK GANGTSA AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. I HOPE U GUYS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND KEEP DOING MORE INTRESTING BOOKS.EVEN THOUGH IM NOT FROM THE STREETS AND FROM THE CRIPS BUT I FEEL WHERE U GUYS COMMING FROM.

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This year, the 30 Anniversary of the Secretariat’s Triple Crown… wow. Can you still hear the echo’s of the charge down the homestretch at Belmont?

What a great moment in history.

God Bless You Secretariat.


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he was the greatest.teresa kuproski@hotmail.com


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I have loved SECRETARIAT since he won THE TRIPLE CROWN. I watched all 3 races and there will never be another horse like him , no horse will ever surpass him…GOD made SECRETARIAT and BLESSED him forever, he is the one and only horse of horses and I will love him till the day I die……. A true FAN I of BIG RED…..

SHIRLEY M NOLAN AL-MLAITI E-MAIL Address…KEIYA347@aol.com


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Secretariat is a one of a kind!!! No other horse could take his place!!! Even though I didn’t get to see him when I went to Claiborne Farms, but i got to see his stall, his pasture, and his grave site. I even got his Breyer for my Birthday. He is truly a special horse. And thats how I will always remember him!!!

Nicole


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This is a nice site, and i hope one of my horses well be as great as Secretariat was.


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I only saw him race on ESPN, but he had everything. Heart, courage, spunk, and power. People don’t reliese, he was one of the best. He shows his heart in his streach drive. To me hes a real champion in all hearts.

Kylie Stewart


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Big Red is the best race horse ever. He could beat any other horses that have ever raced! I never got to see him race and I wish that I could have. When I first heard of him I fell in love with him and he’s amazing because he ran the triple crown so well!!!!!


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When I first started riding all I would here about is Secretariat form my friends. So one day I couldn’t take it anymore I had to see the video of him. All I can say is wow!! At the end of the video I was crying so hard and even to this day when I think about it I cry. He truly was an amazing animal and I would have given anything to see him go. ~Angelik~


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Are there any sites that I can download and watch Secretariat run? My daughter is 16,and horse crazy. We don’t have enough land for a horse, but we take her to a friends to ride often. She’s a big fan of Secretariat, but she’s never seen him run. I remember watching him in 1973,and to tell the truth I’ve never seen anything like it before or after. I was pregnant with my son when he won the Belmont, and couldn’t get out of my chair, but I ran ever step with him, right there in that chair. I really don’t think he needed my help!!! if you can, please send me a link at shotbutt@bellsouth.net. Thanks Mary Landrum


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I love horses and one of my biggest regrets in life is not being able to have seen secretariat, he is a hero with all heart. My dream would have been to be able to see him and touch him.


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I am 54 years old and in my opinion Secretariat is the greatest horse in my life time.

Lillian Gionti, Homosassa Florida email: Sunshineflri@yahoo.com


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Thirty-three years ago yesterday (March 30th) at 10 minutes past midnight the greatest horse in racing history was born. It’s hard to believe that 33 years have past since his birth and that this is the 30th Anniversary of his Triple Crown win. Funny, it seems like only a moment ago. Secretariat, we miss you!

Pat Reavy (flyingfoxpat@yahoo.com)


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Secretariat was the best horse to ever race and im sure he will always stay in our hearts forever. Feel free to email me if you are also a Secretariat fan! my email is: palominos_rock@hotmail.com My name is Angela and I would be happy to hear from anyone of any age male of female!


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MY FIRST SON WAS BORN ON MAY 5TH, 1973, THE DAY SECRETARIAT ONE THE KENTUCKY DERBY. AS A RESULT, I HAVE CREATED A GREAT INTEREST WITH ANYTHING INVOLVING “BIG RED”. QUESTION: IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I CAN PURCHASE “THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SECRETARIAT” ON DVD. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS RJP1946@COMCAST.NET.


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Andy Beyer wrote afterwards, in the Daily Racing Form, “Even Secretariat never finished a race so fast.” they r talking about War Chant, he’s not my favorite, Man o’ war is. Did u know that secretariat is related to Man o’ War? i knew he got his speed somewhere.


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Hi, I would just like to say that even Secretariat died in the year I was born, reading up on him has inspired me. To me he is one of the greatest horses alive. He is so powerful and gorgeous.


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In 1979 i was most fortunate to tour Claiborne Farms. I was guided by a groom by the name of Mr Snow. He allowed me to get up close and personal with both Secretariat and his stablemate Riva Ridge, stalled right beside of “Big Red.” Secretariat seemed bored with the attention while Riva revelled in it. When lead to the front of the barn Secretariat seemed increasingly bored with the attention. When lead to the back of the barn where he could hear the mares in the fields he did come to life. He stood motionless and proud. He was beautiful!! It was a dream come true for me to touch the immortal Secretariat. I will never forget it!!! Beth Buckley-fan mundydog@direcway.com


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I was lucky enough to have my picture taken with the great stallion at Clayborne farm in 1986,after i stopped to help a stranger,whos truck had broken down,they happened to be friends of the owners of Clayborne and gave me a letter of recomadation to get in to see the great champion!! To this day i can’t remember their names!! Ms. Debi Basinger,e-mail horseladie007@yahoo.com #1 fan of BIG RED!!!


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Isn’t it amazing that still photos of a horse could show such perfection of movement and athletic superiority. The good news and the bad news is there will never be another. RIP, Big Red Horse. K Porter


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I was a mere 3 years old when Secretariat awed all in the Triple Crown races. I just watched “The Life and Times of Secretariat” and saw the champ in action for myself. What a gift he was to all. May he rest in peace and thanks Big Red for the enduring legacy you left behind. Suzan Swadley-suznboo@webtv.net


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FOR YEAR’S RACING FAN’S HAVE WANTED TO SEE ANOTHER HORSE LIKE THE BIG RED ONE IN THE MAKING, I DON’T THINK HIS RECORD WILL EVER BE MATCHED. HE IS AND FOREVER WILL BE THE FINEST THOROUGHBRED HORSE IN RACING HISTORY, HE WAS TRULY A SPECIAL MOMENT IN TIME, WHOM EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE IN SEEING HIM WILL NEVER EVER FORGET. WE LOVED YOU AND MISS YOU. SIR SECRETARIAT


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I am a big fan of secretariat and i want a horse just like him!~kd~


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HI:

When you look at the top “100” horses of all time at the NTYA site, they have Man o’ War 1st and Secretariat 2nd. I’am for lobbying to have that reversed for one simple reason: No horse, not even Man O’ War could have beaten him in the 1973 Belmont. The average running time for a mile and a half at thattrack is approximately 2:29.1. Thats 26 lenghts slower!! For that matter, the fastest any Belmont has been run after the 2:24 is 2:26, 10 lenghts slower; and that was his son, Risen Star!

Now I know Man O’ War went 20 for 21 with one second, but the competition was far less greater in 1920.

COME ON

RBarr8627@aol.com


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WONDERFUL STORY. WE OWN A FIVE YEAR OLD PONY MARE IN FOAL WHOSE HEAD AND FACE HAS SUCH A RESEMBLANCE TO SECRETARIAT THAT I KEEP STUDYING HIS PHOTOS AND DO A LOT OF DREAMING. HER OVERALL BODY COLOR IS CLOSE TO HIS. DELBERT R. WEARE delbertweare@ns.sympatico.ca


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I Have been a Secretariat fan since I first saw his picture

Sarah age 14


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HE IS BY FAR THE BEST HORSE THAT EVER LIVED….. HE IS UNTOUCHABLE…..

ANGELA REYNOLDS BURLINGTON, VT


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There are so many Thoroughbred greats out there! The 70s alone produced so many of them. Yet….for me, as for so many, “Big Red” stands out as the very best of the best. I remember reading Eddie Maple’s account of riding Secretariat in his last race in Canada. He said that he was amazed at how Secretariat ran — switching leads & speeding up when other horses would have been slowing down. He said he got off Secretariat and watched him disappear through the fog into retirement and knew he’d never again have a ride like that. Secretariat did for my war-torn generation what Seabiscuit did for Americans during the Depression — provided hope and courage during a time of great national doubt. He will live always in my heart and mind as one of America’s great national treasures.


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Secretariat was the best race horse ever. Although i never saw him race and dont realy get to watch races that much i know a lot of stuff. But one big thing i know is he was the best.


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I really Like Secretariat am learning a lot about him from reading books. I am 11 years old and I want to be a jockey when I grow up. Have you ever herd of Breyer Animal creations? Well they made a model of Secretariat. You might want to advertise that on your web site. Deborah


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I loved Secretariat. He always seemed to display a personality as if he knew how people reacted to him. Although not a racing fan I would delay any activity to see his televised races. His pictures cause me to tearup, I still miss him. Never have I been so effected by an animal I still remember a special about him, he was in a field quietly grazing, suddenly he turned and seemed to realize the camera was on him. He began to gallop, tail and head high, I swear he was performing for the camera.


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Shirley Jones poppop_10@msn.com


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I got to “meet” Secretariat and have my picture taken with him at Claiborne Farm in the 1980’s. In fact, his groom, a very nice elderly man, gave me some strands of Secretariat’s tail. I have it mounted in the frame of the poster I have of Secretariat. He was a magnificent animal and I’m so glad I got to see him and pet him before he died.


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I my name is Hannah, I love Secretariat, and I think he is one of the greatest if not the greatest horse in the world. I wish I could have met him. He was great.


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I have for many years been a huge fan of Secretariat. I have read quite a bit about him and in my estimation the greatest horse that ever lived . Of course evryone one that knows about him knows of his demeanor ,intelligence and beauty.I am an artist (not Professional ) I would love to paint his portrait (not for sale ,as I wouldn’t violate any copyright laws.I have just finished a painting that took me three months (almost evryday) to do and I would spend that much time or more to do a portrait of Secretariat to do the best of my ability. in order to do this I would have to have a color photograph preferably of him in the barn or in the fields as opposed to the racing photos. Would someone please let me know about the legality of this since it will not be for sale . Also would someone let me know where I could get a color picture suitable for painting. Thank You billaiken@cox.net


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He was “pure heart”- I was blessed to see him.


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I’m going to the Kentucky Derby for the first time, so naturally my thoughts turned to the greatest race horse of all time, Secretariat. He had an air about him like he knew he was “hot” and everyone was there to watch him, which was correct.

Even people who aren’t racing fans remember the victory in the Preakness that left everyone breathless.

A fan,

Culpbill@netscape.net


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i am 16 years old and i have bin a big fan of secretariat sines i was 10 he relly was a red white and blue hero he is the bested


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Two part Secretariat trivia question: what was his number when he won the Derby?

Easy: # 1A

Okay, so who was # 1? (and he was a credible runner in his own right).


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By far the greatest racehorse that ever lived and one whose efforts will never be duplicated. We’ll never see the likes of Secretariat!!!

Steve Clerman corfguy@comcast.net


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I have just returned from a trip to Lexington where I had the good fortune to visit Claiborne and Secretariat’s grave. Like so many others, I was awed and inspired by him in 1973. I was ten years old and definitely fell in love with this amazing horse. I even wrote him a fan letter which Mrs. Tweedy graciously responded to, enclosing a picture. I still treaure both momentos 30 years later. Time has not dimmed the love and admiration I feel for this incredible horse. No matter how hard I try, I still shed tears every time I read about him– I cried as I looked at this website.( it’s probably for the best that I never got to “meet” him in person. I would have cried so hard i wouldn’t have been able to see him anyway!)Thanks for maintaining this site. Terri, Glen Arm, MD redbird242003@yahoo.com


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Hi my name is Elizabeth, I was 4 yrs old when Big Red won the Triple Crown..And from the 1st time I saw him way way back then i fell for him hard.He is always in my dreams and in my heart.The day he passed I cried for days. I couldnt believe we lost a great American hero. Everytime I see something about him I tape it, cut it out of news papers, whatever. when people come to my house, they think he must have been mine, the walls are covered with pictures, shelves have plates and figures on them. can i just say that we( the people) are much luckier for having known the beautiful, big hearted,red horse….. thank you onebean_1@hotmail.com


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I’ve always been the quintessential star-struck horse-nut. Fact is, I seriously believe I was a horse in another life. I was a junior in high school when Big Sec went for the Triple Crown. At that age, times passes so slowly and in all my worldly wisdom, I believed that I’d never see a triple crown. My best friend and I watched the 73 Belmont on a black & white TV at her grandfather’s house in New Orleans, LA. We were in the guest room and we just knew that Ronnie had moved him too early. Two teenagers jumping on the bed and screaming at the jockey because he’d blown it. And then he powered around the turn and you could see those huge strides lengthening down the stretch and Chick Anderson said he was moving like a tremendous machine – and we were jumping on the bed and screaming at the top of our lungs for Ronnie to please just not fall off (we’d read Eddie Arcaro’s book, I Ride to Win, and he had a whole discussion of how he had a nightmare about falling off Citation and that was the only way the horse could lose). I don’t think we could stand up for 10 mintues after Sec passed under the wire. We were laughing and crying and shaking. Even two teenagers realized we’d seen one of the finest performances ever given by a thoroughbred. To this day, on the backside of forty, I stil can’t think about that magnificent stretch run without getting goosebumps. Several years ago, Penny Chenery signed memorabilia at the Breyerfest and she signed a poster and the commemorative Breyer model for me. I told her that I think one of the most exciting moments in my entire life was watching that Belmont stretch drive. She just hugged me and said, “Oh, honey, mine too.” ‘Nuff said. Nancy Tubb


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For some reason or another i thought that Secretariat was buried in Maryland. I dont know where I came up with this ….I just remember something about this as I was growning up in the outskirts of Baltimore in the early 70’s….I must be mistaken or getting old!!! Thanks for the memories even if they are wrong!!!


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Hi I’m Morgan your website has like everything on Secretariate I really like your website. I love Secretariate. My email adress is youngrider999@yahoo.com


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I’m only fourteen so i wasn’t there when Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, but i am a big fan of him. I absolutely love horses and i take Dressage lessons and the person i take from has a horse named Chief that i ride. He is Secretariat’s grandson. I thought that was the coolest thing so when i went with my family one summer to Kentucky, we went to Churchill Downs and i learned a lot about Secretariat. I decided that he was going to be my favorite race horse. We stayed for some races and it was so cool i didn’t want to leave. I could just imagine being there when Secretariat won the Derby. We also went to a farm where he stayed after his career and i got to stand in the stall he stayed in and i also got to see his gravestone where he is buried. I thought that was the coolest thing. Before we left Kentucky, we bought a big poster of Secretariat and it is on my wall. I look at it all of the time. He is definitely my favorite racehorse even though he passed away a long time ago. Secretariat rocks!!!! -Sarah


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Secretariat was the best horse in the world.


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After my dad told me about secretariat..I just thought of him as another great horse..but after I saw a show on t.v about him..I new he was greater then them all..it touched my heart.you don’t know what I would do to be alive back then just to have seen him race on the television.Hes the one and only..Secretariat By Jessica age 11


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He is the only horse other than Big Red (Man O ‘War) that I feel with live on forever. I am a 45 year old equestrian, and followed his career was in Lexington when he was put down and it was like loosing a family member so sad. I bought his head shot picture at the musuem at the Kentucky Horse Park. Would love to have more, a full body shot. I paid well for the photo but love it it hangs in my bedroom. He just inspired such passion which we have yet to feel again, may never in my lifetime. Thank you for this site, and your committment to him please thank his owners, grooms as well.


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Dale Dixon@white_tiger246@yahoo.com.


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I never has the pleasure of seeing Secretariat in person, however, he had a great impact on my life and was instumental in forming my love for horse racing. When I was in 3rd grade, I was given an assignment to write a biography on a great athlete. I chose Secretariat. I still have the report, written over 25 years ago, it is the only thing I have from my elementary school days. In fact, it is the only project I clearly remember writing. I have a deep love and respect for this athlete and am very proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the bronze statue of this truly gifted athlete. jennifer_beattie@hotmail.com


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Hannah, barrelracer_531@yahoo.com I love Big Red so much. He plays a part in every soul. He was truly amazing, I shouldnt say was, beacause he is still amazing. The moment i saw him, I loved him very very much. This is a great site to honor the hero in everyones heart


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When Secretariat died I had just graduated from the University of Kentucky. I saw a 1/2 hour special on ESPN and cried like a baby! I thought what I was experiencing was just guilt that during my 4 years at UK I did not visit Big Red at Claiborne Farms.

However, to this day if I see a replay of Secretariat’s races I cannot help but weep. I cannot fully explain it, but I have a strong connection to that horse!

John Owens wildcatowens@yahoo.com


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Every time I hear or read about Secretariat I cry. I am crying now. When I was about 15, my friend the crazed Secretariat fan kept telling me how wonderful he was, and I didn’t believe her. Then she convinced me to watch the ’73 Belmont on TV. I was amazed, awe struck, and instantly converted into another manic Secretariat fan. Here’s to Big Red on the 30th anniversary of his Triple Crown victory. I wish the Preakness officials would give him his ’73 record time, not their goofed-up version–Nan, Washington state


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What a great story! Let’s hope we see another Triple Crown winner this year, won by a horse that have a heart similar to Secretariat’s, a great heart et courage.


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I have a racing thoroughbred that while no org. had room for him with his broken leg, a friend of mine saw how sure I was that he is special, different, and bought him 9 hours before his appointment at slaughter and gave him to me. That was 8 months ago – only 2 days ago did I discover his ties to Secretariat and where his aura of greatness came from. Secretariat’s greatness, courage, spirit, heart even reaches us removed from the track. I am proud to own a descendant and certain that Secretariat would be just as proud of his descendant. hunnybees35@peoplepc.com


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I love Secretariat. He has always been one of my favorites and not only is he tied with Man o’ War for number one I love him. Unfortunatly I live in Canada but I plan to move to Kentucky whith my best friend forever when we get out of school. I wish oh I wish I would have saw Secretariat win The Triple Crown!!. I recently saw Funny Cide win the derby but he is nothing compared to Secretariat!!! I don’t want to end this letter, I could go on and on forever talking about him. My parents don’t know anything about racing. I LOVE SECRETARIAT!!! He shows everything a racehorse should have!!


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I was 12 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown and that period in 1973 is a very special time-capsule for me. While all horses are beautiful in their own, very unique way, Secretariat was “IT,” the ultimate in beauty and ability. I was one of a group of horse-loving, pre-teen girls at the time and we were all enamoured of his looks and power. We would go to the stables to ride & we always each wanted to pick the horse that most looked like our hero! It was definitely a crush! Never has there been a horse so beautifully conformed! Over the years I’ve been fortunate to own a number of wonderful Quarter horses, but my favorite of all was a chestnut gelding whose face (complete with white star & strip) so reminded me of Secretariat it was just a thrill! I’ve always watched the Triple Crown races and while many talented & beautiful horses have left their mark, none have even come close to the thrill of watching Secretariat win as he did, with such charisma and dominance. I have a great collection of his photos & magazines, plus full-length videos of the Derby, Preakness & Belmont from the original CBS broadcasts that I love to watch every now & then. Very interesting to watch now because before he ran the Derby, the CBS commentators were busy speculating whether he had the “bloodlines” to “go the distance”!!! I bought these on EBAY and highly recommend if you can find them. Also William Nack’s wonderful book is a must-have, I’ve read it numerous times & cry every time I do. In the near future I’m planning a trip that will allow me to visit Claiborne and pay my great respects at Secretariat’s resting place. I’m sure I’ll bawl like a baby at his grave, but he was such an influence in my life-long love & appreciation of horses. Thanks for the wonderful website dedicated to the greatest Thoroughbred of all-time, there will never be another like “Big Red.” Michelle Rene, San Jose CA


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Great website – I never tire of reading about my favorite horst of all time, Secretariat, in here or any other website that has good information, stories ,etc about Secretariat.

My name is Greg, and I have lived in Wichita, Kansas most of my life except for service in the air force and army, and some years working in professional baseball.

I was an awkward 15 year old in the spring/summer of ’73, very much a sports fan of all the major sports, and the achievements and exploits of this huge, chestnut-colored horse captured me forever that year. I remember reading about Big Red as a 2 year old, becoming the first of his age to win Horse of the Year. I recall the upset lost in the Wood Memorial, the expectations for the Derby, the Derby win itself, the Preakness, and, of course, the Belmont.

It’s hard to describe my feelings watching Secretariat perform in the Belmont, in what has to be the greatest race ever run by any thoroughbred at any time, any era, on any track. Very rarely, perhaps never, or once or twice in one’s lifetime, do we ever witness an athlete attain a perfection on the field of competition, that it just takes our breath away. A perfect timing of talent, circumstance, and top performance. Secretariat did that to me on June 9, 1973 in the Belmont. I remember as he pulled away in the backstretch, after setting the half mile record for the Belmont, and now he is leaving his chief competitor, Sham, behind…4 lenths ahead, now 8, now 12, and Sham, breaking down, nowhere to be seen at this point, as Big Red widened his lead to 16, 18, now 20 lengths….Chic Anderson saying, ‘Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine’…..this huge, supremely talented animal in the process of doing the seemingly impossible…making his rivals, other world class thoroughbreds from the foal class of 1970, look like second rate track ponies. I was going back and forth between exhiliration and being moved to tears….here, before the nation’s eyes, was perfection on the athletic field, by a horse!

As Secretariat motored down the stretch, no slowing perceptible in his gallop, widening his lead all the while, hearing the huge crowd at Belmont roar in approval….here was a real champion I and America could take to our hearts, one who exemplified perfection. That day, that race, captured me forever, and I have loved Secretariat ever since. Not only did Secretariat prove he had the genes, talent, and brains to do what he did, but he showed HEART on the track. He simply took my breath away.

I had a paper route that year, and I still remember picking up the heavy bundles of Sunday, June 10, 1973 Wichita Eagle newspapers, and going right away to the sports section, and devouring the stories on Secretariat. I instinctively knew that I had witnessed something special the previous day, yet it would take years for it to sink in just how great and special the Belmont Stakes win had been.

In the years that followed, I have soaked up any information I can get ahold of about Big Red. The passage of time has added nothing but luster and awe to Secretariat’s legacy. Today, May 12, 2003, 30 years after his Triple Crown season, Secretariat holds the time record for each Triple Crown race, and the world record for a mile and a half, his 2:24 in that epic Belmont running.

After each Belmont, I automatically and silently compare Big Red’s time to the current year’s winning time, and figure how many lengths back he would have finished behind Secretariat. I wonder how much faster would Secreatariat have run the Derby and the Preakness had he not broken last or near last out of the starting gate, which makes his race records all the more astonishing.

The fact that Secretariat was such a beautiful, handsome speciman of a horse just adds to his popularity. He had near or perfect comformity, a personality and charisma to match his appearance and expectations, and the aura of a champion. Among the best thoroughbreds of his time, without even having to step on a track, Secretariat looked, acted, and was the HORSE of all the horses.

The only other athletic event that comes close to sweeping me off my feet like Secretariat did was the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team venture to the gold medal in the Lake Placid games. That too, has had an enduring effect upon me, as well as all America.

I was very saddened to hear about Secretariat’s passing in October 1989. I felt at the time, how could such an awesome creation die so young? It was as if God was relaying on to us that yes, Secretariat is also mortal. Even though I never met Big Red personally, or visited his grave at Claiborne, his death affected me more than any animal’s except for the two dogs I have loved in my life.

Reading William Nack’s ‘Pure Heart’ for the first time in a 1990 spring issue of Sports Illustrated enlightened me even more to the greatness of Secretariat. Who has ever heard of a horse, especially in a big race, no less one than the biggest of ’em all, the Kentucky Derby, running his quarter mile fractions faster that each succeeding one!? That just boggles the mind….that sort of performance is unheard of.

Most athletic records are broken within a few years, some, like Bob Beamon’s epic broad jump in ’68 lasted for 23 years until broken. Secretariat’s records for the three biggest, most important horse races in America still stand, now, 30 years after they were set!! It’s one thing for a single athlete or horse to hold one record, for a long time, but to hold all three of the most important events in his field, and not for a long time, but for decades!! That is the true testimony to Secretariat’s greatness, the establishment of awe, the respect, the wonderment of who he was and what he accomplished.

For now 30 years, the best the thoroughbred industry can throw at the Triple Crown races has failed to tie or break the records of Secretariat. Each passing year the greatness of Big Red gets racheted up another notch…for his peers and succeeding generations of thoroughbreds have, try as they might, come up short to Secretariat’s standards. I know some year a thoroughbred will break Secretariat’s Derby and/or Preakness record. While I’ll be glad for the new record holding horse, I will be sad to see another horse supplant Secretariat. What truly would be shocking would be to see a horse shatter Secretariat’s Belmont record. Not only is his 2:24 the race and track record, it is the world record for a mile and a half! I wouldn’t be surprised to see that record last for decades to come, which will even more cement in the minds of millions the greatness of Secretariat.

I read with interest the article comparing Secretariat to Man O’ War, the best times in race fractions, etc, and the comparison is stunning. Not only are Secretariat’s times better than Man O’ War, they blow his away. Granted, science, technology, nutrition, horse care, knowledge, etc have all improved since Man O’ War graced the track in 1919 and 1920. But still, after seeing the cold, hard facts side by side, it would be hard for a Man O’ War apologist to take Man O’ War in a horse to horst comparison to Secretariat.

Also, the paragraph about the X factor, the size of the heart, easily puts Secretariat far ahead of the pack. The average thoroughbred’s heart weighs 9 lbs. Secretariat’s weighed an amazing 22 lbs, four pounds more than, ironically, his main rival Sham’s heart, at 18 lbs, the second heaviest and largst heart recorded. Such information makes me wonder if we had truly seen the best from Secretariat in ’72 or ’73, though his epic Belmont race would suggest he left his best on the track that day.

Sometimes I wonder what records would Secretariat set if he was allowed to race as a four year old in ’74? He’d be bigger, stronger, faster, with more savvy. Because the Hancock farm needed to retire debt, syndicating Big Red made sense, and that was a much bigger priority than racing Big Red as a four year old, as well as the best risk to take.

I have saved the tape to ESPN’s Sportscentury story about Secretariat in ’99. It was very moving and touching, covers all the bases, and remains a cherished momento of mine. I wish I had ESPN classic, so I could watch the hour long special on Secretariat, last shown two weeks ago, so I’ll have to use other methods to come across that program. I fully understand those who love Secretariat, those who saw him race, in person or, like me, from afar, as well as those too young to remember, or those born after his track career and/or death that have grown to cherish and love him. I have that feeling, though not as strong, for Man O’ War, but I thank God I was alive to witness the greatest thoroughbred yet to grace a racetrack.


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I posted the previous message, and forgot to put down my email address, which is: gbz14@hotmail.com. I also want to correct a mistake in my previous posted comments. The 1:09.2 clocking was the 3/4’s mile split, not the half as I first wrote down. Also, not many horse lovers know or remember this, and this is not mentioned as often as it should, but Sham also beat the 1964 2:00 track record previously held by Northern Dancer in the ’73 Kentucky Derby. Sham’s clocking was 1:59 and 4/5, 2/5’s slower than Secretariat’s 1:59 and 2/5’s. If your achievements and efforts are judged by the competition you struggled against, then Secretariat’s are all the more impressive. One wonders what would Big Red have done, if he could have done even more(!), if Ron Turcotte would have asked more of him in the stretch run at Belmont. For Turcotte maintains that he was just along for the ride, that Big Red did the 2:24 for the mile and a half all on his own…..no wonder Secretariat’s legacy keeps growing and growing….I feel it’s almost an injustice to compare any modern thoroughbred to Big Red….it’s just not fair to either horse, for no horse can yet compare to Secretariat.

To the Seattle Slew fans, especially those who deride Secretariat and ‘invade’ this web site to pronounce that – your favorite horse is great in his own right, with a compelling story to tell, but the last time I checked, your horse doesn’t hold the time records for all three triple crown races, and doesn’t have the hold on American society remotely comparable to Secretariat. You can say and write what you want, but facts are facts, and as Casey Stengle used to say, ‘you can look them up.’

Lastly, a fitting statement summarizing all I and millions of others think and feel about Secretariat is found in the opening lines of the ’99 ESPN Sportscentury greatest athlete biography on Secretariat. Talking about his standing, his aura, how he took our breath away, before mentioning that the athlete in question was a horse, that how could they pick a horse to be among the 50 greatest athletes of the 20th century, Dan Patrick simply said, “because he was Secretariat.” Enough said.

Thank you. Greg, Wichita, KS gbz14@hotmail.com


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Since I’m at it, I thought I’d post a coincidence concerning Secretariat and Man O’ War. Did you know that both horses were born literally minutes apart, 53 years almost to the day!? Man O’ War was born about 10 minutes before midnight, on March 29, 1917, while Secretariat was foaled about 10 minutes AFTER midnight, on March 30, 1970. Maybe there is good fortune for a thoroughbred colt to be born a few minutes before or after midnight on March 29/March 30? Greg, Wichita, Kansas


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I think if a genie appeared to me and said I could have 1 wish, I would not wish for money, or a mansion, or a Ferrari, or even good health. I would tell the genie I want to ride Secretariat just once around the track at Churchill Downs.

Sandy


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In the dictionary, for the definition of the word “Perfection”, there should just be a picture of Secretariat. No words, just his picture. Your fans love you and miss you. God Bless Secretariat.


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A truly wonderful website, this horse will never be forgotten by many, including myself. I was only 13 when he won the triple crown, & I will never forget this horse. Secretariat truly remains perhaps the best horse to ever run in the world & to be alive and experience what perhaps may be the single greatest horse ever to grace the sport of thoroughbred racing in my lifetime will never be forgotten. I only wish there were also a Riva Ridge website.

Long Live “Big Red”

Gary S. Parkin Po box 1947 Media, Pa 19063-8947


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I’m a veterinarian, and recently late one night, I was speeding (literally) to my clinic for an emergency. As bad luck would have it, I got pulled over by a cop before reaching my office. As I put my window down, the officer leaned in and asked why I was exceeding the speed limit. I told him, and he shook his head disapprovingly and said: “you can’t endanger human lives just for a sick animal.” “Officer”, I said, “if that animal’s name was Secretariat, I’d run over the Pope if I had to!” Of course, that comment did not fare well for me-I received a hefty fine. But I didn’t even care! By the way, my patient that night did survive!


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There has been no greater hero in my life than that of Secretariat. Just thinking of him brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful horse and what a gigantic heart. I collect whatever memorabilia I can, and have set up a “shrine” in my office to him.

Vicki Francks v.francks@attbi.com


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I found these lines in on online article about Secretariat and thought others who love him would enjoy it as well, although it’s hard to read without the tears welling up! The poem was credited to Charles Hatton, the DRF columnist, writing at the time of Secretariat’s retirement in Nov 1973:

Weave for the mighty chestnut A tributary crown

Of autumn flowers, the brightest then When autumn leaves are brown

Hang up his bridle on the wall, His saddle on the tree,

Till time shall bring some racing king Worthy to wear as he! **********************************

Secretariat, you are incomparable, passionately loved, forever missed!!


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I WOULD LIKE TO SAY HE WAS A REAL CHAMP AT HIS GAME. AFTER BEING AROUND HORSES ALL MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED HIM FOR HIS BIG HEART.I HAVE GROWN UP TO BE A HORSEFARRIER TO BE AROUND HORSES I HAVE YET SEEN A HORSE WITH SUCH A HUGE HEART/SOUL. IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE IN THIS QUEST BOOK. THANK YOU LARRY HERRERA ALICE,TEXAS


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Secretariat is the geatest horse ever! I cried as he came down the stretch in the Belmont Stakes. Just think – He would have won the Kentucky Derby every year from 1973 to this year’s run for the roses. It is because of Secretariat that I watch the Triple Crown races every year. I will never forget this wonderful horse!


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Secretariat is the most awesome, graceful, and loving horse of all time! He had such great potiential…. and he’ll be in our hearts 4 ever!


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I’ve seen alot of great sports history in my life – The 1980 USA Olympic hockey team victory over Russia comes to mind – But, no moment in sports history will ever surpass what Secretariat did in the ’73 Belmont Stakes…It atill brings tears to my eyes…”He’s running like a well-oiled machine!” God Bless You Secretariat.


