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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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Shanda Hooton Shanda Hooton wrote on January 25, 2011 at 10:57 am:
He was unbelievable and will never be forgotten! I remember how much my grandpa loved him...he thought there was none better than Secretariat: ) He captured the hearts of us all!
Martha Bouza Martha Bouza wrote on January 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm:
Since 1973 I've been enthralled by that gorgeous chestnut with the three white socks. I saw the movie but as someone who is familiar with the story I thought it left big parts out One of those parts was the great Riva Ridge and the fact that Ms. Chenery won 5 TC races in two consecutive years. That feat will stand forever specially with the current state of racing.Otherwise the movie was interesting and non racing fans were able to follow the plot even if they were not 100% familiar with the story.
Massimo Borg Massimo Borg wrote on January 24, 2011 at 11:26 am:
I love horses and I am willing to become a jockey, I am 15 years old and I am from Malta. Last year I went to Canada to learn how to ride better.
Nola Ross Nola Ross wrote on January 23, 2011 at 11:08 am:
I am a huge thoroughbred fan, and saw Secretariat with two people who don't care about horseracing, daughter and grand daughter. my daughter was in tears. (she didn't know how the race would turn out, and kept asking will he win, will he win). fantastic movie and good to see you in the movie as well. my niece went to see the movie, another person who doesnt care about horse racing. she called me and told me what a great movie it was and was cheering him on along with others in the movie. she didnt know how it would turn out either. have pics of him on my wall at home along with many other horses. one wall is designated to triple crown winners, and waiting and waiting for no. 12. thank you for this movie, and because of you, many many people who were not into seeing a horse race, now understand what all the excitement is about. "Horse Racing--the most exciting 2 minutes in sports."
thank you Penny. I have a pink tshirt with a heart on the sleeve. Secretariat on f
Leila Leila wrote on January 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm:
Hola! Soy de argentina, no conocìa la historia de Secretariat, vi la pelìcula y busu`q en internet para saber mas sobre su historia ,la verdad me conmoviò muchisimo.
Fue un gran caballo caracterizado por su belleza,corazòn y su voluntad.. un animal magnìfico!
Amanda Amanda wrote on January 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm:
I was very touched and moved by the movie Secretariat. I am a fan of horse races and have photographed several races in Shreveport/ Louisiana Downs. The love that was easily felt between the owner and her horse was as close to the love that you feel from Mother and Child as you could possibly get. I loved the movie so much that I have become a huge fan of Secretariat! I have to say I will be attending the horse races much more from here on out! Thank you so much for having this movie made. I am sure it has touched a lot of people! God Bless!
Jan Jan wrote on January 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm:
It was 1978-79 when my family and I were visiting the Kentucky Horse Park. Naturally I was hoping to get the chance to see Secretariat up close. To my dismay, I found he was not there but at Claiborne Farm. Knowing how much I wanted to see Secretariat, my Daddy drove us to the farm. We found the CLOSED sign on the gate and I was honestly about in tears when a man walked by and asked if he could help us. I must have looked pitiful because when he found out we were going back to Pensacola the next day, he took us in and right to the pasture where the great horse was grazing. I was shaking so much when I touched him that the kind man thought I was cold. Not so! I was simply thrilled beyond belief. I made several pictures that I treasure to this day. I don't remember his name but if he reads this and recognizes himself, I hope he knows how his kind gesture made this girl's dream come true that day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I remain a Secretariat Fan to this day
Kenny Zammit Kenny Zammit wrote on January 21, 2011 at 11:40 am:
Hi my name is Kenny and I live in the small island in europe called Malta. I wasn't that much in horse racing but after watching the movie I searched all over the internet to know more about this great legend. Great horse an all time unique star.
Bonnie Bonnie wrote on January 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm:
Thank you Ms. Chenery for your vision and fairness. The Vox Populi is a wonderful award and will honor horses without all the politics. A people's horse like Secretariat, Seabisquit, etc. did SO much for racing just like Zenyatta has done. The special horses that receive the Vox Populi will be remembered for the ages now.

God Bless Secretariat and Riva Ridge, they were unforgettable!!!
Andrew Stevens Andrew Stevens wrote on January 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm:
Secretariat is in every beat of my heart and if I had a chance to ever see him I would have requested Mrs.Chenery if I could have taken care of Secretariat and could have done anything for him. When ever I hear his name my eyes fill up with tears wondering if I may see him after I die..I love him from the bottom of my hear though I have never seen him.. IF YOU CANT SEE SOMETHING, DOESN'T MEAN IT DOES NOT EXIST.. I LOVE YOU SECRETARIAT FOREVER AND EVER.
Kaylee Kaylee wrote on January 20, 2011 at 6:56 am:
I am ten years old. My grandfather talked often of Secretariat as the greatest horse this country ever produced. He took me to see the movie, and he was so right. Born in Virginia, just down the road from where I was born. I go by the exit often with my mom on the way from Fredericksburg to Richmond. I sometimes wish I could have seen him run for myself. Thank you.
Linda Reppert Linda Reppert wrote on January 20, 2011 at 6:03 am:
Secretariat was the ultimate, in heart, spirit of the race, and his will to win.
He left a standard to be reached that excites the imagination of all who saw him
race, read about him or simply followed him. A true giant among the greatest in
the wonderful world of thoroughbred horse racing.
Sue Fredrick Sue Fredrick wrote on January 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm:
I've always loved Secretariat as a young girl, for his beauty,courage, and heart, and I'm glad you are keeping his memory alive for new generations. The award you have started will continue to do that while recognizing new horses like the great Zenyatta. I, like many, have fallen in love with her and I hope the Moss's breed her to A.P. Indy who carries the blood of your magnificent 'Big Red' and 'Seattle Slew'. What a great combination that would make.
Suzanne Jones Suzanne Jones wrote on January 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm:
Big Red:

