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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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Morgan K. Morgan K. wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:44 am:
Dear Penny,
I have recently seen the movie Secretariat. This movie left me feeling that I could achieve anything. I loved that you would stand up for all women. You would not let any man tell you what you were or were not to do. Women like you have inspired us all to dream big and shoot for the stars. Another thing that has crossed my mind during the movie is what happened to Ronnie? It states at the end that he had fallen while racing and is now in a wheelchair. I would like to know another thing about him, did he have a special connection with Secretariat? Throughout the movie it seemed that only your character and Eddie Sweat had a special connection. Lastly,your character never rode the horse throughout the movie. I would like to know if you had ever riden Secretariat. I like to thank you for sharing your incredible story with ordinary people.
Catherine Catherine wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:44 am:
Dear Ms Chenery,

We recently went and saw your movie Secretariat and i thought that it was very inspiring. I love the part where you said that Big Red would never stop fighting that he would never give up. That he had the heart of a champion. The movie was great and the horse was amazing. I am so glad that you beat Poncho. Also I love how you stood up to him when he was tring to tell you that housewives have no place in horse racing. I think you showed him pretty well that women do. I was hoping that you would be able to send a autographed picture of you and the horse. I would love to have a picture of an amazing horse and an amazing women who changed horse racing for women,please. I was wondering if you still have people that race for you. Also i was wondering if you have family that are still doing racing and doing great in racing like you did with your horse. I loved the movie and i hope you are doing well. Thank you so much and have fun!
Andrew McShane Andrew McShane wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:43 am:
I recently went to see the movie Secretariat with my 8th grade class. I thought it was a very interesting story. It really motivated me to stay determined like you did with Secretariat. I think this movie was very well thought out. It was very nice of you to allow the producers to use your story for a movie. I thought it was really cool how you were in the movie at the end. I can tell that you really love horses. I bet it was very nerve racking when he came from behind in The first 2 of the 3 triple crown races. What i would like to know is how much harder did you train him for Belmont. He seemed to completely dominate the other horses. Did you train him that much harder, or do you think he knew he had to win that race so he ran as hard as he possibly could. Also are any offspring of secretariat in the possession of you or your family. Also how did you pay the 6 Million dollars you owed. Sincerly,Andrew Mcshane
Jessica Jessica wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:43 am:
Dear Penny, I recently went and saw your movie and it truly inspired me that a woman can do anything. I learned that even if people tell you that you can't do something that you should stay determined and do it anyway. I loved your movie so much and I think that it was wonderful that you got to be in the movie. My class and I were wondering if you give out signed pictures of you and Secretariat. I think that Secretariat was a truly magnificant horse and I am very glad that they made a movie about you and him. P.S. My mom still remembers when Secretariat won the races.
Sarah Sarah wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:43 am:
Dear Penny,
The movie Secretariat, has taught me a lesson. The movie was great! It is now my favorite movie! I learned not only one lesson, but quite a few. The greatest thing about watching a movie is being left motivated, your movie has done that to me! Secondly, the lesson I learned is good character and a willing mind can get you a long way. The other lesson is girls can do anything! Besides being taught a lesson and motivated, I have been inspired. I have a few questions to ask. Like how did you keep yourself motivated? What feeling did you feel when you won the Triple Crown? I hope oneday I can inspire someone like you inspired me!
Conner Campbell Conner Campbell wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:43 am:
Dear Ms. Penny Chenery
I love your movie and how no matter what life through at you, you through it right back. Your movie was very insperational to me. I love horses, and I have 4 horses, a pony, and a 3 month old filly, I love them so much, they are my world. I have a few questions for you, one how are the horses that you have helped take care of. Two how are you and you and the people that helped you get what you wanted. Three what was wrong with Secertariat's mouth at the race, and why did it hurt him so bad, as a horsewoman I am curious. When I saw your movie i was very surprised that you were really in it as one of the people in the crowd. If you could I would love to have a picture of you and Secretariat so that I will know to "run my race" as you and your horse and the people around you have. You have inspired me as a person and as a horsewoman that we can do everything a man can do and sometimes better.
Pride Dunan Pride Dunan wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:42 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery, I love how,in the movie Secretariat, the character based on you was brave and witty. I was touched by how even though women in the 60's were considered merely housewives, you pushed forward to become the most you could be and raise a beautiful race horse that became very famous. I think it was really cool how in the movie there was a spot where you could see the actual you.
The movie was really awesome and I'm debating as to rather i should get and read the book. If you are like the woman in the movie then you are an amazing woman. I've realized that sometimes being stubborn can do a lot with perseverance. I just wish that more girls could be as inspiring, determined, and successful as you were.
Sargent Popeman Sargent Popeman wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:41 am:
I saw the movie with my English class in 8th grade. i thought it was very inspirational. You have to be a very strong lady to never give up through such hard time. Do you ever visit the Meadow anymore, and are you still associated with horses?
Michelle Michelle wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:41 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery,

