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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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Stacey Asher-Rockwood Stacey Asher-Rockwood wrote on January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm:
Just a simple "Thank You" for making everything so wonderful.
Trinbagoian Trinbagoian wrote on January 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm:
Mrs Tweedy

I must say Red was some horse. However, I must commend you on your resilience, determination and all other words that describes your courage. In believing in yourself and what your father stood for. You showed many people that believing in yourself no matter the risk is all that matters. I will be taking a page out your book and try and apply it personally.

I wish you all God's blessing.
DAVID TRUJILLO DAVID TRUJILLO wrote on January 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm:
DEAR PENNY,

JUSTED WANTED TO SAY WHAT A WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL HORSE U HAD. I GREW UP AROUND HORSES AND HORSE RACING WITH MY UNCLE AND STILL INVOLVED MY OTHER UNCLE HAD A HORSE SIMILIAR TO YOURS! AND I KNOW THE FEELING U WENT THROUGH BUT NO OTHER HORSE CAN COMPARE TO SECRETARIAT EVER! THE MOVIE IS AWESOME AND EXCELLENT MAY U AND UR FAMILY GOD BLESS!
Arnita Strutz Arnita Strutz wrote on January 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm:
PENNY, SECRETARIAT: 1 of a kind - there will never be another!!! A diamond in the rough. AWESTOME!!! I LOVE SECRETARIAT!!! I read the book but haven't seen the movie yet. I absolutely love horses but never was fortunate to have or own one - so sad. I live fairly close to you (Westminster, CO.) Someone told me that once you brought Secretariat to a ranch in Louisville, CO. or Lafeyatte, CO. to board him for awhile. Is that true and if not was he ever boarded in CO. elsewhere. My gosh, how does one know or find such a horse? I guess it's all in the genes and just an intuition based on what you know about horses. I have loved horses all my life and am looking forward to seeing the movie. Have a Happy New Year
Olivia Shirley Olivia Shirley wrote on January 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm:
I love horses and I have a pony of my own his name is Blizzard and he is a beautiful pony to and I love Secretariat too so if you have any information on him please email it to me ASPA. 🙂
Aaron Persaud Aaron Persaud wrote on January 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm:
I have always enjoyed true to life stories. I just saw the movie and although I had heard of Secretariat before now, I did not know how much he touched people hearts then as he did mine now. Since I was a little boy the movie Black Stallion has always been with me and so now will Secretariat. What a wonderful horse! What a heart!
Ricardo Vargas Ricardo Vargas wrote on January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm:
I am not a horse racing fan, at least I wasn't until I saw Secretariat. I could tell then he was special and awaited the '73 racing season. He was spectacular. The way he ran faster, each quarter in the Derby. The amazing burst of speed to take over in the Preakness. Then the unnatural speed and stamina in the Belmont. We as humans are always talking about perfection but have resolved ourselves to the reality that we cannot achieve it. This is what is so amazing about Secretariat. All who witnessed the Belmont, saw perfection! It was overwhelming! No one who saw that race had ever seen anything like it! We'll never see anything like it again! It is the single greatest event I have ever seen in sports! I was alone,watching....cheering him on and marvelled as he kept increasing his lead! Secretariat was perfection, that day and I believe that is why so many people weeped, me included, after it was over.We weeped because it was a glorious moment.
Mary Howard Mary Howard wrote on January 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm:
I have always been a super fan of Secretariat - his name has been spoken many times in so many endearments. I have a wonderful colleciton of articles and magazines collected over the years. I sent him a Christmas card once and received a note from Mrs. Tweedy - I was thrilled! I was so emotional about Big Red that I was not sure I could stand to see the movie and bring up all of the love and pain of his loss. My dream was to go to see him - but that never happened. Thanks for this website and thanks for the movie. A special thank you to all who still love him and keep his memory alive.
katelyn wernhart katelyn wernhart wrote on December 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm:
Dear Penny
I saw you at the race when zenyatta ran her race in California I was there. I got to see the premire of secretariat. We all cheered as he won. I wish I was old enough to see him in real life but I am only 10. I love horses and have a pony named river in my back yard. I jump with him and love him he is so sweet. Thank you for sharing about your life with secretariat. I hope to go to more horse races that was my first one.
Ireland Hawk Ireland Hawk wrote on December 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm:
I love Secretariat!! The fist time I saw the preview of the movie I was like I have to see that movie no matter what!! The first time I saw the movie I was litterally in shock I was so amazed I couldn't even talk for a few minutes. Secretariat was a amazing horse. We will never ever see that that ever again. The story of him tells you to never give up. Secretariat never gave up he fought until the end. His story is... words can't even describe. So never give up if you put your mind to it you will accomplish it. Secretariat proved it so it is absolutly possible. I would of loved to ride Secretariat. He was so fast and he could beat Man'OWar, Citation, and Zenyatta any day of the week any month of the year; never even mind June 9th in 1973. ( Especially Man'OWar!!)


I have a German Shepherd and me and my dad run him on the quad and we can go 28mph and he is right beside us. I always pretend that my dog is Secretariat. Lol.