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I’m 55. Never a horse racing fan, at 25 I stood motionless, struck silent, as I watched Secretariat attain perfection at the Belmont in 1973. I have never forgotten that image, in fact, followed his post-racing days, mourned his death, then rejoiced again after a while as I realized I had witnessed what I consider the greatest athletic achievement in my lifetime. I carry that moment with me always. It’s a lifetime moment to stand and experience majesty and mastery. I have since paid closer attention to the sport, especially Charismatic’s amazing story, and am proud to be counted as Secretariat’s fan. What continues to astound me is that somehow, Secretariat lives in so many of us. Secretariat inspires me to this day. How can a horse have such an effect on us? As Dan Patrick so succinctly stated, “Because he’s Secretariat.” Brad Palmer–Wisconsin


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I was born in 1973 and didn,t get to see Secretariat race live, however, I did grow up watching races growing up,and I never missed a Kentucky Derby until this year. I joined the army. I have seen Secretariat races only through archival footage and reading books about him. I think he was the greatest horse of all time. One day there might be another triple crown winner, but there is only one Secretariat. Enjoy the site. PV2 Brian Bullard, Ft. Gordon, GA


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Elaine Berteotti, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Secretariat was by far the greatest TB that ever lived. It is doubtful that his size, conformation, speed and wonderful personality will ever be matched. I absolutely loved this great horse. Elaine Berteotti, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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For The love of Horses, and truly Great Ones Big Red is and always will be the Top of the chart for me Debra Kennimer-Fletcher


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There are no words to describe what Secretariat meant to me. To this day his pictures and video taped footage of his races brings me to tears. He opitimized everything that is so beautiful about the horse. He was regal, noble, and courageous. I believe he was one of the most beautiful horses I have ever laid eyes on. I only wish that I had the honor of meeting him. I will always cherish the joy and awe that he inspired in me. God graced us all with his presence.


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Just the mention of his name can bring a tear to my eye. Watching the replays of his races gets me so emotional that those around me think I’ve lost it. To me he was the perfect horse.

Joe Ingenito


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Erica L. Bevirt. Secretariat was the greatest horse in racing history. There will never be a horse like him. I know the horses today would have a hard time beating him. Even though I was really young when he won his Triple Crown. I know that he was a horse that God had made very special for us to see.

My Email is Ebevirt@netscape.net


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To the Greatest Race Horse in History and in of HEARTS Forever!!! The Greatest to ever hit the Track!!! Signed Holly Callitfate421@aol.com


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HI PENNY, WELL ITS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE I FIRST SEEN YOUR BIG RED RUN, I WAS 15. I NOW OWN A YEARLING COLT THAT IS A CARBON COPY OF HIM. HE IS A GRANDSON OF SECRETARIAT,BY PANCHO VILLA. THIS HAS BEEN MY LIFES DREAM. I NAMED HIM REDS SCEPTER. FROM EVERYTHING I HAVE READ ABOUT SECRETARIAT THIS COLT ACTS JUST LIKE HIM,HES EVEN A LEFTY! HIS DAM IS A NICE MARE, HER THIRD DAM PRODUCED MANILA,AND SHES INBREED PRINCEQUILLO.redcozart@earthlink.net


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It was so wonderful to come upon this site.I got a chance to visit Claiborne Farm in 1975, at the age of 14. Getting to spend time with this wonderful horse, his groom, as well as seeing other legendary racers like Riva Ridge is an experience I will never forget. A horse I considered part mine in my heart left us Oct ’89. Thanks so much for helping keep his memory going. Marcia Thornburgh Tyler Tx


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That horse was proof that there is a God.

Never have I seen a sports performer, man or beast, that could do what Secretariat did in those Triple Crown races. There’s just no way to overstate it.

To this day, I get teary when I watch that Belmont…absolute perfection…I never saw it before and I’ve never seen it since.

Touched by the hand of God that horse was!


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As a professional artist I can honestly say my most recent painting of Secretariat has proven what I contend to my art students. “You need to really feel emotion about your subject – in order to do it justice”. I fell in love with Secretariat! Now, thanks to his inspiration, my life as an artist has become more rewarding than I could have ever dreamed of. How I envy those who were fortunate enough to have known him personally. He will never be forgotten! C. Campbell ccarts@wwlnk.net


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A horse lover all my life, I will never forget watching all of Secretariet’s triple crown races. I cried as many did when he won the Belmont. One of the biggest thrills of my life was taking my two children and my mother to Claiborne Farms to visit “Big Red”. We planned our vacations and returned to visit again. Last year my son and I went again to Claiborne to visit and I cried again. I have my pictures and memories, a poster in my work room at home and I will always love Secretariat.

Leslie M. Lieberman Pretipig@bellsouth.net


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The first horse race I ever saw was the 1973 Belmont! I knew nothing about nor was interested in horse racing before this event.

As the race unfolded and concluded in that most extraordinary manner, I knew that what I was seeing was something I would never witness again. What a truly remarkable athlete. It was indeed an honor to see him run. Big Red will long live in my heart.

Gil Garcia ripemango4u@hotmail.com


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I have always loved race horses and my favorite is and always will be the wonderful Secretariat. My biggest regret is never having seen him in person. Until recent years I was never able to even go to a track. Now I live within driving distance of Arlington Race Course and take my daughter, who is well educated in Big Red, there as much as we can. Though I can’t afford to bet too often if I see the name of Secretariat listed in the pedigree I will place a bet and have won on a couple of his granddaughters. Of course I always try to visit on the day of the Secretariat stakes (MUCH more important than the Arlington Million run the same day ) Pity the person who isn’t familiar with him as I can go on for a long time informing them as to how wonderful he is – I say is for he will really never die in our hearts.

Cheryl Storm dragonladysculptor2002@yahoo.com


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Thank you for this wonderful website…and thank you, Penny, for being such a wonderful person. We all love you, too!


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I was only 10 when I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown & remember the thrill like it was yesterday. I often think of the phenomenal red horse & even to this day the memories bring tears to my eyes. A more magical racehorse will never exist. Cheri G


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Secretariat, known as Big Red, was also known as “The Horse With the Big Heart,” give this name for a reason. No other race horse in history had a heart as big as his. When they did the autopsy this was proven as fact. Never will there big a horse as great or powerful as the immortal Secretariat. He lives in the heart of many as he always will live in mine.


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I am 11 and I love racing! I love Secretariat so much, and I have his grandson, so know I love this site and learning about him.


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as i read all these letters i start to cry. i cannot believeso many people feel like i do i wish i could have seen him and touched him. he is like immortal his legend will live forever jmail214@aol.com


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There will never be a horse greater than Secretariat. He was a true champion, I think everyone knows him as the best. -Jane


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Penny. Secretariat gave you his strength, speed, and grace, which were greater than yours. For your part you gave him your guidance, intelligence and understanding, which were greater than his. Together you achieved a richness that alone neither could! This little analogy was given to me years ago regarding a filly I had raised. I think it surely applies to you and your wonderful Secretariat. Thanks you for sharing him with the rest of us. He was truly a “world-beater.” I caught a glimpse of you today at Emerald Downs but was unable to meet you because I had to get to work as a mutuals clerk. Many times I’ve seen you on TV or in a documentary of Secretariat, but seeing you in my home town made him seem more real. fields9231@aol.com 6/1/03


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We are priviledged indeed to be the generation to have witnessed such sublime power and grace as that displayed by our beloved Secretariat. He is truly the ideal to which all thoroughbreds aspire. Even to this day chills run down my spine when remembering his triumphant runs and glorious victories. We saw in him the qualities we yearn for. His beauty and strength remain with us, and he will always live in our hearts. History has shown that his name defines the meaning of champion.


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Can’t wait for the movie. Are some proceeds from the movie going to the foundation?

Tom Green tom.green@iwon.com


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Everytime I see a picture of him I cry! He was one in a million and he will always be my favorite! Donna Longaker Casperdoggy1@hotmail.com


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I,ve always loved Secretariat and admired his big heart and his love for running.


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I LOVE YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is perfect. Paige


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It’s a great pleasure to read of this magnificent horse, Secretariat. I am enjoying the website due to an article by John McGrath in the “Tacoma News Tribune” on June 2, regarding an event commemorating Secretariat at Emerald Downs in King County, Washington. Mr. McGrath wrote of the rose which fell from Secretariat’s cloak of roses and was picked up and preserved for 30 years. Penny Chenery, he wrote, owns it today. I would like to know of his last days and how many sons and daughters he sired. I wish I could have known this beautiful animal. Barbara Mitchell, marmarth@msn,com


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iwas only 3 years old when secretariat won the triple crown.According to my mother, when Seattle Slew won the triple crown, i did a current events report on him for school. that’s when i first fell in love with horses. It was also when i first fell in love with the big red chestnut. Throughout my life, Secretariat embodied what to me was and still is the ideal breeding, bloodlines, conformation, performance record, and dispostion of the Thoroughbred breed. He was and still is what i consider to be the perfecft horse. Iam now 33 years old, and eventhough I own an american quarter horse, i still consider Big Red to be the ideal. i wish to thank Penny and her family and especially “Red” himself for inspiring my love for horses. THANK YOU RED_____

Lisa Burroughs-NJ


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I watched him win the triple crown that year and remember it like it was yesterday. I was 21, driving down the highway when it came accross the radio that he had passed away, I had to pull ove. I believe that was probably the hardest i have ever cried. Go with God Secretariat…


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I had just turned 10 years old in 1973 when Secretariat won his Belmont Stakes. I remember watching it on TV, I remember my Dad not being able to stop talking about it to his friends, and I remember my 4th grade classmates talking about it. I watched several of his races on TV after that, including the great Marlboro Cup with his stablemate Riva Ridge, with both of them in their blue and white silks flying across the finish line 1, 2. I still remember TV programming being interrupted when Secretariat lost to Onion in the Whitney. He was just memorable, even to a recently turned 40 year old some 30 years later.

I was too young to see Secretariat race in person, but I’ve always kicked myself for not making the effort to go to Claiborne Farm to see Big Red in retirement. I always told myself to make the appointment, but I never did. So, if you are a fan of a great horse and they are accessable, go see him or her while you can. I did so with the great Cigar, who I saw in person win his 16th straight race in Chicago and then later at his home at the Kentucky Horse Park.

This is a fun website and it is nice to hear that they will be making a movie of Big Red’s life someday!


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Secretariat was and still is the best horse ever in my book I learned how to bet on the horses from my mom, and now I only follow the horses 3 times a year DERBY, PREAKNESS, BELMONT, I follow everything about them and I LOVE SECRETARIAT HE WAS THE GREATEST AND THERE WILL BE NO BETTER HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL THE NUMBER 1 MAN. Sherri, sherllee506@yahoo.com


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the greatest horse i ever saw, which i could have been with or around him. joe.hamelman@morganfoods.com


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I had Secretariat posters in my bedroom growing up -and cried when I watched him on TV win the Triple Crown. I’d dreamed of owning a horse someday – and my dream came true 30 years later – when I walked through a run down barn in Oregon and a big, red thoroughbred – named Cajun – with loving eyes popped his head out of the stall. I fell in love with him, and then with disbelief – found out he’s a grandson of Big Red!!! He’s the spitting image of his grandpa and has the biggest heart in the world. God truly blessed me with more then I could have asked for.


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Deborah Leach email: cajunwinner114@aol.com


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I was 3 years old in 1973.. (just like Secretariat) and I still vividly remember the 31 length victory in the Belmont. I have become an avid collector of his memorabilia and I am thrilled with the wonderful website and dedication to one of the most wonderful race horses that ever lived.


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my name is Leann i really like your web sit!!! i am doing a paper on him for vet school so thanks for the info on your sit!!! thanks, Leann


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I was 9 years old when Secretariat won the KY Derby and it was my first Derby party. The adults had their drawing and so did us kids. I drew Secretariat’s name and won about $10. I was a fan from that day on!


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I’m big fan of horse racing and by far Secretariat was one in a million! It’s doubly special that he won his Triple Crown the same year I was born!!! ford990@bellsouth.net


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I’m big fan of horse racing and by far Secretariat was one in a million! It’s doubly special that he won his Triple Crown the same year I was born!!! ford990@bellsouth.net


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Plain and simple, there never was and never will be another Secretariat. To call this horse “dominant” would be a monumental under-statement. He didn’t just beat the other horses at the Belmont Stakes, he obliterated them. Made them look like they were standing still.

Like many of my generation, I watched all three legs of the Triple Crown that year. I didn’t know much about horse racing, but I knew two thing for certain … I knew that I was witnessing perfection, and I knew that I would never see it again.

I have since learned a great deal more about race horses. I have since seen other great animals. I have even seen others win the Triple Crown. But my instincts were correct on that day. I have never seen anything like Secretariat since the day he exited the stage. Not even close. Not even in the same universe. Not even in the same solar-system.

I didn’t see Man’O’War, but I saw Secretariat. Not to take anything away from the former, but you ain’t ever convincing me there was a faster horse than the latter … NOT EVER!!


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30 years later and I remember Big Red like it was yesterday. He will live on forever and the memories of him in the Belmont and for me (being near Toronto)his final race of his career at Woodbine on that blustery day is never to be forgotten.


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There has never been and will never be another one like him. I was 13 when I watched him win the Triple Crown and the race still gives me goosebumps. Not that any of the other horses haven’t been fantastic and amazing, but he truly had something about him. He was everything horses and horse racing is about.I miss him.


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Allison McKinley, Secretariat is the most powerful, beatiful horses I have ever seen. I wish I had a horse of my own and someday hope to own one. Two of my best friends at school(Heather and Jana) have horses of thier own ( Marbles and Breeze) and I go with them to thier farms to help groom them.Horses are such beatiful creatures and I hope everybody will be able to watch a horse race and experiance the excitement of one.

And all of my friends wish Funny Cide good luck in the Belmont!


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WHEN GOD CREATED ALL THE LOVING CREATURES ON EARTH HE HAD TO SAVE THE BEST FOR ONE SECRETARIAT, MY WIFE AND MYSELF FEEL IN OUR LIFETIME WE WERE FORTUNATE TO WITNESS ONE OF GOD’S GIFTS TO MAN AND HOW HE ENJOYED RUNNING LIKE THE WIND,THE THRILL OF SEEING HIM RACE DOWN BELMONT’S HOME STRECTH ON THAT JUNE AFTERNOON, GOD BLESS YOU SECRETARIAT. YOUR SPIRIT AND MEMORY WILL LIVE FOREVER/ RUSSELL AND DOLORES KENDALL


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Just watched ESPN’s “Secretariat” (again). Big Red was an incredible horse. I remember watching him run the Triple Crown races on TV and he just blew me away. I, like many others, just cried when he thundered down the home stretch at Belmont. I’ve had horses in my youth and now my grandaughter (4) has caught horse fever too. Lucky me! She already knows Secretariat’s picture and wants a horse “just like him.” If only…………


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Superhorse is not an adequate adjective for this horse. He has touched me in many ways and to this day I regret never, in my trips through Kentucky, stopping to visit him. Whenever I see the SportsCentury about him, I get very emotional. It is amazing that a creature touched so many people in that way. Chris McDonald macwedge@etinternet.net


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For years I thought I was the only person who was still filled with love for Big Red, but to know there are others out there makes me smile. I can’t even describe to you how hard I cried on the day Secretariat died. MeLinda


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All I can say is that every time i see a picture or see replay of the belmont stakes, it gives me goose bumps. I love evewry sport but I truly feel that secretariat was the best athlete I have ever seen!


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When I was a young girl in 1973, I clipped every newspaper article of Secretariat’s wonderful year. He as my hero. As a young woman, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet him in the flesh at Clairborne farm in the early 80’s. He was stunning and a ham for the camera. I have a wonderful lithograph of him in my kitchen. He truly was the athlete of the century.


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My idol is Secreatariat. One day I want a horse like him. (and I am only 10!)

Mari ponypal93@earthlink.net


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I will never forget this great horse. I watched him all through his career and knew he was going to be a great horse. The only thing I regret is never being able to see him in person. He lives on in my heart and memories

Mary Lucas Bellefontaine, Ohio


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secretariat is the best horse ever! visit my site www.geocities.com/adumbrecords soon ill be adding a tribute to secretariat


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Secretariat was the best race horse period. No other horse has ever compared..

joeno38@hotmail.com


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I was in high school in 1973 and an avid horse racing fan. Secretariat’s otherwordly victory at Belmont remans the greatest athletic performance of all time. Jim Mahoney Long Beach, CA jamesfmahoney@msn.com


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Waiting for the running of teh Belmont to see if Funny Cide can do it, but even if he does and we all wish him well, he’s no Big Red. Had the honor of seeing him win the Belmont in person in ’73 and every horse and horse race since then has been somewhat anti-climatic. Had the pleasure of owning a retired racehorse whose granddam was Somethingroyal, Big Red’s mom. I think Secretariat got the heart and will to win from her. My guy was a big bold jumper who faced everything down and went for it. My trainer said he had the longest stride he ever saw (I reminded him about Secretariat’s). Thanks for this website. Its a joy to read how Big Red has touched so many of us. loiscucc@aol.com


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Secretariat forever a legend, a super star, a one of a kind, period! Proud to say… he’s my favorite horse of all time!

…an Arabian Horse owner, Cindy Carpenter


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long live the greatest animal and athlete to ever grace our presents


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In 1988 I had the pleasure of visiting Claiborne Farms and seeing Secretariat up close. I had my picture taken with him.Touching him and being in his presence was such an incredible experience and one I shall never forget. He touched my heart and that was truly one of the most amazing days of my life.

I cried all day when he had to be put down due to laminitis.

I miss you Big Red! talstott@hotmail.com


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There will NEVER be another race horse like Secretariat! He was so beautiful! I was an 11 year old kid when he won the triple crown. To me, no other horse can ever match his greatness. His name is even special. I wish I could have touched him when he was alive. Maybe I will see him in heaven!!!

Moosie


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Today was the 135th Belmont Stakes and the 30th anniversary of Secretariat’s stunning 31-length victory. I don’t think we will ever see that again. I have a scrapbook of Secretariat with all his magazine covers. He truly was a super horse. Gayle Olson, rockdiva@playful.com


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When God created Secretariat, he broke the mold. There will never, ever be another like him. I am incredibly honored to have been able to watch him win the Triple Crown in 1973. I was only 6 years old at the time, but I will never forget his astounding performances in all three races, particularly the Belmont. I always thought if he hadn’t been so busy winning races, Red would have taken time out to give a 6 year old admirer a ride. He was a great athlete; the greatest ever.


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There will never be another horse like Secretariat He was the most magnificent animal I’ve ever seen. After watching the Belmont today and remembering his victory in the race, it reaffirms that thought again.

Charl Burwell honeycombrazz@aol.com


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Today I relived that magnifient run at the Belmont all over again and felt that incredible emotion of having witnessed something that we may never see again. What a thrill! What a Horse!!!! fomenkoc@yahoo.com


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My friend and I have always dreamed of owning our own racing farm, and I, being the shorter one, have dreamed of becoming a Jockey. Every year something in the back of my head hopes will won’t have a Triple Crown winner, so I can win it when the time comes. We are hoping to go to UK, and work with the farms as stable hands in a couple of years, and hopefully jump the gun on pursuing our racing dreams.


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In life, “Great” things come along very infrequently. In reality, not frequent enough. I was fortunate to be old enough to know how important what Secretariat was accomplishing would become immortal history. He was a genetic miracle. For anyone to have been lucky enough to experience this Champion, weall know we will never see his equal. What a truely blessed horse. RIP Secretariat; M. Snow


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I have admired Big Red forever, he is truely the greatest horse that ever ran a race! Even though I’m to younge to have ever seen him in real life, whenever I look into my horses eyes I think I’m looking into Secretariat’s (she is his Grandaughter). We have come to be the best of friends that little filly and me. I hope one day maybe just maybe she could be somewhat like Secretariat!

God Bless You Secretariat, Jane


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In 1973 I was a 16-year-old in love with horses when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I can remember his romp in the Belmont like it was yesterday. There will never be another horse like Big Red. To this day, whenever Secretariat’s name is brought up in connection with the Triple Crown races, I get a chill thinking about his magnificence. And then I tear up realizing that he is gone. One of my regrets is that I never had the opportunity to see him in person. This is a wonderful website. God bless you Secretariat.

Dianne


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Love Your Web Site Especially BIG RED,2.24 Flat thats truckin, Should have put him in the Indianapolis 500.


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Best of the best….:)


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The Thoroughbred Industry of the Commonwealth of Virginia should feel very proud and honored to be able to say that, “Secretariat is the star that belongs to them and still shines the brightest in the world of thoroughbred racing”.

Brooks Wheatley wheat@ntelos.net 275 Old Mill Road Staunton, Virginia 24401


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Enjoyed your website. While at the Belmont this past Saturday (June 7 — also my Birthday) I met Ron Turcotte. I was 9 years old when Secretariat won the Belmont and completed the Triple Crown — it is the greatest race I have ever seen!

Sincerely, Damian Kelly

damian.kelly@lexisnexis.com


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Have been in awe of this fantastic horse since I saw him win the Belmont—and the 1st Triple Crown in 25 yrs.—in 1973. 31 lengths & still pulling further ahead! If he’d had another 1/2 mile, he’d have lapped them! Love this site, so glad I found it. One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I didn’t get back to Ky. in time to see him in the flesh, but I will never forget hime.

Judy P. King, Liberty SC judyking68@Hotmail.com


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Have been in awe of this fantastic horse since I saw him win the Belmont—and the 1st Triple Crown in 25 yrs.—in 1973. 31 lengths & still pulling further ahead! If he’d had another 1/2 mile, he’d have lapped them! Love this site, so glad I found it. One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I didn’t get back to Ky. in time to see him in the flesh, but I will never forget hime.

Judy P. King, Liberty SC judyking68@Hotmail.com


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Secretariat, I am thinking of you today, June 9, 2003. Thirty years… What brilliance! Linda Neiberg NYC


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Of all the horses that race, he was my fathers all time favorite. He said there has never been a horse like that one. I doubt if I’ll see another one in a hundred lifetimes. What a champion. BIG RED FOREVER! ToriTide in Alabama :)


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I am only 14 years old so there is no way i could have seen secretariat run . or even seen him period. but i wish i could have. i saw a picture of him 31 strides in front of all the other horses, it was the most amazing thing i have ever seen. He was such a beautiful horse and i think no horse will ever outrun him… if wish’s came true i would wish to ride secretariat… Feel free to e-mail me Sam CowgirlSam11@aol.com


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“SECRETARIAT” was the greatest. Lets always keep his memory alive!!!!

jul


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I am a 22 year old nurse from Long Island that originally fell in love with secretariat when I was about 9 years old collecting Breyer horses. I never heard of him but just loved something about the model. As I gradually learned more about him, I grew to love him and wish I could have had the opportunity to see him live and in action. I recently sold my collection of Breyer horses, but to this day, my Secretariat model remains my favorite and is one of 2 models I dind’t sell. I also retained my love of horses, particularly one’s that are a chestnut with white stockings. – Joetta


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There will never be another Secretariat! Never! SJackson@post.state.nv.us


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I was 12 years old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown and I will always remember the thrill of watching those 3 races, especially the Belmont Stakes, on TV. He always will hold a special place in my heart!!! Rosalie (highdune14@yahoo.com)


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He was truly a devine gift from God. I often visualize a halo above his head when I see him in the Belmont. I cry and shiver even now when thinking about him. His accomplishments can never be surpassed. He was and will continue to be the greatest and most phenomenal athlete of this or any other century in my opinion.

Big Red you will live forever in the minds, hearts, and souls of a world of people that accepted you as that greatest of great American heroes. When I die, Heavenly fulfillment for me would be to meet you in person with God holding the reins. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of one of the greatest times in history during your Triple Crown run.

G. Ronnie Gallion gitrman@cableone.net


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I had a poster of Secretariat on my closet door of him running for home. Who needed Tiger Beat when you could have Big Red! Thanks for the site. Linda Columbus,Ohio


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IN 1973 I WAS 20 YEARS OLD. IGOT FIRED FROM MY JOB THE DAY OF THE BELMONT, BECAUSE MY BOSS WANTED ME TO WORK TO 7PM BUT I LEFT MY JOB AT 5PM TO SEE SECRETARIAT GO FOR THE TRIPLE CROWN. WAS IT WORTH IT YOU BET IT WAS. GOD BLESS PENNY AND RONNY AND REST IN PEACE LUCIEN AND EDDIE, AND MAY BIG RED NEVER BEFORGOTTEN. LOUIE CLERICO LCLER54778@AOL.COM


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Horses are the most beautiful animal that God put on Earth. Secretariat was the most beautiful horse that God put on Earth. When I see footage or pictures of him yet today, I sometimes get teary eyed. He was loved by everyone that ever set their eyes on him. Thank you for giving him to us, Penny. He is still with us and in our hearts forever!!! Happy 30th anniversary!!! He’s watching down on us with those beautiful eyes of his. God bless you and I know God has already blessed Secretariat. Terry Blevins Carlisle, Ohio STARSnBARSGAL1@aol.com


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Hi, my name is Melissa. I’m going to be 14 in July. I’m really a HUGE horse lover, and I wish I was there to see Secretariat win. I had just started this thing with horses a couple years ago, so for the past two years i was hoping that we would have another horse at least like Secretariat. You know with War Emblem and Funny Cide, I wasn’t that confident with War Emblem, but the way Funny Cide ran so impressively and made his move and just did his “thing” at the right time, I was sure we would have another triple crown winner. Also, just by the way that he won the Preakness, I kept saying to my self, (since i’m the only horse lover in the house,) “he’s going to win the Belmont by 30 lengths, let’s keep Secretariat famous!!” I would love to talk to you more, and love to hear you tell me about Secratariat. So, here is my email and hope you do email me, BigHank8@localnet.com (Big Hank is my horse) Thanks a lot for your time, Melissa


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My name is Samantha Everton, and I have loved Thoroughbreds my whole life. I remember seeing a picture of Secretariat and Ron Turcott, he was looking over his shoulder wondering where the other horses were. That touched me forever. He was a beautiful animal with a lot of heart. Please feel free to email me at sam_i_am2003@hotmail.com.


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Hi Fans!!

I was too young to see that great Triple Crown race of 73′, but I would love to have a copy of it if I can find the station who carried it and have them send me a copy! I do have other films of him, and ESPN’s classic on him also. I also have “the history of the triple crown” 2 hour special.

Anyway, right now I live in Portage, Mi but am moving back to Ann Arbor to finish my Masters in OT. I do have a web site of my own and have a special place on there for Secretariat’s 30th anniv. I would love to chat with anybody so, please feel free to write me! Andrea katz112@yahoo.com


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Hey! I love this website, I LOVE SECRETARIAT! You did an awsome job on this site, i think you might need sommore pics tho. Secretariat is the coolest horse, besides mine! but my horse is related to secretariat so its ok! sugafreeorbit@aol.com ~Cara~


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This is a great website. I would like to see more pictures and information about how many winners he and his ancestors produced. Thank you Penny and God Bless you and Secretariat.

Big Fan of Big Red


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Secretariat is amazing! I wish I had been able to see him race! He is the best horse in the world not only in racing but everywhere. Although he is gone i still drive my friends crazy talking about him. I love him so much! When I found out he died on my dads BD i got mad at him for a while, because Secretariat is so special.My BD iis on July 3rd. It says somewhere that that is also Secretariat day. I miss him so much even though he died the year before I was born. Thanks for making this site! Secretariatfan90@aol.com


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I never knew I could love anything so much. From the time I saw Secretariat win the Kentucky Derby, I felt such amazing awe and respect. In all these years I have never stopped loving horses or racing, but nothing compares to how I feel about Secretariat. I pray that God will allow me to be a groom in horse heaven and that I can spend eternity with the greatest thing that God has ever created.


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i am really glad that you have a web sight for secretariat. he was the greatest horse to ever live in my opinion. i feel that there will never be another horse to grace the track and capture the hearts of people like he did. he is the king.


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i am really glad that you have a web sight for secretariat. he was the greatest horse to ever live in my opinion. i feel that there will never be another horse to grace the track and capture the hearts of people like he did. he is the king. jasay1959@yahoo.com


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As a young girl, I was glued to the TV watching the most magnificant horse of all time win each race of the triple crown. Almost 30 yrs. later, I still mark my calender so as I don’t miss my favourite three races on the circuit. I just wanted to mention how inspirational Secretariat was to me throughout my life and the joy those memories give me to this day. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the movie “Seabiscuit” and look forward to learning more about another American Legend in the wonderful Equine world. Thanxs Michele- British Columbia, Canada


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I was 9 years old when Secretariat won the triple crown. I loved him so very much that I have bought a horse that looks like him. He is the only horse I have ever made a bet on,I won $30.00. My live as a child was not very nice and he made a bright spot in my life. I covered my walls with his pictures and dreamed of him. My horse I had as a child was Secretariat everytime and everywere we went. Thank You Barbara Parks


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I have been swept up recently in my own memories of that precious time in 1973 when Secretariat awakened an intense love and fascination.

Although I knew and continue to know little about thoroughbreds and throughbred horse racing, I was riveted by Secretariat’s beauty, power, and grace and have since sustained a modest interest in thoroughbred racing, particularly in the two-year-olds and those seemingly destined for the Triple Crown series.

Long live Secretariat and our memories of him!

With great appreciation, M-D Kerns


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In a horse like Secretariat we as mortals can catch a vague sense of the devine. These athletes are like a great Vermeer painting – indescrible and undefin- able with words. What I find so loving here is an animal who is asked by a human to perform beyond expectations, and who answers. Nothing can compare. Possibly a hundred years will pass before there will be another horse like this. He was and is truly a one of a kind – blessed with great gifts and a heart no human will ever know.


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My name is Amanda. I’ve been so touched by Scretariat’s legend. I wasn’t even born when he ran, but I was raised by my mother teaching me about it. I long to work with racehorses, and his spirit is what inspired me towards that. He was the greatest horse to have ever lived, and I have always felt saddened because I wasn’t alive to see him on the track. I have visited his grave at Claiborne, and I hope to take my daughter there when she is older. May no one ever forget “Big Red”. *My e-mail is ruffian13@hotmail.com


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i love secretariat!! he has shown what a true race horse is!! grace, elegance, speed, and power. i wish i was there to see secretartiat run, but i have seen pictures of him running and he is a picture perfect horse. i wish he was still alive so that i would be able to see him in person. but he will always be with you in your heart. because you knew him the best and you always will.


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Beloved Stallion. Prince amongst Atheletes. What better testament to God’s handiwork exists?


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There are some people who believe Seattle Slew, Man O’War or Citation were better horses and probably on certain days or conditions could’ve beaten Secretariat. In all my years of covering horse racing I realized there is no such thing as a sure thing. There have been upsets and poor outings by many of the great ones. However, one thing is for certain. In the 1973 Belmont Stakes no horse in the history of thoroughbred racing could’ve or would’ve beaten Secretariat. It wouldn’t matter if there 10 horses, 5 or a match race. He beat a world record (2:24)for a mile/half and won by 31 lengths. Another point to consider here is Secretariat also holds the track record for the Kentucky Derby (1:59 2/5ths ). Horse enthusiasts do not realize that this horse went every quarter of a mile faster than the one before – this is a freak of nature. Human beings and animals are supposed to get tired as they go farther..Secretariat became stronger in the “Run for the Roses.” His competition at Churchill Downs, by the way, were horses like Angle Light, Sham and the legendary Forego- in case you were trying to down play the event. At the Preakness Stakes, the track teletimer was supposedly off that day and could not give an accurate reading. However, the Daily Racing Form clocked Secretariat and indicated based on their clock he broke the track record again. I mean c’mon – this horse demolished track records during the most trying of races and circumstances. How can anyone say during this amazing run any of the past horses in history could go head to head with him when he was at his peak. William Nack and all the so-called expert analysts at Blood Horse Magazine ranked him the #2 horse of all time behind Man O’War. I would respond to this inaccuracy of journalism by saying – Secretariat’s win in the Belmont is perhaps one of the greatest performances in the history of sports. It was startling, flawless and inspiring. Many of these clowns never saw Man O’War run – they went by statistics. This is like saying Bill Russell is the greatest NBA player of all time because of all his NBA titles. The truth is seeing and believing..Michael J. is the greatest there ever was and Secretariat is the greatest horse we will ever witness. So this discussion is closed..Penny your horse was the greatest of em’ all. Y’all drop me a line sometime at Seiler33@yahoo.com.


