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TIM DEAN/ SECRETARIAT'S # 1 FAN & HISTORIAN TIM DEAN/ SECRETARIAT'S # 1 FAN & HISTORIAN wrote on May 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm:
I watched the entire 2019 Preakness Stakes on NBC TV with TV hosts Kenny Rice and Randy Moss to name a few...At the start, when the gates opened, the horse Bodexpress threw jockey John Velazquez off...When that happened,it reminded me of a race back in either 1967 or 1968 when the horse named O'hara threw the jockey off in the Hollywood Gold Cup in California...If Im not mistaken, War Of Will ran the Preakness in a track time of 1:55, the same time that the track Clock Clocked Secretariat's 1973 Preakness which WAS Ludicrous and (NOT CORRECT) !!!! SECRETARIAT'S PREAKNESS TRACK TIME ACTUALLY WAS A TRACK RECORD OF A TRACK TIME OF 1:53 FLAT...THIS RECORD TIME OF 1:53 FLAT HAS (NEVER) BEEN BROKEN...The 2019 Belmont which is going to be on June 8, 2019 in Elmont,N.Y. will be on NBC TV...Secretariat also HOLDS THE BELMONT RECORD also with a track time of 2:24 and HE WON by an astounding and daunting 31 lengths...THE BEST EVER !!!! Hello to Secretariat.com, Ronnie Turcotte , John and Kate Tweedy...
MY SECRETARIAT IS A TIMELESS LEGENDS HE IS IMMORTAL AND ALWAYS WILL BE !!!
TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on May 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm:
I just thought id stop by and let all of you Secretariat fans know, the Preakness Stakes is coming up on Saturday and will be covered by NBC TV...Also, my Secretariat also STILL HOLDS THE STAKES RECORD at Pimlico where the Preakness is run...Secretariat Preakness record time of 153 flat STILL STANDS!!! I DON'T CARE what racehorse runs at the Derby, Preakness or Belmont, NO HORSE can catch Secretariat's track time...My Secretariat IS A TIMELESS LEGEND with record times NO ONE can catch...Go Big Red !!! I sure do wish Country House and Maximum Security were racing in the Preakness Stakes this year...It would be like a rematch of sorts...As ALWAYS I say hello to my friend at Secretariat.com and to Ronnie Turcotte and to Kate & John Tweedy...
Sublime Secretariat Sublime Secretariat wrote on May 14, 2019 at 12:19 pm:
I was so fortunate to have watched the Triple Crown win with my family. We all jumped for joy when Secretariat crossed the finish line and proved he was the supreme ruler of the race track. Some say he was an anomaly because of his large heart, but I say he was exactly as God intended - perfect. I'm also a Man o' War fan and knowing Secretariat and Man o' War are related just makes things even that much sweeter. RIP both of you divine athletes! HUZZAH!
TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on May 4, 2019 at 5:50 pm:
I watched the entire 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC here in 2019...It was exciting to say the least...The horse Country House won because Maximum Security was disqualified for an infraction during the race...Country House is trained by Bill Mott and was a 65-1 long shot to win, of which he did win...I am glad the under dog Won and Bill Mott received his first Derby win...I also noticed every now and then Secretariat's name was mentioned at the Kentucky Derby this year and rightfully so since Big Red HOLDS THE Kentucky Derby track record since 1973...I hope Country House goes on to win the Preakness also since he's a under dog...Also, Secretariat HOLDS THE PREAKNESS and BELMONT STAKES RECORD as well...Next year, I hope to attend The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby...I wished I could be interviewed on NBC tv at the Derby about Secretariat, I'd let everyone know Big Red is and was the BEST that EVER LIVED bar none...Hello to Secretariat.com and to Ron Turcotte and to John and Kate Tweedy...
TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on May 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm:
