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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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Joan Johnson Joan Johnson wrote on October 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm:
I saw the movie last week and loved it. It brought back all of my memories of watching him win the Triple Crown. I was glued to the TV for all three races. I am not a big sports fan. The only thing that I watch on a regular basis is the three races for the Triple Crown. Big Red has always been my favorite. I can't wait for the movie to come out on DVD so that I can buy it and watch it over and over again.
Kay Marshall Kay Marshall wrote on October 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm:
Mrs. Penny C. Tweedy, who would you know that is a Secretariat offspring stud that is alive that would be a match to breed to Zenyatta? Enjoying your daughter's book that I purchased after seeing your film. It is terrific and the movie was exceptional! I graduated from college in '75 and watched Foolish Pleasure win the Derby.That was my one and only trip to the Derby, which I would love to see again in person. No matter where we are my Mom and I call each other and watch the race and talk about the horses. Plan to watch the Breeder's Cup next weekend that Zenyatta will be running. Thank you, Kay Marshall, Aledo, Texas
annette eddy annette eddy wrote on October 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm:
Went to see the movie today ,was the most wonderful movie ever. I remember Secretariat running in the triple crown when I was a girl . My mom and dad love to watch every year and thought the horse was huge it was he was one great and wonderful horse.I cried at the movies .
Jennifer Granda Jennifer Granda wrote on October 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm:
I saw the 2010 movie Secretariat this week and my love and admiration for the horse came flooding back into my heart and my mind. Thank you for believing, thank you for your tenacity and thank you for showing us what beauty really is ... running at life!
Julie Everetts Julie Everetts wrote on October 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm:
Just came back from seeing the movie. It was wonderful. Everyone did a great job. Diane was very beliveable. Penny must be very proud of the movie. I remember the story very well.
Alisa Alisa wrote on October 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm:
I grew up hearing about Secretariat and watching his big races and today just saw the movie. What a wonderful tribute to an incredible horse. Penny's spirit and determination are gifts to all of us of a value unspoken. He and Penny are gems and should never be forgotten. Bless you.
Mary Mary wrote on October 31, 2010 at 10:42 am:
I have limited knowledge of horse racing, but have fond memories of my Dad allowing us (his children) to pick our favorite horse in the Kentucky Derby each year. I remember Secretariat but was not aware of the challenges faced by Penny while on her journey to the triple crown. If the movie is a true representation of her character, I wish I had known of her much earlier in my life as she is a true inspiration. I would count her in the top five women that I most admire! If she does public appearances, I would love to know the schedule so that I could meet her in person. Best regards, Mary
Lourdes E. Moya Lourdes E. Moya wrote on October 31, 2010 at 8:42 am:
I was just 12 years when Secretariat won the Triple Crown, and since that year I became a true fan of this horse. I still remember the comments of the reporters but I was so sure at this moment that Secretariat will be the winner. After watching the movie, so many memories came to my mind, especially the emotions like the horse were mine. I have to express to Ms. Penny Chenery my respect for being a such brave woman, facing a hard moment in her life and giving the fight. Thank you for having faith in Secretariat, because after all, Ms. Penny, no history were made if you would't be persist and trust in the abilities of the your horse. Secretariat was a gift of God to you, thank you for sharing him with us.
tony rocha tony rocha wrote on October 31, 2010 at 5:01 am:
i was never a racing fan before but secretariat changed all that for me in that year 1973, truly one of the greatest names in sports history, i will never forget him
Melissa Aguilar Melissa Aguilar wrote on October 31, 2010 at 4:20 am:
Just wanted to take moment to say the movie was incredible and after crying through all of Red's wins, I can only imagine how much you all loved the horse. My daughter who is 7 wants so badly to begin riding and the movie really inspired me to make sure she gets the opportunity.

Execllent story, incredible strength, and amazing horse! Thank you for sharing his story.
Logan Ray Logan Ray wrote on October 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm:
Never in my life have I ever seen a horse like Secretariat, now I am only 16 but it really changed my life. You see I have rode horses for 10 years. I actually believe the horse is in my sole. Haha. I ride on the Ludington Highschool Equestrian team. In Ludington, Michigan. I am the only guy who rides on the team. Sometimes I am discouraged by many things. But I always have dealt with it. NO one, has ever or will ever take me away from the horse. I have seen every aspect of the horse. Raceing, showing, trail riding, you name it. I started 1 year ago with speed eventing. and with a new horse named- " Rebeliou's Miss" aka Taffy. The very first time I raced her I won. After years of disapointment I had finally achieved sucess. I new the day I met her, she was my hero, and my champion. She tested me, studied me, and smelled me. We became one. Because of Penny, and Secretariat that american cowboy, cowgirl thrill, and determination has and will one day achieve greatness. Remember
Avery Avery wrote on October 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm:
Dear Penny,

I have 5 acres and I want to get a horse, and let it race just like you did. I want to turn my bedroom into a Secretariat room. I want to be just like you when I grow up. I am 7 years old. Oh, and I want to meet you someday.

What I love about Secretariat is that he believed in himself. And you believed in him.

Bye,
Avery
Darla Bruno Darla Bruno wrote on October 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm:
I remember watching the the triple crown races that Secretariat won when I was 10 years old. We had a black and white TV. I never knew what color he was until I saw the movie today! Truly the greatest race horse ever. I'm glad I got to see him run. Kudos to Penny Tweedy for sticking to her guns and fighting to keep her magnificent horse. Truly an inspirational story for women as well as horse lovers.
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.

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