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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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Marc Marc wrote on November 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm:
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 12:37 pm:
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 9:11 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.
Trisha Espolt Trisha Espolt wrote on November 7, 2010 at 8:50 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 10:56 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 9:25 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 7:26 pm:
Linda King Linda King wrote on November 6, 2010 at 6:01 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 3:15 pm:
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.
samantha samantha wrote on November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm:
dear Ms Chenery secretariat its an inspiration to me being on the quater horse business as a owner and a jockey's wife...this awsome movie tells me to follow my heart and believe deep in my dreams with hard work evrything will be ok...just because this is a very hard business...this is the best movie i ever seen...thank you so much for letting the world know about how beautiful the horse and the races are...
Holly Holly wrote on November 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm:
Dear Ms Chenery

Is it possible that Secretariat's DNA is still available....could, say, Zenyatta be sired artificially in an attempt for a super-colt?
Frank Oakes Frank Oakes wrote on November 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm:
What an inspiration! Man can communicate with horse after all. Thank you Penny, for sharing your amazing animal with the world so that we can all love him.
Luis S. Suau Luis S. Suau wrote on November 5, 2010 at 9:19 am:
I enjoyed so much the movie "Secretariat" because it remembered me my 70's youthful years. During those years I was a very active horse racing fan and I remember very well seeing Secretariat's Triple Crown races. I still have the Time magazine when Secretariat was in the cover.

In addition, I had an uncle that had a very successful horse racing stable and he had a horse that ran in the Kentucky Derby, but unlike Penny Tweedy, he sold it the day before the race (he came in fourth)!
So imagine, how identified I am with Penny Tweed!!

I recommend every horse racing fan to see "Secretariat"
Katy Katy wrote on November 5, 2010 at 8:46 am:
Dear Ms. Chenery, I have recently have seen the movie Secretariat. The movie is very inspirational. I also think, though, that you are very motivating. You were put down and never thought to be able to raise a winnig horse. You belived in yourself, though, and disproved them. You also took risk with Secretariat which must have taken much belief in yourself. I love how you go for the best no matter what comes in your way. Horse racing is very exciting to me. I love the suspense of the last race and how Secretariat wins by more than ever thought to be possible. Ronnie is such a faithful rider. You were lucky and very smart to keep him. Thank you for sharing your story with us, for I will always remember your story. Sincerely, Katy
Justin Dirksen Justin Dirksen wrote on November 5, 2010 at 8:45 am:
The movie Secretariat motived me in many ways. It was very inspirational and heartwarming. You also showed perserverance throut the whole movie. It must of been hard to take over the farm with both of your parents gone, but you pulled through and had great faith in your horse, trainers, and everyone.Even though everyone said you couldn't do it, you did. Even other horse owners made you look bad, but I think that was because they were just jeleaus of your great horse. I think it was also very interesting how you were in the movie. Did you help to write the movie or did someone else wright it for you? How old was Secretariat when he passed away? How is Rodney doing? How is Lucius and all the other trainers you had doing? Where do you live.Was it very exiting being able to enter your horse in the Belmont Stakes and to win? I bet it was also almost a miracle how Secretariat won by 31 lengths and the fastest time ever. Sincerely, Justin P.S. How are you doing?
Mitchell Kunkler Mitchell Kunkler wrote on November 5, 2010 at 8:45 am:
Dear Penny Chenery,

I enjoyed watching the movie Secretariat. It was very inspirational. It must have been tough to be in that type of financial situation. I was surprised that you told everyone that you guarunteed that Secretariat was going to win the Triple Crown. Then the impossible happened. I have never watched a horse race with so much excitement before. I am glad that you got to be in the movie. I learned that amazing things can happen if you never give up. I am happy that everything turned out good for you.

P.S. How's Ronny doing with his injury? I hope he is doing ok.

Mitchell Kunkler
Morgan K. Morgan K. wrote on November 5, 2010 at 8:44 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 8:44 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 8:43 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 8:43 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.


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