Well Secretariat fans, it's me once again, The # 1 fan & historian of The bright chestnut named SECRETARIAT !!! Well tomorrow is the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky...The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is on May, 4th 2019 and televised on NBC TV...I am posting this for my Secretariat aka "Big Red"...For those of you who don't know, Secretariat STILL HOLDS The Kentucky Derby track record of a track time of 1:59 2/5th seconds...He (SECRETARIAT) also HOLDS the track time of the second leg of the Triple Crown The Preakness Stakes track time of 1:53 flat...The last leg of the Triple Crown The Belmont Stakes, Secretariat HOLDS that record also with a track time of 2:24 flat and a margin of Victory of 31 lengths...So my SUPER HORSE, SECRETARIAT HOLDS the track record in ALL 3 TRIPLE CROWN races...So,then,if you all watch the Kentucky Derby,Preakness and Belmont Stakes on TV in 2019,REMEMBER WHO STILL HOLDS THE TRACK RECORD'S in ALL 3 races...Secretariat has and does HOLD the track record's in ALL 3 Triple Crown races from 1973 To the Present bar none !!!Hello to Secretariat.com and Kate & John Tweedy and my friend the BEST Jockey ever Mr.Ron Turcotte !!!
Joep Joep wrote on May 1, 2019 at 6:41 am:
I only wish I went to see you back in 73. As I get older I find myself being drawn into wanting to help retired racehorses live out there lives. I don't live from Aquaduct the track Big Red pretty much started with. I certainly plan on attending next years Doswell birthday celebration to pay tribute to Big Reds 50th.
TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on April 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm:
I just watched Secretariat's last race which was at Woodbine race course on October 28th, 1973...Secretariat won that race by 6 1/2 lengths and was just shy of the track record....Also, when Secretariat ran his last race at Woodbine, HE was only 3 yrs and 7 months old...Just THINK in your mind's, what would have been if Secretariat would have raced as a 4 year old...The racehorse John Henry raced up to the age of 9...As a SUPER HORSE, and a (2) TIME HORSE OF THE YEAR recipient, Just THINK what SECRETARIAT would have done on the race track as a 4 year old,it blows my mind...When Secretariat won the 1973 Triple Crown HE was the FIRST to Win the American Triple Crown in 25 year's...Citation had won the Triple Crown way back in 1948...Also, SECRETARIAT OWN'S (ALL) 3 TRIPLE CROWN TRACK RECORD'S FROM 1973 TO PRESENT, and Won the Belmont Stakes by an amazing and astonishing (31) length Victory...Also, Secretariat 's margin of Victory in the Belmont has NEVER BEEN APPROACHED !!! The 2019 Kentucky Derby is this weekend at Churchill Downs and I hoped to watch it and then I want to see the horses track time and compare it to the track time of Secretariat there will be NO COMPARISON IM SURE...Secretariat's 1973 Kentucky Derby was a track time of 1:59 2/5 Track Record and has NEVER been broke,and Will NEVER BE BROKEN PERIOD. I want to say hello to Secretariat.com, Ronnie Turcotte and to John & Kate Tweedy...
Rick Rick wrote on April 29, 2019 at 8:16 am:
It's getting to be that time of year again! I remember watching Barbaro coming out of the far turn and just flying down the stretch at Churchill Downs in the 2006 Derby. Oh my!
Once a Kentucky Derby Champion, Always a Kentucky Derby Champion.
Happy 16th birthday today Champ!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 23, 2019 at 5:25 am:
The 3 Triple-Crown records all have a time ending with a zero ( 1:59:40 / 1:53:00 / 2:24:00 ). These 3 zeros form a chain so hard to beat !!
Heaven is blue and white .
Rick Rick wrote on April 21, 2019 at 3:16 am:
While celebrating this Easter holiday, take a moment to remember the great Riva Ridge today. On this date 34 years ago, at the age of 16, Riva passed away in 1985. I will always contend that if it were not for the muddy track at the Preakness, Riva Ridge would have won the 1972 Triple Crown and joined the 'Immortal' Champions of the game. Thank you Riva for all the thrills and all the racing memories in 1971 (as 2-Year Old Champion), in 1972 (as the Kentucky Derby Champion and the Belmont Stakes Champion), and in 1973 (as Older Horse Champion). You were an inspiration to everyone that saw you run Champ! You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.

