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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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Susan Courtemanche Susan Courtemanche wrote on December 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm:
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 2:17 pm:
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 2:05 pm:
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.
Susan Courtemanche Susan Courtemanche wrote on December 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm:
God has brought horses into my life,since everything else has seemed to fail. I am originally from the Boston,Mass., area and never had the privilage to know horses as I do now. I'm facing a 62nd birthday in April and have a vision of caring for horses for the rest of my life.

I became involved with horses through my own "noiseyness and innititive" and the plight of the horses in rescue and distruction situations. One of the sweet horses that I met was actually one of Secretariats decendents living now on a rescue ranch. She was 500 lbs under weight,due to the owners refesed to feed her as she was not a winning horse in their mind. Her name is Excessorized, but we call her "Sessie" for short. She's such a sweet girl,and I cried when I visited her many times. She loves positive, nurturing company ! I have seen the movie,and plan to buy at least 10 copies when the movie is released for home use. God Bless you and I would love to visit his grave as well ! I'm insp
Jessica Phillips Jessica Phillips wrote on December 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm:
I am a big big fan of Secretariat!!!!!!! And I LOVE horses so once i saw the movie Disney made I just had to see it and it was AWESOME!!!!!!! If you havent seen it yet you should!!!!! After I saw the movie I went online and looked him up, and that is how I found this website, and I love it! now when ever I have a chance I will log on to this website. Well farwell for now!!!!!
sydney faulconer sydney faulconer wrote on December 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm:
The beauty and the grace of a legend is more than a magnificant oil painting..I have a rescue from Santa Anita and cherish the four legs that they stand for..Penny - Secretariat is without a doubt a Once In A Life Time Dream!
Peggy L. Pierce Peggy L. Pierce wrote on December 8, 2010 at 10:40 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 4:25 pm:
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 9:16 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 8:12 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 8:09 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 3:35 pm:
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 12:19 pm:
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 11:51 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 30, 2010 at 3:35 am:
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 10:11 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 9:54 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 5:47 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 27, 2010 at 3:05 am:
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 9:34 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!

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