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Rick Rick wrote on May 7, 2022 at 4:37 pm:
Remembering the great Riva Ridge on the 50th anniversary of him winning the 1972 running of the Kentucky Derby. He showed his greatness by going on to win the Derby in a wire to wire performance!
Congratulations Champ! The faithful will never forget.
Rick Rick wrote on April 29, 2022 at 9:24 pm:
The great Barbaro would have turned 19 years old today. Born in 2003, he won the 2006 Kentucky Derby in dramatic fashion. He rocked the horse racing world with that win only to have his unlimited potential cut short just 2 weeks later with the injury at the Preakness. He will always be remembered though because once you are a Derby Champion you are forever a Derby Champion!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 28, 2022 at 11:13 am:
9 + ? = 10
Post-scriptum : You are not allowed to use the number 1 . You can use a Secretariat performance that repeats itself year after year .

...... 49/49 for this year , 50/50 for the next year , ect !!
Rick Rick wrote on April 22, 2022 at 4:22 pm:
We lost the great Riva Ridge 37 years ago today, in 1985. Born on April 13, 1969, Riva had just turned 16 only 8 days earlier. One of my very favorite horses...he was fun to watch run! Just how good was he you may wonder? In my opinion, if the track for the Preakness had not been so sloppy that year, Riva Ridge would have been a Triple Crown winner in 1972! He won both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes convincingly, he was that good!
Bill O'Connor Bill O'Connor wrote on April 17, 2022 at 10:31 am:
Twenty four years ago today beloved Eddie Sweat left this world. If you believe or trust in eternity, Eddie is there once again with his immortal best friend, Red. If you ever in your life had the opportunity to carry a pitchfork into a stall, put down new straw, drove a truck to the feed store to buy bales of first cut alfalfa, put out flakes of hay, mixed up molasses and oats, repaired a halter, cleaned pebbles out of hooves, rubbed, combed, washed, or quietly spoke to your dear friend, mended fences, and the countless other things attended to daily to make your friends world safe and happy, then maybe for just a moment you got to share a true bond with Eddie Sweat.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 12, 2022 at 11:17 am:
To Russell : Opinion poll ? If you want gas you dig where there is gas and if you want carrots you go to a garden and you will be sure to get carrots . So , where do we dig and how deep do we dig ? If you don`t want gas you dig where there is gas but you don`t go hollow ( Hypocrisy ) ,which was the case here . Man O`War was in a layer that was not hollow and Secretariat was deeper so we dug and stopped digging where it was convenient .
P.S : We are going to stop throwing a worn out ball back and forth that has failed to settle , namely the truth through time , facts and judgement .
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on April 7, 2022 at 10:01 am:
to alain, flat earth society... nice analogy. no, their minds are fixed and they like citing a couple of 20 yr old polls, but time is proving them wrong....
Caroline and Eleanor Mart Caroline and Eleanor Mart wrote on April 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm:
Fly high you heavenly angel! Your life on earth was what many could never do, Sham included. Sending hugs from our 10 oz heart to your 22 lbs lump of love. You were the best there ever was, and I thank you for coming to my birthday party the year you won the triple crown, it meant so much. Fly high, hope you're racing in the streets of gold, and winning!:)
Love your biggest fans,
-Caroline and Eleanor Mart
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 1, 2022 at 9:22 am:
To Russell : I am looking for a duel opponent and not a dance partner with whom we will emancipate ourselves with the Tango ! You see clearly but to bring clarity to clarity is equivalent to trying to convince the supporters of the Flat Earth who will resist......In front of so much evidence they resist again and again . When will they admit it ? When we will be 60 years old for the records ? 70 ? When ? WHEN ???
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm:
To Russell ; I acted like a coward by putting myself in a tower and being sure I wouldn`t get any patatoes......here , I got a tiny one . I only have judgement and you have numbers . I have nothing to say and I thank you for your analysis .It`s not a coincidence that we are 49 years old since this gunshot .
Rick Rick wrote on March 30, 2022 at 6:25 pm:
HAPPY 52ND champ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joe Vidrine Joe Vidrine wrote on March 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm:
Happy heavenly 42nd birthday Secretariat. It just seems like yesterday that as a 16 year old in 1973, you were my hero.
Tracy McKay Tracy McKay wrote on March 30, 2022 at 1:11 pm:
Taking time today to think of Secretariat and all the connections one's that have passed like the Great Horse and those still present. Secretariat was a Horse for the times and his Greatness continues to shine thru his memory and Legions of Fans even today. Happy Birthday Big Red.
Tim Dean # 1 Fan & Historian of Secretariat Tim Dean # 1 Fan & Historian of Secretariat wrote on March 30, 2022 at 3:14 am:
Well Secretariat fan's it has been a little while since I have Posted here on Secretariat.com, the # 1 website for the BEST in American Horseracing and The BEST website for complete coverage of The GREATEST Thoroughbred racehorse of ALL TIME - SECRETARIAT...I want to Wish SECRETARIAT A GREAT HAPPY BIRTHDAY...Secretariat was foaled on March 30th, 1970 in Doswell Virginia at 12:10 AM on a chilly cold morning...Secretariat was foaled (Born) in a foaling shed at The Meadow Stud Stables...Secretariat came at the time of the Watergate Tape scandal and the Vietnam War...Secretariat IS/WAS America's Hero and America's Super Horse of the 20th Century...Again, I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WELL BELOVED SECRETARIAT, THE GREATEST RACEHORSE OF ALL TIME...Also, I want to say hello to my dear friend's at Secretariat.com and to Kate & John Tweedy and to Ronnie Turcotte who was the jockey of Secretariat...
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on March 28, 2022 at 3:03 pm:
to alaine, ps... Sham broke 2 of the 3 as well, chasing Sec., a great accomplishment, but then he broke down in the Belmont. Even for him as great as he was, it was too much.
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on March 28, 2022 at 2:58 pm:
to Alain, years ago i calculated the odds of a horse not only winning the triple crown, but setting a track record in each of the races. To set one track record was rare, not many were set in the history of the derby, preakness, and belmont. But to do it in each was remote. If my calculations were correct, one stands a better chance of drawing a royal flush from a deck of shuffled cards than doing what secretariat did. That is why he has been the only one to do it. A few horses set records, but perhaps in only one of the races. To do what Sec did required not only good speed which alot of horses have, but the ability to sustain it over long distances. Endurance is what separates Sec from the rest of the greats. ManO could have done it too, but not the way Sec did and to conclude the series the way he did in the Belmont which was simply off the charts. Kelso maybe, his two mile Gold Cup runs where phenomenal, not even breaking a sweat holding the two fastest times at the distance, and the last record set at the age of 7. He had incredible endurance. The combination of endurance and durability is what separates the great from the great. Winning the triple requires both, but doing each in record time and topping it off with the Belmont performance is what separates Sec from the rest, all an indication of singular endurance and durability. Two of his records still stand today, the preakness holding the stakes record. I stand to be corrected but I believe he still holds the track record for 9 at Belmont, the one he set in the Marlboro. 9 is a common distance at Belmont.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 11, 2022 at 9:15 am:
I suppose and especially I hope that experts will attack my way of seeing because after all a majority voted for Man O`War so there must be plenty of them right ? If none of them respond then those who are for Secretariat and those who are neutral and waiting for the duel will be forced to take Secretariat's side and then the Secretariat myth will be strengthened by them not talking the challenge . As Louis Cyr who once lived in Lowell, Massachussetts: You perform or you fold.

