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Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 19, 2019 at 9:42 am:
Here is why the 1999 vote was wrong : If we ask people what a good driver is , we will have various answers from people who reason according to specific criteria . A police officer will say : `` This is the person to whom I will not give a ticket . For an insurer :`` This is the person who will not use his insurance`` .For a race driver :``This is the person who can ride very fast and is adroit``....etc....etc....For the 1999 vote who voted ? Those who pocketed a lot of winnings ( Citation ) ? Those who only watch the show offered ( Secretariat/Kelso ) ? The owners ? People like the Washington Post reporter who gives the Secretariat a rating between 151 et 154 and who sees clearly ? Etc.....? If we do an average with all these different interests we will have a fairly reliable answer BUT where the leak will still sneak !
I repeat : 1-Secretariat . 2- Kelso . 3- Man O`War is the right order !...then , decide for yourself .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 17, 2019 at 8:38 am:
Tired of reading me ? Think of me who is tired of writing ! To summarize all my emails : When a situation is complex in appearance you have to search for the key in the form of an absolute to find and give a logical sense , here is the fastest speed of course !! Let us think of Einstein`s theory of Relativity where everything is relative to it . At the base of this theory there is an absolute namely : The invariance of the speed of light = This is the key around which everything gravitates !!
If the highest or the fastest does not win then we will get lost in the relative data and not analysable = What to understand and demonstrate .
I think I said everything and if you do not understand yet then WE ARE ALL LOST !!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 17, 2019 at 6:51 am:
There are only 4 ways to rate a horse : 1- Speed records. 2-Sheet ( Wins-looses). 3-Show he gives. 4-Finance/Earnings.
Only 3 horses ( Secretariat/Kelso/Man O`War ) touched in these 4 ways . For the case of Citation it is noted that the 1 does not touch where my surprise to find him officially 3rd !...and especially in front of Kelso !! It only remains to find the right order to decide between our 3 heroes . For Secretariat it is obvious like the nose in the middle of the face . For Kelso let`s not forget that his times are as good as Man O`War but in addition to his incredible record he still has the fastest time for the 2 miles ! Only this data is sufficient by itself to comfort him 2nd . As you can see , it only took a little thought and a simple method to find one`s way .
Post-scriptum : Citation was excellent but his times without records will be repeated by other horses that will not necessarily win the race . The good way for selection is : 1-Secretariat 2-Kelso 3- Man O`War 4 - Citation perhaps.....but i am not sure because others horses have speed records he has not , so , times that can not repeated so intouchable times . A winning record like 20 consecutive victorys can not win against a speed record exactly like 20 higher jumps can not win against a record jump because all jumps are under the record jump . It is difficult to accept this truth but it is the life who wants that and the intelligences by hierarchisation. Citation was excellent and perhaps the better for beatings but beatings are for beaters only , so , there are 4 ways for evaluate.....
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm:
The time of the Preakness about Secretariat`s time was corrected in 2012 . This was done because the clocks did not work well so there were no egos involved. For the unjust and incomprehensible vote of 1999 for the horse of the century , unfortunately , it is only that and no matter how long the Secretariat`s records will be kept in place.....but I could be wrong .

