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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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Peggy L. Pierce Peggy L. Pierce wrote on December 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm:
I just viewed the "Ask Penny" archives. Is it still possible to send Mrs, Chenery a message? I would love to contact her somehow.
I have and always will be a lover of Secretariat. I got to see him 14 Jun 89 at Claiborne Farms. I was so taken back by his beauty, and the fact I FINALLY got to see him, all I could do was cry. He was truly breathtaking! I got my picture and video taken with him. The sweet man that lead the tour, actually gave me a few strans of Secretariat's mane, and tied it in a bow. I have it in the frame of Secretariats picture signed by Penny Tweedy and Ron Turcotte. I had taken the picture to Saratoga's Racing Museum on the day Secretariat was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame.

I have seen the movie Secretariat 3 times already, and I loved it. I wish there were more pics of him. It was wonderful to see Mrs. Tweedy in this film. She must be so proud. This movie was a LONG TIME coming, and fortunately she was still here to assist in the filmin
Janet Donner Janet Donner wrote on December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am:
I was so proud to say that I got to watch Secretariat race at Arlington race track in chicago. I was so thrilled that when he was first retired to Clairborn and we drove up the farm where he was standing . Everyone was so nice to show us around and I got to pet him on the head. He was such a ham because as soon as I got out my camera he took off running. I didnt wash my hand for weeks.
When he died I cried because of all the horse I knew he was my favorite and because I had quarter horses I had enough knowledge to know what a great horse(best looking) he was.
I have a picture in my home of him in 3 separate pictures that I treasure.
Dan Williams Dan Williams wrote on December 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm:
I was a kid in 1973 but through my grandfather's love of horses I remember watching the races with him. Seeing the movie brought tears of happiness thinking of my late grandfather and how he loved horses just as much as Penny. Thank you for this site and keeping his memory alive. I can't wait for the DVD so I can watch again and again!
penny gudel penny gudel wrote on December 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm:
Miss Penny, I just completed a signing of your guestbook. There is so much to say to a woman like you. If I never have the opportunity to meet you, I will understand. However, is there a possibility of getting your address to send at least a letter to you. I am a 69 year old women who is going to school to become a teacher. I have been teacher, but am working towards my credentials. My sincere best wishes to you and a very, very merry christmas to you and your family. Sincerely, Penny Gudel
Penny Penny wrote on December 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm:
Dear Penny, I am not a big horse racing fan. I can tell you this, after I saw your movie I went back to see it 3 more times. I am a teacher and am inspired not only by the movie and the horse, but I walked away each time thinking about your courage. Personally, I can't see how anyone could have thought of you as hard as nails. I am also the mother of 3 daugheres, all in their 40's, (one is a sportscaster on national TV, and is now the voice of the Philadelphia Phillys) and I so closely related to your role as a mother. You are perhaps not aware of how people may have viewed you, as I don't see many questions to you about you. Understandably, Secretariat is still loved and admired, and even I who have only been to one horserace and a morning viewing of horses running at Santa Anita, could feel such pride and evolving respect for Secreatariat. I am hoping to get the opportunity to meet you one day. I am proud to a woman with such courage and determination. penny.gudel@
Lynda Lynda wrote on December 4, 2010 at 10:35 am:
Tucked away in a photo album is a magazine article on the death of Secretariat. The photo of Secretariat galloping in his pasture that was included in the article has faded spots from the tears that filled my eyes when I read the article all those years ago. I will never forget watching his Triple Crown races on a little black and white TV when I was a young new mother back home in Virginia. I can remember picking him to win the Derby during the post parade. There was something about him that caught my eye...it was if his eyes looked into my soul and there was a connection between his heart and mine. Such beauty, speed, heart and depth of spirit comes along rarely in our lives and I am so thankful that I was alive to experience it. Thank you Mrs Tweedy for sharing his story and yours with me. They have both been an inspiration.
Vinny R Vinny R wrote on December 4, 2010 at 7:19 am:
My recollection of Secretariat was my senior year in High School in Connecticut. My father was an avid horse player and I learned a lot about horses from him. I took an interest in Secretariat when he was a two year old and he quickly became my favorite horse. I followed his career right up to the Triple Crown races through the remainder of his life. I remember taking to my friends at school about Secretariat who they were not familiar with. I told them to watch the Kentucky Derby and keep an out for Secretariat. Of course he came from last place to win it and I must have received 10+ calls from my friends that afternoon. The rest is history.
For ever Secretariat!
BMcCoy BMcCoy wrote on December 4, 2010 at 6:51 am:
Secretariat was such an amazing horse and we are so proud to be blessed to have a legacy of his. We had the opportunity to be at Secretariat's "40th" birthday at The Meadows when the book was being released and to meet Kate Tweedy, Penny's daughter. It was great to hear stories about "Big Red" and to share our story of our US Blessing, his great-grandaughter. What a wonderful experience.
Jim Waltimire Jim Waltimire wrote on November 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm:
I have fell in love with this horse after seeing this movie. I was a kid back in 1973. So I really never knew of this amazing horse. Superhorse is a perfect description. WOW ! The story of this amazing animal has really affected me in a way that is hard to explain. Whatever it is, I know I am a better person for it. This will make you know the world was a far better place in those 19 years of BIG RED'S life....... May your spirit live on for eternity my incredible friend.
KEdwards KEdwards wrote on November 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm:
Beautiful....He understood the special relationship between Penny and himself. People should NEVER underestimate an animal. Penny had faith in him and her father and thats the story! Remarkable animal...remarkable people and remarkable Faith!
Becky Becky wrote on November 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm:
Last night my husband and I took our 9 year old granddaughter to THE movie. She was a horse lover the day she was born and now has found a new love with the story of Secretariat. I can tell her some of the story as I am a cowgirl and was just entering college when Big Red made history. What a story about a grand horse. Most of today my granddaughter had me online looking for Secretariat "stuff". I'm glad she fell in love with this majestic horse. She now wants her new 4-H project to be adopting a retired race horse and taking care of it.
Angela Angela wrote on November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm:
My family and I saw "Secretariat" just this past Thanksgiving Day and we loved it very much! I definitely want the DVD! I'm so inspired by you and your wonderful horse! Maybe someday I will have the courage to go horseback-riding. RIP Secretariat, you are dearly loved by many.
Kenneth Fiantago Kenneth Fiantago wrote on November 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm:
Our family just loved Secretariat My Uncle Marvin Kuhl brought Secretariat off the plane Flying tigers at O'Hare and shipped him to Arlington park for you.It was one of his proudest moments in his life.He always talk about Secretariat and said he was the great horse ever.He was in the horse transportation business for over 50 years Kuhl horse vans.He was one proud owner.
Sasha Sasha wrote on November 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm:
MY DAD HAD A HORSE AND HE SAID"RIDING HIM WAS LIKE FLYING."I WISH I COULD HAVE MET SECRETARIAT AND MY DADS HORSE TOO.WHEN I READ THE BOOK,THE AUTHOR DISCRIBED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SECRETARIAT LIKE HE WAS YOUR SON.R.I.P SECRETARIAT!LOVE,SASHA P.S YOU ROCK!
Emma Martin Emma Martin wrote on November 24, 2010 at 5:18 am:
Hello Penny,

