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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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jennifer jennifer wrote on November 18, 2010 at 9:35 am:
hi, just seen your movie last night. it was so moving and they did such a great job. i love horses. i watch every race on tv. also, we have live racing in ottawa, ontario canada. he was such a beautiful horse. he had courage , live to race. i miss him. some day i would wish to see his grave in? i would like to see a real race at one of the famous races. thats one thing i would do on my bucket like. thanks, again jennifer.
Stacy Stacy wrote on November 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm:
Hello... Tonight my girls and I went and seen the movie. It was just the best ever! I can not explain the amazing feeling that overcame each of us! Thank you sooo much for sharing this amazing story of your strength and courage of your journey with Big Red! He is truly amazing! We will always remember this special night!
paul liberman paul liberman wrote on November 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm:
just wanted to say the movie was super,i wanted to get up and cheer coming down the stretch, all was great , i wish i had pennys instinct or will but it was fabulous. you deserve it all
Jennifer Stroup Jennifer Stroup wrote on November 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm:
Just wanted to share this quick story. Six years ago my husband and I rescued 2 horses, one quarterhorse and a retired race horse (won 5 races, last one at Phil. Park in 2003) who was taken to auction due to a knee injury. His registered name is Jane's Big Boot. I never bothered to check his genealogy until just this past weekend, and to my surprise he is a 5th generation offspring of Secretariat! Unfortunately, he's a gelding, but just knowing his bloodlines has me beaming with pride! He's had his moments (trust issues) but given his history of abuse, it's understandable. He was bought at auction by our neighbor who starved him but now he couldn't be happier! We spoil him rotten and his behavior has improved tremendously over the years. He's an awesome trail horse, a little spooky, but we're working on that. His new farm name is Wind (to go with his brother's name Spirit). I just thought Penny would be interested in knowing Secretariat's great grea
Bart de Vos Bart de Vos wrote on November 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm:
We are looking out for the movie in the Netherlands. I have a mare, the great grand daugther of secretariat. I know, there will be many, but I'am proud that she is. She is a beatiful and lovely horse, not that big as Big Red. We have t wait for a few weeks or so for the movie, no problem, a nice one for christmas!
Doris Doris wrote on November 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm:
I just saw the movie again today, I've seen it twice now & I love it. I cried. and I admire Penny Tweedy so much,she is a strong,loving,good lady.She did'nt let anything or anyone stand in her way.I love horses and Secretariat was a beautiful horse with a big heart.Penny is a great role model for women & young girls today, believe in yourself & have faith & follow your dreams..Thank You .Doris
Eileen Langan Eileen Langan wrote on November 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm:
In 1973 I was riveted to my TV and crying as I watched Secretariat get 31 lengths ahead and win the Triple Crown at Belmont. This awesome champion was all heart and soul in his uniqueness, and I feel honored to have seen him. Thank you for all you did for him so he could touch all our lives.
Tim Engleman Tim Engleman wrote on November 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm:
Dear Penny,
I want to thank you for the courage and strength you showed in being determined to prove Big Red (Secretariat) was the best horse, who not only won the Triple Crown in 1973, but has lived on in life in all the hearts of those who love him. I expressed my thoughts to a lot of people about Big Red and his accomplishments and I saw the movie, it was truly amazing. I'm rating Secretariats feats #1, above anything I've witnessed in my 61+years on earth. Big Red will live on in the lives of others as long as time goes on, I'm so glad I can say, I witnessed his feats. Big Red winning the Belmont by thirty one lengths, not only showed the world what he was made of, but proved that he could run, run, run away from the rest of the field and be alone as the best of all time. Words can't really describe all I'd like to say, but I know Penny, Lucien, Ron and Eddie made it all happen and God fulflled your dreams and accomplishments. Thank You Penny!
Dana Dana wrote on November 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm:
God never created a more beautiful animal than the magestic horse, the beauty, grace and power of such a gentle creature. I am a fan since bith. God save the horses.
Linda Bouck Linda Bouck wrote on November 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm:
As many have posted before me I saw the movie this weekend and absolutely loved it. I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat for every one of the races, wow. The thing that I found so amazing/inspiring was the spirit of Ms Chenery. In an industry that was, and still is, a male dominated world she stood up for what she believed in. While those around her tried to convince her to sell out, she dug in her heels and proved she was right. While I loved the story of Big Red he was an amazing horse, and I believe we will never see his like again. I am inspired by the story of a strong woman. Thank you for sharing it.
Diane Andrews Diane Andrews wrote on November 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm:
Thank you, Disney, for a wonderful, true story WITHOUT PROFANITY AND SEX. Thanks to ALL the talented, amazing actors who made the story come alive. You touched my heart. Words do not convey the emotion felt at the end of this story. It was so overwhelming that I didn't want to leave the theater. It's been a long time since a story (movie) left a deep impression.

Three years ago, my husband and I visited THE HORSE PARK in Lexington, Kentucky, where Secretariat is buried and his statue stands as a memorial of his strength, power, beauty, and grace.
At that time, we did not know the rest of his story.