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I THINK SECRETARIAT WAS THE GREATEST RACEHORSE THAT EVER LIVED. HE FASCINATED ME IN THE FACT THAT HE SEEMED TO RUN WHEN HE WANTED TO, WHICH WAS MOST OF THE TIME. VERY SELDOM HE DIDN’T WANT TO, AND DIDN’T, EVEN IN THOSE RACES HE STILL PERFORMED WELL. THANKS, JOHN DAVENPORT BABS1441@AOL.COM


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Secretariat was the greatest race horse ever. No one will ever come close to what he did. Some say that Man ‘O War was better, but I saw a comparison of their racing times and Sec was faster in every one. He’s by far the true Big Red, and He’s a true hero. “Time Stopped…and the world watched” Secretariat :)


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no other performance in sports has touched me like that of Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont. Everytime i watch the race i cry tears of amazement; for Secretariat’s perfection on a racetrack will never be duplicated!


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Dear Penny, I am a big fan of yours and Secretariat’s.I loved the that colt ran,the way he looked,and the influence he made on his offspring.When you get this e-mail,I would appreciate it if you could write me back.My name is Stephanie,I’m 13 years old,and my e-mail address is B3purdygirlz@aol.com


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Secretariat is a role model for every race horse out there. If secretariat could win by 31 lenghts, than sure as anything, other horses can too. Good luck to all the horses in the futute triple crown races. *~tara~*


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I have loved Secretariat since I was 6 years old back in 1972. That is when I started watching him and collecting his memoribilia. He was the absolute BEST! There will never be another one like him! I was fortunate enough to meet Mrs. Chenery, Mr. Laurien and Mr. Turcotte and get a couple of things autographed when they were at Saratoga quite a few years ago. What kind down to earth people they are. It was a privilege to meet them! I onlyh wish I had been able to get down to Kentucky to see him before he died! I would love to hear from other Secretariat lovers! My email address is vicward@attbi.com!

God Bless Secretariat! :)


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Secretariat was and is the best racehorse the track has ever and will see. The world has yet to see another Secretariat, for no other horse will ever run as fast as him. I never saw Secretariat race, but I have seen clips from them and they made me more of a fan. Secretariat is my favorite racehorse. I LOVE SECRETARIAT!


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I have been a fan of Secretariat since his historic and amazing Triple Crown victory. I never get tired of reading books and articles about him and have argued heatedly with those who contest his inclusion on the ESPN 100 Top Atheletes of the 20th Century?I believe we will never experience another horse like him. satchelm.@earthlink.net P.S. This is a great website!


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My name is Erin and even though I wasn’t alive yet when Secretariat was, I think he was the best horse in the world. I was born in 1992 and didn’t know about him until 1998, but I was really excited earlier than then when my dad told me about Secretariat’s world records. I taped some Secretariat shows on TV and I watch them a lot. Penny Chenery was relly lucky to have him.


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Secretariat truley left us in awe as he pulled away from the field in the ’73 Belmont. I think that he has to be Americas greatest racer that ever lived!

Ozarkbarrelracer@wmconnect.com


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Secretariat was a great horse to all of us. This is a great website! Chestnut Thoroughbreds rock and Secretariat is the best of the best of horses. He will always be remembered as Secretariat, Big Red, the horse that ended the 25 year drought of Triple Crown winners. There will never be another Secretariat and Everyone needs to respect that. I will remember him untill the day I die as the greatest horse that ever lived


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I discovered your site this week, have already purchased the Secretariat video (and watched it with delight), and one of the Bronze Foundation posters. I loved watching the video, but would like a DVD if/when you produce them (VHS images don’t do him justice). I would like to be a fan club member and receive the newsletter. patspals@bbtel.com or Patricia.Leathem@knox.army.mil


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when i lived in lexington, i would drive over to visit secretariat retired at stud. he knew when people were talking to him or even when he was being photographed. i miss him badly. he was and still is my superhero. he had to be the most intelligent animal that ever lived. there will be no other. period. respectfully submitted, jrmiller@ibcbrick.com


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I am a huge Secretariat fan. My room is covered in pictures of him. Secretariat was a one of a kind and this sport will never have anything like him again. He will always remain a big name in sports. Nobody will ever forget Big Red. Especially his 31-length victory at the Belmont Stake, and his always rememerable Triple Crown win. I just wish I could have seen him race, just once. I love him and he will always be my hero, always.

~Rebecca ~Secretariat392@aol.com


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God bless you Secretariat, I don’t know what we would have done without you!!!! This is a great site to remember the hero of many, Secretariat or as most called him Big Red.

~Becka :)we miss you Big Red!(:


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I WAS BLESSED WITH SEEING ‘SUPER RED’ IN THE FLESH. THE WOOD, THE BELMONT, THE FIRST MARLBORO CUP, HIS LAST APPEARENCE AT AQUEDUCT. I WAS IN THE WINNERS BARN @ BELMONT AFTER THE MARLBORO & IT WAS ENCHANTING BEING IN THE SAME BARN AS SECRETARIAT. I DOUBLT WE’LL EVER SEE ANOTHER AS GREAT. SINCERELY, hotwalker03@yahoo.com


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i was a little kid living on long island, not far from belmont..ill never forget all the excitement the day of the race.now that im older its amazing to me all the races he won and how impressive the wins were.you cant compare any horse to him,especially todays horses.penny i envy you for knowing and being so close to a horse like that..stephen


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I was a young boy in attendance at Belmont when Secretariat won, and I can remember The way in which he ran, seemingly all by himself down the back stretch. I am not a horse racing fan or buff but as a grown man now when I remember that great horse and that day a shiver goes down my spine and I shed a few tears, he truely was the greatest athelete of the 20th centuary. Rest in peace Big Red, you deserve it.

M. DeVine The greatwork@webtv.net


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Secratariat was a great racehorse.The world lost a great racehorse when he died.Ilove him. Natasha.causton


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The greatest horse EVER!

Don Burns West Haven, CT

don@bkia.com


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There will never be another!!!

Stephanie


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i love secratariat so much he was and still is the very best and incredible horse that ever lived. i have been one of his fans since i was about five. now i own an ex racehorse named annabelle


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I love this horse!!! He was, hands down, the finest athlete of all time. After I retire I would like to be put out to stud just like him. Any takers?

Rich rth23@hotmail.com


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Thank you so much for this website. I have followed horse racing all my life. Secretariat was so special and I will always regret not going to see him. I only wish he could have raced another year. Or even longer. I feel he was happiest on the race track in front of the adoring and cheering fans.

Ellen


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I grew up believing Willie Mays was the worlds greatest athelete , and later thought maybe it was Muhammed Ali. After seeing Secretariat win the Triple Crown , and surpass all that was expected of him , I have known for 30 years without a doubt that Big Red was alone at the top. With apologies to Mays and Ali , they’re not even a close second. Super Horse will live forever!


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Great Web site for a great horse. A true hero.

twar@erols.com


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I’m 18 years old, and new to watching throroughbred racing. However, I’ve read about Secretariat and know deep down there was something supernatural, something special, about him. When I got the chance to actually watch the 1973 Belmont Stakes, I had goosebumps and, I swear to you, tears in my eyes as Secretariat moved “like a tremendous machine.” I still get shivers thinking about that performance, and how seeing that flash of greatness inspired me to have the will to achieve my goals. Thank you, Secretariat, wherever you are.


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Visited Clairborne last year and we really need to replace the older headstones of the great horse that lie there. Ideas? Also, I couldn’t sign up for the newsletter because the icon wouldn’t let me in.

M. Chenoweth


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I entered the thoroughbred business in 1997 with one claimed horse. I now race and have bred 4 of my own thoroughbreds. I race at a level far below champions like Secretariat who is a great inspiration to me especially during the many hard times you must endure when you are racing. The injuries, failures, and the many down moments that come with ownership, but a single win seems to make the sacrifices worth it. You need a inspiration to go on and all I have to do is watch the triple crown replays and I go on. I always remember the little saying ” There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”. Whoever said it must have had Secretariat in mind. George Danko abdanko2000@yagoo.com


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I believe great horses run like secretariat because they simply love us more. They want to hear our cries of joy and shouts of victory.They want to see the smiles on our faces, and the twinkling in our eyes!They want us to feel their triumph and feel the great power which they masterfully exhibit.You see its in the horses pleasure, So thanks to the sport and THANK YOU SECRETARIAT,I LOVE YOU TOO-Anonymous


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Secretariet is the best horse in the world!!!


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Secretariat was a Champion that moved so many people. He came at a time when we really needed him. And it seems like just yesterday he was roaring down the tracks like a freight train thrilling the crowds with his awesome power and courage. Secretariat will always be a bright star in my life. flutey2101@aol.com


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Your Secretariat.com web site is a wonderful place for Secretariat fans and memorabilia collectores. And, I have certainly enjoyed reading the wonderful comments about Big Red from your visitors. I am quite intrigued with the number of younger fans, lots younger than me, that Have made such poetic comments about the greatest thoroughbred that I was so fortunate to see. I was at Churchill Downs on that glorious first Saturday in May, 1973, attending my 2nd of what has become 32 consecutive Kentucky Derby’s; having seen Riva Ridge get the Run for the Roses the year before. After the Derby, I saw Secretariat’s Preakness and awesome Belmont triumph on television. I’ve been a fan and collector, since. After Secretariat’s retirement, my family and I visited him at Claiborne on three different occasions. It was great to be that close to the beautiful thoroughbred that he was. And, the grooms at Claiborne were always so very kind to us. In 1998, the 25th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown dominance, I finally had the opportunity, after corresponding with them, to meet Penny Cherery and Ron Turcotte in person at Churchill Downs during Derby Week. What a gracious lady she is and a fine gentleman he is. I was near the Churchill Downs (not Derby) winner’s circle while Penny was a guest presenter one day that week. She was so very nice to take the time after the winner’s trophy presentation to chat with me for awhile. I’ve also corresponded with one heck of a nice fellow that’s one of the biggest Secretariat fan’s of all, Mr. Jim Gaffney, Secretariat’s exercise rider. I only wish I could have met Lucien Lauren and Eddie Sweat. As a collector of Kentucky Derby and Secretariat memorabilia, I would say that some of my most prized possession’s are a lock of Secretariat’s mane that I mounted and framed along with his Kentucky Derby winner’s circle photo that Penny, Lucien and Ron so kindly autographed for me. Another three items would be the June 11th, 1973 issues of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magazines with Secretariat on the covers and with no mailing labels. I’m also quite fortunate to have in my collection, all of Big Red’s racing programs and the complete set of 1972 and 1973 Bloodhorse magazines chronicling his racing career. I would also like to say that I have one of his horseshoes in my collection; however, I didn’t actually see it being removed from his hoof, but it did come out of his tack box at Claiborne on one of our visits and it’s his size and is worn.Finally, one other item to mention, would be his grooming brush with his hair still in it that came from his tack box, too. God bless you, Secretariat, and all the wonderful and fortunate people that were so close to you. And, a personal “thank you Secretariat” from me for all the great memories. Dwight New Anyone who would like to share their Secretariat memorabilia collecting stories with me, please feel free to contact me at dwight.new@gm.com


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I have loved horses all my life. After 43 years of loving them and dreaming of having one, one day, I finally own my own beautiful 9 year old mare, “Pickles.” She is a show 5 gaited American Saddlebred. Her registered name is “Shamrock’s Mystery.” She is my dream horse and then some. I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown in 1973. I was 14 years old. It was the most awesome feat I have seen of any athlete, human or animal. Thank you to everyone who was a part of his life to help him become what he became. Truly the greatest horse that has ever lived. Thanks Ron for being a great jockey. The two of you were such a great team. Lori Haase LHAASE@kc.rr.com


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I’ve always loved Secretariat too. I’m still waiting on a movie to come out about him. I can’t believe thay haven’t made one yet. I have a grandson of his. That’s as close as I’ve come to Secretariat. He was the HORSE OF THE CENTURY.

Paige


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I really wish someone would write a book about Secretariat. They have done one on Native Dancer and the book on Seabiscuit is outstanding. This one would be too. Kathleen Kimber tarquin@kans.com


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SECRETARIAT WAS THE GREATEST RACE HORSE THAT EVER LIVED! HE PROVED IT WITH HIS CLOCK TIMES. HOW MANY HORSES HAVE HELD THE ONE AND AQUARTER MILE RECORD AT THE DERBY FOR 30 YEARS? I DOUBT THAT IT WILL EVER BE BROKEN, NOT TO MENTION 2:24 AT BELMONT. JOHN DAVENPORT, ANDERSON, SC BABS1441@AOL.COM [HE HAD CLASS]


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“Super Red” was one-of-a-kind. There will never be another like him…he was a true athlete and gentleman. His running of the Belmont was a thing to behold…I will always remember these words…”Secretariat is BLAZING”…a true hero and a real pleasure. Ted Rodriguez, Jr.


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i think ur website is awsome. i just wanted to say that secretariat was a wonderful horsee and so is his grandson!! my friend owns secretariats retired grandson.


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What a pleasure it was to read Charles Hatton’s poem, “Weave for the mighty chestnut”, etc. The spirit and nobility of the racing thoroughbreds is so inspiring, whether it’s Secretariat, Citation, War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, they are all magnificent creatures. I love them, every single one. Barbara, 74 yrs., marmarth@msn.com


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What a beautiful, impressive horse. Growing up in Massachusetts in the 60’s, I’d always had a mild interest in horseracing, but Secretariat’s nation captivating performances in 1973 ensured my interest for a lifetime. When you look at photos and video of him, take a good look at those eyes of his…they look right back at you, and you just know he’s sharp as a tack. It’s been the memory of Secretariat’s breathtaking Belmont that’s brought me to back to 10 Belmont Stakes over the years (always trying to envision what 31 lengths really look like, and always wanting to be there to witness history!), including the last seven when a potential Triple Crown has been on the line: ’87,Alysheba; ’89,Sunday Silence; ’97,Silver Charm; ’98,Real Quiet; ’99,Charismatic; ’02,War Emblem; ’03,Funny Cide. As you know, though some came extremely close to winning it, none did. Of those, I rooted hardest for Secretariat’s grandson, Charismatic (an inexpensive unknown red horse who came within 1/16 mile of winning the Triple Crown, until he broke down in the final strides of the race), and son, Risen Star. If you check out the five fastest Belmonts of all time, you’ll see Secretariat at the top, with Risen Star right up there too. (Note: To this day, when I go to the track, I search through the card looking for horses with Secretariat’s bloodlines to bet on.) In 1993, the day after attending my only Kentucky Derby, I drove north to Paris to Claiborne Farm, kicking myself for not having gone a just a few short years earlier; as it was, I was given an unforgettable, private tour by Secretariat’s personal caretaker (the white haired gentleman seen leading him around Claiborne in the Secretariat videos). It was a wonderful, yet somewhat sad experience. On my way out to the main gate, we stopped by his grave. When a fly came to rest on the top right corner of Secretariat’s tombstone, I swooshed it away, telling it to “get off his nose.” It’s bad enough horses have to put up with flies their entire lives… Perhaps in some small, symbolic way, I touched the great horse who’d permanently touched all of us 20 years earlier. Andy, Suncook, NH


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I am 56 years old. I saw the Triple Crown races. At the Belmont he brought me out of the chair applauding, cheering, and crying. An absolutely supernatural moment. Hands down the best there ever was. Tom Sargent tsrg8@aol.com


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I have always lived horses, when I was younger my family and I were going down some road that I have never been on before, and I looked up and saw fences upon fences with I think some horses in there , I said wow look at all that land and beautiful fence . my grandmother then informed me that this was the home of the most famouse horse in the world his name is ” Secretariat” , she then went on to explain to me how he passed away but to this day I can’t remember what she said . Any way my point is that this one horses has always inspired me , I have always really wanted to be a jockey but I know that that will never happen . Thanks for this moment.Olivia


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Everytime I watch one of his races I get all choked up. The sheer power, and awesome muscle and ability. What a horse. I only wish I could have seen him race in person. He left his hoofprints in the hearts of many.


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I was 11 years old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown and I created a scrap book of all the newspaper photos and magazine photos (most from Sports Illustrated). I have all three magazine covers of Secretariat from Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. I also love my Breyer horse. There never was or never will be again a horse as great a champion as Secretariat. – Diana Seaver djseaver@msn.com


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Greetings to the fine staff at Secretariat.com. I have read details that a Secretariat commemorative license plate will soon be available for issue in the state of Virginia, if possible could a link to this be posted on the Secretariat website. Details can be found at www.visitcaroline.com. Thanks for all your hard work in maintaining this wonderful site honoring the GREATEST Thoroughbred in history. We love Big Red!! Michelle, Oklahoma, 23Jul2003


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I never got to see him or see him run,except on film. But I have worked with race horses for 16 years,I’ve even taken care of his offspring,and it was a pleasure.Every time I run a horse at belmont and see that statue I get Chills!!! pch@nc.rr.com


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I have unconditional love and loyalty for Secretariat–there was none better. Laura


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I Love Secretariat So Much Its Unbalivibal. Hes So Sweet And Fast I Wanna Be A Jockey Someday And Secretariats My Number One Hero:)


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No Better Horse Than Secretariat. I Never Met The Red Stallion But I Meet Him When I Close My Eyes. The Horse Of My Dreams Is The Big Red Winner Of The Kentucky Derby And So Much More. That Horse Made A Difrance In My Life And Every One Elses That Watched That Great And Truthfull Day. If Only I Cout HAve Been Ron And Riden On The Horse My Self. I Love Secretariat And Sometimes I Offten Cry Because I Never Met Him In Person That Is My Biggest Regret! I LOVE Yur Big Red RIP :( See You In Heven -Sheila


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Hello, I feel so honored to have seen Secretariat when I was a child.I was just getting to showing horses and my family went on a vacation. My mother found out where he was and amazingly got permission to go to see him. I will never forget the presence that he had it was as if he pulled you to him and said look at me. I just stood at his stall in awe. I still have never had a horse give me shivers like he did. Everbody laughs at me because when anything come on about him I start to cry it is just uncontrolable at times. There may someday be a horse that comes close to him but there will only be one Secretariat. I have gone by the farm where he is laid to rest but haven’t been able to bring myself to go back. I want to remember him as majestic and proud as I saw him as a child. I have slowly collect things throughout the years my friends say my house looks like a museum dedicated to him. All I can say is am so happy that found this website I show me I am not the only one who has such great respect for THE ONE! THE ONLY! SECRETARIAT!!!! MAY his legend live forever. Linda Hildebrant tom-lyn@webtv.net


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in 1985, wide world of sports went to visit big red. he was in a pasture and in the pasture next to him was his sire bold ruler. they had the camera setup on the fence. bold ruler and secretariat trotted down to the other end, turned, and the greatest horse race ever unfolded right before our eyes. they were throwing dirt thirity feet into the air,nostrals flaired, and only


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in 1985 derby day, the wide world of sports visited secretariat, he was in one pasture and bold ruler,his sire, in the next. they had the camera setup on the fence. they trotted to the other end of the fence, turned, and the greatest horse race of all time was on.they were throwing dirt thirity feet into the air,their nostrials flaired, and only GOD ALLMIGHITY on their backs. like you a tear comes to my eye.


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This was the GREATEST Horse EVER!!!!!I always enjoyed horse racing But once I saw this horse I became a true fan.I think this horse could of beat any other great horse,This is the story they need to make a movie about.


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i am still to this day one of Secretariat biggest fan and i would love to be a part of any going on with other fan of Secretariat and i would love to become a member of a Secratiat fan club if that is possible. Patti Lee Wolf washwolves@hotmail.com


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I will never ever forget watching that horse run the Belmont. I could almost cry just thinking about it. I was 15 and crazy about horses. Even had one of my own. He was without a doubt the greatest racehorse that ever lived. I would love to see a video or DVD of him racing. Is there one available or maybe a link to a download? Anyone that can help I would appreciate it. debbiek144@hotmail.com

Debbie


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I was 10 years old when I fell in love with him in 1972. I had an entire wall dedicated to newpaper clippings and pictures. I knew he was the one when he was only a 2-year old. My parents arranged for me to attend the Preakness when he ran-from the Grand Concourse, we watched him go by in the back of the pack and we didn’t see him again until he came out of the clubhouse turn in front! It was amazing how he made everyone feel when he won-it was electric. The people in the infield just stood silently in awe with thier fists raised. He was truly a super hero for the time. I was able to meet him at Claiborne right after he retired. I was warned that he might nip-but he walked right up to me and nuzzled with me for what seemed days. I still cry when I see clips from his races. He was the greatest race horse of all time. Valeri-lollee@aol.com


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He was an awesome American Legend. I remember him as a child racing to victory in the Belmont. Help ensure all horses have a happy ending. http://www.helphorses.com Links to horse resources including a petition to ban horse slaughter. Over 50,000 horses, many retired racehorses, needlessly die in slaughter houses to feed rich European and Japanese people. Help us end horse slaughter!


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i love secretariat. he was the best race horse ever!!!!!!!!!!!!


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seabiscuit not bad but wait for the secretariat movie – there is noone more gracious than ron turcotte- penney chenery – and if secretariat could talk ia ma sure he would be most gracious as well – the big three have never been any different since they started their careers together.


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I was 13 when I saw Secretariat run in the Belmont Stakes race. I was watching tv with my brother who passed away that next year we were both shocked how fast he was running right then and there I was in love with Secretariat. I tried to go to Clairborn Farms to see him but by the time I was planning he had passed on I was devasated I cried for days my room is a shrine of Secretariat I know about as much of Secretariat as my Dad does of teeth. I did make it to Clairborne Farms a year after his death and I cried when I saw the grave stone there were may flowers there you could feel in the air that it will never ever be the same at Clairborne Farm I did get to touch his horse shoe that someone left on his tombstone. I wished I had seen him. My cat’s middle name is Secretariat because she has a blaze and three white stocking like Secretariat and run’s like a jet. Secretariat is by far the Greatest thoroughbred ever he was a gift from God. I would love to see some of his sons and daughters but I haven’t had any luck. I’m still hoping one of Secretariat’s descendents will be a carbon copy of him and this time I won’t miss out. patriciadivaio@hotmail.com


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There is something about Secretariat. I visited KY Horse Park this summer and saw pictures and paintings of him everywhere. And everytime got a lump in my throat. They had a statue of him but I don’t think it did him justice. I hope “Seabiscuit” is a popular enough movie to spur making one about Secretariat.


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I distinctly remember Secretariat’s quest for the Triple Crown 30 years ago. I fell in love with him through the t.v. and wanted so much to come face to face with him. i never did see him personally, but he’s the reason that I moved to NY and started working on the racetrack (where I still am)….I knew I had to be around thoroughbreds after seeing him. I’ll never forget you or stop loving you Big Red! Pattie Mulderig email: Slightlybent3@aol.com


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How wonderful it was to be part of history in the making when I was at Belmont Park that Saturday afternoon when Secretariat won the Belmont. I saw Secretariat in the paddock (had to get my spot two hours before the race) WOW! Then I ran up to the second floor of the Clubhouse and watched the race. The crowd was so loud you couldn’t even hear the announcements for the post parade. I had my zoom lense on my camera and took several pictures before and after the race. When he won by over 30 lenghts, everyone was screaming, cheering and yes, even crying. We finally had another Triple Crown Winner! It took hours, yes hours, to leave Belmont Park with so many people and cars. The cars were parked way in the back on the exercise track and even along the Cross Island Parkway for miles. It was a day I will never forget. I was fifteen years old at that time. My parents bought me my first horse the next year, and yes, it was a big, beautiful chestnut gelding. I have owned several horses since then–there is nothing like a chestnut horse, but there is only one BIG RED

Maria – North Ridge Farm, Patterson, NY


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I heard that they put SECRETARIAT in a computer and the computer went crazy. I regret never having seen him. and I wish that he didn’t retire so early because I don’t think he ever reached his full potential. That is so scarey. Long live Secretarit the GREASTEST OF THEM All. PAD Boston, Mass


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Secretariat is one of a kind there will never be another horse as great,powerfull,and remarkable as him. I was most fortunate to go to Claiborne Farms and see Secretariat’s stall, his pasture,and his grave. I cried right there on the spot because at that moment I rememberd all the videos I had seen of him and what a great horse he was,it was just as compelling that day as it was in 1973. SECRETARIAT IS ONE OF A KIND AND WE WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER LIKE HIM. HE IS BY FAR THE BEST HORSE THAT HAS EVER LIVED. HE IS UNTOUCHABLE. ONLY ONE HORSE WAS ABLE TO COME VERY CLOSE TO SECRETARIATS RECORD, AND THE HORSE WAS, MONARCHOS ANOTHER FAVORITE OF MINE. EVER SINCE I SAW SECRETARIAT RUN IN THAT VIDEO I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO BE AND EVERY ONE IS TELLING ME I CAN’T POSIBLY DO THAT BUT I AM DETERMINED TO BECOME ONE. I’VE KNOWN SCINCE I WAS 5 YRS OLD THAT I WAS DESTINE TO DO SOMITHING WITH HORSES AND NOW I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO BUT I HAVE TO MAKE IT COME TRUE. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO OR SITES ON HOW TO BECOME A JOCKEY OR HOW TO START OUT? PLEASE E-MAIL ME I WANT TO MAKE MY DREAM COME TURE AS SOON AS POSIBLE. THANK YOU ALL!

SECRETARIAT WILL FOREVER BE “THE BEST” RACE HORSE EVER. “RIP SECRETARIAT YOU ARE AND WILL BE FOREVER MISSED,AND IN OUR HEARTS”

YOUR BIGGEST FAN EVER,

P.S. does any one know Mrs.Tweedy’s address I would like to write her a letter. And if you have anybody elses address i would love to have them to, PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT soccersweetie818@yahoo.com This is a great site.

BIG RED DESERVES IT! HE WAS THE BEST.

I love you Secretariat and you will always be with me.

R.I.P. BIG RED, MY HORSE IDOL

AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE SLAMING BIG RED SHUT THE HECK UP. SECRETARIAT COULD HAVE BEATEN SLEW ANY TIME, ANY WHERE, ANY DAY. AND YOU ALL KNOW THAT. THAT’S WHY YOUR SLAMMING HIM ON HIS OWN SITE. EVEN THOUGH I LOVE BOTH HORSES THEY WERE IN TWO DIFFERENT ERA’S. SECRETARIAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE FIRST.

WE LOVE YOU SECRETARIAT AND YOU WILL BE MISSED AND MOURNED OVER FOREVERl!

AMBER,HIS BIGGEST FAN!!


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Knowing that his heart was twice it’s normal size, pumping such a huge supply of oxygenated blood through his entire body…I wonder how fast he could have run it he was pushed, rather than just ridden by his jockey….with specific instructions not to do anything but enjoy the ride. What a horse and glad I witnessed some of his bigger races. I always knew he was a very special/rare equine. Joe from the 527QH Ranch in the Sacramento, Ca. area. 527qhranch@softcom.net


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I love Secretariat! Even though he died the year i was born he inspired me! He was the only racehorse i ever knew about real well until a couple years ago. I really got into it this year though when i went to Kentucy for a vacation. We went to Churchill Downs and the Derby museum. I bought a movie on secretariats life, Its really good!! Well all i have left to say is , to bad i didnt get to meet him in person!

Teresa (Firerules89@aol.com)


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What a great tribute to not only Secretariate, but to thoroughbred horse racing in it’s own, I looooooveddd watching Secretariate win races. Every since I was 10 years old (started when I lived in Colorado (Monte Vista) across from the track, I just feel in love with ALL race horses. Especially thoroughbreds, they are beautiful horses and I would love the opportunity to be involved in and around the world of horse racing. Secretariate is a true legacy to the racing world and and long live his memories and records at the tracks. Thank you for this site. I commend all – jockeys, horses, owners, trainers, fans I love this sport. Unfortunately the only time I get to watch is on my TV or updates on the internet, but I am still inspired first by Secretariate and his legacy, but by all thoroughbred racing. Kathi Spoon – Huge Fan of racing horses Hermiston, Oregon


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My grandmother and aunts followed Secretariat throughout his career and Riva Ridge too. I was only 4 yrs. old and not able to really understand what was happening at the time. All I knew was that I loved horses and to watch him run on TV was a thrill I will never forget. The country needed a hero and he was it!!!! It’s too bad Funnycide couldn’t duplicate Secretariat’s “rein”. He’s still a hero to many here in Saratoga though. Penny is a wonderful lady, and one of Grandma’s best friends. Thanks for the memories!!! Great site.

Mary Aliss Gast Tempi21569@aol.com


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He is inspiring…


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Secretariat a TRUE hero, a true legand, a true inspiration! Even though I never got to see the great horse, he has always been my true hero!! Secretariat the GREATEST horse to ever live!! I would like to thank god for creating such a wonderful animal who has touched so many peoples lives. Secretariat will never be forgotten and, will always be my hero. Thank You Secretariat!! Dean dstewart19@fuse.net


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I was 13 years old when Secretariat burst on to the scene. And burst he did. I have video tapes of Big Red taking all three races of the Triple Crown. The Preakness takes by breath away because Secretariat was at one point in last place. Then you see him surge up to take position on the outside and you hear Chick Anderson “But here comes Secretariat he’s coming up on the outside for the for lead and it’s right now he’s looking for it!!” You talk about right out of a movie. But you have to say when Chick Anderson was announcing the Belmont..that will go down in history as the greatest race of all time. “He is moving like a tremendous machine” “Secretariat is all alone” “He will be the TRIPLE CROWN WINNER!” A movie must be in the making. They brag about Seabiscuit but lets face it, he pales in comparison to the great Secretariat. Thank you for a wonderful website.


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PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR FAN CLUB DMALIZIA@FIRSTTEAMHONDA.COM DON MALIZIA 918 CHEROKEE ROAD PORTSMOUTH VA 23701


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What an absolutely fantastic website! I love it! Please post as many pictures and stories as you can….Best wishes, Amy


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I guess that if there was ever a horse as great or as beautiful as Secretariat, he hasn’t been born yet! Although I never saw him in the horseflesh, I have always been in love with this big, beautiful red horse. He is the greatest. Someone said that God wanted to make the perfect horse, so He made Secretariat. I believe that! He will always live in my heart.

Pam Wetz lassiepj@aol.com


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I lovvvvvvvvve ,Him!


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I was 13 years old in 1973. My parents were divorced and had a new step father. I wasn’t excited about very much. Then came Secretatiat! He took my breath away. I still cry when I think of the emotion that big horse could bring out in an awkward teenager. I now have a mare that is a great great granddaughter of Secretariat. My daughters love her as I loved him. Lisa Hutton blhutton@att.net


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I was so fortunate to have witnessed Secretariat taking the world by storm in his racing career. Watching his races still makes my heart pound and brings tears to my eyes, and there is no doubt in my mind that he was the greatest I’ll ever see in my lifetime. I never had the privilege to meet him, but I loved him just the same, and he will live in my heart forever.


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I love Secretariat and I love this site.


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I’m so happy that there is a place I can click onto and relive some of the memories I had watching “Big Red” run. I was a young horse crazed girl the first time I saw Him run on t.v. I belived I was seeing the most fantastic horse there ever had been. In retrospect I wasn’t wrong. My favorite footage that I have seen was a moment caught of his training. The fog was thick around the track,the camera was filming the last turn for home and you couldn’t see Him yet but you could here this “brrraapp,brrraapp,brrraapp” sound coming through the fog. Out of the mist you started to see this powerful equine,(brrraapp,brrraapp,brrraapp) with his breath coming from his nostrils looking like a steam train(brrraapp,brrraapp,brrraapp). That sound of His breathing,and the image of Him working in total rythmn with His rider and the world around Him, still moves me to tears. I eventually grew up into a horse crazed adult and started excersise riding young , green thoroughbred race horses at Buckland Farms. The highest point of that job was when I got to ride an offspring of His named Secretary’s Story. I felt like I was riding royalty. There was a moment when we started a gallop all I could here was the wind in my ears and brrraapp,brrraapp,brrraapp sound that made horses truely come alive to me all those years before. I will always remember where I was and what I was doing the moment I first heard the news of his death.I became the same little horse crazed girl of all those years ago and cried my eyes out in the middle of a craft store.