Recently my class went and saw your movie. I enjoyed the movie a lot. It was very good. Your movie inspired me. I think you are very couragous. It was very motivating to me how you kept going and never quit or gave up even though a lot of people put you down. You knew you could achieve it, even though a lot of people didn't think you could. What exactly is an abcess? I live on a farm, but I don't have horses so I didn't know what an abcess was. Also, I was wondering you if would maybe send me an autographed picture? Please. Thank you very much for everything you've done. I'm inspired by you and I hope their are others that are too.
Breanne Breanne wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:41 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery,
I have recently went and seen the movie secretariat with my adv. lit comp class on a field trip. The movie was very enjoyable and inspirational. I admire you so much. Even though their was people rooting for you to fail(poncho) you didn't let that get in your way because you were determined to succeed. I have a question that i would like to ask about the movie if you don't mind. In the movie, the first race that secretariat gets third and you jumped all over Ronnies case and then learned that he had abcess...did that really happen in real life? Over all i thought secretariat was an awesome movie and it was great to get to see the movie and expierence on the film the life of secretariat.
Alexis Alexis wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:40 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery,
Recenty my adv. lit comp class went and saw the movie about you Seceriaraiat. It was very inspirational. You took risks and they all paid off. I would just like to ask you a question. In the movie right before one of the races you looked into Secretariat's eyes and just looked into them for awhile it looked like you knew what he was saying. Did you really know what he was saying? You never looked nervous during or right before the races. There is one more questioned a would be pleased to ask you, where you ever intimidated by Pancho? In all the movie was very well writen and great movie. I enjoyed watching and learning about you and your horse.
Luke Rowles Luke Rowles wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:40 am:
I just went and saw Secretariat with my 8th grade English class. It was actually a really informative and fun movie. In my school district we focus a lot on good character traits. It's called Character Counts. Secretariat was a really good example of character, and it let me see that you have to stay focused and perserve through everything in life. Next subject, I thought it was really nice of you to let the film industry use your story, and I thought it was really cool you had a spot in the movie. I have one question though . . . how did you get the farm out of debt?
Malarie Malarie wrote on November 5, 2010 at 4:39 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery,
My adv. lit. comp. class took a fieldtrip to watch the movie secretariat. I loved the movie very much and it inspired me a lot. It told me that nothing was impossible and to keep strong in life. I love the way Penny always stays calm when Pancho tells her that her horse can't beat his horse. She always is very positive about life, and that could be why Secertariat wins all three races. I have one question for u. In the Belmont race does Secretariat really get ahead by that much in real life? Over all i thought it was a great movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
Patti Edgar Patti Edgar wrote on November 5, 2010 at 12:14 am:
Saw the movie on Monday Nov.1 and loved it. Can't wait for the DVD to come out so I can watch the movie again & again. I am privileged to own a grandson of Secretariat. He is an Appendix Quarter horse. My mare, Check Out the Fox (by Skys Blue Boy) was bred to Class Secret (in vitro). Phoenix Class Fox is a big strapping chestnut 6 month old colt & a real sweetheart. He has a very cool personality & wonderful confirmation. He is very smart & calm. He is a beautiful mover. No plans to race him, but his potential with his bloodlines is unlimited. I have 5 more straws of semen from Class Secret.I hope to breed Foxi again. Top breeding on both sides. He has great potential to be a hunter/jumper/steeplechase/driving. He is very full of his own little self but respectful! Thanks for the inspiration, Penny and Secretariat! All the best, Patti Edgar
Linda Linda wrote on November 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm:
Guess I just thought of a new country song-----Hoofprints on my Heart! I will always love this horse, and I watched him win the Triple Crown races at the tender age of 21. I waited and waited for a movie to be made. Finally!! Was sitting there in the theater the first day it came out October 8! Awesome film, well done Disney!
I had always had this thing about the number 14 since I was a young girl, for many reasons it was just my "lucky number." When, lo and behold, in the movie came the news that Secretariat was the 14th foal of Somethingroyal!! That just blew me away! I always knew I loved that number, now I know why!
Penny, you showed the world what determination and not giving up really means. God Bless you and your family. Thank you for giving the world this most beautiful Big Red gift!!
Rhonda Lowe Rhonda Lowe wrote on November 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm:
To Penny: The Woman of the Year(s)
My family watched these amazing races (I would have been 11) and later my parents took us to Claiborne Farms for a tour to see Secretariat. We have pictures we took with this amazing horse when my two older daughters were babies. We were also fortunate enough to be given some of his hair from his mane/tail to keep. We treasure these and are extremely proud to show them and tell everyone how special it was to be a part of Secretariat history. I went with my Dad today to watch the wonderful movie and we both got goosebumps and were choked up with tears. We absolutely loved this experience, loved that horse, and are now a new fan of yours! Wow, what intelligence, backbone, drive, and desire you have! You are a wonderful inspiration to all as to what can be accomplished when you set your mind to it, especially since I am the mother of three beautiful and intelligent daughters and continue to tell them to let nothing get in their way:)
Thank You for YOU!
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.

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