Enjoy an Eternity at Peace Riva
Rick Rick wrote on April 17, 2019 at 9:13 am:
Remembering the man today that spent more time with Secretariat during his racing career than anyone else on Earth, his 'Groom', Eddie Sweat. Eddie past away on this date 21 years ago (4/17/98).

RIP Eddie
Rick Rick wrote on April 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm:
Today is a happy day for me. I'm remembering Riva Ridge who was born 50 years ago today, April 13, 1969. One of my 3 or 4 favorite race horses of all time. I saw Riva Ridge run in the Garden State Stakes at the track in Cherry Hill, N.J. A memory for a lifetime. It's a race I will never forget. Riva's a favorite of Ron Turcotte also. I really enjoyed your Riva Ridge tribute story posted here on Secretariat.com. You both did each other proud! Happy Birthday Champ!

Today is also a sad day for me. I'm remembering the 'Storyteller' Bill Nack who passed away one year ago today, April 13, 2018. His written words helped millions of people appreciate the phenomenon, the charisma, and the talent that was Secretariat. We all miss you Bill. Enjoy an Eternity of Peace.
TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on April 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm:
I was on YouTube the other night looking at some videos of Secretariat...Well I came across one video titled:Secretariat VS Man O'War...Secretariat was faster in the video than Man O'War...I have researched both track time's of Secretariat and Man O'War, and Big Red's running track time was faster by as much as 2 to 3 seconds...You see fan's, Secretariat was a SUPER HORSE with a heart of 21 pounds and a STRONG WILL TO WIN...Secretariat was VERY INTELLIGENT, this is why A LOT of people referred to Big Red as half human including his exercise rider the late Charlie Davis...When Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat in a race,he hardly ever used the whip because Secretariat knew what to do in a race...Secretariat knew where the track FINISH LINE was, HE RAN HIS OWN RACE...IN MY OPINION, SECRETARIAT WAS / IS THE #1 RACEHORSE OF THE 20TH CENTURY BAR NONE...Also, Riva Ridge of The Meadow Stable was/is a very good racehorse back in 1971 & 1972...Hello to Secretariat.com, and to Kate and John Tweedy...
NICOLE NICOLE wrote on April 9, 2019 at 9:06 am:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SECRETARIAT! March 30, 1970!

I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS! YOU ARE MY HERO!!