Thank-you for the forum to relay my memories.And thank-you for keeping Him accessable to his ever-loving fans. Renee Attili palaceofdogs@aol.com


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Mrs. Chenery, as I said to you yesterday at Arlington Park, at the Women In Racing Luncheon, it is a delight and honor to have gotten to meet you. I could have listened to your stories about Secretariat and your life managing The Meadow for hours! I do hope that our paths cross again soon, and thanks again for the opportunity to make your acquaintance. Most Sincerely, Joan Scott


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Hi I never got to see Secretariat but I have loved him all my life-I have read every book I can find on him, I have a video on his life and I have a print of the last portrait done of him by Tony Leonard hanging on my wall and I think Secretariat was truly head and shoulders above all the rest of the racehorses-past, present and even future ones to come. He set the standard for American racing and will never be forgotten. I have my own Yahoo group on Secretariat called Secretariat Memories. I have loaded it up with as many pictures of Big Red as I can find. The one picture that eludes me though is a picture of him on Newsweek magazine (I already have copies of him on Time and Sports Illustrated, which I own a copy of myself) but not this third magazine cover that he appeared on the week before he won the Belmount and the Triple Crown. Anyway if anyone wishes to see my Yahoo group go to SecretariatMemories@yahoogroups.com Jenny


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I have recently been reading up on this wonderful horse. Are there any videos available? lOVE THAT HORSE! Sincerely, Patty email- pattyto60@yahoo.com


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Secretariat’s portrait hangs above our fireplace mantel. I don’t believe there will ever be another horse to rival this brilliant athlete. His charisma is unmatched and I am moved at the very mention of his illustrious name. Thank you for this site. Judy in California


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I remember the Belmont Stakes like it was yesterday. I was just 9 years old, but I can still see it. I was watching it with my parents. After that, I never missed another Triple Crown race. I love Secretariat and cried when he died.

Donna Kummer

CAKEPUPDK@YAHOO.COM


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This horse was the epitome of strength and beauty, and wonderful training. Thanks to Secretariat, I have a piece of him in one of my thoroughbreds- I have the blessing of owning one of his granddaughter’s, out of Government Program. She is a great trail horse with lots of stamina and heart, not to mention an awesome conformation. Keep the spirit of Secretariat ALIVE! hossangel@hotmail.com


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this wonderful i am getting ready to write a book on him so if you don’t mind sending in fo on big red please do

thank you katiland langston age 13 blanchard,louisiana splashgrl1984@aol.com 8065 choctaw ln 71107


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There will never be another Secretariat, a brilliant balance of speed, power and beauty, magnificently fueled by that enormous heart. Truly a gift that we were blessed to behold. Dan Wells


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In 1991, I was showing my Paint mare at the APHA World Show which was being held at Kentucky horse park that year.I found the exhibit of Man’OWAR and “BIG RED’s trophies, saddles and many other wonderful things on display.Never have I felt such emotion as I walk around viewing these things and reading about the the horse who caught America’s heart.I have always been captivated by the colt who had such presents.I so remember that day when he ran away from the field in the belmont.I was 13 at the time and completly horse nuts. I am so glad I found this site as I sit here with goose bumps on my arms.Horses like him are once in a life time, and I’m glad I had the chance to see it all. May he always gallop freely. Jean Sullivan Jetsmoke@hotmail.com


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Secretariat has got to be the best racehorse of all times. I never got the chance to “meet” him, but I know I would have loved him just the same. Everyday when I come in my door I get to see my Secretariat “shrine” where I keep my collectibles. Makes me smile each day.


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big red has inspired me to keep going no matter how hot it is and inspired me to run untill the day i die and i think of he when i run cause he never gave up thank you secretariat thank you


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There will never, ever be a horse as great and beautiful as Secretariat!!!


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i,m from the grave yard of favorites saratoga worked at the reading room for 15 years saw big red run cried with you when he lose but he was and always will be the best ever


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Secretariat is the greatest thoroughbred ever to step foot on the racetrack. He is the epitome of beauty, grace, strength, speed, and heart. I train racehorses and if I am ever fortunate enough to train a horse that is even a quarter of the horse Secretariat was, I will consider myself truly blessed. Thanks for everything Big Red. Charity Martin, TripleCrownChick@aol.com


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what a great horse he was! I was 5 when he won the Ky Derby…but, it may have been the first horse race I ever saw. It certainly made a big impression on me. Turned me into a huge fan!


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If I could just be granted one wish it would be to go back in time and be there when everything happened … be there in person for the Triple Crown 1973 … to enjoy personally first hand and in first view of the fastest most powerful, charismatic, and graceful thoroughbred that had ever lived in this planet … I realized that our beloved Secretariat passed away in 1991 when on a plane from Dallas to Kansas City I happen to pull out this Sports Illustrated magazine and began reading this article about His supersized heart … I laid back in the seat and wept for sometime … then I came up with this self comforting thought … ” Secretariat is deceased but His legend was just born … ” as time passes I realized that nothing could be more true than that thought in that sad moment for me … and as time passes His legend will keep growing and growing for next generations to conmensurate the magnitude of His achievements … the standards has been set too darn high … I remember after the Secretariat years when I was still a kid there was a feeling of emptiness in the thoroughbred racing world when he was taken out of the track … I am sure lots of people can relate to this out there … This horse and His achievements are still touching lives out there … including my two sons and my daughter that have got to know Him because of what I have been able to explain them and show them …and will pass to them eventually … I am sure lots of people out there can relate to this also … I can keep writing for quite sometime … I can’t help getting inspired when I write about Secretariat … I only thanks GOD for having the opportunity to have lived in His time and be able to appreciate what this horse have done for lots of people and for myself …

Eric Matos-Marrero bayamon29@aol.com


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Secretariat’s racing strength, beauty, and charm is such a wonderful gift to us. I am so glad I lived in his times.

Sharon Kuder / Plant City, FL


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Secretariat was the greatest racehorse that ever lived, may his memory live on forever


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It never gonna liva a horse so fast like Secretariat! He was very cute. I did´nt live on his time. But i like him anyway.


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Secretariat was hands down the greatest racehorse of any breed to step onto a track. His whole team exuded class all the way through. Thanks for the memories Big Red!


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I wish I could have known him! It was so hard to read the book through my tears. What a wonderful, beautiful horse.


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The Belmont Stakes Race was the one that finally hooked me on horse racing and this super star. I’m not one of these rich Kentucky breeders, but a working California man with dreams, I bred all my 4 broodmares in 2003, to Secretariat’s multiple Stakes winning son TINNER’S WAY (1.8 million). He just looks an awful lot like his Dad. I also have a two year old grandson by Academy Award, a big chestnut. I can’t afford one of his children, but it makes me proud to see his grandson out in the pasture every morning!

corini@inreach.com


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The Belmont Stakes Race was the one that finally hooked me on horse racing and this super star. I’m not one of these rich Kentucky breeders, but a working California man with dreams, I bred all my 4 broodmares in 2003, to Secretariat’s multiple Stakes winning son TINNER’S WAY (1.8 million). He just looks an awful lot like his Dad. I also have a two year old grandson by Academy Award, a big chestnut. I can’t afford one of his children, but it makes me proud to see his grandson out in the pasture every morning!

corini@inreach.com


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wonderful horses and owner


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I was a teenager when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I will never forget watching the Belmont Stakes on TV. I looked at my father and asked, “Where are the other horses?” The camera had to pan back just so the other horses were visible. 31 lengths!

I was fortunate enough to meet Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys in the mid-nineties and it was quite a thrill for me (I think race horses are stars), but meeting Secretariat would have been the thrill of a lifetime. Of course, he had already died by then.

Like others here, I have a framed photograph of Secretariat on my wall at home. He was a magnificent beauty and the epitome of everything a thoroughbred stands for. I doubt there will be another like him in my lifetime, but that’s what made him so special.

Carolyn htlsales@aol.com


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I saw Secretariat run at Saratoga when I was 5 years old in The Whitney- I still remember the day. Secretariat was “my” horse, and my family followed all his races. I cried so hard when he lost that day. All of my family are horse racing fans, and really wanted Secretariat to win. We don’t know why he did it, but my grandfather had bet on Onion- we all considered him a traitor after that! The story still gets told every year around Whitney time. A few years later, I saved up my allowance, for what seemed like forever, so that I could buy a Secretariat book- I read it so much I practically had it memorized. Secretariat was unforgettable, and an important part of my childhood memories. Jean DellaRocco(heidingerjdr@aol.com)


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Well I’ve just seen seabiscuit the movie. Now I am waiting for SECRETARIAT (I HOPE I HOPE). The only question I have is how on earth would they find a horse with his beauty and charisma to play him?


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I was 15 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown and my heart forever. I wrote my final English Paper on him and my English teacher went to the Derby and brought me back a glass. In 1976 before leaving for Virginia to college, I wrote a letter to Penny Tweedy asking if I could visit The Meadow. I received a postcard back saying yes. What an experience! Howard Gentry showed us around, and a groom brought out foals, yearlings and two year olds. I was amaized at the hospitality. I wish now that I had the names of these horses to see how they had done. What a great experience and very wonderful people. Penny, I thank you with all my heart for that. I am saddened that the Meadow has lost so much since those days. It has changed hands too many times, and it seems the State Fair Of Virgina has purchased it now. I don’t know if there is any plans for preserving Secretariat’s birth shed. It had gotten pretty run down when I saw it about 5 years ago. We just receintly took a trip to Kentucky and were able to visit Claiborne Farm. I felt the need to complete my photo album of Secretariat. As he was conceived there, he also died there. I had to apologize to Monachos for not wanting him to beat Secretariats time -close call. Standing in the Claiborne cemetary was tough. There was a feeling of pride and peace but that “never to be forgotten” sense in the air from all the stallions buried there. C AUPTON6212@AOL.COM


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Hello! I’m 15 years old and I’m living in Austria. This site is super – like Secretariat and other great racehorses.


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I just got done reading William Nack’s book on “Big Red”. What an unbelievable story. Being an avid racing fan from Saratoga Springs, NY, the horse’s connection to my area makes the story even more special. It’s just too bad I was only 2 months old when the magnificent horse came stomping to the finish line in the Belmont – arguably the greatest race of all time.

S. Parisi spparisi@yahoo.com


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Secretariat is my all time favorite horse although my brothers say he sucked he totally rocks. RED POLLARD (the real deal)


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I had the pleasure of seeing “big red” run several times. he attracted me to the sport of kings, his presence was “awe inspiring”


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He is awesome and all ways will be! I wish I was born 40 years ago just so I could have been there. He and Penny have both inspired me with their wins! Thank You Kelly Obendorf 9-11-03


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I recall the day in 1989 that I had to leave work when I heard that Big Red had to be put down. What a wonderful experience it was to witness his Tripple Crown races with his understanding of what he had to do to win. He just loaded in, and went for it. No nastiness in him at all. What a true champion!

I am one of the many millions who got on the freeways of Chicago in late 1973 when a newscaster said that Secreatariat would be at Arlington Park Rack Track. It is my only true experience with traffic gridlock, as the entire city got in their cars to head toward Arlington Park to see their hero.

I love this horse, his achievements and his memory.


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Jana L. Atwell I remember watching Secretariat win the Belmont. Wow. I still have an acryllic painting I made of him and jockey Ron Turcott shortly after that race. I was in my mid teens, but I was pleased with my tribute to them. My parents still have the painting hanging in their home.

atwelljan@yahoo.com


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I was a young woman when Big Red won the triple crown. I loved watching him run. To this day it is one of my fondest memories. I still have my scrapbook with all the clippings from our local paper. There has never been another like Secretariat. Others may have won the triple crown since, but they didn’t do it by 31 lengths. He was the greatest.


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Does anyone have a Secretariat mare or grand they want to sell? Teresa greatplainsinc@earthlink.net


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I was only three years old when Secretariat ran his memorable races but I love the horse as though I owned him! He was just so incredibly beautiful and I am still moved to tears when I watch clips of his races. His Belmont win is just hard to fathom. In my lifetime I do not believe another horse of his caliber will ever come along, but even if we have many triple crown winners, and even if his records fall, none will ever hold the same place in my heart at Big Red. God must be enjoying him the way we all did. After all he was one of His most beautiful creations. Richard Cope Richard.cope@wfhm.com


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I think secretariat was one of the greatest race horses that ever lived. He is my favoite race horse and when i grow up ,I plan to be a race horse trainer. I only hope i can train a horse half of what he was.


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Loved the site. I was fortunate enough to be the babysitter for Ron & Gae Turcotte (in Valley Stream, NY) in ’72 and ’73. I was at their home when he won the Kentucky Derby on Secretariat. There were telegrams, flowers etc. It was pretty exciting for a 15 year old! They are very nice people It has been many years since I have had contact with them but I have fond memories. Kim Boody4784@msn.com


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Hi, I’m VERY interested in the newsletter you mentioned, but it tells me there’s an error on the page. My email is teriedge@hotmail.com I’d appreciate any info you can give me. I so admire SECRETARIAT!

Teri in Texas


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I’m happy that I found this site about Secretariat! He was a great horse and I – no, not just I, the whole racing world – will never forget him!!! He wasn’t just a great racing horse, he also was a very beautifl animal! He is a legend how Man o’War and Seabiscuit. I wish, I can see him, when he ran… It’s very nice, that the world think to this great champions, then they attracts this sports! I’m a fourteen years old Swiss girl and I’m a big fan of horse races and their legends. So I’m happy, that I can see tomorrow the movie “Seabiscuit” in the cinema. Secretariat, wherever you are: You was great and you’ll be forever in my and the worlds heart!!!! I love you forever!!!

Are you also a very big racing horse fan? Write me! martina.zeihen@bluewin.ch


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What can I say, Secretariat will always be the greatest horse ever! I’m very lucky to own a great-granddaughter of his, she is a yearling with simular markings and color. When I look out in the pasture I feel very proud to own a descendant of such a magnificent horse. Grazinghorse@aol.com


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I have worked with the thoroughbred industry my entire life and never will there be a horse as courageous and wonderful as the great SECRETARIAT. The race horse industry had a huge shot in the arm when he came along and I don’t think any of us will ever forget such a thoroughbred. Penny Chenery is a wonderful and kind woman to have owned Secretariat. Victoria in Fla.


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I enjoyed meeting Secretariat at Claibourn Farms in 1987 and feeding my hero a velamint from my hand. He is truly a legend!!!!!!!! Charles Hambrick chamb1910@aol.com


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I’m only 19 years old and I have loved horses ever since I could speak. I envy all of you who got to see Secretariat run. I’ve read all the books I can on him, and every time it brings tears to my eyes thinking of how great he truely was. And I’m so happy there are lots of people who still worship him. Keep it up!!!! Because there will be no other!


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Secretariat is such a cute horse!! He’s such a hero!


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I too am a fan of the GREAT Secretariat… I got a chance to meet him up close and personal in 1988. I made an unscheduled visit to Claiborne Farms. I just drove up to Paris Kentucky after the 1988 Kentuck Derby to see Secretariat. Again, being unannounced…I just wandered up to the office and no one was around…then I heard a voice that said, “can I help you?”…I replied I am here to see Secretariat. The man then walked over and introduced himself as “Bill Smith”, if my memory serves me correctly. He stated that he was the handler for Secretariat as was preparing to bring him to the breeding shed. He told me to wait there and that I could see Secretariat as he lead him to the barn. Of course I was beside myself. Bill was so cordial and “matter of fact” sort of way. Yes, there he was, in all his splendor just struting like he owned the world. Secretariat was only a few feet away, chill bumps ran down my spine and I imagined all his accomplishments and accolades. As he walked past, Bill told me to again wait there that he would return soon with Secretariat and take him to his paddock, of course I stood like my feet were in concrete. I would miss that for the world… Again, there was Secretariat again this time going the other way…Bill hollered back to me and said “follow me”.. I thought…WHAT? yep he said, just follow behind Secretariat a ways and we are going to his paddock. You can watch me turn him out. I couldn’t believe this! Again, walking behind Secretariat my mind was having flashbacks of seeing him win the Triple Crown! Once at his paddock, Bill turned Secretariat and asked would you like to pet him? What do you think? is what I was saying to myself… Of course I said yes…I walked over, feeling a sense of greatness all about I was beside myself. I walked over standing beside Bill and he said “go ahead” you can pet him, just don’t move to fast. I was so nervous. To be honest with you, that moment was the BIGGEST moment of my life! Not even meeting The President of the United States could top this. Yes, I just walked over and began to run my hand along his magnificent neck, along his shoulders, around his ears, and even rubbed his soft nose…I was just like a kid. Then Bill said he was going to turn him out in his paddock and I would stand over there, just behind the gate I could watch as he released him…he said before unclamping his lead line that once he turned him loose he was going to run and kick and buck and just have a good time…I couldn’t wait for this moment. Yep, Bill was right…Secretariat took off like a bolt of lightning, even at his age. Words can explain the emotions that went through me… So there’s my story of meeting the “Great One”. But guess what? I forgot to mention, when I had gotten out of my car I had just placed new film in my camera and it was still in my lap. Upon getting out of the car the camera dropped to the ground and was broken. Can you believe the bad luck on such a day…well, I do have the memories forever stamped in my mind. And also a hat from Claiborne which Bill gave me… But…while there another person walked up just before Bill was turning Secretariat loose and she had a CAMERA! So, I explained about breaking mine and asked if she would take my picture with Secretariat, she said ok… I gave here my contact information and said would pay developing cost and mailing just please send me the photos…she agreed. Well…to this day I have never gotten those photos. I don’t know if something happened to her or perhaps she lost my contact information. And yes, I failed to get her’s. I don’t even remember her name. Of course under the circumstances I was in “awe” for the whole day. Well, that my story, quite long I know but that’s what this site is about… So, if the person that was there one week after the 1988 Kentuck Derby just happens to read this…I can only hope. you can contact me at nsc@bellsouth.net I had planned to return the following spring to Claiborne and this time take 2 cameras. But it was not to be…Secretariat was called home to the great pasture in the sky. I was truly sadened as many of us were… thanks for reading my story and if anyone else out there would like to write me I would love to hear from you… I have a small collection of Secretariat memoriblia that I continue to build on…right next to my Claiborne hat. Thanks to Mr. Bill Smith… PH


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love the site, love the horse


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what a horse. To pay tribute to him,when we found out we were having twins, we made up birth announcements announcing our new daily double. We had hats and special t-shirts made up. We dressed one son in the Secretiart clothes, and one son we dressed up in Sunday Silence clothes. He is our second favorite horse of all time.The birth announcements were a big hit.We were lucky to have visited Claiborne Farm. We saw his grave sight and stall. He made me, and many other people fall in love with horse racing forever. dkoch94@aol.com


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secretariat was an awesome race horse


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i think secretariat was a very good horse i read the book and it was awesome i wish i had a horse like secretariat


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Secretariat – not just horse of the year, horse of a lifetime.


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secretariat is the greatest horse at ever will be he inspired me to run i’m 13 and i watch viedoes and pictures are in my locker at school i gallop green thoroughbreds at benton,louisiana and i rode a horse named sexy secretariy an offspring and i loved it. i just wish i could see him thank you big red for making me the person i am today katiland4horse@aol.com


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secretariat is the greatest horse at ever will be he inspired me to run i’m 13 and i watch viedoes and pictures are in my locker at school i gallop green thoroughbreds at benton,louisiana and i rode a horse named sexy secretariy an offspring and i loved it. i just wish i could see him thank you big red for making me the person i am today katiland4horse@aol.com


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What a wonderful animal he was. I would love to purchase the ESPN classic documentary of his life. Ralph L. Adams


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I am thirteen years old and never got to see Secretariat run but every year I read the book and watch the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and every year they show a clip of Secretairiat. I have been caught in the horse racing world but unfortunatly I live in Maine so we don’t have any inportant horses here or anything. One day I hope to visit Claiborne Farms and see his grave. He is most beautiful horse that ever stepped on this earth! Footfall like the air, beauty like nothing I can explain, grace like a ballerina, courage like a soldier. Definetly nothing could keep him from running in heaven. Run Secretairiat, Run like the Wind!


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I love him he is like a dream come true. He totally kicked Sham’s butt. If he was still alive today I would die for him


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secretariat was such a great horse i wish i could have seen him race in real life


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Great web site! You should add just one thing which is to put man o war’s time and secretarait’s time.


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we have a Secretariat grand-son by National Zenith xx and out of a gold medal warmblood mare. He looks so much like Big Red you simply can not believe it. We are so proud of having him in the stable. kind regards pernille (Denmark) www.shetlandpony.dk


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The greatest athlete to ever come from the state of Kentucky. Who else…..Secretariat


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MY NAME IS GEORGE AND I LIVE IN ENGLAND.I WAS BROUGHT UP WITH SUCH GREATS AS MILL REEF AND DANCING BRAVE.SECRETARIAT WAS IN MY OPINION THE GREATEST.ALL THIS RUBBISH ABOUT WHO WAS BETTER,THE SLEW OR BIG RED.BOTH WERE GREAT CHAMPIONS,BUT IF THEY HAD RUN AGAINST EACH OTHER AT THE PEAK OF THEIR POWERS THE SLEW WOULD HAVE DONE WELL TO GET TO WITHIN 10 LENGTHS OF BIG RED.ALL YOU SLEW FANS SHOULD REJOICE IN YOUR OWN GREAT CHAMPION BUT AT THE SAME TIME UNDERSTAND THAT BIG RED WAS THE ‘GUVNER’.END OF STORY george.clayton@cdbramall.com


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I am extremely pleased with the object of the TRF. I feel so badly for the horses that are not famous like Secretariat. What happens to all of them? I have saved two myself. One with a bad back and one with a bowed tendon so bad they thought he could never be ridden again. They are fat and happy at my place. I love my boys but they are not for the inexperienced. They are still race horses at heart. bundala@msn.com


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I loved Secretariat!!He is very nable and represents what every thoroughbred should be!! Love, Anna Prosser,beautymare@hotmail.com


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Just found your website while surfing the net and I had to let you know how great it is. I am a big fan of horse racing and Secretariat is one of my all time fave horses. I love him and this site is terrific.


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As a child, I clipped every article about Secretariat that I could find. I dreamed of owning a horse ever time I looked at the poster of Secretariat crossing the finish line at the Kentucky Derby that hung on my bedroom wall. I still have that scrapbook and I finally own a horse and I have passed the love of horses to my children…..all because of a beautiful, big red thoroughbred named Secretariat! Thank you!


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Secretariat was an amazing animal. Not only was his heart pure but his beauty was pure as well. I feel honored to be riding one of his grandsons. Luke was an off the track horse, now he is 13 years old. He has an uncanny resemblence to his grandfather. With three white stockings and one plain. He is an amazing horse! If you are intrested in seeing his picture, I have one scanned. Please e-mail me and let me know! Julie Marengo ~ JAMarengo@aol.com


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I just finished Williams Nacks great book on Secretariat and it took me back to being an awestruck 12 year old watching

Secretariat prove himself as the greatest throughbred that ever raced anywhere. I watched SportsCentury recently when they profiled Big Red and replayed his Belmont Victory. Once in a lifetime God sends a special horse to earth. No horse ever ran like he did. Tears came to my eyes again thirty years later as I cheered him on shouting CMON BIG RED ROLL ON BIG FELLA!I still get goosebumps just thinking about him.The benchmark of all racehorses,Thank God for Secretariat and the people who made all our dreams come true.Thank You so much and God Bless you Mrs Chenery!-Tim Hollamby Medsgtcsa@aol.com

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I’ve been around horse racing for 40 years. I still remember watching the 73 Belmont. Watching Secretariat in the post parade I knew he was going to win the race. I have never seen that in any other horse. In my book he is the best ever race horse.

keno


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I personally LOVE secretariat. My icon! He will always stay in my heart, and i have a little peice of him with me just down the road at my barn. I miss him to bits and i wish i was alive when he ran his triple crown victory.


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Hello, I was fortunate to be at Secretariat’s last race at Woodbine. I was 15 years old at the time.My mother and me took a bus fron Buffalo,NY to see him. I will never forget that day! He looked absolutely beautiful! My mother died the next year so the memory of that cold afternoon with Secretariat is really special to me.

Thanls, Kathy Goodrich flicka14207@yahoo.com


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You often hear in life the question, “Do you remember where you were when JFK was assasinated?”. For me, the answer is yes. But, I also remember exactly where I was when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I was an awe-struck 14 year old girl sitting on my brother’s bedroom floor watching through tears his amazing performance. I cried so hard I thought my heart might burst. I will never forget that day as long as I live. I only wish I could have seen him in person before he passed away. What a magnificent animal! I love him now, as I did then, even after all these years. I am still moved to tears every time I see anything about him. Sincerely, Katherine Gallagher Wright, Ocean City, MD (katherinegwright@aol.com)


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dwightabrown@fuse.net Ms.Chenery:

Thank you for using my photograph of you on the Secretariat web site. I am certainly honored for it to be on there. Dwight A.Brown


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The greatest horse ever to set hoof onto a track. Thanks for the memories Big Red. Here’s a peppermint candy for you.

Richard Gross


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I just watched the “Secretariat” episode of Sports Century, & it really took me back. The only time in my life I have truly been interested in horse racing was during Secretariat’s career. As a teenager I had magazine photos of this magnificent animal taped to my walls, and read/watched everything I could about him. I wanted to meet Secretariat as much as Willie Mays & Joe Frazier!! He was unquestionably one of the greatest most compelling sports figures of his or any other time – there will never be another like him. RG Lake Ronkonkoma, NY


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I was 2 and a half years old when Secretariat ran the Triple Crown. I remember sitting with my mother cheering him on, particularly the Belmont. Secretariat instilled in me a deep love for horses, and today I have my own barn, breeding and training Morgan horses and encouraging children to love and appreciate the fantastic creature that is the horse. And every year since I was two, my mother and I watch those three races together, whether we are physically together or not. Thank you, Penny and Secretariat, for lifelong dreams and memories. Heather Lear, Fairplay, CO


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I was 10 years old in 1973 and can still remember sitting on the couch with my family and screaming, dancing and cheering on Secretariat to the Triple Crown. Now, 30 years later when I see a special on him or read a book about him – I begin to tear up, I get a lump in my throat and my voice cracks. I have even dedicated a wall in my home to various photographs as I did 30 years ago. Always and forever a fan!!!


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I must say that out of the 27 years of my life I have never seen such a perfect fantastic horse. I only know a little bit about race horses, my uncle use to tell me all the wonderful story’s when he worked at Bellmont park. He use to mention man o war, whirlwind, and other speedy horses, but I will always remember him saying that the greatest fastest best looking horse of them all was secretariat! After doing research years later on all the race horses I must agree, Secretariat was the greatest! He was truly one of gods favorite horses on and off the track. I often wonder how many races he has one up in heaven, or if he even races at all. It was almost unreal how fast he was. I’ll watch some of his race films and see the other horses on the track, he makes them look like they are standing still, the power and speed he had was truly amazing! There will never be another horse like him. If I had to describe him in one word, HORSEPOWER! Sincerely Frank C.


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Reading books of whirlwind fun, learning about man o war cool, watching Secretariat win the triple crown, priceless!


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Reading books of whirlwind fun, learning about man o war cool, watching Secretariat win the triple crown, priceless!


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What a wonderful site! I am very happy to have stumbled across this. I have been reading everything I can about Secretariat and racing in general since I was a little girl. Thank you Penny for this site and to veryone affiliated with Secretariat! Ginny Wendland afleetgirl@yahoo.com


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From the ashes of a scandeled ridden nation, “The Great” Secretartiat, became the beacon of hope for a country searching for a bonafide hero. Like Seabiscuit before him, who led the country through a depression and a world war, Secretariat became the torch of hope to lead this nation beyond Vietnam and Watergate. He calmed our fears and validated our beliefs that america was and still the greatest country in the world despite the cultural aches and pains that still plague us today. When one thinks about Michael Jordan and his impact on the American culture, “The Great” Secretariat, also comes to mind, for these are the two most phenomenal cultural icons since Seabiscuit. It was one of the a greatest pleasures of my life to witness pure greatness come to life and allow me to escape, just for a few a minutes, a world on the brink of implosion. Becuase of my interest in Secretariat and his times, I have been able to deal with the dark times of my father’s on July 4, 2003, for he watching with me on that June 1973 day, when Secretariat became “The Great” Secretariat. Thank-you Secretariat for being that beacon of hope once again.

Joe Darby jdarby@nmsu.edu


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Thank you so much for your wonderful website! I was 10 in 1973 and I still have the signed picture of Secretariat that the Meadow Stables sent—I love the video; it brings back so many wonderful memorires!!! Thank you thank you SO MUCH for the lovely pictures and most of all for keeping his memory alive–you have no idea how much I enjoy browsing the site and remembering. Keep up the excellent, wonderful, work! Sincerely, Kitty B cmmoquin@joimail.com


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If you look up Cadence in the dictionary, Secretariat should be there! He simply flowed and ran so effortlessly


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There were 3 Big Reds Man o War,Phar Lap,Secretariat All out & out Champions. A great site for a great horse . Cheers from down-under…Chas


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Great horse. Great owners. Sonny Sullivan


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Thanks for the informative website on Big Red. It is truly amazing how many young girls of TODAY love him.


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Secretariat was the greatest ever!! There will never be another! Jim K


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Secretariat is the greatest ever. The win at the Belmont was the greatest. No other horse could achieve what Big Red did. CK Age 11


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Being born in 1979,i grew up listening to the stories of Secretariat; to see a web site like this is incredible! Thank you! jennifer boone shemara1205@yahoo.com


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Just wanted to say thank you for having this site. I have several pictures of “Big Red” and have visited Claiborn Farms to visit the grave – the closest I’ll ever get. It was great seeing where he lived and enjoyed his last days and also to actually pet a Derby Winner– Unbridled! But Secreariat was the best!!!!!!!!!!!RVOLPAT@cs.com


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There is no doubt that Secretariat was one of the all-time greats. He was the greatest horse to ever set foot on the race track. He was such a magnificent horse and to watch him on the track was awesome. He was one of a kind and there will never be another one like him. He had it all — his brilliance on the track, speed, his charisma, his big heart, grace and beauty. I never had the opportunity to have seen him race in person, but I have some of his races on video tape. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to visit him while he was at Claiborne Farm. He touched so many lives and will never be forgotten. aodedrick@aolcom


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not bad the great one


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I met Secretariat when he stood at stud at Claiborne. He evidently was in a Mr. Show Biz mood, and rather than show off his running, he stood by the rail and instead showed me how he could shake a branch, play with a leaf, and generally clown around–all with one eye turned to me to be sure his audience was watching! When I finally had to leave, his attitude was of a performer saying, “But my act’s not finished!”

He was, at the time, the exact deep red of an Irish Setter, and glossy with health.

Josepha Sherman, JoSherman@aol.com


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Secretariat is my favorite race horse. He was the one who introduced me to horse racing. He was also the one who won the Triple Crown that I first knew of. That is why I like him.

Lauren, 8 years old


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I was only seven-years-old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown but I thought he was a beautiful horse whose presence reminded me of my idol, Phar Lap. Both were big chestnut horses with an air of greatness about them who swept all before them in their time. Here, I didn’t get to see the races until much later as American racing was not shown on TV until the late 70s, early 80s.

But I wrote to Penny Chenery and I have never forgotten her kindness and generosity when a package arrived with many photographs of Secretariat. I’ve treasured them to this day.

When the great horse passed away, I felt an era in racing was gone and we would never see its like again. Like Phar Lap, Secretariat brought joy to so many because he carried the love of so many. Now they’re gone, it’s that love that ensures they will live forever.

M. R. Creighton New South Wales, Australia.


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By the way, an eerie link but Secretariat passed away on the 63rd anniversary of Phar Lap’s birth on October 4th, 1926.

