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

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I hope ALL of the Secretariat fan's read this post...This post is fitting because, this is late July 4th 2020 and Im trying to type this post before 12:00 am...I want to say hello and I love and miss you to The GREATEST RACEHORSE OF ALL TIME (SECRETARIAT)....When Secretariat was racing the U.S.A. was in the beginning of the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War...I was almost 13 when I seen Secretariat race in the Preakness in Baltimore, MD...I seen the Preakness on TV...I was also depressed cause I had an alcoholic dad who was violent when he was drinking...God rest his soul...He quit drinking 2 yrs before he past...SECRETARIAT brought JOY TO MY LIFE at that time and I desided to become a #1 fan and historian on Secretariat when I became grown.. SECRETARIAT was a Red and White & Blue hero for the World to see in 1972 & 1973...He was my hero and something to believe in...I love You Big Red and and Ron Turcotte and John and Kate...Happy 4th of July to ALL of the Secretariat team of 2020 and to the Secretariat team in the past....
jessica marie brown jessica marie brown wrote on July 3, 2020 at 11:44 am:
love secretariat

I love watching the races
an under dog horse who beat all the others to
save the farm.
truly a heart warming story
especially being he's still undefeated
I grew up around horses and even rode a couple
I still love them till this day
i'm an absolute fan
Susan Byers Susan Byers wrote on June 27, 2020 at 6:59 pm:
Once in a lifetime talent.
Every time I watch one of your races it brings a smile to my face.
I wish you were here today because we need to smile like you made us smile then
Rick Rick wrote on June 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm:
Taking time today to remember the "trainer" Lucien Laurin on his day of passing in 2000, 20 years ago today!

RIP Lucien
Mark Czmyrid Mark Czmyrid wrote on June 5, 2020 at 6:06 pm:
Wishing everyone the very very very best it's hard to believe the Secretariat was 50 years old on March 30th this year that it's hard to believe that 2023 will mark 50 years of Secretariat's Triple Crown. Riva Ridge and Secretariat brought us so much joy back in 1972&1973. Ronnie Turcotte rode Riva Ridge & Secretariat to greatness. The entire Meadow Stable team Rocked it Awesome individuals. I love the great writing by Kate Tweedy & LeeAnne Ladin. I showed their book about Penny's First Champion Riva Ridge to a family last week and the young people loved the photographs. I am getting ready to order Ron Turcotte's book. Thanks again everyone wishing everyone the very very best . Have a blessed day.
Dr. Kyriakos Papathanassiou Dr. Kyriakos Papathanassiou wrote on June 5, 2020 at 3:41 am:
I live in Greece, but I was lucky enough to get a US education at NYU, that started just one month before Secretariat has left us. In Greece thoroughbred racing is only a dream and I am maybe one of the few Greeks with so much admiration and love for this remarkable horse. I have never saw him in person, never been in a horse-racing in the US, never been to Claiborne Farm, but his legacy is so enormous, his spirit, stamina, heart and unrepeatable achievements so inspiring that one does have to witness all these to appreciate his legacy.
RIP my friend and thank you God for creating such greatness. We will meet someday!
Greetings to all Secretariat fans.
Ra C Ra C wrote on June 4, 2020 at 5:31 pm:
Sad to hear about the death of Arrogate, a great horse that his HOF trainer Bob Baffert said would have posed a serious challenge to Secretariat. Baffert, who also trained Triple winners American Pharoah and Justify, has often referred to Secretariat as the pinnacle of greatness. Even if what Baffert said about Arrogate is true, think of the number of Thoroughbreds bred in North America alone since Secretariat, well over a million. Well over a million to get to Arrogate. Secretariat was truly a horse in a million, in fact in a million plus, in over 40 yrs of breeding.
Hello To ALL of the Secretariat fan's and to my friends at and to Ronnie Turcotte and John and Kate...I wanted to let the Secretariat fan's know , that there is a Virtual Video on YouTube Called "The Triple Crown Show Down" With ALL of the Past Triple Crown Winners racing each other...Larry Collmus is the race caller...I Must say , the Virtual race is very good...Also , to let you all know , My Secretariat WON THE RACE...If you're a SECRETARIAT fan as I am, Check this Virtual Video out on YouTube, you will enjoy it...
I was reading some of the post and I wanted to correct Cynthia Burgner on her post on May 4th...Secretariat's heart did NOT weigh 40 pounds, Secretariat's heart weighted 22 pounds...This info comes from Dr. Thomas Swerczek who performed the NECROPSY on Secretariat on October 4th 1989....If you or anyone has a question about Secretariat YOU can ask me and I will be glad to answer it for you...I've been a historian and advocate for Secretariat for a while now...Hello to my long time friends at and to Ronnie Turcotte and John and Kate Tweedy...
Rick Rick wrote on May 5, 2020 at 3:25 pm:
Secretariat won the Derby Day virtual Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. The event was broadcast on NBC that afternoon. The field was limited to only the 13 Triple Crown winners. By far the most talented field of thoroughbred horses ever assembled. Algorithms and historical handicapping information were used to determine the probability of potential finishing positions for the race. Even though Secretariat went way wide coming out of the 4th turn, his devastating speed down the stretch was too much for the rest of this star-studded field to handle. The 'Greatest Of All Time' came out on top. No surprise there. Congrats to the Champ once again!
Cynthia A Burgner Cynthia A Burgner wrote on May 4, 2020 at 2:27 pm:
On Derby Day 2020, NBC showed the virtual I-Kentucky Derby races, choosing former KY Derby winners, it was interesting. The announcers chose who they thought would win. Randy Moss and I chose Secretariat, of course we did. And of course that Sweetheart won, never a doubt. With that 40+ lb. heart, who else?
Judy Harder, Austin, Texas Judy Harder, Austin, Texas wrote on May 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm:
Great story about Straight Flush, Secretariat’s Brother living his life at Chenery approved farm for retired racehorses. I loved it and with him now 32 years old and healthy, I am so pleased to read he is living his life in pleasure at the farm. Just wish my favorite of all time, Secretariat was still alive himself to live here too.
Rick Rick wrote on April 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm:
Derby Champion Barbaro (2006) was born on this day in 2003. I will always wonder about what could have been for Barbaro if it wasn't for his injury in the Preakness that year. It could have been glorious!!

