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Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 6, 2021 at 8:49 am:
How to negociate your own conscience
I saw on a website that they compared 10 races between Secretariat and Man O`War and Secretariat invariably won ! Here is what I think : I saw on another website an expert who said that Secretariat seemed immortal when you analyse his races but that he stumbled when it came to his record . . . .so , if I understand correctly ,we just have to make these two horses equal even if it is not true because Secretariat is superior but by making them equal it becomes obvious that it`s the record that will decide !! Very beautiful demonstration of negotiation of his own conscience . . .and this expert is convinced of what he says . . . .the Earth is still flat , it seems .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 5, 2021 at 9:37 am:
A computer-man argues against a human-woman .He presents her with a superb file of his horse ( 25-0-0 = Black Caviar ) while blowing his suspenders . The human-woman says to him that mathematically I must admit that your numbers make me fall on the ground but she adds this by presenting her hoese`s record ( 16-3-1 = Secretariat ) which hits less imagination with less victories but she tells him that it is necessary to look at the good numbers namely the records suspended in time or even in eternity .Now what do you have to add with your beautiful card that you hang behind your desk to try to dazzle people ?
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 5, 2021 at 9:13 am:
It is UNUSUAL to right numbers as a common computer can do if they are misinterpreted as many analysts do . Citation was a great racehorse but he was above all a `` business`` horse since he was reliable to bet on . Analysts mix this thing up with confirmed and unreachable records so they have a problem of evaluation and prioritization .To evaluate well it is necessary to infer as well as to deduce and M.Penny induced with her Secretariat since she thought that with the union of a horse that had a great endurance with another with a pedigree of speed it could give a monster . . . and during this time the men continued to simply deduce with their usual reasoning based only on deduction .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 5, 2021 at 8:08 am:
What do I mean by reconfiguration ? It is like when an atom changes its orbit around the nucleus , we do not see it change its position ,all we see is the flash it makes and then we see its change of position .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 5, 2021 at 7:32 am:
What do I hear about the difference between potentiel and classic ?
Classic : Time must play and Kelso has 8 years of full service . Constant records . Powerful records . This horse is so classic that he shits marble !
Potential : Bursting demonstrations of powerful shots that last a very long time and this is even truer after some 47 years !! Did not M.Hanford who was Kelso`s trainer , say that Secretariat was the greatest horse he ever saw ? Because he understood ( Smart move on his part ) that the column of potential had just been shaken and reconfigured .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 4, 2021 at 7:39 am:
Who`s the bigger one between Kelso and Secretariat ? It`s like asking which brain hemisphere is bigger than the other! The two are different but complementary . This is why you need two visions and therefore two columns of analysis . Each on these two champions leads in their own column and to average out to have only one champion does not quite to justice .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 4, 2021 at 6:13 am:
Until 1973, Kelso was the greatest horse classically and potentially then what he is doing in fourth place among the horses of the century ?
God only knows . . . .
The Devil suspects it . . . .
and the voters ignore it .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 4, 2021 at 5:52 am:
The Triple Crown of 1973 was 3 consecutive irregularities . 1- Slow and inexorable rise in Kentucky . 2- Electrifying comeback in Preakness . 3-Mechanical distance in Belmont .
This is what dethroned Kelso for potential .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 4, 2021 at 5:24 am:
Although I know I`ll be hated by fans of Citation , this one is an intruder in the third position . He was a wonderful atomic clock of regularity but it is precisely the irrigularities ( Outbursts ) that stand out and make the greatness . A race driver who maintains himself in first position during a whole race but is overtaken at last minute by another in a spectacular way will be surpassed . A sudden change of speed is an irregularity as well as a spectacular comeback since we rarely see that .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 20, 2020 at 5:22 am:
Another erratum
Il is not kelso who was the Maurice Richard oh the race but it is Maurice Richard who was the Kelso on the hockey ! Idem for Mona Lisa who was the Secretariat of art !!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 20, 2020 at 5:07 am:
Erratum
I wrote for dec 18 , 2020 at 8:24 am . . .and the 1999 vote is Atomic BUT it is ACOMIC !
. . . .sorry .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 18, 2020 at 10:28 am:
. . . I would forget : One can very easily imagine Secretariat and Kelso running together in the american Champs-Élysees because isn`t written on Kelso`s tomb `` Where he gallops , the earth sings`` ?