M. R. Creighton N.S.W., Australia.


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Secretariat was blessed with awesome pedigree and the love of wonderful people like Lucien Lauren, the trainer, Ron Turcotte the jockey, Eddie Sweat, his groom whom I think, knew him the best, and his wonderful and gracious owner Mrs Penny Chenery Tweedy. Secretariat brought out the best in all of them. I don’t know what made me such a big fan of his, but he just took my breath away. What a beautiful physical specimen of a thoroughbred. H was the most handsome equine I have ever seen, only wish I could’ve seen him in person. To show you how much of an effect he had on me, I’ve put together a beautiful album dedicated to him and I must say alot of love went into creating it. I never got to see him at Claiborne Farm, but I was fortunate enough to have a very dear lady whom I have never met, take some pictures of his paddock. headstone and barn for me to put in his album. His album is entitled “The greatest of them all”. Oh, by the way, the lady who took the pictures for me used to work for TOBA in Kentucky. Was I lucky or what… Trainer Hollie Hughes told Ron Turcotte before the Belmont Stakes that he was riding the greatest horse to ever look thru a bridle, and I will add this and that is, Mr Hughes was right and there will never ever be another horse like him. I believe his record will stand another 30 years God willing. I have his first video entitled, The Life and Times of Secretariat. and I intend to purchase the updtd version of that same video. Can,t tell you of the many times I’ve watched it and it makes the goosebumps appear on my arms. The Preakness Stakes and Belmont brings tears to my eyes in the way it was done in such an authoritative manner. I’ll close by saying this and that is I don’t profess to be an authority(only a fan) of this horse-in-a-million, but I do know this and that is Secretariat’s influence is this: He was and still is the standard against which ever other Thoroughbred must be measured. I know your’re up Big Red, running and winning more Triple Crown races in the fashion you did when you were here. Others try to duplicate your feats, but your’re still the king in my book, and as your biographer, Mr William Nack, we’ll never witness what you did again and I truly believe that. Kudos to Penny Tweedy for ownig the greatest thoroughbed to ever live. huntercarol@SBCGlobal.net


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Secretariat is one of the greatest race horses ever! He was a beautiful horse, with his white socks and white stripe on his face. – Alyssa wilson from Hopkinton N.H


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Secretariat is the greatest horse to ever look thru a bridle and not “Spectacular Bid, so says trainer Bud Delp, who said so in a copy of the Blood Horse Magazine which I suscribe to. In fact issue is dtd 6/21/03. It kinda rubbed me the wrong way. All you Secretariat fans get on the ball and order your Secretariat Bronze Poster while they’re hot. I received mine in the mail today and it is truly beautiful w/Mrs Chenery’s signature on it. Let’s keep “Big Red’s” legacy alive. huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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When you’re on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated in the same week, you ain’t chopped liver. No other thoroughbred has obtained such an achievment such as Secretariat. When the Triple Crown Races come around each year, owners, trainers on down the line, can’t help but have “Big Red” on their minds, oh, and not to forget the Keeneland Sales in Ky thoroughbred owners spend big money looking for the next Secretariat and to that I say GOOD LUCK. huntercarol@sbcglobal.net


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my name is sean rosen and i am a big fan of the great red horse.this year i was in kentucky and i visited race stables but i did not get to go to clabourne farms i regret next year i will not miss that opportunity. my email address is sean@rostech.com


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First, let me say this disclaimer.

I am not a horseman or a track bettor. I am a fellow athlete that loved Big Red. I was in high school when he won the Crown. I watched the Sports Century spot on him and I wept through most of it. He has to be one of my favorite athletes of all time. When he died, I feel a little of my youth died with him.

Bill Wilburn Cincinnati


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I was too young to remember seeing Secretariat race, I was 4 in 1972, but since becoming a fan of racing in the late 80’s I have tried to learn as much as possible about the career of Secretariat. I loved the video “The Life and Times of Secretariat”! I feel left out because I never was able to see him race except on videos and TV specials on ESPN. I was so happy that they included him on the 50 Greatest Athletes special they did. I think he could have been higher on the list but being included is an incredible honor. Secretariat stands right next to Cal Ripken Jr as my favorite sports stars of all time. I think most of today’s sports hero’s could learn alot from the career of “Big Red”. Most have forgotten the pure nature of sports is not about how much more money one team will pay them than another. It is about the thrill of doing what you love for a living and doing to the best of your abilities. It is quite obvious to me that Secretariat loved to race and he did it better than any other.

Blaine Woodruff II (psufan88@hotmail.com)


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Hello my name is Randy Irvin and i am a huge fan Of big red. In 1973 I married my wife and had a son. We were just kids highschool sweethearts. I had seen secretariat as a two yr old and was empressed. So when he won the derby I was hooked. Red is my fav. color and i married a redhea and my son is red headed and my daughter born in 1988 is too. My fav. dog is an Iish setter so you can see were I am going with this right. The things that big red horse done to me and my personality are to rich for words Thanks BIG RED


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Lou Miniscalco……lou@perforate.com ……Oct.4th, 1989…..What a sad day……


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Secretariat was a wonder horse and always will be. Thanks for keeping his memories alive. We all loved him.


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This is the greatest site for secretariat enthusiasts! Long live his legacy! Shanah Frankel


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Secretariat was my first love. The first time I saw him was on t.v. in the Wood Memorial when I was 11. I told my mom that he would win when we sat together and watched the Kentucky Derby. He has been an obsession ever since. The greatest regret in my life is that I was not able to travel to Kentucky to see him before he died. I did get to go visit his grave in 1994, and held his halter. It broke my heart but was comforting at the same time. I am hoping to see Charsimatic (a grandson and 2/3 triple crown winner) whom gave me that same shocking feeling when I first saw him on t.v. next week. It’s nice to know others feel as I do about Big Red. Alex in Utah


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i think the website is as nearly as good as the horse. i think you need to make copies of the posters to print off.


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What a beautiful horse. I just love him.


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Hi! I heard the “31-story” and had to know moore. Really great horse! sincerely Jenny Hansson, Sweden


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Wow! Finally a site dedicated to a real sports hero. I really enjoyed my time spent here on Big Red’s site. Secretatriat stands next to Cal Ripken Jr. as one of my favorite sports heros. Here’s to Big Red! American Racing Legend! I thought it was great that ESPN included him in the list of the 50 greatest atheletes, because he definately is a great sports star and certainly deserves the honor.


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Whenever I recall the incomparable Secretariat in my mind’s eye, I am moved to remember “that the outside of a horse is indeed good for the inside of man”. May you always have fields in which to run,”Big Red”.

Rosemary (Be_Bonacci@lgca.org)


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I love Secretariat and have the pleasure of owning 1 of his sons a Chestnut stallion named Regal Secret. He looks a lot like his sire. Debbie Harris regalsecret@netzero.com


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There are no words to subscribe what a determined, beautfull, perfect loving horse. I am lack of words of how I feel. I am 50 years old & still remember watching that race & seeing his ankle hurt. I am so glad I found this website. I was looking for pics of Secretariat for screen savers & found the official site. I just saw where it is his 30th anniversary. Unreal that I can remember so much of that day.. I have multiple sclerosis & it has effect my mind now. But there are certain events of the past that I can remember & this is one of the greatest..

Thank you, thedixiebelle


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I was just a little girl who loved horses. Unfortunately could not have one of my own. One Saturday afternoon, watching the Belmont, I fell in love with this beautiful horse everyone called ‘BIGRED’ his dispostion, posture, grace and above all his attitude ganting to his gate. I knew from that moment I loved him. I called Secretariat ‘my BIG RED horse’. I decorated my room with posters, magazine covers, articles from magazines and newspapers. I never missed a race or a bio. I contantly watch his video. I never met Secretariat, I only wish I could have. When the devistating news hit of his passing, I cried and cried for days, as if I lost one of my own. I am grateful that this site is here for all people who knew BIGRED. Thank you! Veronica…….tobin@pioneeris.net


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I love secretariat so much, he is a great horse like no other. People say Man O War was the best race horse but I dont think so. Secretariat had unbelievable speed, along with class, and a huge stride, he was the most beautiful chestnut horse I think I have ever seen. He is the horse I cheerish the most. I think he will always be my favorite unless someone can find a horse better which I hardly doubt. He is truly one of a kind and will always be in my heart.Kenleigh champwstnrider@aol.com

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What I think made him a great horse was his heart that was twice a big as other horses!

Megan Brown


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Secretariat is my hero. I watched him win the Triple Crown when I was 10 years old. Unforgettable. His Belmont victory still gives me chills. This is a wonderful webpage – a wonderful tribute to a true legend.

Susan Friend -Trommatter Executive Director Safe House, Inc Surry, VA


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I love Secretariat!! I wish he was still alive so I could see him!! RIP Secretariat


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I am an avid horse racing fan, but unfortunately wasn’t alive to see my beloved Secretariat run. I have seen replays of all of his triple crown races, and have talked to many people who did see him. That is how special Big Red was. His strength, heart, charisma, speed, and ability have touched so many people. Even those like me, who never saw him. A horse like Secretariat comes only once in a lifetime, if that. There will always be only one. The incomparable, invincible, unbeatable…Secretariat. Rob Welborn Fredericksburg, Va.


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In April 1989 my 2 daughters and I were privileged to spend about an hour with Secretariat at Claiborne Farm. He was wonderful–so full of himself. It was one of those occasions one will never forget.

Elaine Farmer, Laurel, MD formerly of Lexington, KY


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I think Secretariat will always be the best race horse ever! No one will ever be his time for the Kentucky derby and he was a gorgeous horse!


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In a world that sometimes can be very ugly there are things of beauty to bring us comfort and hope. When I think of Secretariat I know that God created this horse – how can you not shed tears when you see him running the final stretch at Belmont, or just romping in the pasture. Secretariat is what is right with this country – magnificent, proud and a heart that would not quit. Bless you for remembering him. Rita


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I just love Secretariat!!!!! He was not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. Even if you weren’t able to see him before but have heard stories about him you could tell that he lots of strong courage, heart, and stamina. HE was and still is today, A True Hero. Rachael Jackson


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I am so thrilled that there is a website dedicated exclusively to the greatest horse of all time!! I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown when I was 10 years old . I am an avid racing fan and have yet to see a horse that can compare to this great one. One of my fondest childhood memories was when I actually saw Secretariat at Saratoga Racetrack. Although he didn’t run that day, he was paraded in front of the crowd. I still get chills when I think of that day I saw him. It’s a day I still talk about. Paula Perez


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This is a long overdue and most welcome addition to the web community. As we approach his 30th anniversary in the Triple Crown, hundreds of thousands of people still remember, discuss and revere “The Big Horse.”

As for me–Secretariat remains my greatest hero and enduring love. I was a sixth grader sitting on my living room floor as I wept and cheered as he came down that Belmont stretch. I made my husband (who wanted to go to a romantic tropical locale) take me to Kentucky to see him in 1987 for our first vacation together. Secretariat remains all that defines a champion-pure, honest, freakishly gifted, competitive and beautiful. The Blood-Horse got it wrong in their “Top 100 of the Century” list. Secretariat was and will remain the best racehorse anytime/anywhere. God’s example of the perfect athlete.–Charlene Shaw


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Secretariat will live in my heart as the greatest horse of all time. He put so much heart in all of his races. I loved to watch his come from behind style of running. While the other triple crown winners were great in their own right, their successes paled greatly when compared to the greatest horse of all time……Big Red of Meadow Stables.

Darlene Cox Horse Lover in KY


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Wow What an outstanding page. I look forward to the updates and more articles.


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What a wonderful tribute to the “greatest” racehorse to ever step foot on a track. He is the Elvis of racing. Thanks tobie


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I think that Secretariat is the greatest race horse of all time. I was not alive when he raced but I have seen videos of the 1973 triple crown races. He is an amazing horse.


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In 1973 I was 15 years old, I had never been attracted to horse racing until I followed the triple crown races and the Belmont in particular. Watching Big Red make history on June 9th,1973 changed my life forever.From that day forward I became a Horse racing fan and knew one day I would own a race horse.After graduating from college in 1980,I purchased my first race horse!I am now 44 years old and own 18 Thoroughbreds (Broodmares, babies yearlings and racing age horses). One of my favorite Broodmares is my 13yo daughter of Big Red “Secretariat Lass”. I have a Fred Stone print of Secretariat on the wall over my right shoulder next to my desk and there are not very many days go by that I don’t look at him and think how much he has influenced my Life. Ed Martin Jr. Commissioner, Indiana Horse Racing Commission


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Not being able to figure out who owns this site, I looked it up. For secretariat.com, the owner is a Ms. Newman of Bend, OR.

This site’s not owned by Penny Chenery or the NTRA or some entity where the profits, etc., will be going back into racing?

Please clarify.


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Greetings:

Thank you so much for the extraordinary comments! In response to clarify who owns the site; Ms. Newman is a private individual whom has a personal interest in Secretariat, like so many of us. She was inspired to own the domain and after securing the domain, a dedicated businessman, to horse racing from KY., contacted Ms. Newman. Thus the project was born – in conjunction with Ms. Chenery, NTRA and several other outstanding individuals and companies.

Yes indeed all profits go to the site, to the foundations and to betterment of the sport. It is one of Ms. Newman’s personal dreams to build a refuge for retired race horses as well as she once rode as a jockey herself. Ms. Newman however, is just a part of the wonderful team that put the project together.

Thank you for inquiring!

Team Secretariat.


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I like your website! Here’s another one fans of Big Red should visit, it’s got pictures, interviews, etc.: http://members.aol.com/otis0930/


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I was 8 years old when he won the triple crown. I can remember my mom sitting me in front of the t.v. on a Saturday afternoon in June. I said to her “Look at that really pretty horse running by himself!” My mom turned and looked at me and said “He’s not running by himself, he’s winning a race!” Every since then I have been hooked! Anne M. Migone- New Milford,CT


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Thank you for creating this site….any ideas on if Secretariat will be brought to the big screen? Jennifer Hull-Portland, Oregon


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When I saw saw Secretariat win the triple crown, I literally cried. In my opinion he is the greatest racehorse ever. He has inspired and touched so many people.


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I’ve never seen the full race of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont when Secretariat won, I’ve only seen parts, and I’ve seen lots of pictures. The pictures themselves show how great a horse he was. He was greater then the great horses, like Seattle Slew, Affirmed, and other Triple Crown winners. Bid Red is one of a kind, and will be remembered for others, even by those who, like me, will only see pictures of him.


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I wasn’t even born when Secretariat was racing and he was long dead when I became interested in racing.But I know of the legend and there will be or never was a better looking stallion than the champ.Long live Secretariat!!!!!!!!!!!


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IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT I USE MY EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE GREAT PHAR LAP AN ONE OF MY PASS WORDS IS SECRETARIAT,ETC. TWO GREAT HORSES AN FINALLY A WEB SITE TO HONOR THE “TREMENDOUS MACHINE”. I LIVE IN ALASKA BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP ME FROM ENJOYING RACING AN THE REMEMBERING OF SECRETARIAT, SEATTLE SLEW OR AFFIRMED. WAR EMBLEM WOULD LOOK GOOD AS A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER, WE’LL SEE HERE SOON ,EH? ANDY KLEIN HERE IN BEAUTIFUL ALASKA.


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Arguably,the greatest racehorse of the 20th Century.His record-breaking 31length win in the Belmont is the greatest performance of the Century,not matched by a Mano’War ,PharLap,Nijinsky,Citation or A Sea Bird.That was the performance of a supersonic plane that couldn’t be described in human or racing terms.He also beat the finest possible opposition in Riva Ridge(Previous years Derby and Belmont winner) and Cougar,2great horses in their own right in adverse conditions by 6 lengths on grass in the Marloboro Cup-showing his versatility.(Conceding 7lb.)The only factors against Secretariat were his4 defeats,and his not proving himself a great handicapper like Man’oWar,Citation and Phar Lap.The last named was the only racehorse with the mighty Arkle to revise the weight for age-rules.However at his best only the great Arkle could match strides with Secretariat. I think it is great for the sport that you have constructed this site.I wish similar sites were made for European Greats. Harsh Thakor


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What is there left to say about the greatest horse of all times. I can still see him blowing away the field in the Belmont like it was yesterday. I was very saddened when I learned of his passing. What a hero he was to me. There will never be another Secretariat. He was one of a kind and he had heart.

Patty


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greatest of all time and a wonderful specimen of horse flesh to look at. J. Allen Boyd, Sr. Odum, Ga.


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The wonder of Secretariat is that he transcended his sport. The one thing I remember from 1973 was that EVERYBODY knew who Secretariat was … even people who didn’t enjoy racing at all.

During a time in American history, when the country was up to it’s neck with Watergate and it’s fallout, here was a bright red horse with white and blue silks to remind us all that life is race … and we can win if we keep “The Look of Eagles” in our eyes.

Linda Yates Bronx, NY


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I grew up running around my back yard pretending I was a horse. I was raised a “city kid” but those big majestic creatures captured my heart. As a child, Man’o’War was my hero. I read and reread his history. Then, as a teenager watching on TV all I could about horses, walked this beautiful, big, proud, magnificent creature, strangely enough also nicknamed “Big Red”. He captured my heart along with millions of others. I consider myself one of the lucky ones to remember watching him win the Triple Crown. I remember distinctly turning away from the TV in the running of the Belmont because I was so scared he was going to collapse in the backstretch – how could he keep up the pace he was running? and yet he did – I remember standing there watching the finish with tears running down my cheeks. I remember, too, the day I read he had died and crying at my desk at work…..

We miss you Big Red. We love you. Most of all we Thank you for the wonder and glory of yourself.

Thank you, too to those who have created this website. Those magnificent creatures that God places on this earth for little girls to dream about and people to admire deserve this.

God Speed, Secretariat.


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I still judge every champion by comparison to Secretariat. To this day every Kentucky Derby is run in “x” lengths off of Secretariat’s time. He set the standard. Nearly everyone who follows the sport can tell you that his Derby time was 1:59 2/5. Not many can tell you who held the record and what that recorded time was prior to Secretariat’s Derby. He is truly a Legend!


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Secretariat is my favorite race horse of all time. I just love him! My own horse, Thunder, is also a chestnut, and it’s my favorite color in a horse. I have many of Secretariat’s pictures on my website, and when one of them comes on my heart just melts. He was and continues to be a Super Horse with a heart of gold.


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Hello. I just found your site and I am SO Glad! I have always thought that there should be a place where everyone who is a Secreatariat fan could meet, share thoughts, dreams and remembrances. This is the place. Secretariate will live on – through the wonderful mediums of television, the internet and most importantly, through his loving fans. Thank you for making this site.

Sherry Oaks – Coon Rapids, Minnesota


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Seeing Secretariat rounding the turn into the stretch in the 73 Belmont was one of the most moving moments of my life, tears pored down my face at the sight of that great red horse moving like poetry in motion. No horse born has ever had such heart.

Judy Murphy, Goldsboro, NC


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I took my daughter to see Secretariat at Clairborne Farm in 1984 as her graduation gift. He was romping around his paddock with his head held high. He knew he was royalty. He came over to the fence and “allowed” us to pet him. He attempted to bite once but only to let us know who was boss. One of the saddest days of my life was when he died. Such greatness, beauty and power will forever be missed.

Anne Bradshaw


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I grew up loving horses, in fact my Grandmother used to swear my first word was horsey. I was absolutely thrilled when I found this site in the bloodhorse news!! When I was little my favorite horse was Man o War and I read everything I could on him and of course all the Walter Farley books. At 14 I finally got my very own horse after working all year for my Uncle on the farm. He was a big red TB and I loved him dearly. I have followed BIG RED and loved him so very much. I regret that I never got to meet him. My mare La Ronde was out of Miss Prizm out of Tweak and she looks sooo much like BIG RED! Thank you for creating this site. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of Secretariat and will love him always. Helen


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I had the privilege and honor of seeing Secretariat in person at Claiborne Farm 9 years after he won the Crown. It was in 1982, on Sunday, the day after that years Derby won by Gato Del Sol, that a gentlemen by the name of ‘Clay’ gave a friend and I a personal tour of Claiborne Farm. I had requested a tour months earlier in anticipation of being in Kentucky for that years running of the Derby. We arrived and were warmly received by a woman in the office who summoned Clay. As t turned out, we were the only persons there and therefore received a ‘personal’ tour. After being shown the facility, Clay asked if we would like to see the ‘big horse’, well, we shivered and almost fell down at the prospect. Sure enough, we were led over to a gorgeous pasture on a beautiful warm late-Spring day and there he was in all his magnificence, Secretariat, head down, gently nibbling on the grass. His coat glistened in the sun and shone brilliantly. Clay called to him and the ‘Machine’ strolled over, stared us down, then came right to the fence. Clay cautioned us to not pet him because of his temperment but we weren’t disappointed over that, who could be. We stood there for 10 minutes or so snapping several pictures, which I later enlarged and framed, lifetime keepsakes for sure. It was a wonderful, life-altering experience that capped off the greatest vacation I ever had before or since, and that was 20 years ago. If Claiborne still offers tours to the public I’d highly recommend it, it is a terrific place. Unfortunately, you won’t be Big Red in person but his spirit lives on and is no doubt very evident. I look forward to another visit someday. Anyone caring to reply to this post can reach me at: james_maguire2002@yahoo.com


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What a lovely site! It is truly a living memorial to a magnificent animal.


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Thanks for starting this website. The bronze and this memorial to an incomparable spirit is great, of course, but the amount of emotion I feel – and judging by the comments I’ve read here, an emotion shared with others – can’t be explained with reason, attributed to fan devotion, or dismissed as sentimentality. I am surprized to find I am especially moved by the very personal letters from so many, describing ways their lives were touched by the power of this amazing being and what he did. I think that part of what I am most grateful for, represented by the founding of this website, is the opportunity to share the stories and the personal intensity of these recollections; and now, in the present, to be be part of efforts to bring form to the image in order to share some of the magic with those in the future.

My Secretariat story (..at least one of them…): I was on duty in a hospital, working my way through college in 1973, and I ducked into a patient’s room to watch the Belmont. I remember being completely absorbed in the moment, When Secretariat left Sham behind, and the call was “He’s out there all alone…”, I was laughing and crying, my cheeks were drenched with tears. As he moved farther and farther ahead, I could hardly breathe, my face was hot and cold at the same time. I remember feeling awe and a sense of priviledge, aware thatI was watching a singular, pivotal, moment in history. Some things would not be the same again. The Fairy Tale, the impossible dream, the too good to be true, was possible, beautiful, and true that day. The cynics, the earthbound, the Dreamsmashers, were silenced in the power of the moment. Hope and Magic lived.

Even after all these years I am awed, moved to tears, watching film of Secretariat at Belmont. It’s power is never diminished: each time, hope and belief in dreams are restored. No matter what the cynics say, All things for good CAN happen here and now. Secretariat at Belmont is proof of so much: to name a few, the possibility of excellence, the reality of magical outcomes and happy endings.

I’ve never needed Prozac. No antidepressants for me. I have video of Secretariat at Belmont. Any time I’m discouraged, sad, down, I can watch Secretariat run on that incredible day, and regain my sense of hope and wonder. Impossible excellence can cross the wire 31 lengths ahead of the rest. Dreams sometimes do come true.

Medea Woods epona@cfl.rr.com


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finally an overdue tribute happens! mkkbisso@aol.com


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This is a great site. I love Secretariat!

Thanks, Mike Freese

e-mail – freese1@ij.net


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Red was a Great hosre but he couldnt carry Slew’s bridle! Forget the speed times, in 73claimers were breaking records so throw all the time’s out the window! Red was a great horse but he was a media darling!

The only thing Red would have saw if he raced Slew would have been his big black behind!

Thats being said props to Big Red for being a great champion.


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Hi, I’ve been a Secretariat fan since he was a 2 yr old. Growing up near Lexington, Ky, and a horse crazy girl it was hard not to be. I have a scrapbook I’ve put together, a picture I’ve cross stitched, several books, t-shirt, and even saw him in person the year before he died. He was such a great horse and the best to ever live in my opinion. I am so glad to got to see him in person, and have some precious pictures I took of him. He was everything the reporters had always said about him, such a people horse, unlike lots of the other thoroughbreds. It’s great to see this web site for him. Rhonda Carter, dusty414@surfbest.net


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I was too young to see Secretariat but his legacy is ongoing and I have read as much as possible and watched as many of his videos. I am a great fan of this great champion and feel he deserves all the tributes he garners.


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I was 15 year’s old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown.Is was awesome to see. Still to this day when they show the replay of him winning the Belmont Stake’s I get goose bump’s. He was a great running machine, with lot’s of heart to back him up. His name live’s on to this day, not only in book’s,pictures, t.v. and so on, but still in the blood of the horse’s being breed today. I don’t know if I ever will see another one like him in my life time. Secretariat came around when this country needed something to get it’s life back on the right track. He did that and more. I’m grateful I was able to see him race. I know he is gone now in body, but he will never be gone in the mind and soul’s of the people who loved him. Jenni Price tphelp@route66web.com


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Secretariat is still the horse that carries the banner of the thoroughbred industry for most people who have some interest in horse racing. We despirately need another to join him from the modern era. His accomplishments were unique indeed but so many other horses accomplish unique and wonderful feats as well.

Still, Secretariat is the symbol of the thoroughbred and it with great respect and reverence that I say that we should be thankful that he came on the scene.

Robert S. Fox KLATOOGORT@aol.com http://www.robertsfox.com


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I was just starting out as racing fan/horse player in 1973. I was lucky enough to attend all 3 legs of the triple crown that year. 29 years later “Big Red” is still the best horse I ever saw. I just wish that the clocker at Pimlico hadn’t fouled up. Secretariat would be the holder of all 3 triple crown track records!

Bill V Folsom, PA.


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I fell in love with thoroughbreds the day that I met one of Secretariat’s (many) grandsons, Loyal Spirit.

That was about 5 or 6 years ago.

Secretariat, the incredible jockeys, and everyone who continues to make this the Sport of Kings will forever inspire me. . .

Thank you all for making me ‘believe’ again. . .

(and let’s keep slots out of our Maryland tracks. . . we are better than that……. )

Love & Peace to all :)

m

MJgirl403@aol.com


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I am an absolute fan of Secretariat. Although I never got to see him race in person, he is one of th emost amazing horses you can find! His win in the Belmont still amazes me. I knew horses had heart, but Secretariat, whew, he had TONS of heart, and courage. I can’t believe how amazing he is, and how a horse can go soooo fast. Secretariat will always hold a special place in my heart! ~*Lauren*~


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Even though he was born an animal,he was greater than most humans,and more famous.,a real thoroughbred.sushila@cinci.rr.com


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There is no doubt in my mind that Secretariat was the greatest horse ever. Some years ago, George Smith of the Illinois Institute of Technology wrote a computer program Amoco Race of the Century, a race between 12 greats of the past at 1 1/4 miles.

The two-year project involved the polling of handicappers as well as factoring in training runs and analyzing each horse’s 10 best races over a two-year period.

Secretariat beat Man o’ War by a half-length and Kelso was third by a neck in the mythical race. The rest, in order: Citation, Spectacular Bid, Forego, Swaps, Count Fleet, Native Dancer, Ruffian, Dr. Fager and Colin.

Why haven’t they made a movie about Secretariat yet?

Love this horse! Patricia Fabri


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sec was da bes


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I have always been a Secretariat fan. I stood in awe as he ran away with the Triple Crown. Now I own my own Thoroughbred. When I look into their eyes, I see greatness. I am looking into Secretariat, Majestic Prince, Ruffian, Best Pal’s eyes. DH


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I love Secretariat! He is the best horse of all time. No one will ever match him. We will always remember you Secretariat.


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Secretariat was a true hero, and loved by many, it was a thrill of a lifetime to watch him race. Pam Thompson, Ocala200sw@aol.com


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Thanks God for this, beatifull great horse. Thanks Secretariat. Congratulations for the web page.


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Talk about heart! My fiance at the time was a farrier, trained in Texas, who beacme a doctor of human medicine. He was inspired by Secretariat, saying that that horse had to have a heart twice the size of a normal heart. Clearly, the Beautiful Red Beast was the athlete of the century. His performance in the Belmont is still goose-bump, tears and adrendaline for me. K Tazioli


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I first heard of Secretariat while reading and article on Riva Ridge in Sports Illustrated in 1972. There was a small blurb within the article on Meadow Stables promising 2 year old. I looked at that picture and my first thought was that this isn’t a photo of a two year old. It was a picture of Red in full stride and I thought I’d never seen a two year old that was so filled out with a girth that big. So I kept a mental note of him and sure enough shortly after he was the talk of the town. What that horse did to me when I saw him in pictures or on TV was pure love. I was a horse crazy/horse owning teenager at the time and I was smitten. I clung to any information about the horse pre-Derby and when Triple Crown time came around I was in a tizzy. Now, almost 3 decades later the horse still gives me the same feelings. There was nothing like him and I’m skeptical that there ever will be again.On the night he was born all the horse racing cosmic tumblers rolled into place.


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I remember it like it was yesterday…..a big, red, bull of a horse breathing fire, his hooves creating lightening bolts as he charged round the track! Beauty and the Beast in one supurb, glorious creation……..truly a gift from the gods.

“And Allah said, ‘Wind, condense thyself.’ And created the horse.” Stallings1952@cs.com


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james b stiffler, j.stiffler@insightbb.com


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Hi, After reading about Secretariat I wrote a poem about Secretariat’s life that I thought you might like. I made a contribution to your Bronze Project and sent a copy of the poem to the Kentucky Horse Foundation. That was before I found your website. For your information, I never wrote a poem before and I am not a race fan, just a retired person who likes animals.

Secretariat

At the gate of destiny he stood in silks of white and blue, Born after Citation, but before Seattle Slew, He wore three white stockings and a star upon his head, A legend in the making, be became known as, “Big Red”, While other horses ran, he was the one who flew!, And that result was he was named the horse of 1972, In 1973 he rewrote the record book and won the Triple Crown, And rode into the pages of history a horse of great renown, His destiny fulfilled, the champ would now run free, So he said farewell to all and retired in the fall of 1973, For sixteen years he lived and romped at the Claiborne Farm, Until he was nineteen and Laminitis came to do him harm, The mighty chestnut’s happy days now were in the past, And sadly came the day that fate would make his last, Big Red is remembered as the greatest of his kind, And memories of his racing feats will linger in our mind, To honor his charismatic life, a bronze statue was proposed, And at its foot his followers may come to leave a rose, The odds are in your favor to place your final bet, That fans will always admire the “Pure Heart” of Secretariat.

Donald N. Gretel

Note: The reference to “Pure Heart” relates to William Nack’s account of Secretariat’s death. It seemed to fit.


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What a great site about a wonderful horse. I enjoyed watching Secretariat winning the triple crown. I always wanted to meet the big hearted horse, but never got the opportunity. I do enjoy listening to recordings of all three races that I got on cassette. I wonder if any merchandise is available on my favorite thoroughbred filly, Ruffian. I would enjoy either audio or video of her great, but shortened, career. What a baby she and Secretariat would have produced!


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We love you, we miss you, you will always be in our hearts and in the eye of every race horse we will see you will live on ……

Robin Acworth,Georgia


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I have just bought a young ex racehorse, Rally Fast, bred in New Zealand and discovered his great grandfather was Secretariat. I was so impressed by this amazing horse that I’m now a fan and yet I NEVER SAW HIM RACE!! My Rally is the same colour, with the same white socks (his front one even angles up his canon bone as Red’s did) only he has a blaze on his nose! Uncanny. Gillian Kerr (Sydney, Australia)


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let’s just clone Secretariat a few times over …


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Can you imagine it? Ten “Secretariat’s” charging down the stretch.. a thundering, blistering pace. The records that would be set! Horse racing fever would explode!

