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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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Karen Fleming Karen Fleming wrote on November 4, 2010 at 11:02 am:
Hello Penny: I wanted to write and tell you that it is with a great admiration that I remember Secretariat! He was my hero growing up as a horse crazy girl in CA. I watched and collected everything that had anything to do with this super horse. I had posters of him all over the walls of my bedroom and he meant the world to me. What an amzing experience it must have been to have shared your life with him. I recently saw the movie Secretariat and it brought back so many wonderful times for me, it was almost like reliving it all over again. I looked around the theatre at the people my age that must have felt the same, having watching this amazing horse. I even felt sad for those too young to have been alive to have been such a big part of racing history. They couldn't have known what a huge impact this horse made on the world. He lives forever in my heart!
Donna H. Olinger Donna H. Olinger wrote on November 4, 2010 at 7:53 am:
Dear Penny,

I have always loved Secretariat...I was 14 years old when he won the Triple Crown. I have always been a horse lover. A few years ago I made a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park...I loved it !!! I am glad that retired racehorses have a place to go to live out their years to be loved and pampered. I went to see the Secretariat movie and loved it..I cried when he ran the Belmont. I can't wait for the movie to be released to DVD. I will enjoy purchasing it and watching it over and over. I think you are a great lady....and was glad you had alot on input into the movie script and had the guest appearance in the movie.
I have the last portrait of Secretariat hanging in my home...will always love him !!!

Respectfully,

Donna Olinger
Al Petrecca Jr. Al Petrecca Jr. wrote on November 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm:
Everytime I watch Secreteriat on youtube or ESPN Classic now, it is as if I am with my late grandfather as a ten year old boy. I get the same feeling of joy at 47 years of age as I did as a ten year old boy growing up by the Jersey Shore. God made Secreteriat and he gave him to us to be a part of all our lives who were alive back then in the early 1970's. I love Secreteriat. I do. Thank the Lord Jesus for his presence and memories in all our lives. Big Red Forever!! the 2:24 will not ever be broken in the Belmont and the 1:59 at the Kentucky Derby may live forever also. What an honor to witness them both. God Bless Penny Tweedy for being a great owner and inspiration to us all. Thank you for this moment in Time that never gets old. Blessings al
Angela Angela wrote on November 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm:
Hi Secretariat and Penny,

I just watched the movie last night and left feeling so inspired by Secretariat. What an athlete! You reminded me of how a long-distance runner starts off slow and then speeds up to take the win. Such a smart horse. Penny's connection and strong belief in herself and her horse, which inspired her children was something I hope movie goers take away to their own families. Thanks for reminding me to never give up. Can't wait for the DVD to come out, so I can share the story with those who weren't able to see the movie.
Karen Karen wrote on November 3, 2010 at 8:41 am:
I cried all through the movie. Just recently my daughter, Kelly, had to have her beautiful, noble horse, Buddy put down. He could not breath from troubles in his lungs and they also found cancer in his nostral passages. He was also a big red horse with the white down the middle of his face.I remember when my Kelly was just a tiny baby rocking her and giving her her bottle while watching Big Red win the Belmont. I told Kelly that one day she'd get a beautiful horse just like that. Although Buddy didn't have Red's speed, he did have his heart. It was a huge lose for all of us. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful, inspiring movie with us and also the very important story of Penny's never give up and believe what your heart is telling you. attitude. What a wonderful role model!
Evie Evie wrote on November 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm:
Read the book. Saw the movie. Watch the videos. Bought the photos. He is a divine inspiration on every level, in every way, to every person. Thank you, Secretariat.
haley: haley: wrote on November 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm:
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Patrick Dailey Patrick Dailey wrote on November 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm:
June 9, 1973, my mother, father and I flew from Douglas Airport in Charlotte to Laguardia. When we arrived, we boarded a taxi and said "Belmont Park". I got to see Big Red run the race of his life. The race of my lifetime. There have been great horses...but none will ever top what we witnessed on that day.
linda a day linda a day wrote on November 2, 2010 at 8:27 am:
Growing up I of course heard of Secretariat.
But after seeing the movie I was just amazed at the connnection between the owner and Secretariat. What a great, moving and truly inspirational story this was.
Pam Farnsworth Pam Farnsworth wrote on November 2, 2010 at 7:30 am:
I just saw the movie and it brought back many memories. I am a huge fan of racing and I remember watching Secretariat, just after I enter active duty in the Navy. I remember reading about you and realizing that you were the perfect role model to help me get through boot camp and rise all the way to the rank of PNC!!! The three years I spent in Saratoga Springs (I have not been able to get to the other venues yet) were fantastic. Secretariat will always be the greatest horse that ever lived -- and you will now become the inspiration for a new generation of girls. God bless you and thank you.
Sharon Cancienne Sharon Cancienne wrote on November 2, 2010 at 6:25 am:
I went to see the movie last night. It was excellent. There was such heart-pounding action that when I left the movie my heart was still racing. Secretariat was and always will be the greatest racehorse ever. If the movie comes out on DVD I will be one of the first to buy it.
Laura Taylor Laura Taylor wrote on November 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm:
Dear Penny,
You are an inspiration to all women and girls. I have never had the privilege of being able to work around horses, however, I love animals, and your story, and Secretariat's is precious.
Fondly,
Laura
Rianna Rianna wrote on November 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm:
I saw the movie tonight with my 6 year old daughter who has such a love for horses. She enjoyed it so much that she wanted me to come home and look up any pictures or information on Secretariat because she wanted to write to "everyone". So the following is from Rianna, age 6. 🙂