NICOLE: YOUR #1 FAN ALWAYS! XOXO
Michael Duszynski Michael Duszynski wrote on April 7, 2019 at 1:21 pm:
Yesterday I viewed the Santa Anita Derby won by Roadster with a time of 1:51.xx, Sham still has that record with 2 others, 1:47 flat. Then I viewed the 2019 Grand National, won again by Tiger Roll, marking his place in history as the new UK Superhorse, and remembering that on March 31, 1973 another SuperHorse, Red Rum, at age 8, began his legacy when he won his first Grand National Steeplechase, repeated in 1974, finished 2nd in 1975-76, and at age 12, won his 3rd in 1977. Just like Big Red, his story is also awe inspiring. Sham's 49th is April 9. A fact I want to mention here is that looking back on the 1973 Triple Crown Quest is that on May 19th, 1973 after the Preakness Victory it seems Secretariat had a theme song that few realized. Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group, no doubt propelled by the Secretariat Phenomenon, went to the #1 position on the Hot 100, and it makes perfect sense because Big Red was a monster.
Frankenstein was #2 on June 9, 1973, only bested by My Love by PM and Wings. The 1973 Belmont Stakes was much more than a horse race. It was the coronation of a new king a decade past that terrible day when our Great King was killed by his own. For that fleeting moment this racehorse became the leader of the free world, and when he returned to the Belmont Grandstand to receive his crown, and to be honored by his new constituency, this was his message: " See, I'm just a racehorse playing in a game I can win, but you folks, the " Silent Majority" as your ill fated leader calls you, are playing in a game you can't win, and you need to wake up".
Rick Rick wrote on March 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm:
49 years ago today the greatest thoroughbred race horse to ever run around a track was born. He thrilled us with his marvelous accomplishments and captivated us with his stellar personality. Today, even though he is gone from our presence, I know he now runs in the presence of angels. Happy birthday Champ!
TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on March 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm:
I posted a post around 12:11 AM today on the 49th birthday of Secretariat aka BIG RED...Secretariat was born around 12:10 AM on March 30TH, 1970 in a 2 horse foaling shed at the Meadow Stable in Doswell,Virginia...When I posted my orher post earlier, I wanted to get as CLOSE AS I COULD TO THE ACTUAL TIME WHEN SECRETARIAT WAS FOALED- (BORN) when I posted my previous post...I WANTED to attend the Secretariat birthday celebration at the Meadow Event Park but my funds and lack of transportation would NOT let me...Hopefully, I can attend the Secretariat festival in October and the Secretariat birthday celebration next year, that's my HOPE & WISH...HAPPY BIRTHDAY SECRETARIAT, I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!❤❤❤????????????...I AM YOUR #1 FAN and historian on your life....Hello to Secretariat.com, Ronnie Turcotte, Kate Chenery Tweedy, John Tweedy and Leeanne at the Meadow Event Park...
TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN # 1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on March 29, 2019 at 8:11 pm:
It was around this time more than 40 years ago that the American Superhorse SECRETARIAT was born at the Meadow Stable in Doswell, Virginia...Secretariat was foaled (born) in Doswell, Virginia on March 30TH, 1970...Today is Secretariat's birthday and is celebrated by many including ME...Secretariat' sire (Father) was Bold Ruler who also was a great speed racehorse himself...And Secretariat's dam (mother) Somethingroyal was a great horse that had great stamina...Secretariat went on to become the GREATEST RACEHORSE of all time winning the 1973 Triple Crown of which he broke track records in all 3 Triple Crown races...Secretariat's track records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes STILL STAND TODAY...Secretariat also set a track record in the 1973 Marlboro Cup among others...I want to tell my Secretariat HAPPY BIRTHDAY and that You will always mean the WORLD TO ME...Hello to Secretariat.com, Kate and John Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin-Meadow's....
Rick Rick wrote on March 25, 2019 at 8:49 am:
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary for the passing of Chic Anderson, on March 24, 1979. Your 'calls' will always be synonymous with Secretariat's 1973 Triple Crown winning campaign. The faithful will always remember!

RIP Chic
TIM DEAN # 1 FAN / HISTORIAN TIM DEAN # 1 FAN / HISTORIAN wrote on March 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm:
I wanted to stop by the # 1 Thoroughbred racing website in
the country Secretariat.com and remind all of the Secretariat fans and Riva Ridge fans about the upcoming Secretariat birthday celebration at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va on Saturday March 30TH 2019...Secretariat was foaled (born) at the Meadow Stable on March 30TH, 1970 at about 10 minutes past midnight on a chilly cold night...There were 3 men in the foaling shed that night...The 3 men were Farm manager Howard Gentry, Raymond Wood and the foaling man Mr. Southworth...Raymond Wood was a friend of Howard Gentry's the farm manager...Also, the stable mate of Secretariat Riva Ridge was from the Meadow Stable...Riva Ridge was foaled (born) on April 13, 1969 and sired by First Landing and out of the dam Iberia by Heliopolis...Riva Ridge won the 1972 Kentucky derby among other races as well...I would like to say a big hello to Secretariat.com, Ronnie Turcotte, Kate Chenery Tweedy and her brother John Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin-Meadow's...

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