How many "experts" today doubt their vote wrong ?
Either they understand it today or there is nothing to do!
A specialist has already said that Secretariat seemed immortal when comparing his times and records but , he said , when he came to the card he was poking at Man O`War . So the 20-1-0 card of Man O`War with lower times everywhere beats 16-3-1 ? It is obvious that if we put these horses equal ( This is not the case !! ) then it will be the card that will decide ! Toc , toc , toc , there anyone ??
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 12, 2019 at 2:49 pm:
Problem : If a horse gets the most incredible time and its record lasts and lasts...but all the other races he has participated in were any , does that take anything away from its record ? We could certainly say that he is a lazy horse...that he is not stable , not regular , not reliable for betting...BUT he would always be the best ,the fastest . Greatness is not measured by stability or gains but by explosions of which the horse is capable ! When the crowd rises it is the most reliable because it knows that the incredible is happening . The crowd inside the Preakness race track is revealing because it moved towards the finish line . Even the childrens understood the importance of these races because they could see the adults shaking like leaves in the wind . Childrens know how to give meaning to fundamental things much better than many adults ....even many judges . When many childrens cried during these races , they were a mirror of the situation . Secretariat is the Balto of horserace , loved and admired .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm:
ESPN Sports Network voted like that for the athletes of xxth century : Secretariat 35th , Man O`War 84th and Citation 97th . How can the 84th pass before the 35th ? The difference could be perhaps be explained with 2 or 3 rows of difference but here it is 49 rows ?? So that means that Nadia Comaneci with her 6 or 7 perfect marks should not have been elected athlete of the century for Olympic games ? This causes a deep unease in people who logically prioritize numbers or marks ....What is the point of giving scores/marks/numbers....if they are used to reason illogically ??
The last ones will be the seems...Those who voted are geniuses because they understood things that cannot be understood !!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm:
Here are some thoughts about the erroneous vote of 1999.
1- The great strength of the TRUTH is that it lasts...or...the facts are stubborn . 2- Who thinks little is very wrong- Leonard of Vinci .3- The error can be recycled but is not biodegradable. 4- Everyone complains of his memory but never of his judgment . 5- If the triangles could draw they would make a god with three sides ...and they did . The real fault is the one that is not corrected .

If the fastest loses against the other slower ones then the highest jump loses against the lower jumps = We do not leave !!
How long will the records of Secretariat be kept in place to begin to suspect that one has erred ??
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm:
The vote of 1999 for the horse of century is absurd....A simple image will make it clear : A high jump is at the end a race but VERTICALLY...and...a race is a high jump but HORIZONTALLY ! If the hightest jump wins and then``bury`` all the others under it then the fastest race``bury`` all the others under it ! All Man O`War times are UNDER Secretariat`s times and it would be superior ? So , following this logic , the hightest jumper with many records is not the best ? ...and lower jumps would prevail ? And those who arrive at these``answers`` would be credible ??
I think that this vote should have been taken by experts who know to give meaning to the figures and who understand the scope of records .
I end up with a sin : Secretariat is first and Kelso is second ! Man O`War was slightly overvalued in my opinion because Kelso is so fast and still has the 2 miles record . Kelso is making you dizzy with his card !!
I wanted to stop by the # 1 website of horse racing and say a big congratulations to a 2019 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Christopher T. Chenery...Christopher Chenery founded The Meadow Stable in Doswell Virginia in 1936...He is the Father of Penny Chenery who owned my Secretariat and Riva Ridge among others...The Meadow had such Champions as: Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Sir Gaylord, Hill Prince among others...Hello to and to Ronnie Turcotte and to Kate & John...As ALWAYS, ALWAYS I LOVE MY SECRETARIAT THE BRILLIANT, IMMORTAL, TIMELESS LEGEND SUPERHORSE OF ALL TIME...
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on August 2, 2019 at 2:06 am:
The 25 lengths of Count Fleet in 1943 were obtained with 4.2 seconds slower ( 2:28:20 ) than Secretariat ( 2:24:00 ) . This means that since a horse`s length equals about 20 hundredths of a second then in the same race Secretariat would have had 21 lengths in advance on Count Fleet so 46 on the group of other horses ! As for Nadia Comaneci in gymnastics in 1976 with her 7 perfect notes of 10 ( 1 ) we will probably never see that again !!
( 1 ) It was the first time of the Olympic Games that an athlete had a perfect score and she stuck 7 !! Secretariat and Nadia have shaken the spirits .....
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on July 31, 2019 at 9:53 am:
In 2012 there was the correction of the Preakness but also this : Carol Anne Letheren , judge of gymnastics events at 1976 Olympic Games declares that Nadia Comaneci forced the judges to review their rating system . Chaining 2 or 3 figures without dead time while the others only produced one , if a gymnast got 9.6 Nadia should have got 11 or 12 !!
For Secretariat it is the same because the context , its record times and its estimated rating by the Washington Post reporter are in perfect harmony with the case Nadia Comaneci .
Rick Rick wrote on July 22, 2019 at 11:16 am:
Wanted to say Happy Birthday to you today Ronnie! Thanks for all the racing thrills throughout the years. It was glorious!
I wanted to stop by a day early and wish Secretariat's Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte a very Happy 78TH BIRTHDAY tomorrow on July 22nd...To me,personally, Ronnie Turcotte was and is THE BEST RACE HORSE JOCKEY THAT EVER RODE SECRETARIAT aka Big Red!!! I want to say hello to, Ronnie Turcotte and John & Kate Tweedy...Also, hey to THE # 1 RACEHORSE OF (ALL) TIME THE TIMELESS LEGEND THE IMMORTAL SECRETARIAT, THE (ALL) TIME #1 SUPERHORSE !!!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on July 5, 2019 at 7:13 pm:
Why is Secretariat the horse that changed the history of racing ? Because records can be improved while many of his own seem no longer to be improveable . It kills hope..... The audience is condemned to watch lower repetitions .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on July 5, 2019 at 9:02 am:
...and all trainers found that God is God and facts are facts when his prophet`s Penny`s horse swallowed up all the others !!