Aside from that fantasy, just glad that in this lifetime we had a horse that made people believe – like he did. Thank you God for such a creature to inspire us humans who give up far too easily at times…


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What a wonderful tribute to such a great champion. While all my friends had posters of David Cassidy and Donny Osmond hanging in thier rooms, I had Secretariat. Karen Miami, FL


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this is a good page of big red. my father would like to join the fan club. please email me at dragon_147@hotmial.com. this is his son james please email as soon as possible


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I’m thrilled to pieces that Secretariat.com has finally graced our web browsers! I’ve absolutely loved this horse since I first saw him run. I had the pleasure, or should I say “honor” of seeing Secretariat in person four times, including four months before his untimely death. Never before have I been in the presence of such a superstar. Many have come and go, but Secretariat held the pizzaz, the charisma, the heart and the soul of the best racehorse of my lifetime. I cried for weeks after his death. I have framed photos of him all over my house, a statue of him gracing my mantle, and even some pieces of his mane and tail. I would not part with ANY of it, even if I were destitute and offered $1 million! I, like many others, are grateful for this website and for our chance at expressing how much we loved this marvelous chestnut. He was and still is, the King, as far as I’m concerned!

Nancy Bickford Lexington, KY nancyinky@msn.com


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I basically only get choked up on two occassions. One is when the National Anthem is played and the other is when I see the running of the 1973 Belmont.

My wife and I were at the Belmont Stakes on that sunny June Day. It was the first race we had ever attended.

The crowd that day was nothing short of electric in anticipation of witnessing Big Red make history. He did not disappoint. When he walked onto the track he was just huge. His muscled chest made his competitors look like ponies. His coat glistened. He had an attitude.

As he pounded down the track the crowd was absolutely bonkers. You could not hear the person next to you. The emotion and tears and joy at race end was just amazing to witness.

For those of you who were not around at that point in time you must remember America, for the previous few years prior to the Belmont, went through some horrendous times. Vietnam, assassinations and Watergate. People were looking for a hero. Something good and pure. Something to believe in. That something was Secretariat.

There may be horses that come along that can duplicate his performance (although, I really dont think so), but there will never be another athlete who will be able to bring pure happiness to a country so down on itself.

Richard Hickory Hill Arabian Farm Argyle, Texas


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Secretariat is horse racing…courage and longevity…he will never be forgotten. Irarazon@cs.com


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What a great website! I hope that your site grows to include a large selection of memorabilia and photos available for purchase. I’m very interested in buying more pictures of Secretariat to hang in my house as a tribute to the greatest athlete of all time.

From the moment that Secretariat was “in the center of the racetrack and driving” as Chick Anderson called down the stretch of the Derby, I’ve been fascinated by the most magnificent athlete the world has ever produced. As a nine-year old watching the Triple Crown races on the television in my family’s living room, Secretariat captivated my attention. At the time, even though I was a young boy, I had an innate feeling that I was seeing the greatest individual athletic performances ever. His records still stand in 2002 and will probably never be broken. One thing is for sure, there will never be a horse so beautiful, so perfect in every way. Its as though his presence in our lifetime was a gift from God.

My remembrance of his performances influenced my life in many ways. His heart, courage, stamina, and competitive spirit have driven me to constantly perform to the best of my abilities. I routinely watch videos of his races to inspire and uplift my feelings about life. My family also has benefited from his greatness. I’m glad that my children will grow up knowing about Big Red. It’s been 29 years after his last race, but he continues to impact so many in so many special ways.

Greg Hearn Grapevine, TX greg-hearn@attbi.com


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Secretariat was and always will be the Greatest Horse to set foot on the Track. I have read several post on other boards the will dispute that fact, but to me he was the Best. I was 23 the year he won the Triple Crown and remember it as if it was yesterday. I never had the pleasure to see Him in person as the only time I was able to get to Lexington, I was denied my request to see Him. This has always been a sore spot on my heart, but have since met many good friends who love Him as much as I do. I find myself counting time with respect to Secretariat. This person was alive to see Him….That person was not alive to see Him..Everything pivoting around the year 1973, Strange isn’t it??

Nancy Secretariatfan@aol.com


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great site rally enjoyed reading and learning about secretariat.


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I sometimes wish another horse would come along like Big Red and then I realize that I’m only dreaming. So I guess I’ll just have to be happy with having the priviledge of watching him dominate the Triple Crown and saving his sport. Every year horse folks pay tribute to him by comparing that year’s best horses to the greatest of all time — Secretariat.


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I knew from the spirited bidding on E-Bay Secretariat items that I wasn’t the only fan around, but until I read these comments I didn’t realize how many people truly share my obsession!!! And I can hardly contain my jealousy of the lady who has mane and tail hairs…. ouch….. I’m the type who cried just from seeing his halter on display at the Kentucky Horse Park. Never mind watching the Belmont on tape, I can hardly stand that! Our house is decorated with horse everything and of course the showcase items are two magnificent posters of the Big Guy (soon to be joined by the Foundation poster).

One of my life’s greatest regrets is not seeing him in person, but I will never forget seeing him on TV winning the Belmont that day. My mom and I were hysterical, jumping up and down and screaming at the top of our lungs. Our neighbors probably thought we were insane! (Now it’s just everyone who comes to visit my house). The closest I can get to the legend now is the gorgeous big chestnut Thoroughbred with three white socks and a blaze who lives at the barn where I ride… I have a special place in my heart for “Mickey” just because he looks like you-know-who!

You just can’t say enough eloquent things about Secretariat, he is just too much. Too heartbreakingly beautiful, too talented, too full of character, just the most ultimate, incredible equine of all time. Thanks for the opportunity to speak my heart to others with the same feelings.


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Pati Pritchard themoose13@attbi.com

This isn’t a big deal, but I remember the pundits saying he couldn’t “go the distance” at the Belmont. I’ll never forget jumping and crying in front of the TV when he showed the World his back side!!! He won for all of us that have been told we couldn’t “go the distance”. He was just so special! Thanks for this website. I can’t believe there are still so many of us that remember.


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any information on stablemate Riva Ridge?


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I am thrilled that Secretariat has his own web site! It is a well-deserved tribute to the GREATEST HORSE OF THE CENTURY!

Now, let’s get the bronze up in the Kentucky Horse Park.

Thanks for the cool web site!

Diane


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Too bad someone had to use Secretariat’s site in order to slam him and praise another horse. There are more appropriate places to do that sort of thing.

Secretariat was and is the greatest of all time. I respect all of the Triple Crown champions. I was privileged to see Big Red, Seattle Slew and Affirmed win. They were all great horses, but as I said above, Secretariat was the greatest of the great.


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I was eleven years old when Big Red won the Triple Crown. I am sure no horse has touched the lives of humans quite the way he did. My grandfather passed away this past January but before he did he instilled his love of horse racing in me. He left behind three paintings of Secretariat winning each leg of the Crown. They still hang in his house today. Grandpa was born three years before Man O’War became famous and always told me that Secretariat would have destroyed Man O’ War. I’m not sure what would happen but I think Big Red would’ve beaten him soundly just because of the times of the races he ran. He was incredible. The day Big Red died I was driving an eighteen wheeler through Kentucky, ironically, because I lived in North Carolina. It was as if a good friend had left me. He was awsome and I will always love him and the legacy he left the true horse fan. I still look for his broodmare sire standings in “The Blood Horse”. I think grandpa was right now that I think about it. Secretariat would’ve destroyed all comers, if he wanted to. Thank you for your website, I hope to visit often. Sincerely, Art Spalding Concord, NC (previously of Bardstown, KY)


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Sometimes when the moon is full…I slip out of my warm bed to make the 10 minute drive to the barn where my gelding lives. His ears must be super- sonic…because no matter how hard I try to be quiet…he’s always alert and ready to go, as soon as I turn the corner, and I see him waiting for me. We tack up by feel….we’ve done this so often, that turning on the the lights would only break the spell we know will take affect as soon as we reach the track up on the hill. He is my partner in this secret game of make-believe…my “Rocky” knows, better than anyone else how powerful a dream and all the magic which surrounds it can be. So, in the dead of night…without another human soul around for miles….we make our way up lonely trails through moonlit canyons, with racoons and coyotes looking up curiously from their nocturnal activities to see this pair of dreamers ride leisurely by. Once the track is in sight…our heartbeats skip as if the Dream is only one magical race away. The gate stands open, because no one is “fool” enough to race around it this far into the night….no one, that is except for us. By this time Rocky knows the task at hand and picks up his pace as if every horse that ever lived is once again for a brief moment…racing toward its dream within his heart…. The city lights below wink and sparkle as the wind begins whistling past my ears… the scent of crushed earth mingled with my horse’s sweat reaches my senses and causes my heart to flip flop with tenderness as I realise how very much he wants to win this race of races….for me….and for all the dreams that any horse and owner have ever dared to dream… Suddenly the moonlight changes to daylight and the creatures which only an instant ago were watching from their hiding places behind the shrubs and foliage lining the track, magically turn into a grandstand overflowing with fans and spectators screaming and cheering us on….the tack which Rocky sports is no longer the well-worn stuff I placed upon him an hour ago…but somehow has transformed into the blue and white checkered silks the world has come to associate with the colors of the Champion….I can hear the hoove beats of the other horses in our make-believe race pounding away behind us….and then they seem to vanish into the cheers and shouts coming from the stands as I realise that the horse beneath me really IS Big Red….and the race we’re racing is the greatest race that any horse has ever won…My gelding is faster and stronger than he has ever been…..and for an instant he is no longer my Rocky…but Secretariat running his heart out for the world to see….for the world to believe in….for the world to remember as the Greatest Horse That Ever Lived!!! The crowd is crazed with emotion as we head for the wire….I take a quick look behind to see nothing….no other riders….no other horses….just us and the world….the wire is closer now….and I feel the enormous effort and determination beneath me….I feel his heartbeat like the vibration of a kettle drum in the final moments of a Wagner Symphony….keeping time with the making of history…..keeping time with the dream that every girl and every horse, racing through moonlight on a deserted, old track has had the courage to believe.

Bettina Brancato bucephalus@prodigy.net


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Well 29 years later and another pretender to the Triple Crown bites the dust. The Belmont has a way of challenging the mettle of many a good horse.

I noticed this year the winner was 5.71 seconds behind Secretariat’s time. Not sure, but at the speed they run at (30 to 35mph??), I would think if Secretariat had been in this race he would have won by 20+ lengths.

Another testament to the greatness of ‘Big Red’.

Richard Argyle, Texas


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Congratulations on honoring a true athlete, Secretariat. Horses are indeed a gift from heaven, and his beauty and strength will live on. Thanks for giving us a place to come to remember, to esteem his great spirit, and to share with others the joy he brings to us still. Barb in Chicago


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Secretariat was poetry in motion. To this day. My mind remains filled with an image of power and beauty. In my opinion, Secretariat was simply the greatest racehorse to have set foot on a racetrack. And he knew it. I feel truly blessed to have seen Secretariat run. And if I were to have a regret in life. It be that I didn’t get to see him prior to his death in October of 1989. And last but not least. I want to personaly thank Penny for sharing and creating this website in honor of her great horse. The great Secretariat!

Warmest Regards, Elaine Winter


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Secretariat was a rare jewel, a champion who dominated his field. I cannot think of another animal that has been able to touch so many lives in his brief time on earth.

Secretariat was greatness incarnate and I will miss him for the rest of my life. – Silvafamily.org


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The saddest part for me is that I never got to see the great horse in person. His spirit has touched me none the less. There will never be another Secretariat!

Richard Serio Riverside, RI


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I have always been a fan of horse racing all my life. But as a young kid I remember the day I watched the mighty Secretariat run like the wind and win the triple crown. He has always held a special place in my heart and will continue to for the rest of my life. I was lucky enough a few years ago to go to Sarratogasprings NY to the racing hall of fame where I got to see the big statue of Secretariat and see where his bloodline went. If at all possible I would very much like to get a copy of Secretariat’s heritage. He will be forever in my mind the best racing horse of all time.

Anne Quinn aquinn1404@yahoo.com


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Secretariat was the all time greatest horse anywhere in the world! He dominated hie compitishon like no other. He was sooooooooooooo great and beautiful in everyway possible! I beleive that the races he lost he had an excuse in all of them! No horse could ever match him in anyway! Not looks, personality, stride speed, stamina and espcially heart> He had the largest heart ever found in a horse anywhere in the world! I will always love him aaf! From Rodeochick1116


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After seeing him win the Belmont,then fast forwarding to today and thinking that the likes of War Emblem might have shared in his triple crown glory,I must say I’m willing to wait a little longer for a Triple Crown.


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Secritariat was(and and still is) considered one of the greatest horses that ever set foot on a track.I watcthed War Emblem lose the Triple Crown and I’m sorry that he lost it.I can only hope that next year a horse will win.I also hope that the horse who wins is a colt of Secretariat!-Kristie Harding-


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I REMEMBER THIS BEAUTIFUL RACEHORSE WHEN I WAS A KID. GROWING UP I SEE MEMORIES OF THE BEAUTY, THE POWER AND WILL TO JUST RUN HIMSELF TO WIN ANY RACE SECRETARIAT WAS IN .TO THIS DAY I STILL BELIEVE SECREARIAT IS GREATIST HORSE EVER TO SEE RACE.WE LUCKY TO HAVE SEEN SECRETARIAT RACE BECAUSE NOONE WILL COME CLOSE TO THIS LEGEND SOMETHING SPECAIL WE MAY NEVER SEE AGAIN.


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I was 11 years old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. When the replay of the Belmont Stakes came on the news that night, my brother yelled to me that I had to come and see this horse that was just destroying everyone else in the race. I’ve always been a horse lover, and at the time knew nothing about horseracing, but when I saw that race and that horse, even then I knew it was something I wasn’t likely to see again any time soon. I can credit that experience for my eventual involvement in thoroughbred racing as an owner and, hopefully one day, as a trainer. I will be sending my donation to the Secretariat Bronze Statue Fund, a fitting tribute to one of the greatest horses to ever grace the racetrack!


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One of my many regrets in life is that I wasn’t watching horse racing during the time of Secretariat. I have been an avid fan of the triple crwon races since 1987. While there have been many great champions, in my opinion, he was the best. I have seen clips of his belmont race, his finest hour. I am so envious of those who saw it in 1973, especially those who were there at the track to witness horse racing history. I will always be a fan of Secretatiat. If only I could have seen Big Red race.

Debbie G.


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I was 14 years old in 1973 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I was already a horseracing fan and was longing for a Triple Crown winner, but never in my wildest imagination did I dream of witnessing what I saw on our tv set that June afternoon. What a privilege to watch history in the making! After that I purchased everything a teenage girl in Georgia could find with Secretariat on it. I had always dreamed of traveling to Kentucky and visiting the horse farms, and finally in 1987 my dream came true. The highlight of the trip was visiting Claiborne Farm. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I almost passed out when they brought Secretariat out of his stall for me to walk right up to and touch! He was indeed even more magnificent in the flesh. That was one of the best days of my life! I will always be grateful to Claiborne Farm for making it possible.


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I WAS A CITY KID WHO GREW UP DREAMING ABOUT AND LOVING HORSES, TOO. WHEN SECRETARIAT CAME INTO MY LIFE, HE BECAME MY HERO FOREVER. I HAD THE PLEASURE AND HONOR OF VISITING HIM FOUR TIMES AT CLAIBORNE FARM, THE LAST WAS TWO MONTHS BEFORE HIS DEATH. A DAY DOESN’T PASS WITHOUT THOUGHTS OF HIM. HE IS DEFINITELY THE GREATEST, BECAUSE HIS RECORDS STAND TO THIS DAY. HE MADE HISTORY. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, I CAN TELL YOU HE WAS A SWEETHEART, BUT A CHAMP THRU AND THRU. HE LIKED TO POSE FOR HIS FANS, BUT HE LIKED TO HAVE HIS BACK SCRATCHED TOO. I MISS HIM. FUNNY, I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF HIM AS MY PERSONAL HERO, BUT I CAN SEE HE IS INDEED, VERY MUCH LOVED BY THE WORLD. THANKS FOR KEEPING HIS MEMORY ALIVE WITH THIS WEBSITE. WE, HIS FANS, APPRECIATE IT. THANKS, ANN WALTER, GREENSBURG, PENNA.


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I was 25 when Secretariat won the triple crown. Of course this was my first experience witnessing a triple crown first hand. The last triple crown was in 1948 and won by Citation. I was never a ‘big’ race fan, but I always liked to watch the triple crown races and always wanted to see a triple crown won during my lifetime. When I tuned into the Belmont that year, I don’t think that I closed my mouth through the whole race. It just hung open in amazement. Even I knew the extent of what I had just witnessed. Secretariat caught my attention and admiration that day! Everytime I watch the Belmont, I can still picture that one magnificant red horse destroying the rest of the field. I’ve read that many race experts claim that Secretariat’s Belmont record may never be broken. But if some ‘lucky super-duper’ horse is capable of breaking the record someday (probably not in my lifetime), I’ll bet that if you look back into his pedigree that you may just see the name ‘Secretariat’ in there.

Susan


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I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO READ MORE OF THE E-MAILS SINCE I WROTE MINE THE OTHER DAY. SORRY TO HEAR FROM THE LADY WHO WAS DENIED HER REQUEST TO SEE HIM. AS I SAID, I WENT TO VISIT HIM FOUR TIMES AND THE FOLKS AT CLAIBORNE FARM WERE ALWAYS VERY GRACIOUS AND FRIENDLY. WE WERE ALWAYS GIVEN A TOUR OF THE STALLION BARNS AND I ALWAYS WAITED BREATHLESSLY TO SEE MY HERO. I THANK SECRETARIAT’S GROOM, CLEM, FOR ALWAYS UPDATING US ON SECRETARIAT’S LIFE AND HISTORY AND FOR GIVING ME MY PRIZED KEEPSAKE OF HAIR FROM HIS MANE AND TAIL. I KEEP IT ON DISPLAY IN ONE OF HIS PORTRAITS IN MY FAMILY ROOM. I THINK THE BRONZE STATUE IS A GREAT IDEA AND THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK IS A MARVELOUS PLACE FOR IT. GOOD LUCK WITH THE FUNDRAISING.


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I remember where I was on October 4, 1989, when I heard that Secretariat had died. Compared to how long other Thoroughbreds have lived, he died so young. I still cry thinking about it after all this time. I know that he was “just a horse”—–but,oh what a horse!CATHOLIC487@AOL.COM


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The finest day that I ever spent at a thoroughbred track was the day of the Belmont Stakes in 1973. Secretariat amazed us all. After running 6 furlongs in less than 1:10 it did not seem possible that he could still prevail through 1 1/2 miles, but then he ran off and won by 31 lengths. Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown, greatest horse of the century! Every fan at Belmont that day knew that they were a part of history. Stephen Nelson


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I think that without Secretariat the world wouldn’t have lived to see the light today. Erika Bischof


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I was a young woman of 23 when I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown. Secretariat transcended time, space and even his breed. He is the greatest thoroughbred to ever race. He will never be matched. He was a gift to us from God to show us what any one, man or animal, can do when He has a hand on him. God’s touch was on Secretariat when he raced. The Belmont Stakes is a testimony to that. It, to me, is the most thrilling 2 minutes and 24 seconds in sport. With each increasing length we witnessed not a natural being but a supernatural one. It is the most awsome feat in sport history. I never saw Secretariat in person but he has touched my life and heart. Only one other racehorse comes close and he, too, is gone, the one and only Seattle Slew. I believe that Secretariat has a place in Heaven because he was not only favored by men but by God. Jacqueline Miller Virginia Beach, VA bagamma@msn.com


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Dear Secertait I love you so much even tho I dont kow you , but I have seen pichers of you.LOVE Grace Annear.


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You can’t get on Claiborne Farms easily, so I snuck on. It’s amazing what a $20.00 bill will get you. The ass’t stud man (I didn’t care who he was) walk me out to Secretariat’s pasture and brought Red up to me. I put my arms around him and some hair came off on my sweater. The sweater is gone but not the memory. What a wonderful day. It was 1987.

Paul Adams Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp.(Florida) herat@msn.com


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I am still awe-struck by this horse. I was fortunate to see him running in his paddock at Claiborne Farm and have some treasured photographs of him “up close and personal”.

He was magic!

Betty Barrett bbarrett@tpark.com


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I saw Secretariat at Claiborn Farm many times. I’ll never forget sneaking him carrots and how he nipped me on the shoulder to give him more! I didn’t wash my jacket for awhile after that! The groom at the farm pulled some tail hairs from him to give me as a souvenir. I no longer have them, as I lost them when we moved. Cathy Roche


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What a wonderful tribute to a great athlete this web site is!!!!! There will never be another like him, not in my lifetime and probably never period. Oh, there will be some very good ones come along but there is a huge difference between “good” and “great”! He is, by far, the best that ever looked through a bridle. I loved Slew, Spectacular Bid and lots of others but none of them can compare to Big Red. One room in my house is the official Secretariat Room filled with memorabilia I have been collecting since 1973.

I remember where I was when I heard the news of his passing as I am sure his other fans do as well. My only regret is that I never made it to Claiborne to see him in the flesh.

Sleep well, Big Red, you are free now and have angel wings to carry you across the Rainbow Bridge…..

Judy Aiken, SC


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I saw Secretariat at Claiborne Farm in 1989. He bit me on the shoulder because I offered him carrots. I didn’t wash that jacket for awhile! I also was given tail hairs from him by the groom, which I lost when I moved. I saw him several times, from 76-89. I wished they had run him as a 4 year old. He had alot of personality, also. He was special!! Cathy Roche


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I visited Secretariat at Claiborne shortly before the 1986 Kentucky Derby. We simply drove up to the farm and were invited to join some Ohio State veterinarian students on a tour. We have some great pictures of Secretariat and as you have heard hundreds of times…he knew he was the star, despite being surrounded by Spectacular Bid, Danzig, Mr.Prospector, Private Account and the like. he had a great personality and pranced and posed for us, knowing he was the center of attention. He inspired me to enter thoroughbred racing as an owner and through syndications, have been able to participate in stakes horses the likes of King Cugat, a multiple graded stakes winner. Thanks to you, Big Red….


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great job on the website for the greatest race horse that ever lived. I had the pleasure of meeting the great Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys in Lexington


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Fantastic site! Thank you, thank you for finally adding a web site for the greatest athlete ever. I always say I’ve grown up in, and still live in, a football state while being a horse racing fan at heart. The Internet is my only release, and you’ve provided the elixir I desperately crave!!

I grew up watching the Triple Crown races on TV at home. Those were about the only horse races we ever got. The year Secretariat was 3 (and I was 16), I told my dad that was the horse to watch. I just knew it in my heart by looking at him. My dad, with a degree in animal husbandry, drilled me on why this too big horse should win such important races. He drilled me on each of the three races. But when Secretariat dominated the Belmont, my dad couldn’t even speak. The tears in his eyes said it all for me. He knew he had seen greatness.

I only wish my father had lived to learn just how great Secretariat really was – how much heart he really had. I have learned to judge all horses by Secretariat standard, not only because he was the greatest and most beautiful, but because he helped my dad to teach me conformation of Thoroughbreds. Through this horse, my dad and I became just that much closer.

I love all my Secretariat memorabilia, and hope to add those few missing pieces I need through this site. Keep growing, and keep up the good work!

Connie A., Lincoln, NE


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This is an awesome way to remember Secretariat. I always thought he was one of the best racehorses ever to run the racetracks.

Kane Young, age 14 email: kaneshorses@hotmail.com


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I was already a horse lover at the age of 10 when I watched Secretariat run the Classics and win the Triple Crown. Little did I know at the time but I would have the great fortune a couple of years later to be escorted, along with my family, by a groom around the historic Claiborne Farm to see him and others (Riva Ridge, RoundTable, Drone, etc). The thrill of a lifetime for a 12 year old. He was even more majestic and noble in person that I had imagined. Those images live on in pictures taken and memories stored from that visit. The collecting of different Secretariat memorabilia over the years has reinforced those memories and I even had the great fortune to purchase a grandson of his several years ago as my trail/pleasure companion. He bears much resemblance to his grandsire and I often imagine Secretariat running in his paddock as I watch Treasure cut patterns of his own through the morning mist out in his pasture. Tears come to the eyes as one watches this just as they do when glimpses of Big Red are shown during race coverage on TV or when one views old pictures/videos of him. Only you on this website can understand that emotion and feel it in the same way. Thank you for this website and the tribute it makes to Secretariat – the greatest thoroughbred of all time.

Jenny Stahl – Findlay, OH


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Secretariat was the greatest and I am so proud to have seen him win the Kentucky Derby. He and Native Dancer will go down as the greatest that ever lived. Charles M Matasich Derbyman@hotmail.com


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I became interested in racing in 1972: so I was “skyrocketed” into the sport watching Secretariat. If some one tries to argue that he wasn’t the best, I just say 109:4 for 6f in the Belmont, and he drew away in the stretch form good horses who were whipping and driving for second place!! Grass, dirt, slop, come from dead last, go wire to wire: DIDN’T MATTER


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i saw that special on espn during the run for the triple crown. i had the pleasure of seeing big red in Lucien Laurin barn at Belmont. he was kicking in his stall wanting to go out. Mr.. Laurin told us that secretariat liked to be galloped every day, he had that much built up energy. i got my dad to drive me down to Pimlico to see big red win the Preakness. i was there too at Belmont to see performance like we will never see again, 31 lengths in stake/track and world records being broken. i was there again nov. 6th, 1973 to bid farewell to the big red machine. we will never forget you, big red. also Eddie Maple is now a shop owner in Huntington, n.y..


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I remember the day “big red” died. I must have cried for 2 days!!!! I am so glad there is a website in honour of him.I have a thouroghbred race horse myslef. He is the love of my life!! I have worked with race horses for about 10 years.I still up to this day, if I see a pic of secretariat , I cry a few tears. Cause he was the greatest horse ever!!! I just found this site. It’s going to go under my favorites!! This is a great website!!!

Cindy Alexander, Fla. starstruckcindy@aol.com


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HI! I have liked no loved secretariat for sooooo long! Im so glad that there is a secretariat.com! Unfortunately I wasn’t born when Big Red ran but, from all the stories i have heard it was magic to watch him run both in person and TV. When i finally saw the video of him running the Belmont I was amazed. AndI’im not ashamed to admit that i cried. And i cry almost everytime I see it again! And I really do think that when God made Secretariat he did make the perfect horse!


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Greetings, Where can I begin? How about with how much Secretariat has touched and influenced my life. When I first read about him and how great he was I was very impressed, but like any other article on a great athlete I just read on to the next article and let the thought of Secretariat pass. The next day was quite strange. Something triggered me to think about what I had read about Secretariat and after that I couldn’t stop. This drove me to want to see this great horse in action so I found a video tape of all three Triple Crown races. I then put in the tape and sat back with a cold drink and watched. As the Derby started I had the feeling that I usually get when I watch a sporting event, somewhat excited. This feeling quickly changed as the bunch rounded the last turn and Secretariat pulled ahead. I found myself out of my seat with my drink falling to the floor. It felt like it was live. After this I was very anxious to see the next race and I watched with the same result. Luckily this time I knew enough to put down my drink before I started cheering. My adrenaline was as its max and I couldn’t wait to see what I had read about. The Belmont began and I was excited as ever, but this time my reaction was not jumping up and down and screaming in excitement. My reaction was the very opposite. As I watched Secretariat pull away from his lone competitor, I fell back into my chair and I just began to cry. Even after he crossed the finish line I kept crying. I was not sad, but touched. Never in my life had I seen such a full hearted passionate effort to achieve. This event changed me. Everytime I am faced with a challenge, I think about Secretariat. Since this day I have purchased a 11×14 photograph of him winning the Belmont by 31 lengths. This is next to the original Time featuring a close-up of him. I put these in a place where I see them often to remind me of that day and to make me realize that when you put your heart and soul into something great things can happen. Sincerely, Ted Schmittel discover0401@hotmail.com


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I think that Secretariat is the best horse that ever lived! I wish he and Man o’ War had raced against each other. That would have been something.


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He was the best of the best – I wonder if there will ever be another superhorse. I just wish I could have seen him live. I have a big picture of him titled Secretariat’s Last Picture by Tony Leonard along with other pictures of him and a movie. Dianne Harris equinefanaticus@yahoo.com


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When you feel like you can’t get back up, remember that courage is not an absence of fear, it’s just the willingness to work through it.

Secretariat was a winner because he just kept going. We are all winners if we choose to be.


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I have been a horse racing fan all my life. When I stumbled on to this site I was so glad I thought everybody forgot about Secretariat. Watching War Emblem go for the triple crown I remember him how he won all those race’s. Secretariat was a very big horse


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Big red was truly the greatest horse of all time!!

TYERA PETE


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I love Secretariat…he is sort of like my hero. I think that he had twice the size of heart of others! He was a beauty when he ran.


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We think that Secretariat could beat any horse except maybe not Man o’ War.


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I have come back time and time again to read the guestbook since the inception of this site, and I never cease to be amazed at the sheer number of people whose lives were so profoundly influenced by Secretariat.

From the age of 5, watching him win the final leg of the Triple Crown – tears pouring down my cheeks -he was my hero. Visiting him at Claiborne while in college was a lifetime dream come true. To just be able to stand and look at him in person took my breath away… then, “What? What is the groom saying? I can come over and TOUCH this great horse?”. A moment in time I will never, ever, forget and will always treasure. I was despondent for days at his death only a few short (too short) years later…

Thank you to the powers that be for creating this site. Thank you Mrs. Tweedy for sharing your beautiful horse with the rest of the world. Thank you Claiborne Farm for opening your farm and expending so much time and staff to Secretariat’s fans. He was the perfect embodiment of hope, courage, attitude, and sheer excellence.

Karen klstin0@hotmail.com


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I was 13 years old when I was captivated by Secretariat’s winning the triple crown. I always loved horses. I find myself wishing somehow to witness that great race again. Is there any way i could find out how to see a replay? I also missed Seattle Slew’s winnings. I saw Affirmed and Alydar. Oh how i had hoped War Admiral would have been the next super horse. We are due one. Secretariat was a one in a century horse. Kimberly Jennifer30907@aol.com


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Thank you so much for such a wonderful site honoring my all-time hero, Secretariat! Just when I thought I’ve seen every article…picture…fact about Big Red, you come up with the section on his identification records. I can hardly wait to see what new info and merchandise you will come up with next…please, please, please keep up the good work!Secretariat will always be my hero!


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Secretariat will always be the love of my life.

Tairaterces@about.com

“His only point of reference is himself”, Charlie Hatton regarding Secretariat.


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Unlike many other entries in this guestbook, I have not at all been a horse racing fan for very long. I am now 25 and just got my first taste of horse racing a few years ago. My grandmother in Buffalo, NY has a Derby party every year and it’s more of a chance to see all the masses of relatives I have than it is a celebration of these beautiful animals. I remember the first year I attended this party, I bet on Fusiachi Pegasus. Not knowing the first thing about horses, I just loved his attitude, and being a collegiate swimmer (in the sprint events), I was fascinated with his comical antics, and UNDYING need for speed. I remember at one point, he flipped over on his back, wriggling to shake his rider off during a practice, feet high in the air. This was a horse that just wanted to RUN. I think our fascination with horses stems from the idea that many (not all) of our immortal human athletes can often be deterred by money, success, greed. Not always, but sometimes. This is clearly not the case with horses. They run because they LOVE it. Period. I can’t imagine that they understand the money or even the hype of the Triple Crown as we know it. As they run, it becomes evident that they are doing what they love. I became addicted. Swimming is a sport without excessive grandeur and free of immortal fame. Most of us do what we do because we just want to swim. So I found a some kind of a bond with these animals.

And so I started following horses. And then I found Secretariat. I was born in ’77, so I wasn’t around to see any live performances, live or on TV. I have since acquired tapes, but not a day goes by now that I don’t ACHE to have one GLIMPSE of the horse that somehow stands above ALL horses. For those that have seen him, I don’t need to tell you, live those moments DAILY. Your personal accounts that you post here on Secretariat.com mean more to us, not privileged enough to see him, than any article in S.I., any glossy 8×10, or any poster we can garner on Ebay. Your tears spawn our tears.

And again, I struggle with the notion that something I never saw live can bring me to such emotion. Like I said, I have not been a horse-lover for years. I live in Virginia, and I could probably not recite Secretariat’s facts and numbers that most of you all know. What I am proud to recognize, however, is beauty. Beauty, and something sent to Earth for a higher purpose. Something I am willing to bet everyone posting at this site sees too. Secretariat was not only the greatest horse of all time, he was a sign of hope. As I read somewhere, “it was as if God created the perfect horse.” I would give just about anything to see him or touch him, but I’ll settle for the tapes and the pictures any day. Because I am, and we all are, lucky enough to recognize a God-sent hero when we see one, and I’ll be paying my respects to his grave soon enough.