I watched the Secretariat Movie and I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!
I want to get it on DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sincerely,
Emma Martin
Margaret Reynolds Margaret Reynolds wrote on November 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm:
Horses were my babysitters and best friend as a child. I recieved my first horse the day I was born and I just figured that they were my friend, my thrill and the best darn way to spend time there ever was. When I had a family I left those days behind. Now that my family is about ready to leave me an empty nest the day has almost come to go back to my roots--and find a friend to carry me into retirement. When I saw Secretariat the first time, I had goose bumps throughout most of the movie. Penny knew her horse and could tell by talking to him what he was prepared to do. Non horse people may have thought that was strange--but horse people develop relationships with special horses and you just know what they are thinking. What a dream that Ms. Tweedy lived. So happy that dream was shared in all of it's detail. Until the day I have a horse to fill my void, I plan to spend my time learning as much as i can about Secretariat and the people who loved him. Hope to hear from you!
Jan Jan wrote on November 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm:
Could you please pass this on to Penny. My husband and I saw Secretariat in his stall just 5 days before he died. We felt privelged to be able to see the horse with a big heart. At the time I didn't want to take a picture of Secretariat because he was sick, but would like one. The movie "Secretariat" was a classic. Disney told the story well. A story that the whole family could enjoy. It was refreshing and well done. When the movie comes out on DVD will be get it and treasure Secretariat's memory and the story of hope and never giving up. Bless you Penny for believing and never giving up.
Carlos Zerpa Carlos Zerpa wrote on November 20, 2010 at 4:29 am:
Hi, i'm fans from Secretariat, i'm from Venezuela and i like the Race Horses, it's very excited to know the Secretariat's Hystory,,,,the Records, his heart,courage, etc. ,the Best Horse in the World

i would like to know when is the Premiere of Secretariat 's Movies.
mackenzie mackenzie wrote on November 19, 2010 at 10:27 am:
he was one of the greats
Randall Bowman Randall Bowman wrote on November 19, 2010 at 8:37 am:
I was compelled to see the movie. I have never been a fan of horse racing but of course had knowledge of Secretariat's awesome victories. After seeing the movie I discovered I didn't really have a clue. I was reminded of Psalm 32 during the movie. I now adopt Secretariat is my role model and hero.

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