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TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN/ HISTORIAN wrote on April 29, 2019 at 10:23 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 12:16 pm:
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 9:25 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 7:16 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 1:13 pm:
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 10:14 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 6:08 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 1:06 pm:
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 5:21 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 6:59 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 5:08 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 30, 2019 at 12:11 am:
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 12:49 pm:
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 23, 2019 at 12:36 am:
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...
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 22, 2019 at 8:57 am:
Let`s make a comparison : In 1932 , Charles Mochet from France invented the recumbent bike.His bike was so performing that it was banned from official races because of a vote of International cyclists union and in this union were a lot of classic bike shop owners !! Protect your interests first...naturally . Here , it`s look alike : The boss of Secretariat was a woman....in a world of men . She concluded by induction that Secretariat would be grand while men by deduction failed...Finally , Secretariat has won everything ! It is enough to make a conclusion ? In any case the 46 years and 3 records of 1973 is added and speaks absolutly strongly . Who is going faster ? Secretariat running or Time passing ? Only Time can exceed Secretariat but it drains with him his records !!...wich brings us back to Secretariat who wins !!!
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Rick Rick wrote on March 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm:
Happy birthday today to the 'trainer', Lucien Laurin, on this his date of birth in 1912. You will always be remembered.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 18, 2019 at 9:58 am:
About Secretariat and the Time : Knowing that knowledge may not know is the highest degree of knowledge (1)...because knowledge is often based on interests BUT History sees everything because it works like the goddess of justice because she has a scale and blindfolded .

(1) Until there it is from Lao Tseu
Renee Jarreau Renee Jarreau wrote on March 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm:
My ex and I purchased a thoroughbred from Darby Dan Farms named True Knight out of Chateaugay and Stealaway. He ran with Secretariat in several races back in the day. Secretariat is a once in a lifetime stud!
TIM DEAN #1 FAN / HISTORIAN TIM DEAN #1 FAN / HISTORIAN wrote on February 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm:
This is a note to (ALL) of the Secretariat aka "Big Red" & Riva Ridge fan's about the upcoming Secretariat birthday party at the Meadow Event Park on March 30TH, 2019...Secretariat was foaled (Born) on March 30TH, 1970 at a little past midnight on a coldish chilly night at the Meadow Stable in Doswell, Virginia...Also, the dam (mother) of Secretariat "Somethingroyal is layed to rest near the Meadow...Secretariat and his sire (Father) Bold Ruler and Secretariat's stable mate and friend Riva Ridge are layed to rest at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky...This is just a personal thought, I (Wished) Bold Ruler and Somethingroyal and Secretariat and Riva Ridge all where in the same resting cemetery...Also, Princequillo AND Nasrullah are at rest at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky...Hello to Secretariat.com , Ron Turcotte, and Kate Tweedy, John Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin-Meadow's...From March 30, 1970 to this very day there's NEVER BEEN another racehorse/ horse / like Secretariat...Like Ronnie Turcotte said, Secretariat is the BEST there's EVER been in the world...I'm saying, racehorses of today, will (NEVER) be able to duplicate or even come close to the racing (Standard) Secretariat set back in 1972 & 1973...From 1973 till NOW Secretariat's Triple Crown Records STILL STAND !!!
Tracy McKay Tracy McKay wrote on February 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm:
Just a note of Condolence to Ron Turcotte over the loss on February 13 of his Brother Rudy. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

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