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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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Margot Sheridan Margot Sheridan wrote on November 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm:
Just finished watching the movie with my son - we loved it! I don't know about the rest of you, but I cried on and off throughout the film. To watch him run was - incredible. I was 9 when he won the Triple Crown and I remember my Mom and Dad being so excited -31 length's -unbelievable. Thank you for making the film - learned so much about the history of this horse, the trainer, jockey, the groomer and of course Penny -what an amazing woman - how brave, smart, and beautiful. Go RED!
David Swingle David Swingle wrote on November 11, 2010 at 8:07 am:
I'm curious to learn more about Elizabeth Ham. Is she still alive? When I was young "Miss Ham" (what we called her) used to babysit me and my siblings in NY. This was before she moved and started working for the Chenery's. My parents went to visit the farm when Secretariat was a yearling and recalled how protective they were of Secretariat even at that age, because they knew they had something special. If Miss Ham is still alive, can you please pass this on to her? Thanks.
Melinda Johnson Melinda Johnson wrote on November 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm:
Like every horse crazy young girl, I kept a Secretariat scrap-book of his races and his life. I have never forgot him or the way he ran; he truly was bigger than life! After seeing the movie tonight, I enjoyed it but somehow knew it could not do him complete justice. I was thrilled though to have a trace of that feeling come back again though that I remembered so well. Watching "Big Red" thunder down a track again is something I will never forget. Wherever he is tonight, I hope he is at peace and enjoying running with the angels.
Sharon Jaksic Sharon Jaksic wrote on November 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm:
Today is my husband's birthday. We decided to go see the movie
Secretariat. It took me immediately back to that day in 1973 as I sat in my livingroom, alone, watching that magnificent race. I have always had a deep fondness and appreciation for horses, but none like had for Secretariat. It has always been one my life goals to own a horse. That day has not yet arrived. But watching the superb excellence of this horse and reading about his legacy, makes me feel a part of the "horse community" already. It is my plan to purchase a number of pictures of Secretariat and place them on a wall in my house that memorializes his life. What a magnificient creation! How blessed you were to have the privilege of sharing your life and love with him.

Thank you for making movie and reminding us of his life and legacy.
This movie indeed will become a permanent item in our movie library.

Sharon Jaksic
Zoe Damianos Zoe Damianos wrote on November 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm:
Secretariat is the awesomest horse in history.
Emily Westgerdes Emily Westgerdes wrote on November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm:
Dear Mr. Chenery, I really enjoyed watching the movie about you and Secretariat. You have also inspired me that women can do whatever we set our minds to. You stood up for yourself when people underestamated you for what you have done.You always pulled through it no matter what. I just have one question for you, did you ever get stressed while you were training Secretariat? Did you ever feel like just gving up? I really wish that i could have seen Secretariat actually run, but I guess that I will take the best that iI can and watch the movie over and over. I just want to tell you one last thing, thank you for inspiring me and many other people to stand up for our selves and believe that we can do whatever we sent our mind to. Thank you again.
Raylene Anderson Raylene Anderson wrote on November 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm:
I grew up around horses and my mom was a jockey and I heard nothing but stories about Secretariat when I was growing up. I would have loved nothing but to see him in person. I recently visited the Quarter Horse Museum in Amarillo Texas and seeing his statue brought me to tears. When I saw the movie opening weekend, I had tears through my eyes and sitting on the edge of my seat the entire movie. He is one of the greatest horse ever to race, live, and breathe. We sure do miss him.......
Terri Terri wrote on November 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm:
1973, I am a horse lover of all kinds. I should remember this race. The new Secretariat movie was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute.
Char Char wrote on November 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm:
I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. Unfortunately, I have no memory of my father and grandfather working the farm with a team of Morgans. I grew up with hope that I too would have a horse of my own. That happened when I was about 30. I no longer have a horse, but I am around horses everyday on my small farm where a few head are boarded and cared for by their owners. Among them have been several geriatric horses over the years. They are amazing animals with such a will to live and enjoy their daily frolics in the grass pasture. I truly enjoyed reading the story about Secretariat's half brother, Straight Flush. Thank you for this web site.
Janet Talbott Janet Talbott wrote on November 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm:
Dear Penny, In 1986 my husband and I took a group of 4-H kids to Louisville to compete in the Livestock judging contest held there. The four of them ,one of whom was my 17year old daughter, my husband and I toured Claiborne farms. Of all the things we did and saw on that trip being able to see and touch Secretariat was the highlight for us all.I have several pictures taken with the magnificient animal. My husband and Clay Arnold hit it off immediately and he even gave Jim a horsehoe from Secretariat! My husband treasured that as one of his most prized possessions until his death in 2004. We live in Wyoming and felt millions of miles from anything connected to racing and that type of horses. I have seen the movie twice and was so delighted to find that you were in Colorado , right next door so to speak. The movie is an inspiration and a tribute to the horse but most certainly to your faith and steadfastness in your difficult perdicament at the time. Best wishes! Janet Talbott
Mack Mack wrote on November 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm:
My heart pounds as I watch the nerve-racking movie. My eyes are filled with tears as I watch Secretariat win the Triple Crown. Right then and there I realized that I want to raise race horses. I just want to thank Penny Chenery for being a role model for me and being such an amazing race horse owner and taking on the charge of her father's farm after his death. Even though I'm only 12, Secretariat inspired me. And I want to say that he is awesome!!!!! I Would have loved to live during the time of Secretariat.
Marc Marc wrote on November 7, 2010 at 10:51 am:
In 1973 I was a casual fan at best. Secretariat captured the hearts of horse racing and non fans alike. Just to see this majestic, powerful horse that had an absolutely "show-time" personality was an experience. He seemed to know when his picture was being taken.