I am like a child who has learned and knows that 3+3=6, and we will have to go against this reasoning .

I am only afraid of 2 people ; Linda Kennedy (Kelso ; the horse of gold) and the expert of the Washington Post who calculated the probable odds of Secretariat (151-154) because they see clearly. If they were to change their minds and speak out against Secretariat then I would be extremely embarrassed !!! ...there would be a poop in my panties........Lets all pray that these two don't change their minds...
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 9, 2022 at 9:44 am:
The arguments in favor of Secretariat are so numerous, so obvious , so powerful and so absolute that one should be able to sell a freezer to Eskimos with them .

Of course , I challenge any uninformed expert to argue here !! I personally commit myself to answer them .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on February 19, 2022 at 1:46 pm:
Chess Grandmaster José Raoul Capablanca; A Grandmaster sees about 7 moves in advance on average and when someone asked him how many moves he could see because he won so often then he answered: Only one... but the right one! So with the right shot you win and with the ultimate speed you get the same result. Secretariat and Kelso still have a great future ahead of them.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on February 18, 2022 at 12:07 pm:
To Russell : A lost race says nothing about a horse`s ability but a won race says everything .A horse can have a poor record ( 10-2-2....8 = 22 races ) but have 3 records in concrete which are maintained against winds and tides .These 3 records do not care about the 19 others !! The number of records doesn`t matter because it`s the quality that speaks for itself . Even if Man O`War made 20 records in 20 races he would be still below mister Secretariat as all his records are still there and have been for 49 years !! This is not the case for Man O`War . Fallen records are under those that are still standing , just as ordinary lost races are under those that are won . It is the same reasoning and the word ``record`` becomes only a convenient label to find its way , but this label is subject to the same reasoning as the ordinary races .
Secretariat and Kelso...handcuff me .
P.S : I don`t pretend to undo what you said .

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