God Bless you, Secretariat. You continue to inspire well past your end on Earth. Thank you for that. You are dearly missed, but NEVER forgotten.

Adam Falls Church, VA adamprem@hotmail.com


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SECRETARIAT was and still is the greatest. When someone tries to compare some of the present day stars to him, I ask, “What track records have they set or broken”? I miss that shiny red coat, and the giant strides. Morty Smith.


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In 1997 I decided to get my feet wet in the Thoroughbred business, but after only 4 races with my claimed filly, we saw racing come to a end with a injury. I decided to breed her and we were blessed with a beautiful chestnut filly with slightly similar markings on her head and legs as the great Secretariat, the horse I have always thought was the greatest hores to ever set foot on the track. All fans seem to feel that there is something supernatural or spiritual about a special animal such as Secretariat, and I believe that also. We have enjoyed a little luck this year with our filly who is now 3, and I can honestly say that every time she runs, I ask a Higher Power to let just a little of Secretariat’s spirit enter and run with my filly. Please keep up the good work, It makes my day to see how many others feel the same way as I. George Danko abdanko2000@yahoo.com


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Big Red gives us all an example of true greatness. At its best, racing illuminates something beautiful and enduring inside the spirit of all Gods creatures. I have been a racing fan for a long time now, and as New Yorker I am having a great time passing this tradition to my kids (9, 11, 2) who also love the sport. — Adam Greissman, alg@udico.com


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I love Secretariat!


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Secretariat was an awesome horse! I know he could of beaten Man ‘O War…how? Well, Big Red beat Man O War’s record, didn’t he? Yes, he did. Boy that horse could run. He will forvever be in my heart.


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i think “secretariat” is the greatest horse of 20th century. abid sultan pakistan


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I think Secretariat was the greatest race horse ever. He could beat any one that got in his way. No1_LeannRimes_fan@yahoo.com


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I just love the big red horse miss him dearly


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I was only a year old when Secretariat raced. I have seen the tapes many times and still get chills each time. Never,was there,or will there be as magnificent a horse as him. I regret never getting to see him in person. I have met Mrs. Chenery a couple of times, and it is easy to see how much she loved and cherished Secretariat and Riva Ridge. I look forward to seeing the new statue at the Kentucky Horse Park very soon!! catsvx@msn.com


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I have been an avid follower and fan of thoroughbred horse racing since I was 14 years old (since 1984.) Although I was only 3 years old when Big Red ran, who that is the least bit interested in racing can go for long without hearing that name? “Secretariat”. To say it is as if to speak the very name of God. For that was what Secretariat was. An equine God. I am lucky enough to have obtained original broadcasts from all three of Big Red’s Triple Crown races and each time I watch them I am awed by his performances. The move turning into the backstretch during the Preakness. The record shattering time in which he ran the Derby. And of course, the Belmont. I cry every time I watch the race, although I know the outcome. It is such an ineffable moment of beauty, a moment of glory and triumph, and more that can never be described. There will NEVER be another like him. EVER. I keep his memory alive with photographs in my office, many books and videos documentaries as well as races, and I even wear a pin of his postal stamp to work with me to show my admiration and love of him. I am so glad that there is now a website devoted to Secretariat. May his greatness never be forgotten. Thank-you

Matthew Karns (DrFager123@aol.com)


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I was 13 when I saw Secretariate race in the Triple Crown. He was and still is my hero. Never have I been more thrilled at watching a horse race. I wish I had a “Breyer Model” of him. I have one of Man O’War. I was heart broken when War Emblem stumbled off the Belmont. I was sooooo hoping for another great horse. Is there anyway I could get a video of the Triple Crown races in which Secretariate ran? Please let me know. Thanks Secretariate for the memories. Kimberly Lane


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I spent six weeks of grocery money to buy a limited edition book on Secretariat and I never regreted it one second. There is a picture in this book which is my favorite and when I’m asked about this picture I tell folks that this horse was so handsome that I wish I had been born a filly instead of a human. Oh well, then I discovered this site! Halleluyah!


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Hello from Secretariat.com. In answer to Kimberly Lane’s question – (Is there anyway I could get a video of the Triple Crown races in which Secretariat ran?)

Yes! We expect the video to be available for purchase this fall. Looks like a big winner and an exciting addition for Secretariat fans.


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I just completed reading Raymond G. Woolfe’s, “Secretariat”, and Wm. Nack’s “Secretariat The Making Of A Champion” These books are so interesting it is hard to put them down, and they make you feel like you are participating in Secretariat’s development toward winning the Triple Crown. There is something about Secretariat (an American pureheart hero?) that makes you want more of him, so I recently purchased a limited edition print released by Anthony Alonso, http://www.alonsostudio.com/ Anyone who wants to look at Secretariat every day should take a look at this print. It is one of 500 selling for $250, but a similar print by Richard Stone Reeves now sells for $3,000-$5,000. Secretariat was not only possibly the greatest racehorse of all time, but he was a beautiful looking horse and this print shows him at his best. One interesting fact from the books is that only two horses other than Secretariat have broken two minutes, 1:59 2/5, in the Kentucky Derby, Sham who Secretariat defeated when he set the track record, and in 2001 Monarhchos, both 1:59 4/5. Sham was born in the wrong year! One other point of interest is the fact that Secretariat was born at ten after midnight on March 30th and Man o’War was born just before midnight on March 29th. Both were red, had a 25 to 28 foot stride, were about the same size, ran 21 races and were dominant in their time. Bloodhorse magazine had them ranked #1 (Man o’War) & #2 (Secretariat) as the greatest racehorses of the 20th Century. Who is the next racing king? Watch for a big red foal born at the end of March??? dngretel@intouchmi.com


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Secretariat was the best!!!! No1_LeannRimes_fan@yahoo.com


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Secretariat is my faveorite of all horses. Ilooove horses sooo much! Sence the first time I say him on Behind the Glory is thought he was the most beautiful horse I have ever seen. He was amazing. I wish I could have met Secretariat.I want to be a horse jockey but I’m to tall! Chelsey Veilleux mgv@vermontlink.net


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I was very pleased to come across this precious horses website. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading up on him. I will add this site to my favorites and continue viewing it. Thanks Laura Smail

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Sheila Rosier (mother) Grafton, WV 26354 SKRosier@aol.com

Sarah Rosier (daughter) Grafton, WV 26354 SKateR46732@aol.com

I never had the privilege to attend a race, but I visited him at Claiborne in 1979…..what a gentleman! I will never forget that day! My daughter was only one year old when he died, but still she’s a true fan. From the books she’s read, she probably knows more about him than I.


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Secretariat is the world’s best and loved athlete!!


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Secretariat was the picture of a perfect Thoroughbred. he had the power, speed, looks and most of all heart. I know for a fact that no one will forget him. He was and still is a trademark of Thoroughbred racing. There will never be anyone ever like him. There will be champions in the future but never a great as him. Laura Fremont, CA


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There isnt much that can be said about secretariat that hasnt already been said time and again. people say that he was a “freak of nature”. Maybe he was in the fact that he was so perfect. We dont expect to see that in anything. I wasnt alive to see him run his heart out, but i have seen tapes of him running and i get chills when i hear the announcer at belmont calling that race. i even get tears in my eyes. he was an awesome horse and there will never be another horse like him. he is watching all of us.

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Thank you for creating this website! I have loved Secretariat since my childhood. In 1973 I was an 11 year old, horse-crazy girl and I vividly remember my sister and I cheering, crying, jumping up and down in front of the TV as he won the Triple Crown. There was something so magical about Secretariat – you just knew you were beholding absolute perfection. You knew how rare and special he was. Over the years I have been able to acquire some great memorabilia, including a tape of his Triple Crown races, and watching these today brings tears of awe and joy streaming down my face. The chill-bumps come right back, nearly 30 years later! I have his photos in my home and at work, he is that inspirational for me. To me he was such a genuine hero, without the greed or conceit of humans – brave and willing, all heart and endurance, and of course so beautiful it took your breath away! I never saw him in person but his effect on me remains to this day. I can hardly bear to think of him being gone. He brought magic into so many lives.

It is wonderful to see that his impact is still felt so deeply by so many, and new generations are learning of his greatness. I love reading these beautiful, tremendously moving tributes left by his fans. He was truly the once-in-a-lifetime gift and I am so grateful I was alive to experience this magnificent champion in his time. Thank you Secretariat, for all you gave of yourself to the world. You will always reign as “The Great One.” Your spirit lives on in the hearts of those who love you.

Michelle Tulsa, Oklahoma


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Secretariat was that “big red machine” coming home 32 lenghts ahead in the Belmont. That was the first time I cried watching a horse race, and I still can not hold back the tears watching that race the last 100 times. He is the reason I have been working in the thoroughbred breeding industry for the last 17 years. We will never forget Secretariat, and want thank all the people who helped bring him to us. Diane rocky12449@hotmail.com


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After almost 30 years I can still see him winning the Belmont in my mind. It is one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen. The raw power, the elegence, the sheer beauty of him will be with me forever. As an owner of one of Bold Rulers great great grand daughters, Rule a Buck, I can only imagine what Ron Turcott must have felt on that day. My girl is fast but nothing like Secretartiat was. I am looking for videos of any of Secretariat’s races especially the Belmont. Please feel free to contact me if you have any information on how to aquire them.

Earl Brendle horsejumper51@yahoo.com


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Secretariat won the Derby on my wedding day, May 5, 1973. I still remember us all huddled around the TV as he broke the record. I eagerly followed the rest of his illustrious career. Horses have been my passion for most of my life. I doubt that there will ever be another like Secretariat. He seemed to represent the very best the breed can offer – and then he had that huge heart which obviously took him beyond what would seem to be mortally possible. The early 70’s were a difficult time (Vietnam, Watergate). Secretariat gave us all a refreshing break and reminded many of us that there is still beauty and wonder in the world.


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I think we might have the 2nd comming of Secretariat in 2003. Look for the name Vindication. He is a son of Seattle Slew by a Strawberry Roads Mare. I watched this horse break his Maiden against top bred colts 2 weeks ago at del mar. This horse is scary in how he ran like a young Secretariat. He is trained by Baffert and barring injury I see him winning the triple crown in 2003.

Here’s was the DRF says about him:

Early answer to May question: Vindication By BRAD FREE DEL MAR, Calif. – It is still early in the season. The Del Mar meet will be only one-fifth over Saturday, leaving horseplayers plenty of time to ponder the following uncertainties. Question: Did the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner – a 2-year-old colt named Vindication – make his debut last Saturday?

Answer: With still nine months to the Derby, the assertion might sound absurd. This year, it is not so far-fetched. Vindication’s grand debut in a six-furlong race was one of the most impressive efforts by a 2-year-old maiden in recent Del Mar seasons. He won by 5 1/2 lengths without being asked, and has all the tools to run long. Sired by Seattle Slew and trained by Bob Baffert, he cost $2.1 million as a yearling.

“When you spend that much, you’re buying pedigree,” Baffert said.

Vindication has an effortless stride, no wasted motion, and the aplomb of a colt who knows he is good. It is difficult enough to pick the Derby winner on race day, much less nine months out. But know


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I used to be into Showjumpin, and i had never really saw anything in Horse racing. There was a horse racing farm next to me, but i didnt care- i wus into showjuming.I had awlayz knew about secretariat (like any horse person) i saw a show on TV about him, and how he was a great horse, he could out run anyone, but more importantly he had the heart and will to win, i am now working at the horsefarm next to me. I am training this 2 year old bay filly, she isn’t the fastest, but she will give you all her efoort till the end. She reminds me of Secretariat because she wants to win, it all she thinks about in a race, she may not win, but she give it everything she has, just like Secretariat. Secretariat will alwayz be in our hearts as long a racing is still alive. There is not other horse like him.


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My husband and I visit Secretariats grave twice a year as well as Claiborne Farm We tour his stall and talk at great lenghth about him while we are there. My husband places a single red rose on his grave.


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I can finally visit once again the only sports hero I ever had…I watch the video of Secretariat, and I remember the Belmont like it just happened. I still bawl like a baby when I witness it, because it was so awesome and wonderful. Thanks for putting up this site, He’s still the only one for me!


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“Big Red”, “Super Horse”, “Red’, “Handsome”, Secretatiat by any name had it all.

The first time I saw Secretariat in 1973, I thought he was the most beautiful horse I’ve ever seen. Big, powerfull, chiseled, chestnut looker, and what confirmation. His head was handsome and he was wide between the eyes. A sure sign of intellect, and he had a strong masculine jaw. Truly, the most beautiful horse I had ever seen in my eighteen years.

To this day, no horse, no athlete, and no other athletic performance can evoke emotion in me the way that he did. Some horsemen don’t believe in the look of eagles, some believe he defied nature the way he ran. I believe Secretariat had the look of eagles, and he did not defy nature, he was the most magnificient GIFT of it. Truly, the most beautiful, and greatest thorough bred I have ever seen in my forty seven years now.

With a tear in eye, Don Coburn Columbus, Ohio


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My seven year old daughter Emily, recently got hooked on horses. All the pony rides at fairs and parties contributed to this fascination, and now they’re all she thinks about. I told her all about the “greatest horse that ever lived.” We watched a video of Secretariat on Sports Century, and when it came to the part about his passing, she cried. I explained to her that even though he’s gone,his name will live forever. Thank you for this site, and for remembering this great champion. Clement Durando


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I am lucky enough to not just see “Big Red” win his three Triple Crown Races live on T.V. in 1973, but to posess a VCR tape that has portions-very small portions!-but portions nonetheless of those three heart-stopping and heart-warming races that took place in the memorable months of May and June of 1973. If for whatever reason, I happen to be feeling down, it never ceases to amaze me that by just putting in that tape and watching Secretariat run, I feel better-so much better- immediately! Maybe it’s the fact that he gave it his all and then some, that 110% that is spoken of when referring to exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime athletes. Perhaps it was that combination of a good looking athlete with unbelievable skill and a pure heart,as Wm. Nack so eloquently wrote, or maybe it’s knowing that history was being made and feeling extraordinarily lucky that I was old enough to appreciate it. I graduated that year, and those are the memories I call up most vividly! Those three wonderful races that made us all feel great, because we knew we had just witnessed the greatest there ever was, or ever will be in Thoroughbred racing.

Thank you, Secretariat! You are, and always will be the Class President as far as I’m concerned!

Susan Galvin

e-mail dgalvin@wt.net


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I was watching my first horse race in the late spring of 1998, when Real Quiet was aiming for the Triple Crown. The guy on tv siad something about Secretariat, and i asked my dad who he was. Secretariat became my hero. I watched his Belmont win countless times online, and found out everything I could about him. I found out about other horses that were great, but no horse could ever replace Secretariat. And if he ever had a match race between him and Man o’ War, i’d bet every bit of money i had on my hero.


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Thanks for honoring Big Red, one of the world’s greatest athletes, with a website all his own. I’ll look forward to visiting this great site many times as time goes on. Mike Roane mroane@mwcpa.com


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After 29 years he is still my hero and there has been nothing to match him. Not Tiger Woods. Not Michael Jordan. Nothing has compared to his incredible feats in my lifetime. It was 50 years between Man-O-War and Secretariat, and I am hoping that in 21 more years I’ll be lucky enough to see another like them— but I doubt it. Bravo Big Red!


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After all these years I thought I was the only Secretariat fan out there — being 13 when he won the Triple Crown I have never or will never forget how he seemed to fly down the Belmont stretch, gaining speed with each giant stride. Tears were pouring out of my eyes and when Ron Turcotte turned to see how far back the rest of the pack was, I was crying so hard and laughing at the same time, and I knew I was watching something I’d never see the likes of again. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Big Red. I still haven’t gotten over his passing, but I’m quite sure when I look up at the stars, the fiery red sparkly star his Secretariat now, beyond all magnificence. Kim Ardenvik Long Beach, Ca morrigan9@charter.net


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Just another admirer of beautiful horses. They are all the greatest to me. It’s the ones who are truly remarkable that never die: Galloping ahead of the rest of the pack, leaving them all 31 lengths behind, not just to win the race, but for his love of running and taming the wind. I remember crying the day he died. Unbelieving that heros can die. Now that I’m older, I understand that the only way heros die, is the day that people no longer remember them. As I watch other great horses run, their names too numerous to type here, I know that the past heros are above; nickering as others rise to the challenge at the backstretch, for future champions to gather their momentum, their great hearts beating with every breath, muscles energized with raw power, each stride lengthing with courage and desire, pulseing forward with intent to be the first at that shadow of the wire. May their beat go on, with the beat of our hearts. Melinda yendm@hotmail.com


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Secretariat! The name causes chills to run up and down my spine. In the equine world Secretariat equals perfection. Will we ever see such magic again?

Thank you for creating this wonderful tribute to Secretariat. He was truly magestic, greatly admired, passionately loved — perfection.

Susan Dykhuis, Montreal, Canada


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Thank you for honoring the “greatest”.It is very welcome since they keep trying to put today’s horses in class.I now have a place to go to remember how really great he was.

MIke waychowsky polegolf18@hotmail.com


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I was 10 years old when my Dad and brother took me to the track for the 1st time. It was the day of Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes. I still remember the roar in the grandstand as he came down the stretch it seemd like the whole grandstand was shaking.It was the greatest sporting event that I have ever witnessed…John Ciattei ciatteij@aol.com


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Secretariat was the most awe inspiring champion of the ‘Sport of Kings’ that ever graced a racetrack.


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Big Red beautiful Secretariat! Don’t you know he knew it. He grabbed my heart in 1973 and never will I ever forget him. Oh, what a wonderful fellow. Speed, heart, and a look of eagles! He was Magic! Peppermints to you sweetheart! Tanya


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I have been a horse lover all my life and one of my dreams was to see Big Red. I had to go to Louisville for work and I had someone make an appointment six months in advance. It was great! The person I went with was not a horse person and she politely petted Secretariat. I grabbed him around the neck and hugged him for a long time. I still look at those pictures and cry for the sadness I feel when I heard he was gone. I have prints, plates, books, and newspaper articles. We all miss him very much. Peggy p.h.tcllb@verizon.net


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He’ll always be the best to me! I have never seen anything like him before or since. For anyone who ever wondered what true greatness is, take a long look at a picture of Secretariat. Like ali, jordan, Gretzky, Montana, Dan Gable or Tiger Woods, he had that something. He did lose races. He wasn’t always at his best. But when the spotlight shined, and he was in a big spot, he excelled like no horse before or after him. He did lose! But it’s the way he won we all remember and talk about. If I live to 90, I’ll never see another 2:24.00 in the Belmont. I’ll never see 31 lengths again and especially all of this for the triple crown. I still get misty hearing that call…”he’s moving like a tremendous machine…Secretariat by 12…Secretariat by 14 lengths on the turn, Sham is dropping back…it looks like they’ll catch him today as My Gallant & Twice a Prince are both coming up to him now. But Secretariat is all alone! He’s out there almost a 16th of a mile away from the rest of the field. Secretariat is in a position that he is impossible to catch! He’s in the stretch…Secretariat leads this field by 18 lengths, and now Twice a Prince has taken second and my gallant moves on to 3rd. Their in the stretch…SECRETARIAT HAS OPENED A 22 LENGTH LEAD. HE’S GOING TO BE THE TRIPLE CROWN WINNER. HERE COMES SECRETARIAT TO THE WIRE. An amazing unbelievable story by this miracle horse and look at Mrs. Tweedy…She’s having the time of her life. I TYPED THIS PURELY FROM MEMORY…THAT’S HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS HORSE. LONG LIVE THE SPORT OF KINGS AND LONG LIVE SECRETARIAT!!!

BOB BULGER bbulger@amt-nj.com


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What a wonderful website! Thank you for posting the wonderful photos, history, etc. I was only 2 years old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I am a lifelong fan of Big Red and always will be. He truely was and still is the greatest race horse of all time. Kristie-New York


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There are really no words to describe Big Red except maybe superhorse. But I think he may be above even this word. I never got a chance to see him race or anything. I was born a month before he died but I always wish I could have gotten a chance to see or even touch this beautiful creature. Thanks a lot for this site-it really is cool to learn about his life even after death. -Brianna Clark


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No one could have ever touched Secretariat in a race when he was healthy. Comparing him to any other horse is an exercise in futility. I still sob whenever I see the Belmont replay. Thank you so much for the great site. Can’t wait for the film! Love and Light, Christine T. Detroit


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i think secretariat is the coolest race horse there ever was no one is or was a greta as him


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Kincsem may have been able to touch Secretariat, now that I think of her. 😉 I’d much rather have seen their offspring than a match race, though. Thanks again! Christine T. Detroit


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i saw SECRETARIAT at CLAIBORNE farm on several occasions. he was s o beautiful. i remember having my photo taken alongside of him. i wish i had that time back. i still can;t believe i stood beside the GREAT SECRETARIAT. but i did it several times. i never did see him run, but remember him from tv, as i sa his triple crown on tv. and when he race at ARLINGTON PARK, i just arrived at the airport and just missed his win there. i sure wish i had gone to see him, instead of the chicago cubs baseball. they;re stillaround and BIG RED is not. but i’s so happy i did get to se him in person and also have been to his grave several times. he was a horse for the ages. one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time. he deserves this website and i know all of his fans love it. ok BIG RED , running in the meadows with all those other greats, have fun.love you and thanks for the memories. janeth r. cullen


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even though I never lived to see Secretariat race, his story and his legacy has inspired me to become a racehorse jockey. Secretariat is my idol and I love him now and forever. I know this seems stupid, but to me, he is a super horse. His Belmont Stakes win was just amazing, and before you knew it, I had been reading over and over books written about him. I have now read over 500 Secretariat books, and I will forever cherish him and keep him in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to read and learn about him, and my only regret is not to have met him in life. I got my picture taken by his gravestone, and it was a happy yet sad moment for me. I was happy to be there and be standing where he was, yet I was sad as reality hit me and it was his GRAVE, he was dead, although I had known that. I now have more inspiration to continue my dream of racing, and i have every intention to follow it. Thank you.


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When Secretariat made his stretch run in the Belmont, he ran himself into legend. Truly a champion of the ages.


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I just love that big red horse of yours! I wish there was more of them around.– Sandra Schumann


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When I was a child, my parents took me to Saratoga during the Racing Season. I saw Secretariat Race a few times and I even had his poster on my wall. I thought about him often growing up. About a year ago on an airplane and ESPN segment showed his life story. I brought back so many great childhood memories, I actually sat in my seat and cried. Needless to say I thought I was the only one who really remembered him, until I stumbled on this Site. Thanks for not letting this GREAT HORSE not be forgotten!!!


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secretariat was one of my favorite racehorses and stil is.i love to watch any thing about him on tv and collect anything with him on it.could you tell me how to get the secretariat stamp please.


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I have loved horses all my life and almost always watch the Triple Crown races. I saw Secretariat win the Crown on TV in my teenage years. He was awesome! No other racehorse has ever captured my imagination since him, not Seattle Slew, not Cigar, or anyone else. Secretariat RULES!


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There is nothing greater than the red, white and blue of the meadow stable, SECRETARIAT.

Joseph Zowd jzowd@webtv.net


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I was 15 years old when I saw Secretariat race. I didn’t care too much about what was going on in the world. I just wanted to watch that horse race. I was in awe of those who had such close contact with an animal like that. He was perfect, beautiful, intelligent. Beauty in motion. Not just because I loved horses. But because you could see it, even on television. I cried so hard when I found out he’d been euthanized. I knew it was for the best, but for some reason, I just thought he would live forever. It was as if I’d lost a family member. Some people thought I was crazy for crying so hard for a race horse. I just told them, he wasn’t just a race horse, he was SECRETARIAT. THE ONE AND ONLY. But he will always live on, in legend, and I got to watch that legend in real life. Even if it was only on the television screen. I got to see him.


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Secretariat set a standard which will most likely never again be equalled. I was not yet born in 1973, so I did not get a chance to see how great he was in person. I am a frequenter of the tracks here in New York, always hoping to catch a glimpse of a 2 year old who may develop into something special. However, I know that Secretariat was the greatest there ever was and the greatest there ever will be.

David Belair New York, New York


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From: stodolal@mail.nih.gov

My Tribute to Secretariat

It was 1973. The whole Watergate mess was in full bloom and the country needed a hero. Out of the sunset rode this incredibly beautiful chestnur horse that would completely captivate and astound us with his speed, stamina, grace and beauty.

I had lived in the Washington, D.C. area about two years. I was 21 years old. My boyfriend at the time said “Let’s get a gang together and go to the Preakness”. I had always liked horses and alway watched the “Triple Crown” races on television. I had read all the stories about Secretariat and wanted to see him “live”. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

So, we went to the Preakness. We were in the infield, so we didn’t have a very good view. We just had a couple of glimpses as the horses came right in front of us. But one thing was apparent immediately–I was absolutely, completely, head over heels in love with this horse. Seeing him in the flesh was truly magnificent. The first thing you noticed was his fiery red color, the second the fact that he was HUGE. In fact, it you look at the races and compare him to other horses, you will see he stands 3-4 inches taller than the rest of the field.

Of course, he won the Preakness (even though the timer cheated him from fastest ever). I watched the Belmont on TV. As I saw him going down the stretch, I remember jumping up and down with tears streaming down my cheeks. I knew we had all witnessed something truly wonderful and awe inspiring and would never see the like again.

I have since become a horse person (mostly hunters/jumpers and dressage. But he was truly my first and best loved horse for all time. The year he died, I was beginning to plan a trip to Kentucky to see him. I was very devastated to hear that he had died.

I don’t think we will ever see another horse like him. I loved him and I still miss him!!!

Kay Stodola


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It’s really wonderful that you put together a beautiful site just about Secretariat! I have been a fan of his for many years and own the book by Raymond Woolf, plus two collector plates. I also possess several photos and articles about Secretariat that appeared in various publications over the years. Even though I never knew about Secretariat’s existence as a racehorse (I was 10-11 years old and did not follow horse racing at the time), I did become aware of him just after his retirment, about 1974-5. Also, I was never fortunate enough to vist Secretariat during his years of retirement at Claiborne Farm. However, I will always remember him and admire him. I pay tribute to the great and immortal Secretariat, not only as a thoroughbred racing legend, not only as one the great heroes of sports in general, but as one of the world’s greatest celebrities, equine or human!


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Secretariat meant so much to me and several people I worked with, that in 1973 we hung his poster in our office. We kept it there for years before we were forced to take it down. His spirit is still an inspiration to this day. Every golf game, before leaving the house, I watch my tape of Secretariat’s Triple Crown races. I remind myself, hacker that I am, of what a great champion he was. I always hope that by watching his performances, some of that greatest will have an influence my game that day. Love you Secretariat! Linnie V


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I have been a “horse person” since the day I hit the ground, and have always loved Thoroughbreds. I have always been a huge fan of Secretariat, and followed his incredible, if short racing career, and wonderful retirement. I have always loved to read about the racing “greats” but he was, in my opinion, the super horse of all time. I have had the good fortune to have owned 3 off the track TB’s that I bought as a 7, 8 and 3 year olds respectively. I have competed my TB’s over the years in several disciplines (hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage) and love their classic elegance, beauty, but most of all their heart. They may be a little more difficult initially to capture their essence, but once they give you that heart, it is yours forever. Sadly, I recently lost my 9 year old 4th level dressage TB to a lipomic tumor colic (whom I had purchased off the track as a 3 year old). I went looking for comfort on the internet and just by chance, typed in www.secretariat.com. What a wonderful site! Thank you so much and I am looking forward to his “Legacy”. I also am donating to the Bronze Foundation Fund and look forward to seeing this magnificent sculpture at Kentucky Horse Park! Again, thank you.

dawn@windwardbuilders.com


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GUESS WHAT. I LEASE SECRETARIAT’S SON, DOC!!!!! HE IS SO MUCH LIKE HIS FATHER


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I love Secretariat!


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What a great website! Enjoyed all the comments from fellow Secretariat fans; some brought tears at the memories. I was 11 in 1973 when he won the Triple Crown…my mom’s from Louisville and it’s been a tradition for us to watch those 3 races every year. Though I never got to see him in person, he’s still my hero and I was heartbroken when he died. Another great horse with a big heart and will to win…Seabiscuit…wonderful book and movie coming out soon! They’ll live forever in our hearts. Lisa


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I’m crazy about Secretariat! I was a teenager in the 70’s and was privileged to cheer him on to victory many times. His beauty, heart and personality were one of a kind. I actually had a Secretariat scrapbook with clippings from the major magazines that ran stories on him. It was destroyed after one of my many moves and I have been sick about it ever since. Just looking at the pics and articles on line help me to relive the excitement and energy of the days when he was racing. What a horse!! Denise Towe – towe1@attbi.com


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i love big red he is so cute why did he die?


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i have a horse who looks just like him, and he is a thoroughbred too!!!!!!!!!!


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I was only 2½ old i 1973, but already a regular racegoer in Denmark. My mom and dad brought me to the racetrack first time when I was 2 weeks old. So I didn’t hear about Secretariat until I was six. Later I have read a lot about the old champions, and seen tons of those races on TV. Every year I go to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, so I have seen many champions in action. I’ve seen Peintre Celebre accelerate with a blistering turn of speed to beat the great Pilsudski. I’ve seen Helissio pulverise the field with a magnificent frontrunning effort. I’ve seen the unbeaten Lammtarra fight like the lion itself to deny Freedom Cry and Swain, and I’ve seen a titanic battle between the two greats Montjeu and El Condor Pasa….but still I have never seen anything that even comes close to what Secretariat did in the Belmont Stakes 1973!!! That was the king in his finest hour!!….A couple of years ago some experts decided they would make a top 100 of the greatest racehorses of the century. I was annoyed when I saw that they made Sea Bird no.1 and Secretariat no.2. Sea Bird was a superstar and won the Epsom Derby on the bridle and beat perhaps the strongest Arc-field ever by 6 lenghts, finishing 11 lenghts ahead of the thirdplaced horse. I’ve seen the races on TV and it is world-class (the top 100 was made by europeans)…but whatever they say I know that Secretariat is the greatest racehorse who ever lived, and there will never be anyone like him again. No horse will ever gallop with the same ease and power like he did…and I know that those european experts know that too. – Thomas (Denmark) singspiel@mail.tele.dk


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I really like the website- finally there is an official site to honour such a great horse! Keep up the great work guys!!!!


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Secretariat was my first sports hero! I would love to see some videos available, either for sale or to view on the site. Or descriptions of his races and how he ran them. Thanks.

Janmarra@hotmail.com


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I am doing an informative speech on the great secretariat, and would like to know whwere i can get a copy of the stretch run of his record-breaking Belmont Stakes. My e-mail address is Lisat107@hotmail.com


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MY NAME IS THERESA BARTLETT. I AM 22. SO I WASN’T AROUND WHEN SECRETARIAT RACED. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED AND ENJOYED ALL KINDS OF HORSES. AND I HAD THE HONOUR OF MEETING WHAT I CALL THE GREATEST HORSE OF ALL TIMES. I FIRST LAID EYES ON SECRETARIAT WHEN I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD. FOUR MONTHS AFTER SEEING HIM. HE WAS PUT TO REST ONCLAIBORNE FARMS. I HAVE BEEN BACK THERE A FEW TIMES OVER THE YEARS. BUT NOTHING CAN REALLY DECRIBE THE FEELING OF LOOKING UP INTO THAT BRILLANT FACE AND FRIENDLY EYES OF A TRUE WINNER.