SECRETARIAT ROCKS AND WILL NEVER BE BEATEN!!
Jonathan Cohen Jonathan Cohen wrote on December 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm:
HELLO! Haven't seen the movie yet but I was 16 when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I watched all of his races on TV- there'll never be another. I also have a very proud possession- an audio tape of his final race up at Woodbine. It was given to me by the man who called it- an old friend of mine- Daryl Wells. He was to track announcers what Secretariat was to race horses- the greatest. And the greatest guy I've ever known. You were lucky not only to have this immortal horse, but to have Daryl call him home for the last time. If it wasn't for Secretariat, I'd have never heard of him. Anyway, just wanted to let you know what this horse brought me, great memories of both the races and this very special man. RIP Secretariat and Daryl. Thank you for reading.
Papa D Papa D wrote on December 28, 2010 at 8:39 am:
Just saw the Disney movie and all I can say is WOW! What a great story and victory for all! very inspiring and touching. A 1000 words could not discribe what this movie brings. A must see for all. I will watch it again and again.

Thank you . . .
Beth Varner Beth Varner wrote on December 27, 2010 at 8:10 am:
So nice to see a movie without sex and bad language and when you left you felt happy. We need alot more movies like this. What a great, great movie! Thanks Secretariat, Penny and Disney!
Shannon Zuniga Shannon Zuniga wrote on December 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm:
I just loved the movie. I think I was the only one in the movie that
cheered for Big Red. He stole me heart and what I loved so much is
how important it is to keep pressing in and to believe in the midst
of negativity. I loved the first part of the movie when the scripture
is read about how God answered Job about the horse. I am thankful
that you gave Disney the permission to produce this movie.
Linda Hamburg Linda Hamburg wrote on December 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm:
Dear Penny,
We were so inspired by the movie, "Secretariat," today, we are on the computer looking up everything we can on your horse. I cried looking at him because I love that the Lord took the unwanted horse and made him to be a leader among leaders. I also want to say that your strength and your steadfastness were exemplary to all women and to all mothers. I really thought alot of your husband too. He might have doubted you and your judgment calls, but after he saw your determination and follow-through on a horse that no one but you, Mrs. Ham, the groomer, trainer and the rider believed in, he never doubted your ability to make wise decisions. All of us need to have a winner of sorts in our lives so that others can believe in us too. You showed me that when you know that you're right about something you are right period.
Jemille Williams Jemille Williams wrote on December 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm:
I was delighted to see that I was correct when I thought I spotted you in the wonderful new movie about your dear Red. You are still lovely. Was it fun to watch Diane Lane portray you?

I visited the Kentucky Horse Park and was amazed by the exhibit that demonstrated Secretariat's stride. I just did a little online research today and saw that he had an unparalleled stride angle and a heart that was nearly triple an average horse's size. No wonder he was a Triple Crown winner!

My college boyfriend, Lance Bell, found an old saddle of your father's in Armonk, New York and enjoyed a magical visit with you at the track. He is now a vet in Saratoga. I'm sure he has seen the movie and it brought back happy memories.

Wishing all the best always to you and yours!
Donna Donna wrote on December 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm:
I had the pleasure to watch this amazing creature on t.v. of course.
I was just a teenager and I followed his career with my grandfather.. I will always remember my grandfather Telling people, "This Horse WILL win the Triple crown" That was said after watching the first leg..
Thank you for helping younger people understand the racing industry..
Donna Menta
Susan Courtemanche Susan Courtemanche wrote on December 15, 2010 at 10:23 am:
I know that you must be overwhelmed with questions and comments about your beautiful horse-Secretariat- but I would like to relay my inspiration of faith and endurance that I received watching this movie.

You are truely Blessed to have known such a "Sweet Boy", and I know that I am as well when I have the opportunity to rescue horses, and assist other horses where I volunteer acclimating the horses to their safer enviroment.

Thank-you for sharing the story of such a beautiful horse, that will continue to touch many lives....especially mine !!!

Saved By Horses !!!
Susan Courtemanche
Bob Gailor Bob Gailor wrote on December 15, 2010 at 9:17 am:
I watched "Big Red" run and felt he was something super. My dad took me in the backstretch at Saratoga and I was able to see him. Mr. Laurin had the groom bring him out and I was able to pet him.
The day of the Whitney I watched the saddle being placed on his back and felt he was uncomfortable.
When I found out after was sick I said if only he could talked that Saturday.
When he passed I sat and cried that day watching old tapes of him winning races that I had taped. I bought a model of him and it is on my desk. It gives me great pleasure everyday to look up and see a true champion. Horses like him are rare but I feel priviledged to have had a chance to watch the best ever.
Janet Donner Janet Donner wrote on December 14, 2010 at 9:05 am:
I am a great fan of Secretariat. I was and still in awe that I was able to visit Clairborne farms before Secretariat ran and saw Bold Ruler in the last years of his life. After Secretariat retired I was able to visit the farm again and not only was the staff nice enough to show us Secretariat they turned him out in the pasture and he came over to the fence and I was able to pet him. Once I got my camera out he took off as if to say Here I am get a good picture. I also got to see him run at Arlington and can tell you I cried as he ran down the track. I had running quarter horses at the time and I always said that Secretariat looked like a hugh quarter horse with the best confirmation ever. When he died it was a sad day but he had a great life. I have a book on him and a large picture of him in 3 different poses which I truly treasure.

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