The earth sings for both .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 18, 2020 at 10:16 am:
We must never forget that we went to see Kelso run just like the francophones of Québec went to see Maurice Richard play field hockey . Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux were gods at hockey but Maurice Richard often , very often , had his head ripped off with sticks to stop him . The first two didn`t get that `` special treatment `` !!! We can say that Kelso was the Maurice Richard of the race and Secretariat was the Mona Lisa .

They are really the two North-American Gods !!!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 18, 2020 at 9:31 am:
Here are my obvious lists for the best . There are two columns namely Classic and Potential .
Classic Potential
1 - Kelso 1 - Secretariat
2 - Secretariat 2 - Kelso
3 - Man O`War 3- Man O`War
4 - Count Fleet 4- Count Fleet
Going beyond these 4 first ones makes me nervous and fearful .
Post-Scriptum : The problem with Citation is that is potential doesn`t lead to speed records and is only channeled in regularity. So , I see Citation quite far in these columns . How far ? That is the question !. . . 7 ,8 ?
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 18, 2020 at 8:54 am:
Consistency ( like 20 consecutively won races ) makes Citation a great athlete but not a god . And the records that Man O`War has set make him a small god but not a big one .
Comparaison and relativity oblige .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 18, 2020 at 8:24 am:
A record is a unique and original time but if this originality is surpassed by another then what is it worth ? Or if you prefer : What would be worth an energy invented from the fission of the atom so soon afterwards we invent the one based on fusion wich is much efficient and safe ? Speed records are based on this obvious comparison , even for children .
So Secretariat and Kelso are Atomic ! . . .and the 1999 vote is Atomic !!
Rick Rick wrote on December 15, 2020 at 1:13 pm:
The 'Trackside Voice' of Secretariat's 1973 Triple Crown Campaign would have turned 89 years old in two days. He was born on December 17, 1931. Remembering Chic Anderson!
TIM DEAN #1 FAN & HISTORIAN ON SECRETARIAT TIM DEAN #1 FAN & HISTORIAN ON SECRETARIAT wrote on December 14, 2020 at 11:39 pm:
First, I want to address the comments of a post left on this site by Alain Valade concerning Secretariat, Man O'War and Kelso....First, I have researched Secretariat's records and Man O'War not Kelso yet....Secretariat had the Fastest track record in history in All 3 Triple Crown races...Big Red was a faster equine athlete than Man O' War or Kelso....I had a conversation on line with a woman who was testing me on my knowledge of Secretariat lol...One of her trivia questions was, What made Secretariat faster than other Thoroughbred horses ? Well I told the woman HE was faster because of his blood line, meaning His sire Bold Ruler and HIS DAM Somethingroyal and because of HIS LARGE HEART....The woman said it was Just HIS HEART. nothing to do with his breeding...This lady didn't KNOW WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT LOL...Secretariat's sire was a Speed horse named Bold Ruler and HIS DAM Somethingroyal had stamina which Big Red inherited...Bold Ruler was also a Great Race Horse 🏇 in his own right....I have forgotten more about Big Red than Most people even know....If you fans of Secretariat try to question Me about Secretariat YOU WILL BE EMBARRASSED....There's Only 3 maybe 4 Tops that Might know as much as Me when it comes to Secretariat or His Progeny (Offspring)....Hi to my good friends at Secretariat.com, Jockey Ron Turcotte and John Tweedy and his family....
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on December 14, 2020 at 9:57 am:
Voting that Citation is greater than Kelso because of his consistency is like saying that consistent but unrecorded performances come BEFORE accomplished and confirmed records ....or ; that a high jumper who wins several nights of competition but does not accomplished any records will come before the jumper who has accomplished records !
Regularity or records ?
In 200 years we will talk about Secretariat or Kelso if their records are still there , while for Citation.....( &%RVFYTREW%? )
To ask the question is to answer it , isn`t it ?
Regularity ? Maybe it is....
Speed records ? Inevitable , unavoidable !!!!!
Money talk for an economy ? Speed records talk for horseraces .
Man O`War and Citation will be considered in the future as overvalued. Only Secretariat and Kelso pass the test of time and therefore of quality since this quality depends on the duration of their records which are maintained in place .
russ c russ c wrote on December 8, 2020 at 12:18 pm:
No doubt one of America's greatest, usually put in top three, even top two... no horse could have taken him in the Belmont, not even the great MOW. He never really got a chance to finish his legacy due to his early retirement but he lives on thru his progeny, he was and continues to be an outstanding broodmare sire. His legacy continues there. He, Citation, MOW, Lexington, American Eclipse and a good handfull of others grace the American Hall of Turf History.

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