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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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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:
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!
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, 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.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on November 21, 2020 at 11:11 am:
It is obvious that in my opinion that champion horses must be categorized into two distinct evaluations. The greatest at the classical level and the greatest at the potential level. For the first one I see Kelso with a lot of records that still hold after almost 60 years !! For the second one I see Secretariat but Kelso follows him very closely and kisses his ass because think about his record of 2 miles that he improved while the first one he held himself is still standing !! ....and : His record for the same distance as Secretariat at the Belmont that he did in 1/5 second faster !! Why are we not talking this into account ? These two things in a row are almost worth the 3 races of Secretariat because it was done into 11 days !!
For Tim Dean : Man O`War`s records are not as impressive as Kelso`s or Secretariat`s records because what speaks powerfully are records that are maintained over time ? Man O`War`s records fell quite naturally over time while Kelso and Secretariat`s records are still there.

P.S: It`s not the number of records that counts but the quality and Secretariat and Kelso have both !!.....and it is the length of time that a record is maintained that attests to its quality.
Darlene LaBelle Darlene LaBelle wrote on November 13, 2020 at 7:39 am:
I believe I was born a horse lover. I spent most of my childhood trying to be one, talk about bad knees. The first horse I remember being so impressed with his big heart and beautiful spirit was Secretariat. I was eight years old in 1973 and no horse has ever taken a place in my heart like him. I am 53 now and the original Breyer model of Secretariat always stands in first place ahead of near 100's from my childhood. There is a tug at the heart strings remembering this magnificent horse. What a blessing to have shared in his life and legacy, then and as long my heart beats I will remember.
Deb Lucas Deb Lucas wrote on November 13, 2020 at 6:32 am:
Those of us who have had or do have the wonderful fortune of sharing our lives with horses know the ups and downs, the good days, the great days and because of one headstrong lady with the unwavering faith and belief in her colt, we as a nation got to experience three of the unbelievably almost perfect performances ever seen by our beloved Big Red, the true horse that God built. I remember as a girl telling my father that be should bet on that big red colt because he WAS going to win the Triple Crown this year. That big red colt was better than Seabiscuit...he was better than War Admiral and in MY opinion (the opinion of a 9 year old girl, it was) he was even greater than Man O War....Of coure he knew I was horse-crazy..everyone did! So he told me we would watch the Triple Crown together and see if I was right about that red colt. By the end of that summer, I couldn't talk about anything else but that colt and how lucky his jockey was to be able to ride him in every race!
As I sat down to watch the last race of the crown with my father, my heart was on the back of that colt, behind his jockey and all my hopes were there as well. When the race started, he was side by side with that big black colt and with fingers crossed I stood up and silently cheered MY colt on...and as he passed that other black horse and started flying around that racetrack I was filled with the most fear I had ever felt in my short little life. Even I knew he was going way way WAY TOO FAST...THERE WAS NO WAY A RACEHORSE COULD RUN THAT FAST!! He is going to run himself to death!! Then he turned the last post for heart wanted to explode, even my father was on his feet...and that afternoon I knew there would never be a racehorse as great as Secretariat. I loved that colt as if he were my own horse..and when he crossed that wire 31 lengths in front of the rest of the field..he proved to everyone else he was the greatest horse that ever galloped this planet. He has been one of the few truly meaningful events I have never forgotten in my whole life. I grew up less than 20 miles away from the great Longacres racetrack just south of Seattle. Never had the pleasure of seeing a race but I DID have posters of Gary Baze and Gary Stevens, who were both jockeys there, in my bedroom. And as many pictures of Secretariat as I could get my grubby little mitts on!
Secretariat was the horse of my dreams..literally. My greatest regret was not being able to travel to the stables where he lived so I could actually see him.
My heart broke when he passed, I still tear up when I think of it. I have also leak severely from my eyes when I watch replays of the win at the Belmont. But now I am happy these days knowing that everyone is all together again in the afterlife...Miss Penny..Eddie...Charlie..and Big Red. Maybe one day in the afterlife I'll be able to meet them too.