We are most grateful to know the rest of Secretariat's story.
Thank you, again.
Kellyn Kellyn wrote on November 14, 2010 at 9:08 am:
Hello Penny,
I was wondering what it was like to have your horse win the Triple Crown? Also how did Secretariat get so fast and good at racing? I saw the movie and n about the past is really cool. Now I am really anxious cause I want to make a report on Secretariat cause he is so famous and it is really fascinating. I was also wondering if you buried Secretariat's whole body because normally people bury the head the heart and something else. Also are people able to go and see Secretariat's grave? Well you are one LUCKY person to have a horse to have won the Triple Crown and beat Sham by 31 links. Have a great rest of your life!
Thanks Secretariat's #1 fan,
Kellyn 🙂 I
Glen Drake Glen Drake wrote on November 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm:
We just saw the movie and we loved it. I am a guy with a good athletic spirit and so I cried during times of the movie! 🙂 It was great since it is a true story but it was nice to not have to hear profanity throughout the movie. It was also nice to hear of Bible scriptures and Jesus in the songs. We really enjoyed the movie and Secretariat still inspires me to this day. I'm sure that we will see Secretariat again when we get to Heaven. He & his owner had such spirit! Thank you for a great movie!
Nancy Brumby Nancy Brumby wrote on November 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm:
I was 20 years old when Secretariat hit his prime. I remember hearing about him, but I was in my collegiate world at the time and the sensation bypassed me. Fast forward to the present, I was drawn to the movie as soon as I saw the promotions for it.I knew that there was a story to be told and to be heard...now, as a woman of soon to be 58 years, I have survived some very challenging life experiences...as I have continued to believe that I am still waiting to hit my career stride..Thank you, God, for giving us this incredible creature, Secretariat..I enjoyed the progression of the story in the movie, but when the climax of the Belmont Stakes was unfolding before my eyes, my jaw dropped as I watched in disbelief how this amazing horse annihilated that race track! Secretariat was placed here to remind us all that we can if we believe we can....As I prepare my goals for 2011, I am inspired...just because I haven't done something in the past, does not mean I cannot achieve that somethin
Stephanie Milby Stephanie Milby wrote on November 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm:
I have been a fan of Secretariat my entire life. I was born the year he won the amazing triple crown. I have collected his memorabilia since I can remember. I have the obituary from when he died. I don't remember ever feeling so sad. I did get to visit Clairborne Farms and stood at his grave site and cried. He was and will always be the most beautiful horse in the world. He was magnificent. I recently saw the movie "Secretariat" and absolutely loved it. It was touching and intriguing at the same time. He is the only horse in the world that can make me smile and cry at the same time. He is a big part of my life and I miss him as if I personally knew him. I only wish I had the opportunity to see him before he died. I will never forget how truly amazing he was and wish future generations will continue to discuss the horse that God built! Thank you. Stephanie Milby Louisville, KY
Mark Thomas Mark Thomas wrote on November 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm:
I needed a break last week, and went by myself to see a movie. I picked Reds, but ut started at 7:30 PM. that was half an hour away. So I looked up and saw Secretariat starting at 7:00PM. I had hear some positive reviews, so I entered and sat down. I'm glad I did. It was a wonderful film.

As I stood up to exit at the end, the entire audience borke inot applause, and they all sat transfixed in their seats. This movie was never the the money leader in films. But better to go deep than to go broad. Thank you.

Mark Thomas
Fay Sun Fay Sun wrote on November 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm:
Sadly, I became a fan of Secretariat when he was not around anymore. But I have read all the books that were written about him- Nack's, Capp's, Scanlan's, Woolfe's, and a few more. I just now ordered the book edited/written by Katie Tweedy and anxiuosly awaiting it.Seeing the movie reminded me again how tremendous his achievement was. He humbles me everytime I think of what he accomplished. What impresses me most is that he was beautiful inside as well. How many of today's "exceptional beings"(for there is no doubt in my mind Secretariat was) can we truly say are beautiful inside as well. I just wish I had the chance to have seen Secretariat in person.
He was a gift to mankind not just to his immediate connections. How satisfying for the Chenery family to have produced such an exceptional being. What an awesome experience it must have been to be the "parent" of Secretariat.
Leta Tupa Leta Tupa wrote on November 12, 2010 at 8:29 am:
What a WONDERFUL movie!!! I'll be counting the days until I can purchase the dvd!!! A must see movie for ALL!!! XXOO, Leta
Peggy Ainsworth Peggy Ainsworth wrote on November 12, 2010 at 8:10 am:
Thank you for making such a great movie and bringing back some wonderful memories not only of your beautiful hourse, but of American History! :-)) It was both touching & inspiring to see how the whole story of Secretariat came together, making him even more "magical" than we even imagined!!

Thanks again.
Peggy
Doris Michalski Doris Michalski wrote on November 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm:
Just saw the movie tonight with my daughter. I remember watching all three races on tv and marveling at what a wonder Big Red was. To watch him was history in the making. Thank you for a beautiful movie and beautiful memories. What an American legacy.

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