Happy Birthday Champ!
Rick Rick wrote on April 21, 2020 at 3:49 pm:
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the great Riva Ridge in 1985. He made so much horse racing history during his 2 year old, his 3 year old, and his 4 year old racing campaigns. So numerous were his accomplishments that I don't have time to list them! Riva is one of my 3 or 4 most favorite thoroughbreds of all time. I have heard several times before that Riva Ridge was a favorite of Ronnie Turcotte too.

Rest In Eternal Peace Riva
Rick Rick wrote on April 17, 2020 at 1:32 pm:
Remembering Eddie Sweat. Secretariat's groom and the person who spent more time with Big Run than anyone else. He passed away on this date 22 years ago, April 17, 1998.

RIP Eddie
Rick Rick wrote on April 17, 2020 at 12:41 pm:
In my happy birthday post to Riva Ridge earlier this week on April 13, 2020, I made a clerical error I would like to correct. Riva Ridge was both the Kentucky Derby Champion and the Belmont Stakes Champion in 1972, not 1971. He missed being the Triple Crown Champion in 1972 because it rained at the Preakness that year, the track was sloppy, and Riva Ridge was not a mudder! Oh what could have been if the weather had only cooperated in 1972.
Where I live and abroad, I am considered to be a historian on the 1973 Triple Crown Champion Secretariat...I must say, it is not too much I don't know about Secretariat and alot of Secretariat's Progeny...I want to say A BIG HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY TO SECRETARIAT...I am late posting this post on the fan club cause it slipped my mind, I am only human...I hope and pray ALL of the Secretariat fan's,, Kate and John and Ron Turcotte stay healthy & Safe during and after the Covid 19 Pandemic....It has been 50 years and NO OTHER RACEHORSE CAN CATCH "BIG RED"...HE WILL (ALWAYS) BE THE TIMELESS LEGEND & THE ONE AND ONLY "SUPER HORSE that Captured America's heart in 1972 & 1973...Secretariat to this day IS STILL Capturing the hearts of MANY Who hear his remarkable story...
Rick Rick wrote on April 13, 2020 at 6:32 pm:
For a long time April 13th each year has been a happy day for me. This is the date of birth in 1969 of the great thoroughbred Riva Ridge. Both the Kentucky Derby Champion and Belmont Stakes Champion in 1971. Only missed being a Triple Crown Champion because it rained at the Preakness that year and Riva Ridge was not a mudder! Happy Birthday Champ. It was a pleasure to watch you run! You saved The Meadow!

But now it's also a sad day because Secretariat's 'storyteller' Bill Nack passed away two years ago on this date in 2018. A great loss for us all. You will never be forgotten.

RIP Bill
jan washburn jan washburn wrote on April 9, 2020 at 11:07 am:
I've always been in love with Secretariat. Never got to see him like I did Citation and Tim Tam, Smarty Jones and Big Brown. Would love to speak with Mr. Turcotte about his experience. Thanks to his dedication to the sport!

I own quarter horses, no where near the caliber of Secretariat. Of course there never will be.
Trish Johnson Trish Johnson wrote on April 2, 2020 at 9:59 pm:
I'm a little late to this but I had learned about the Secretariat fan club After I had posted a memory on Facebook in honor of Secretariat's 50th birthday.

When I was a kid, Secretariat was at Hialeah racetrack in 1972 and myself and two of my friends were at the barns there and as luck would have it, we began talking to a man who it turned out, was Secretariat's groomer and he was being walked at the time. The man was so nice and asked if I wanted to mount. Loving horses as much as I do I said sure! Not really understanding the significance. It was just happenstance. It wasn't planned, but it was something that I've never forgotten and a memory that I have always cherished.


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