When Secretariat died, It was the first and "only" time I'd ever gotten teary eyed at such loss.

A truly "magnificent" horse!

Simply put, he was the "greatest!"

Thank you.
roger a crocker roger a crocker wrote on November 7, 2010 at 7:37 am:
A day I will never forget. Just out the usaf and working over nights pumping fuel for those big trucks at Secondi's Bros. Milford, Ct. On that morning, I was just ready to get off work after a long and trying night. When one of my workers asked me to cover his island for one more fuel up.I did, and as I started to pump the fuel and walked around as we always did, I passed by an open window on the right side of the trailer as I hit the tires to check for flats, when a big red head came out. I stopped to look and saw a great looking horse. I reached up and over to pet it on the white diamond on the front of the face. At the same time the guy I ever saw came out to tell me if I touch that horse again he would brake my arm as he was holding a sawed - off baseball bat. He said sometime I will never forget. Do you know what horse this is? Secretariat. That horse is worth 1,000,000. For all those at there in 1972 that was 1,000,000 worth? Well you could buy a Rolls Ross for 25,000. So I touch
micky micky wrote on November 7, 2010 at 4:11 am:
She was & still is an inspiration. You are also & always will be. You still give hope to a young girl full of dreams who's first love was horses. Today this young girl is almost 60 years old but the dream never died. She is just as poor without her horse but the dream lives on. I got so inspired again to still try to find a way. Thank you for that.
Micky
Trisha Espolt Trisha Espolt wrote on November 7, 2010 at 3:50 am:
My dream is to take a car trip from Georgetown, Tx to Clairborne to see his grave. I've been a fan since 1973, cried like a baby when he had to leave. Strange him and Barbaro. Never saw him, met him, knew him but just loved him from afar. His gorgeouse Red color with that beautiful blue and white silks made such a gorgeous picture.
Elizabeth Elizabeth wrote on November 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm:
When I was a little girl, my mother showed me the Secretariat photography and race clips. Secretariat helped me dream big through a difficult childhood.
Thanks, Penny for sharing Secretariat with us.
Sharon Myers Sharon Myers wrote on November 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm:
To whom it may concern: There is a light spot in my heart after seeing the movie Secretariat. I have told everyone I know to go see this movie if it is thi only one you see all year. Thank you to Disney and Mrs Cheeny and most of all the the most wonderful horse that was ever born. I came out of that movie, knowing when I went in the history of the Triple Crown, any yet still found myself tensing up as he raced. It was wonderful, wonderful. I have seen it twice now. I can't wait until it comes out on dvd. Thank you again for the best , cleanest, non-violent , feel good movie I have see in years. Sharon and Larry Myers.
LORETTA COLCHIN LORETTA COLCHIN wrote on November 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm:
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT HE IS THE GREATEST HORSE TO DATE. I'VE BEEN TO CHURCHILL DOWNS THREE TIMES AND AM JUST AMAZED AT ALL THE OTHER FINE HORSES WHO HAVE RACED THERE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FOR THE FOUNDATION FOR RETIRED HORSES. IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO RETIRE THESE HORSES AS ARE ALL THE CAUSES FOR DOGS' AND CATS'.
Linda King Linda King wrote on November 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm:
In 1973, I watched in awe Secretariat's wins in all three Triple Crown races and became one of his biggest admirers. I so loved Big Red that I made 2 trips with my family to Clairborne Farms just to see him. We took the tour of the farm & were fortunate enough to get to pet Secretariat & have our pictures taken with him. My favorate is my son standing next to Secretariat. I sneeked a little hay from the floor of his stall that is now attached to a large print of Secretariat that I have hanging in my bedroom. I name all my cats and dogs after thoroughbred race horses and, in 2000, I adopted two precious kittens. I named the little black one, the more bolder of the two, Secretariat.
A lot of race horses have come on the scene and been called great. I'm watching the Breeder's Cup now, and they're comparing Zenyatta with Secretariat & saying if she wins today (her 20th win in a row) she will be the greatest.
I will argue to the end-no horse will ever be a
Lynn Assman Lynn Assman wrote on November 6, 2010 at 11:15 am:
I was just a kid when Secretariat was racing; my third word was "horse", so watching racing on TV with my Dad was a favorite. Secretariat was the first horse in my memory that I truely loved and who stole my heart. The movie has done him justice; as well as a strong reminder of the women's movement of the early 70's. Being a young girl at that time I had some idea of how hard it was for women to get into the "Boy's Club" and I would like to thank Ms. Penny for quietly and with lady like manners for breaking part of the way for my generation. Thank you.

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