I was so fortunate to have met Big Red back in 1988 while on a tour of Claiborne Farms. My first stop was his barn. He was turned out in his paddock. His personal caretaker brought him out for me to meet. It was amazing to be that close to such an amazing athlete. When I was allowed to get up to pet him, he showed me why he had such fire on the track. He grabbed a spot on my arm (good thing it was cold and I had 2 layers of sweatshirts). It didn't break the skin, but still hurt. All these years later, I still show off my little white spot on my arm to my friends as my "souvenir". It makes for a great story. I have been and always will be a fan of Secretariat. Too bad he is still not here so that we could hook him up with Zenyatta. Not THAT would be an interesting combination. Thanks for letting me post.
Sharon Peck Sharon Peck wrote on January 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm:
The Vox Populi award is a classy move by an extraordinary lady!! Thanks to Penny for establishing this idea, one that is long overdue. As a Zenyatta fan -- as well as Funny Cide -- I welcome the opportunity to join the voices of other fans in honoring horses in this unique way.
Patricia Guthrie Patricia Guthrie wrote on January 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm:
I'm so glad I found this site. I am also an avid Secretariat lover. He is the standard which I judge racehorses. Which isn't exactly fair. Secretariat was a wonderful "freak" of the racing world. I can think of few others--Zenyatta (another darling of mine) Man' O War, Seabiscuit, Native Dancer, Ruffian. I could go on, but won't. I'm grateful to you, Mrs. Chenery, for initiating the Vox Populi award and giving the first one to Zenyatta. For all the back barn dirty tricks that we hear about, there are so many great people and the horses they love that counterbalance all the negatives. I hope you continue with racing and would love to see you with another triple crown champion. You deserve it. Great movie,by the way. Patricia Guthrie Author, mysteries
clive clive wrote on January 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm:
Dear Penny

My interest in horse racing has been somewhat sporatic over the years with viewing perhaps the Derby if I was close to a television. This year the horse Zenyatta made some noise going into the Breeders Classis and I heard someone saying if she won she would be on the same plateau as Secretariat. Then something inside said to me, yes that wonderful horse, I remembered as a 15 year old and then started to do some homework. It did'nt hurt that a new found friend who works at Woodbine took me on a personal tour of the facilities.

I quickly absorbed all the videos I could see, remembering a few of the big races I watched and became not only a Secretariat fan( at 52 years of age) but also a fan of you, Ms Chenery. The gamble you took, following your heart to bring this magnificant animal to us is something not only the racing world thanks you, but also the normal
person looking for personal inspiration.l

Clive
Terry Jones Terry Jones wrote on January 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm:
Hello Penny,
I am not a horse person, in fact quite the contrary, however, my wife and I had the pleasure of watching the movie this afternoon about your triple crown winner. I remember 1973, I was 18 years old and the fact that Secretariot won all three horse races that made him a winner. I remember it well on the television and radio and the excitement that was generated at that time years ago. The movie brought to light for me what really happened and how the events transpired. My wife was in tears and I was touched deeply watching this film. I can only wonder how in the world Big Red came to win the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. It certainly had to be love from the owner, trainer, jockey and groomer. All I can do now is wait to see, in my life time, if there will ever be another horse like Secretariot. I commend you for believing. It underlines the fact that ones dreams can come true. Thank you Terry Jones
Melanie Hoffman Melanie Hoffman wrote on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm:
(22 lbs).

Big Heart... Great Horse... no other words are needed.

Love ya Secretariat

M.Hoffman
Shirley-Painted Pastures Shirley-Painted Pastures wrote on January 16, 2011 at 7:10 am:
there really aren't words but..i watched the movie, with a knot in my throat, tears in my eyes, & my Heart as big as a watermelon! It was WONDERFUL!! This warms me from the inside out!! I love horses & I know that Red was a GREAT HORSE, he is what DREAMS are made of..& as it seems movies!! I remember him..I was so very PROUD of what he did..he I always felt by watching him run...he was in control, he LOVED to run!! Thank you for this Movie, it was wonderful..I will wear it out I'm sure!! I pray that one day there will be another Horse that has that Special something that he had & we will again be able to have another HERO in the Horse world...I know there will never be another "BIG RED" for he was truely a gift from God...Thanks goodness for the "luck??" of that coin toss!!! Dreams do come true & their color id RED!!!! :o)

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