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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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Trudy Pyles Trudy Pyles wrote on October 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm:
I haven't been to the cinema in years - however for severals weeks I have thought about going to go watch "Secretariat" The movie opened up such fond memories of an era from my high school years. Long may the legacy of BIG RED be enjoyed; and the story line - which includes the family, trainer, groomer, jockey and more. I encourage families to go out and enjoy. Good story line for younger audiences to experience. Thank you Secretariat - Long Live your Dream..... just go out and run your race.
Steve Steve wrote on October 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm:
I was at the track the day Secretariat broke his maiden. I kept asking my friend, 'Are you sure these are 2 Year Olds?'. He assured me they were. I said 'this horse does not run like a 2 Year Old' He was my pick from that day on to win the Triple Crown. I had a little let down along with many others when he didn't fire in the Wood Memorial, but I still felt he could do it. I remember the day of the Belmont, I was with family in Maryland heading home to Brooklyn, NY when my uncle asked who would win the Belmont. I said 'Secretariat, by this much on TV' as I spread my arms out. He probably should never have lost another race, but that's horseracing and horseracing luck. Heck, if the Preakness had been a fast track Riva Ridge may have won the Triple Crown the year before. However, Secretariat was and still is the greatest racehorse I ever saw.
Linda Filkowski Linda Filkowski wrote on October 30, 2010 at 11:44 am:
Dear Penny: I was only 10 years old in 1973 and I remember watching the "last" race of the triple crown, the Belmont. I was a runner in track myself all through school, so any kind of racing always excited me and I can remember watching and how the camera had to "zoom out" to get all of the horses in the picture because Secretariat was so far ahead and at the end of the race looking like he could go around again with no trouble. He was beautiful and just simply amazing to watch. Thank you for sharing him with us. I can't imagine there ever being another horse like him in my life time and I am happy that I have the memory I do of him.
Thank you again Penny for the memories....
Jane Morgan Jane Morgan wrote on October 30, 2010 at 9:13 am:
I was an 8th grader back in 1973. I remember traveling on vacation and seeing all the newspaper headlines where we were having pictures and stories about the great Secretarit. I spent money, both my own and my parents to buy those papers for my scrapebook of the great horse. I still have that scrapebook and wil be giving it to my daughter. We saw the movie, and while I knew he was going to win, it can't compare to seeing it live, the old feelings were still there. the excitment, the anticipation and the love for that magnificent horse.
Kinsale Day Kinsale Day wrote on October 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm:
I loved the move "Secretariat" because I learned about how you need to believe in yourself. I bet he was a great horse and I miss him. I miss BIG RED. I wish I could have met him. I learned a lesson about Secretariat. I do not want any horses to beat his record at all!!!!!!!!
russ cardenas russ cardenas wrote on October 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm:
When i was a senior in high school in 1973 I was hearing of a horse named Secretariat. I knew nothing of horses except this one. The news reported his stunning performances in the Triple Crown and I never forgot it. Years later I heard of Cigar as he tied Citations win streak at 16, and then in 1998 I started seeing articles on the best horses of the 20th century. Secretariat was always among the top 3, usually second to either ManOWar or Citation. It was at this this time I started reading everything I could find on Secretariat. I have continued that practice just finishing "Secretariat's Meadow" a few weeks ago. What a great specimen that horse was, and what a story, including Penny, Eddie, Ronny, Lucien, and all the others. I saw the film a few weeks ago as well and it brought back memories of his Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Marlboro, and the others. I don't believe we have seen a horse of his caliber since or before, with his graceful stride, stamina, and power. Thanks M
Vicky Pfennig Vicky Pfennig wrote on October 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm:
What a wonderful movie, God's blessed Penny's family with a one of a kind horse. When her dad told her to let him run his race and she did, WOW!!! Some friends of mine in Idaho had a cutting horse that had Secretariat lineage, he was wonderful to ride. The power under the saddle was unexplainable. He too had a huge heart and loved what he did.
Jana Engle Donovan Jana Engle Donovan wrote on October 29, 2010 at 8:08 am:
Secretariat, what an awesome horse!! Finally saw the movie with my husband, who also witnessed Triple Crown history. It was great! It brought back my memories of being 12 years old and following everything about him. I still have my scrapebook of newspaper clippings and photos, although faded. I was one of those amazed and emotional young fans, who wrote a letter and even drew a picture of Secretariat, and mailed it to Mrs. Tweedy. I received a personal handwritten note on official Meadow Stable stationary and his 8 x10 color photo on July 12, 1973. It has remained a treasure. I wish I would have kept up with Secretariat as the years went by, but I guess I became more interested in boysand school! I have 2 teenage daughters that want to see it with us and I plan to show them the actual videos from 1973, before they see the movie. Thank you for this web site!! It has allowed lover's of Secretariat to have a place to share and keep updated. Love and good health to Mrs. Penny Tweedy!
Laurie Betts Laurie Betts wrote on October 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm:
Dear Penny,