( Told in the 1956 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS when Nefertari said : ``Moises`s serpent swallowed up the others !``)

So let it be written
So let it be done
Rick Rick wrote on June 26, 2019 at 8:36 am:
19 years ago today, in the year 2000, Triple Crown winning trainer Lucien Laurin passed away. The faithful will always remember!

RIP Lucien
Rick Rick wrote on June 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm:
This is not meant to be scientific. I understand that track conditions vary from year to year. I am simply showing the winning times posted this year in the 3 Triple Crown races, and then showing how many lengths Secretariat would have won by with the record setting times he ran in his 1973 races.

Here goes:
Kentucky Derby...(2:03 4/5)...22 lengths
Preakness Stakes.(1:54 2/5)....7 lengths
Belmont Stakes...(2:28 flat)..20 lengths

The winning margins in both the Derby and the Belmont are eye popping for sure!

BTW Gloria...I miss Winx on the race track too! She is one of those very rare horses. One that comes around so very infrequently. One of those that you will never forget. A true Champion and an equine Star all wrapped up into one.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on June 23, 2019 at 8:08 am:
Posthumous letter to Sham

Without Secretariat you would still be the fastest in Kentucky and your name would be crowned . Your time ( +/- 1:59:90 )was remarkable and not stressed enough . You have absolutely nothing to blush for your performance , alas , forgotten . Do not look at your length behind Secretariat but what you had on other horses. Your theoretical time of 1:59:90 is still there if you ignore Secretariat`s performance . This proves your well as your bad luck .

We, fans of Secretariat, admit this undeniable fact and underline it with firmness and assurance .
Mark Czmyrid Mark Czmyrid wrote on June 15, 2019 at 7:50 pm:
Sending out a big salute to all of you . It is awesome that the memories of Secretariat lives on through tours of the Meadow where it all begin in 1970 and even before with Riva Ridge. History is so important in a society today. So many of us got to watch the tremendous events of 1972 & 1973 unfold. Secretariat was a once in a lifetime event one for the ages. Your efforts are to be applauded for they are not only admired by so many of us who have had farms and raised animals we grew to love and traditions. Bless you all always for helping us relieve some very special time from our childhood when 2 great horses raised for glory in 1972& 1973. your efforts will assure that future generations will learn about some outstanding legendary events in our American history look forward to learning more about the star like Heroes of Riva Ridge and Secretariat and those who were part of those incredible adventuresome rides. Thank again for keeping memories going
I wanted to stop by The #1 Horse Racing website and share with all of the Secretariat and Ruffian fan's this information...From my research, Secretariat and Ruffian were somewhat related...Secretariat was by a Great Sire by the name of Bold Ruler...Well, Ruffian's Sire was Reviewer who was also by Bold Ruler, so that tells me that Secretariat aka "Big Red" is Related to the Great filly named Ruffian...Also, I want to remind all of the Secretariat fan's that SECRETARIAT'S LEGENDARY JOCKEY RON TURCOTTE'S 78TH BIRTHDAY is coming up next month...Hello to the #1 website, Ron Turcotte, and to John & Kate Tweedy...We MUST NEVER FORGET THE TIMELESS LEGEND THE IMMORTAL SECRETARIAT!!! SECRETARIAT, THE TIMELESS LEGEND WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON and NEVER die !!!


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