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On this day, October 4th, 1989 in Paris,Kentucky, I lost my best friend. His life was empathecically ended, by those who loved him. The wonderful people at Claiborne farms waited as long as possible before putting him down. They could no longer bear the great champion with his legs stretched out,bellowing in pain. At 11:45AM, 19-year old SECRETARIAT was euthanized to prevent further suffering from his incurable disease, Laminitis. Love to you always, BIG RED….you are missed very much… Jim Gaffney, Exercise rider…. Bigredjg@AOL.com


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Everytime I look back and show my friends the biography tape of Secretariat’s K.Derby, Preak and Belmont races, they just cant believe there was a horse like him. He was beautiful and noble. I still dont think we will ever see another one like him. He was a angel from heaven. (with hooves)


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Hi;

I have the CBS radio broadcast of all 3 triple crown races Secretriat ran. I can’t explain it, but even after almot 30 years, we still listen to them from time to time and get a thrill.

Maybe I can explain it. I truly feel we will be hard pressed to see another horse with that ability unless they clone him someday.

Imangine, in the Belmont, he was in speed duel with a great racehorse (SHAM) that went the first 6 furlongs in 1:09:4. Then, in the stretch, he drew away from the other horses in a hand ride. Don’t forget, they were wipping and driving for 2nd place and he wae drawing away!! To Anyone who knows anything thing about horseracing and pace of races, this is absoutely mind boggling.

He could run in the slop, on grass, come from behind, go to the front – THEY JUST DONT MAKE HORSES LIK THAT lol

RBarr8627@aol.com


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I had to do a project for science class on genetics I chose the pedigree of Secretariat. I was amazed at the stories behind the world’s greatest racehorse. I wish Iwas alive duringhis time – Mollie B. (13)


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I LOVE SECRETARIAT!!! He’s the greatest racehorse that ever looked through a bridle!! His legacy will continue for eternity!


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Reta and Henry Regelink “Big Curve Acres Farm” Ontario Canada phone: 705-487-2000 E-Mail bigcurve@csolve.net Web Site: www.bigcurveacres.com We own “State Affair” the son of “Secretariat” that resembles his famous father so much that he stood at the Kentucky Horse Park on display to be a living representative of his father. If the park was doing something special for the 30th anniversary, “State Affair” could make a return appearance.


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RECIEVED MY BOBBLEHEAD TODAY AND IT ARRIVED IN GREAT CONDITION. CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE NEXT IN THE SERIES. IT TRULY IS UNIQUE. GEORGE DANKO abdanko2000@hotmail.com


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Great site. I will get back to tell you my special days with Big Red. First was November 5th, 1985….fed him peppermints. Not another like him.

Dr. T. C. Yatcak (Langley, British Columbia)


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Secretariat is a awesome horse. He is a strong horse when running all his races!


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On October 28, 1973, I joined more than 25,000 fans in the stands at Woodbine to watch the final race of the greatest racehorse of all time.

The organizers of the day must have forgotten that Daylight Savings Time was to end the night before. The race was scheduled for late afternoon and the sun was set by post time.

It got darker and darker. The track as not equipped with lights and the race surface itself was lit by reflections from the grandstand.

Once the race started no one could hear the announcer. No one needed to. Big Red took command almost from the start. He stretched his lead in front of an adoring crowd. The cheers were deafening, forming a wall of sound that greated Secretariat as he left the final turn and headed for home.

I stood on my seat on the second level of the stands, and joined the crowd in carrying him home. Almost hidden from view, it was so dark, he came toward us. Each step of the 900 foot stretch was greeted with joy by the throng that was there to see him, and him alone.

The greatest racehorse of all time, ended his career in the dark in Toronto. Officially, he won by 6 1/2. He could have won by 50. In our hearts he did.

It happened thirty years ago. A lifetime has gone by. I still get chills thinking of that race.

Eric Platt platt@epp.ca


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Sotheby’s has Secretariat’s bridle up for auction right now! They say it’s the one he wore for all three legs of the triple crown in 1973!


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Matthew A . Shifman 59 Library Place Metuchen, NJ 08840

mashifty@aol.com


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It is so wonderful to find this site dedicated to one of the greatest race horses of all time. Watching footage of Secretariat winning the Belmont by 31 still brings me to tears. Petting this great champion at Claiborne was the greatest moment of my life. That’s why I’ll be rooting for Sky Mesa on Saturday. It would be so satisfying to see one of his great-grandbabies win the Triple Crown!


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Wow! I had no idea such a great place existed. I have to put this site in favorite places to check the entire site. Big Red SHOULD have a great web site and fan club. Thanks! John D. Brooklyn NY and Saratoga in August.


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I love this site! Thanks a lot for this site, Big Red deserves it.

Brianna secretariat12@mchsi.com


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I touched Secretariat in 1986. I think that says it all.


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This summer I have had the thrill and joy of renewing my fondness or love of Thoroughbred horse racing. When Secretariat was running in 1973 I was only 9 years old, but I’ll always remember that unbelievable 31 length victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Scott from Woodstock, IL (about 34 miles from Arlington Park)


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I became an even more appreciative horse fan when I saw Secretariat run for the first time. In my life I have never seen a more prettier, faster horse. Secretariat brings back a lot of memories for me, as my brother is a big Sec fan and my husband, who I met after Sec ran an even bigger fan. So there is a common bond in my family. For my husband’s birthday my kids and I sat around the living room doing what my husband appreciated the most – watching a Secretariat documentary. Again, Secretariat thank you for being one of the greatest race horses of our time. We loved you then and we still do. Dbarr79@aol.com


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I’m only fourteen so I did not get the pleasure of seeing Secretariat, I have always dreamed of it. The closes I have ever gotten to him is through my own horse who is a great great grand daughter of him. One of my dreams is too watch him run I’ve seen pictures and read books but I have never seen him run, I cant wait for that day. He is my horse idol!!!!!!!!


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He’s the greatest thing I have ever seen! It always amazes me that just watching film of him, reading about him, or even just thinking about how great he was, always makes my eyes water! It’s because he’s gone! It’s because he was and is a force not of this world!

A lot of people say they knew where they were and what they were doing when Kennedy was shot! Well I know and remember exactly where i was and what i was doing when they announced on the radio he was put down! I couldn’t imagine having to do that to him.

I have teenage children now and more than 10 years ago I preached Secretariat to them and had them watch the film I have of him. I wanted to make sure they knew who he was and what he was all about! And they do!

Thank you Big Red!

John Thomas

Johnrtcpa@aol.com


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This one name can bring chills to anyone who knows him “Big Red”


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I was fortunate enough to find a VCR tape of Secretariat’s Triple Crown races on eBay. It was pretty inexpensive (maybe about $20 – can’t remember). The tape also has the Triple Crown races of Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, Unbridled, and Ferdinand. I also got a cassette tape of the calls of EVERY one of Secretariat’s races. These are my most prized possessions! So check out eBay! jsites@houston.rr.com


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Being alarmed by the comment below, I have searched Sotheby’s auction site, both on-line and regular, with no results for Secretariat’s bridle. If it is indeed up for auction I would be very surprised because that’s one thing I would expect Mrs. Penny to keep for herself. Whomever posted that info., please update/say where you found it. Thanks.


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I saw it on EBAY for Sotheby’s. It had a price of $12,000 on it. I never saw any one bid on it, but I didn’t watch it very closely. I had read an interview with Mrs. Chenery saying she was going to put some of her items up for sale to pay for the statue – when asked how she could part with them, her reply was that she had her memories……


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I never met Secretariat. I wish I had.

I love horses so much. In fact, I had a childhood dream of becoming a racehorse jockey and winning the Triple Crown. I sat myself down in front of the TV and watched races as long as I could and I used to get so excited when I saw Secretariat. He won my heart over and I begged to see him, to ride him.

It’s great to see their is a website out their to honor him. He was truly amazing, and I’m glad to see others thought so too.


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Secretariat was a beautiful racehorse. The best racehorse in the world. No one will ever forget her. Not EVER. If I could say something to Secretariat’s owner it would be,” You had the best racehorse in the world, he was also the most beautiful horse I’ve ever seen. No one will ever forget him. Neither will I. I hope you create another horse like Secretariat. But Secretariat will never be replaced.” If you have questions or comments about Secretariat e-mail me them at alibas@aol.com. I will either answer your questions or put your comment in a story about Secretariat I am making.


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The Blue Checkered Silks and The Big Red Horse will never be forgotten, no horse can ever replace him. For Secretariat was the best racehorse in the world who gave it her all in races. And loved everyone. No one will ever forget the Blue Checkered Silks and The Big Red Horse.


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Great site. I loved it and will check in often. I am a teacher and a minister and was in college during the triple crown days. I will always cherish the moments we were blessed with with the saga of a great horse and the people behind him. Richard Grimes Albia, Iowa 6419325417


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I am so very happy to have found this website! Secretariat was a magnificent horse & he deserves to be honored & remembered!


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I just want to say that “Big Red” was the most wonderful horse whether racing or being a father in the whole world. He was something to be very proud of! we owe the pleasure of thrill at the racetrack to him. I hope he is having fun in that big racetrack in the sky !!!! secretariat fan forever, jodi alison claxton jodi_30471@yahoo.com


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I am 12 years old. I one day one to work with race horses. Whether that is being a trainer, breeder, owner, or maybe even a little job like a groom. I am trying to learn everything about horse racing. That is how I can across this site. My email is orpington77@hotmail.com and my name is Berlyn.


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Besides everything else, consistency is what makes a truly great horse. Big Red, a horse I may or may not see another one like him for the rest of my life, but I’ll be always wondering why he lost the consistancy after the Triple Crown. He should’ve been able to win 16 straight like Citation or Cigar who are two legends of their own.


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In reference to the post directly above-Secretariat never lost “consistency” as far as his racing career went. He lost two races post Triple Crown-one when he was just coming through a fever/illness, and the other off a workout that wasn’t the “blowout” work he needed to really sharpen. Add in Allen Jerkins….it happens. Secretariat beat older horses, ran better on turf than he did on dirt (as if that was possible!) and capped his career with a steamrolling performance in the gloaming at Woodbine. Citation and Cigar deserve their spot-they stepped up to the plate and delivered. But they never delivered the quality of performance that Big Red did-and both would have wilted into his dust on any given day.


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Secretariat isn’t in the same league as Slew or Citation! Big deal he ran a 2:24 flat against 4 other horses on a clayed down Belmont surface. Slew would have beaten him 90 times outta 100!

He was a nice horse but by no means the greatest.


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I always find if interesting how some people cannot help but to stir up problems. If a person does not share an interest in secretariat then why do they go to a website called Secretariat.com, THEN bother to go to the area called the Fan Club, THEN go to the Guestbook and leave their negative message? It sure seems to be a lot of trouble just to leave a negative message. I am sure their is a Seattle Slew site that you can enjoy so find it and enjoy it just like we enjoy the Secretariat site and chat with others that share your views. Two champions from two different times, enjoy both. By the way they both ran on the SAME belmont track. G. Danko


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My darling husband found this web site for me–what a pot o’ gold!!! I am delighted that there are so many people out there I can share memories and relive the summer of ’73 with! Secretariat has always been my hero and one of my most prized possessions is the beautiful color photo the Meadows Stables sent me when I wrote to him! Thank you all again for the warm memories and I plan on visiting often!!


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“Comments I always find if interesting how some people cannot help but to stir up problems. If a person does not share an interest in secretariat then why do they go to a website called Secretariat.com, THEN bother to go to the area called the Fan Club, THEN go to the Guestbook and leave their negative message? It sure seems to be a lot of trouble just to leave a negative message. I am sure their is a Seattle Slew site that you can enjoy so find it and enjoy it just like we enjoy the Secretariat site and chat with others that share your views. Two champions from two different times, enjoy both. By the way they both ran on the SAME belmont track. G. Danko ”

Sorry to break it to ya Danko but Slew ran on a very muddy Belmont surface and Sec ran on a dry surface. Doesn’t matter they both were great. If they ever raced the only thing Secretariat would have see was Slews big black ass!


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I don’t believe that we will ever see another horse like Secretariat. I just wish that I could have seen him run.


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In reference to the controversy brewing about Secretariat and Slew: Everyone is entitled to their opinion and greatness can be measured in many ways. Since there is no Seattle Slew website, I guess Secretariat.com is the only outlet for discussion of this type.

But come on… calling Secretariat a “nice” horse – Isn’t that sort of like calling Moby Dick a minnow!


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So there is an argument on who was the greatest. Does it seem that people have nothing better to do than raise a squabble? I mean come on — why not just be grateful we even had horses like Slew, Citation, Man O War and Secretariat! How about looking at the bigger picture and thanking GOD that He brought us light in dark times.. or maybe that they just made us believe WE could do great things, by watching these magnificent creatures!

Sometimes, perhaps – some people find fault with greatness because their fear holds them in their own little groove… so they justify why THEY are not out there doing great things!


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The only sport I have ever cared about is horse racing. I am yet another “horse crazy girl” since I could walk. I started riding on an old draft horse that was the last one left one the farm and have been riding ever since. I have many tapes about Secretariat and I still get tears in my eyes everytime I watch them. He was absolutely the most fabulous horse God ever put on this earth. I really wish that no other horse would have ever won the Triple Crown after him, I have not seen any that were fit to step in his hoofprints, even though I have a granddaughter of Seattle Slew. I think I have nearly every item that has come out with his likeness. I would have given anything to have been able to see him in the flesh. I was devastated for days when he died. I will be 50 in 2003 and hell or high water I am going to the Kentucky Derby for the 30th Anniversary. To all who loved that marvelous big red horse, lets keep him alive in our hearts forever. Deanne M Gould dgould@metalforminginc.com


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My first glimpse of “Big Red” was on November 18th 1972 at Garden State Park in N.J. He was in the Garden State Stakes as part of an entry with Angle Light. Right then and there as he crossed the wire with such ease, I was certain that this horse would be one of the greatest ever, even though I’d been lucky enough to see some of the greats there like Dr. Fager, In Reality, Spring Double and so many others. In May of the following year I talked a buddy into driving to Kentucky to see Secretariat run for the roses. I even thought Sham had a chance to win after the Wood Memorial loss I bet my last $50. bucks on “Red” and had to cash the ticket to have enough money to get home. I could’nt believe the way he ran that day. When he made that historical move to the front on the Pimlico backstretch in the Preakness 2 weeks later, it was breathtaking to say the least. The Belmont Stakes was absolutely the greatest Belmont in history that will never be duplicated. It was so terribly unfortunate for us fans that “Red” never ran at 4 and 5 yrs. old. Geez, how much greater could he possibly be? Some of us know!

Many are right here, reading these comments.

pjy55@hotmail.com


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When I was 10, I sat in front of the TV – stunned as I saw Secretariat win the Triple Crown at Belmont in ’73. I have been horse crazy ever since. After years of riding camp, lessons and renting horses, I finally bought my own horse when I turned 34. She’s sorrel with a star/strip/snip of course! And a little Bold Ruler in her bloodlines. She has been my source of joy through a lot of difficult times. Big Red sparked a passion in me that I will always be grateful for….and he’ll always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for the website dedicated to him…. -kristude@msn.com


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As far as the rift about Big Red and Slew and the “fans” that are using this site to slam our hero, maybe Secretariat’s fans, like our horse, have a lot more class than Slew’s. Slew had a very nice backside & I am sure Big Red would have seen it as he blew by him. Deanne M Gould dgould@metalforminginc.com


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As far as the rift about Big Red and Slew and the “fans” that are using this site to slam our hero, maybe Secretariat’s fans, like our horse, have a lot more class than Slew’s. Slew had a very nice backside & I am sure Big Red would have seen it as he blew by him. Deanne M Gould dgould@metalforminginc.com


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I was 14 years old when Secretariat won the triple crown. Ever since then a dream for me has been to own a racehorse of my own. It took me 29 years, but I did it. I have a lovely gelding that races mostly in Maryland. Every time he goes to post, in my mind I thank Secretariat for showing me the world of thoroughbred racing. I hope I am associated with it for many years to come. Patricia Foard, Goforwand33@aol.com


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I love secretariat and anything that has to do with him. I wish i could have seen his triple crown wins.


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I just got my email notification for the new Secretariat bobblehead on the 29th and they are already on ebay for $199. I paid that exorbitant price for the first edition but I didn’t know this site was available at that time, but it was listed on the box when I got that bobblehead. I am buying 2 new ones and am going to auction 1 off and send whatever I get for it to the Bronze Fund. dgould@metalforminginc.com


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wow this is the greatest dedication site ive been to for Big Red. great site and keep up the great work!


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Secretariat is the best horse in the hole world. I ride him in 1986 he was awsome. He canters and trots and gallops very very beutifuly. HE is so sweet. And gentel. He has such a nice glid. All the horses I have, have very very nice glid and canters and gallops and trot, but Secretariat has the best out of all the 2000 horses that I have.


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I was in High School when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. Till this day I get chills when I see a picture of him. I am so glad I found this website. Jo-Ann (chazskeeter@netscape.net)


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I have been horsecrazy from age five. My parents thought I was copying my big sister; at sixteen, I still wanted a horse ( a pony when I was smaller) and they realized this was’t a phase. Most sixteen yearolds in my neighborhood got a car for their birthday. I got the horse I had begged for since I was five. I had that old sometimes sweet palomino QH mare ’til she died of old age at thirty in February ’96. I wish I had visited Secretariat in ’83 during the Pony Club Festival, but like most of us who admired and loved him, I thought I had pleny of time. I was stunned, and confused when I received the Equus issue with Secretarait on the cover reporting his death. I always look for him in the bloodlines of racehorses I bet on. I believe he got most of his big heart from his dam, but what do I know. Thanks for having a site where I can see and learn more about one of the top 100 athletes of the century. I wore my Secretariat tee to a doctor appointment last year. Another doctor recognized him and asked “Isn’t he dead?” I told him yes around ’89 but he is still in the top 20 of broodmare sires. Long may his prodgeny reign.

judy_helgeson@hotmail.com


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I was 14 when I watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown and I remember it like it was yesterday. Funny, reading this website is making my eyes water, I can’t help myself! I never met Secretariat but I have 5 horses of my own now. Perhaps one day I will see the bronze… Jane Coln, Olive Branch MS


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I am doing a report on Secretariat’s racing career. Do you have and times, wins, losses, racing schedules etc. you could email me? My email is GuinVB@aol.com


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I am Chilean secretariat lover, I’ve discovered this horse not a logn time ago and his general performances on the track made me love him. I hope that someday I can visit his grave. Greetings from Chile to everybody!

jisa39@tutopia.com


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i love secretariat i think he is the best race horse ever. i always have.


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Watched Secretariat coming down down the Stretch and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A SuperHorse if there ever was one. JHeiney425@aol.com


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I’ve never touched nor seen Secretariat in real life, but that’s because I’m a 13 year old girl living in Chevy Chase Maryland. I think Secretariat was and still is the greatest horse by no means. My dad was was 12 when secretariat stepped onto the track of the Kentucky Derby. But he wasn’t into horse racing very sadly to me and didn’t watch it. He of course heard of Secretariat but did not watch anything on him. That sort of broke my any hope of my dad explaining what he saw when Secretariat was alive. The only thing I have to hold onto of Secretariat is my thoughts and the knowledge I know about him. It makes me depressed that I was not able to watch the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont live when Secretariat dominated the feilds.

I say to all of you that watched Secretariat win the Crown in 1973 and his races, that you are one of the luckiest people in the world, you actually got to see Secretariat, you actually got to feel the excitment, the tremble of the greatest race horse in the world.

I would gladly do anything to watch the races Secretariat was in, I would whoop for joy…but that is not possible to watch the real live races on TV back then…because I’m only a 13 year old girl.

Kelley kemcl@mindspring.com


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I have all Secretariat’s races on video tape. Also, have books and records of his. Visited him twice at Clairborne before he passed away. Will always miss him, no other horse will ever take his place in my heart.

Anne Bradshaw, New Jersey


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I have all Secretariat’s races on video tape. Also, have books and records of his. Visited him twice at Clairborne before he passed away. Will always miss him, no other horse will ever take his place in my heart.

Anne Bradshaw, New Jersey


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Hi, I like your website about the legendary Secretariat. I was just a kid in the 70’s when Big Red was racing. I am fascinated with the story about his huge heart and the things they have learned about genetics because of this great racehorse. Can anyone tell me how many hands high he stood? Cheers,Mark


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Wow! He was a beautiful horse and he was the horse of the year and all of that good stuff. My dad says to me he was amazing and beautiful. I never met Secretariat wish i did. Just reading about him makes me cry. He is a strong horse when running all his races! Rhiannon Msbehavin1990@aol.com


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hi not taking anything away from your American champion but as i was reading through the comments out this horse and with everyone saying theres not a horse that could have every beaten him and that he was the best racehorse ever are you all forgetting PharLap ???? now come on people secretariat won 16 of 21 when pharlap won 37 of 51 starts including the most richest race in america (at that time) the MEX Agua Caliente Hcp as well as the richest australian races there are including1929 AJC Craven Plate AJC Derby RRC Rosehill Guineas VRC Victoria Derby AJC Chipping Norton Stakes AJC Craven Plate AJC Cumberland Stakes AJC Plate AJC Randwick Plate AJC Spring Stakes AJC St Leger Stakes MVRC W.S. Cox Plate RRC Hill Stakes SAJC Elder Stakes SAJC King’s Cup Tatt’s NSW Chelmsford Stakes VRC C.B. Fisher Plate VRC Governor’s Plate VRC King’s Plate VRC Linlithgow Stakes VRC Melbourne (10f) Stakes VRC Melbourne Cup VRC St Leger Stakes AJC Craven Plate AJC Randwick Plate AJC Spring Stakes MVRC W.S. Cox Plate RRC Hill Stakes VATC Futurity Stakes VATC Memsie Stakes VATC St George Stakes VRC Essendon Stakes VRC King’s Plate VRC Melbourne (10f) Stakes WmtnRC Underwood Stakes MEX Agua Caliente Hcp and another person stated that secretariat must have the biggest heart of them all when in fact to record pharlaps heart still holds from 1932 reading about secretariat is really strange to see how he was alot like pharlap you say people called him the big red well thats what people called pharlap as well as the wonder horse the mighty red champion and who could forget good old bobby boy i dont no if any of you even think about pharlap but i can assure you he was the one true champion of the racing world and there is not yet a horse better (thats my opinon ) but all the facts point to it being right its was just a shame pharlap dird at such a young age (5) if them stupid american pricks (no ofence) didnt kill him he would have one even more any way i just had to put my to bobs wearth in kerrie


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Hi there folks I am pleased to see such a wonderful site devoted to our big red boy! I am just thrilled to see such devotion for such a wonderful, wonderful horse. How does one join the fan club? Sincerely, M.J. Summers Gwynedd Valley, Ambler, Pa.


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umu olu i dey here oooooooooooooooooooooo tim west mugu@guy.com


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I began to follow thoroughbred racing only a short time ago and have fallen under the spell of Secretariat. I have read everything I can find on him and bought some of his memorabilia. I keep adding to my collection. I’m glad this site is here. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Alison Williams Mandeville, La.


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Big Red, you make my dream come through. I saw his picture first time on TIME magazine 1973.I was 12 yrs and made me decied to be vet. Now I am lecturer in equine medicine Khon Kaen University,Thailand. pavinsaihoo@yahoo.com


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I think secretariat was not only one of the greatest horses ever, but also one of the best crowd pleasers. He taught a lesson of even when it doesn’t look like it can be done, it can. We have one of his bloodlines, and she is about to foal, it would be great if we had one that took after him.


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dear secretariat, I think it is way cool that you are the fastest horse in the world . are you a boy secretariat or a girl? I wish my friend that died could have met you she loved horses sincerely, brianna dee e3z1s8 grand falls new brunswick ps.your jocky is cool bye.


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WE LOVE SECRETARIAT SO MUCH WE HAVE A ROOM OF OUR HOME DEVOTED TO HIM! WE HAVE PICTURES & PRINTS & I AM ABOUT TO ORDER A WOOD SIGN WHICH WILL READ “MEADOW STABLES CHESTNUT COLT.” I REMEMBER GOING TO THE MAILBOX & RECEIVING THE NEWSWEEK ON THE COVER. MY MOM & SAID “WOW!” OF COURSE, WE CHEERED HIM TO VICTORY IN ALL THE TRIPLE CROWN RACES. HE IS OUR FAVORITE ATHLETE OF ALL TIMES! MY ONLY REGRET IS NEVER ACTUALLY SEEING HIM IN PERSON, BUT I KNOW HE’S UP IN HEAVEN IN A BEAUTIFUL GREEN MEADOW & I’LL SEE HIM THERE SOMEDAY. OUR EMAIL IS veralyn@zoominternet.net


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My thoroughbred Special Mystery is related to Secretariat. I think it is cool because Secretariat is awesome.


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Secretariat was perfection in every aspect. His beautiful looks, kind & gentle nature & brilliant speed were both his & our gift from God. When I watch my tapes of him I get Goosebumps every time. I intend to visit his gravesite this year & of course I’ll be bringing roses, black-eyed susans & carnations. Big Red, you move me!


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Hi:

Great site. I only hope another horse can come along and be “almost” as good. Hasn’t happened yet, not even close, in my opinion. There isn’t a racehorse who ever ran, not Man o’ War, not Citation, no one who could have beaten him on that June day in 1973! They don’t even approach the record. It’s not even a matter of discussion during the Triple crown. They may break the Derby record one day – but I seriously doubt they will EVER break the Belmont record, not unless the scientists start fooling around with genetics, and then there will have to be an * LOl

Rbarr8627@aol.com


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I just recently found this web site. I think it’s great. Is there ever a secretariat reunion? Maybe we could all meet at The Kentucky Derby! Cheryl E-mail at Sdonald275@aol.com


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It was late on a Tuesday evening, the T.V.was on, and I was finishing cleaning the kitchen when sports century came on E.S.P.N. If your not familiar with it, during the intro you hear sound bites of famous sporting events of the last 50 years or so. All of the sudden I felt electricity shoot up my spine. All of the sudden all those memory’s came flooding back to me of the summer of 73.The move to the lead coming out of the final turn at Chruchhill Downs,the historic move in Baltimore on the first turn. And,ofcourse, the Belmont. I was crying that day to. Say what you want about the rest,but to me, The gap is to wide. In fact “SECRETARIAT IS WIDENING NOW. HE IS MOVING LIKE A TREMENDOUS MACHINE. I Love You, Kristy. Dad


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I just think it’s great that the greatest horse in history has his own site.


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Like Mrs. Shaw I too grew up loving Secretariat. I still have my horse Dusty who is now 35 yrs. old. I used to pretend we were on a race track (she being Secretariat and I – Ron). I used to beg my parents to take me to the track, (to this day I still have not been). However after Secretariat’s death I talked my husband into taking me to Claiborne. I cried at Secretariat’s grave. I’m crying now thinking of him. I mailed a sympathy card to Seth Hancock at Claiborne and they sent me a card and picture back. I carry it in my purse with a picture of my only daughter and my horse. While visiting Claiborne I told Carl of my silly dream as a little girl wanting to run away to Claiborne, the only thing that kept me home was the horse I already had. Yes my daugher is a horse lover too, I brought her up right. She loves Secretariat, however, her favorite is Silver Charm. Thank you for letting me share my memories. Vera in Tennessee.


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Secretariat was the greatest Thoroughbred racehorse to set foot on the track. He will live on in our hearts and memories, and will never be forgotten. Secretariat deserves this site and all of the wonderful fans will always adore him.


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As a child, i was mesmerized by the magic that was Secretariat. He has inspired my love of horses and of racing. He is forever a moment captured in time. A legend by which all other horses will be measured forever!

Nancy NFL@aol.com


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Secretariat is my favorite horse. Not only was he the best racer in history, he also inspires me to continue. I thank you very much for putting up such and EXCELLENT site! Mal H Pony_pal_112@hotmail.com


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I am a dedicated horse enthusiast and horse owner. I can’t imagine my life without equine! This web site is dedicated to Secretariat, the legendary race horse. Secretariat was amazing, awesome, magnificent and a hero of his time and the 20th century. To those of you who come onto the site to knock Secretariat saying that Seattle Slew and PharLap are better all around race horses, I can’t say that I agree but we are all entitled to our own opinion. But this site is dedicated to Secretariat and his magnificence! Seattle Slew and PharLap are awesome and magnificent too, actually I think every horse in the world is magnificent with each one carry their own personality and beauty. Even the shabby looking unfamous ones are adorable and unique. Secretariat brought incredible happiness and memories to so many people, as we can tell in this guest book. And Seattle and Pharlap are beautiful and amazing too! May Secretariat’s memory and legacy live on forever. We miss you Big Red.


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My name is Hannah, I have always loved Secretariat. Secretariat died the same day i was born. My mom and Dad where alive when Secretariat was and my mom said that she can remember watching Secretariat on the TV and couln’t belivev what she saw. I love Secretariat. I think he was and still is the greatest horses ever. email-hannah_watkin87@yahoo.com


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This site is great. It is really nice to know this information about Big Red, he indeed is a great horse. Nicole Schlosser cras31@yahoo.com


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I’ve always loved horses and the Kentucky Derby. When I was a little girl I would always enter the chewing tobacco contest to name the horse and make it mine. I’ve been to the Derby twice now and can only wish that I could have seen Big Red race in person. I have been to Claiborne Farm to see the gravesite but that’s the closest I’ll ever be to Secretariat. He’ll always be my favorite!


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I think secretariat is a amazing horse! To bad he died the year before I was born. That just makes me even sader. Even though i am now turning 13.. I am doing a presentation of Secretariat. i have tons of stuff to! RL original pictures, like 4 – 5 breyers, a colored, 100 page book on him, a video on him, and i even got a necklace. Big Red is a horse to remember.. i grew up with a passion of him.. as a learned about him from my mother. Now he is my most fav. horse in the world! So what, their has been so many other horses who have won mor eraces then him, and more money.. no one has the impact on what Bg Red gave to the world!…Sincerly Erin AmazinJEM@aol.com


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I love Secretariat!!! Him and Seattle Slew are my favorite racehorses!!!! I wish they were still alive so I could see them.


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How does one go about becoming a member of the fan club. It was Secretariat that got me excited about racing and it continues to this day. Please contact me at RSeiler_1999@yahoo.com about membership.

Robert Seiler


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Sue Boonstra sueboonstra@hotmail.com

I had the pleasure to see Secretariat run at Arlington. I was in 8th grade and when I seen him he took my breath away! My brother is a trainer so I was able to be back by the barns, and I watched him get a bath and get walked out. Memory I will never forget. Of course I wasn’t smart enough to have a camera on me! But I do have his win picture from that day.


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I love Secretariat so much but i never got to see him race but i see the tapes of him running he was beautiful, i was so sad when i fouind out he had died,i cryed for weeks! When i grow up i am going to breed and race horses and maybe there will be a relative of Secretariat that will be just like him but you know there will never be a horse just like him because he is one of a kind! I have been riding of 7 years and i will never stop i love going fast on horses i feel like i am a part of them but one thing that i dont like about if the wiping, when i ride i will not use wipes. Secretariat will always be the bst in my heart!


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Although I have never seen Big Red in person, he is my idol, hero, and all of the above. I was 4, watching the news with my grandmother and mother. A tribute to Secretariats life came on the screen, and I sat mesmerized. At the end, I jumped up and i knew that was what I wanted to be.

Now, 11, years later, I still dedicate my love of horses and the sport of kings to that wonderful hunk of horseflesh that inspired the world.

Last summer I traveled to Claiborne to see his grave for the most part. I remember walking into the cemetary with the tour group, and going right to his grave. My mother took my picture, and said that I looked happy, but something about my eyes wasnt quite right. That was one of the best, and worst, moments in my life. I knew that he was gone, and seeing his grave really finalized it for me. I became extremely sad, but when I was there, I also became more determined to become a jockey.

Since I first saw Big Red on TV, all of my friends and family, and aquaintances, know my dream. I’ve gone through many pessimistic people and doubters. I dont care what they think, because whenever they dump on me that its not possible, that picture of me as a 4 year old goes through my mind, and I see Big Red going down the stretch, winning the Belmost Stakes by 31 lengths. I dont care what they think, I know what I want to do, and they cant dampen my spirit.

So thank you, Secretariat, for inspiring me. It was you who got me involved in racing, although i’d loved horses since birth.

And thank you, Secretariat.com, for finally realized the wonderful legacy of this amazing, inspirational horse who has forever changed the sport of horse racing.

Suzanne, Krunchers29@aol.com


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