Thank you for horses and the great horse Secretariat. I enjoyed watching him run all the races and I know you did too. I know that you miss him and won't forget him. You are so blessed to have horses, I want a horse of my own one day. But I don't know if I would be brave to race a horse like Ronnie. 🙂
Erika Ovalle de Hernandez Erika Ovalle de Hernandez wrote on November 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm:
On behalf of my 5 year old Simany i wanted to say thank you for sharing the story of Secretariat. She just started riding and we are learning to appreciate the beauty a horse brings to your life. My daughter's passion for them is something I've never seen before. Seen a horse thru her eyes is a gift from God. She cheered and clapped for Big Red thru his races on the movie (so funny to watch) her little heart a million miles per hour. Almost as fast as he was running. Thank you once again. Erika
Taylor D : Taylor D : wrote on November 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm:
I bought the Secretariat book by William Nack. And it's a very cool book! I love reading about this miraculous horse and what he did. I wish I could of been there to watch him, but I wasn't born then. I absolutely love horses, But Secretariat is definitly my favorite.
ginny kiely ginny kiely wrote on November 1, 2010 at 7:22 am:
I have recently seen the movie by Disney on Secretariat. I did not know the history of the horse or the family that raised and raced him until now. What an inspiring story. I admire Penny for her heart and conviction that her horse was a winner. What a special bond they shared. What a wonderful example she was for her children.
In the past 10 years I have been involved with hunter/jumpers youth competitions in Colorado and across the east coast. Horses are truly amazing animals and I too feel that they can look into your soul. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.
Cindy Young Cindy Young wrote on November 1, 2010 at 7:05 am:
He was my inspiration and hero. Saw him run against Riva Ridge. Was always amazed he wasn't whipped, he just ran on his own.
Susan Susan wrote on November 1, 2010 at 6:44 am:
I was so close to seeing him in 1984 on a trip to Kentucky, but the day we came they where not allowing visitors due to breeding. I was crushed. Imagine a 20yr old crying becuase she could not see a horse. I now own a great grand daughter of Bold Ruler and I wonder if she knows what royal blood lines she has. I am so glad you lost the coin toss. Although I show AQHA and ApHC my heart is always with the runners.
Lenore Crauthamel Lenore Crauthamel wrote on November 1, 2010 at 6:22 am:
the movie brought back such wonderful memories of this phenom. I remember so vividly each
race. I'm sure there will never be another like him in my lifetime. It was even better to have seen it with my grandaughter, who shares my love of horses and is the same age as I was when BIG RED made history. just seeing her reaction, to what it was like to be part of that extraordinary
event brought tears to my eyes. thank you for that gift! Sincerely, Lenore Crauthamel/Brook Park
ohio.
Vanessa Vanessa wrote on October 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm:
I have to say that Secretariat was the best horse ever and after watching the movie tonight I never quite understood why people race horses...But more that it's the horse that carries the Human across the finish line with it's own pride, will and stamina. Amazing story I was 5 when Secretariat passed away. So I watched the movie with out any common knowledge of him in general.

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