I am the proud owner of a great-granddaughter of Secretariat. She is a chestnut and has a star and blaze shaped a lot like his. She LOVES to jump. She knows she is something special and lets me know when I am not treating her, shall we say, royally!! I wept when I watched him run the Belmont, and cannot believe how lucky I am to have his descendant in my family. Long live the proud chestnut!!!
Cynthia Chaffin Cynthia Chaffin wrote on October 27, 2010 at 7:59 am:
Hi Penny,
I just saw the movie about your beloved horse; my daughter and I cried at the end. I love horses and I believe God was with Secretariate and gave him the strength, stamina, and speed at the Belmont race. Also, you are a truly remarkable woman, and I am so proud of your determination to hold on to your dream.
I grew up in Green Cove Springs, FL, and had the pleasure of owning a filly at the age of 13; we called her Miss Missouri; She was a Fox Trotter from the Tennesee Walker breed out of Missouri. Then, after I was married with 6 children, I always wanted my children to experience horses. We bought two when we lived inTexas but only had them for about 8 mos. My husband is a preacher and he said we could not bring them to Ocala, FL where we would be moving. "Besides, Ocala is the horse capital of the world," he said. Unfortunately, we never did get any horses, and that was back in 1993.
Well, I'm glad I went to see the movie it brought back how much I love horses.
Cindy Cindy wrote on October 27, 2010 at 5:58 am:
I went to see the movie "Secretariat" twice. I think it is the best movie I've ever seen. I was just out of high school when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I remember hearing about it, but didn't pay alot of attention to those things then. After seeing the movie I wish I would have paid more attention. I also remember hearing years later that the horse had to be euthanized. I remember feeling sad for him. I love all animals. I would recommend the movie to everyone. It is a "feel good" movie that inspires you. The ending with "Oh Happy Day" playing is the greatest! I went out to get the book the movie was based on so I could learn more about this amazing horse that is still touching people's lives and hearts after so many years.
Susan J. Dino Susan J. Dino wrote on October 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm:
I just finished reading the book "Secretariat" by William Nack. I have yet to see the movie. Indeed, Big Red personified the best of his species and of thoroughbred horseracing. I hope to someday visit Claiborne Farms and pay homage to the Super Horse. I'm a fan and always will be.
Grace Leotus Mueller Grace Leotus Mueller wrote on October 26, 2010 at 10:36 am:
Could you please forward this note to Ms. Penny Chenery Tweedy.

Dear Ms. Penny Chenery Tweedy,

My name is Grace Mueller and I am a senior in high school. I love horses and have for as long as I can remember! My family and I had seen the movie trailer for "Secretariat." And as a horse lover could not wait for it to come out!
As soon as we had a spare night, we all went to the theaters. It was the best horse movie I had ever seen. The story, your story, was so inspiring. I can't even imagine trying to keep a house running and getting a horse ready for the triple crown. I have always wanted to be a mom but, I also have many other big aspirations. You gave me hope that it is possible to do both. Thank you! :)

Most Respectfully,

Grace L. Mueller
Stephen Terrell Stephen Terrell wrote on October 26, 2010 at 7:22 am:
I Can"t wait to see Secrateriat i love horses take care.----------- Stephen Terrell
Doris Thornton Doris Thornton wrote on October 26, 2010 at 2:30 am:
I have always been a fan of this wonderful horse. I saw the movie "Secretariat" yesterday and understand why anyone would be a fan of this wonderful horse. It is a very moving story and I would recommend that everyone who loves thoroughbred horses should see it. I applaud Penney Tweedy for her courage and for standing up for what she believed.
monty Lechien monty Lechien wrote on October 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm:
me & my wife went and saw the best movie of my life ,I cried at parts of the movie that brought so many great memories from my childhood, I was only 10 years old when big red won the triple crown, I have made to trip to Paris Ky, to see the resting place of the greatest horse of all times, thank you for bringing Big Red back to life in my eyes
Leslie Geissel Leslie Geissel wrote on October 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm:
Just saw the movie, loved it and the story. Want to read the book now to find out about this amazing horse and his "family." Thank you for such an inspiring story.
Barbara Barbara wrote on October 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm:
I am an absolute lover of horses. I think they are the most beautiful creatures on this planet. I have always had a fascination with horses. I think this came from my mom's love of them. We are not horse people, just horse lovers. I know my mom used to ride, but I think it was just for pleasure. I have seen pictures of her on horseback. I used to ride when I was a small child.. neighborhood riding stables. We would ride trails . I am not able to ride now due to a very serious back problem. I just love them. I saw Seabiscuit when it came out and wouldn't miss Secretariat. My heart goes out to all people that work with horses, whether owners, riders, stable hands or whoever works with God's creatures. Thank you for this wonderful movie. He was absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!
AC Jones AC Jones wrote on October 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm:
In 1974, I began my freshman year at Randolph-Macon College, just a few miles south of The Meadow. More than once I drove out Rt. 30 past the farm and dreamed of touching Secretariat. I would have given anything to just inhale his breath and have him inhale mine. My goodness, what a horse! I was at a race party with my college cronies when Secretariat ran The Belmont. Watching the race on TV, I was afraid he might fade in such a long race, having taken such an early lead. Most of my friends (not being horse people) had no clue as to why I was so worried. I'll never forget feeling the hair raising on my arms as I saw him begin to pull away from Sham and was overwhelmed with love & admiration as Secretariat turned on this amazing burst of power and speed as the distance he took in the lead became increasing larger. As Secretariat crossed the finish, I had tears streaming down my cheeks, resulting from the awe and inspiration I gained from this horse's incredible will and amazing physical prowess which allowed him to win by some incredible distance of 31 lengths. Wow, what a horse! What an experience to have been able to witness a horse like Secretariat in my lifetime. Thank you for breeding this incredible horse and sharing his talent with the rest of the world.

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