I read Your Post Paul Jenkinson on how you enjoyed the late William Nack's book titled Secretariat....Secretariat not only picked up a rake in front of his groom Eddie Sweat, Secretariat also would watch a plane fly over at Claiborne Farm, he would grab Bill Nack's note pad as you know...Secretariat always posed for the camera no matter where he was at...I don't care how close another horse comes to Secretariat's record his record's WILL NEVER BE BROKEN !!! SECRETARIAT IS A ICON, A TIMELESS CLASSIC LEGEND !!! Hello to my good friend at and Sarah , Kate & John Tweedy....And of course my friend Ronnie Turcotte the best jockey in the world...Another great jockey is Pat Day a Christian brother... Pat rode a Secretariat daughter named Lady's Secret in the 1986 Breeders Cup Distaff....Lady's Secret Won and was in the lead from start to finish...
Sandy Schroeter Sandy Schroeter wrote on November 6, 2020 at 11:29 am:
I've sooooo enjoyed my 2020 Secretariat calendar,feeling like I'm reliving him each month. Any chance of a 2021 calendar?
Paul M. Jenkinson Paul M. Jenkinson wrote on October 16, 2020 at 1:02 am:
I was 17 years old when Secretariat raced into history at the Belmont Stakes. I knew then that i had never seen anything greater in my life. That belief remains so.
I have just re-read William Nack's marvelous book for the 3rd time while away from work at my Hotel job because of Covid-19. I love, love, loved it. So many wonderful insights. Such as how much Secretariat was beloved by all the working members at Meadow Farms. That he was considered the favorite pet.
How Secretariat would pick up Eddie Sweat's rake in his mouth and play at raking up the straw in his stall. How he snatched a notebook out of Nack's hand and went to the back of the stall and dropped it on a pile of straw then turned to see how Mr. Nack liked that!
Perhaps the most poignant story to me was how crushed Eddie was when leading Secretariat off the track at Woodbine in Toronto, knowing that Secretariat would be retired to stud.
Then returning a year latter to Paris, KY eager to see Secretariat and when greeting him after that year wondering if the horse would remember him?
As if on cue Secretariat showed just how human and intelligent he was by simply reaching down and pulling out Sweat's shirt tucked into his pants. A ritual "Big Red" had performed many times. I cried. I still love Secretariat all these years later.
I remember well how as the Belmont played out, listening to Chic Anderson's call as he marveled that Secretariat was blazing along running the first 3/4 mile in 1:09 4/5. I became frightened. That; as was well documented he was "going too DAMN fast."
i pleaded at the T.V., please Secretariat don't die. I don't care if you don't win the Triple Crown. PLEASE DON'T DIE!! Little did i or the racing world know just how transcendent this horse was. I say it again. I fell in love with Secretariat that memorable day. I cry to this day when reminisce about the Belmont.
Kyla Kensill Kyla Kensill wrote on October 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm:
From the age of 6, I remember watching him win all three triple crown races. I was a horse crazy girl with a welsh pony that I played make believe Secretariat on. Everything was horses and Secretariat to me. Scrapbook after scrapbook, coloring books, drawings, stories,...You make it, I had it. So much so that I attended The University of Findlay’s Equestrian program out of high school. I will never forget my senior year when our equine reproduction class visited the farm during breeding season. We were able to look at Secretariat up close. Actually put our hands on him. I will never forget what a formidable stallion he was even at his age. He brought me to tears. This was the spring of 1988, just a mere 6 mo the before he passed. I remember the day I heard he passed. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I am blessed to have his genes in my barn with my mare Whimsical Ways and the one foal I got out of her. There will be many great racehorses throughout time but Secretariat will always be the greatest of all time.
Karl Frederick Loucks Karl Frederick Loucks wrote on October 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm:
No one, least of all me, can ever forget Secretariat's winning performance at the Belmont. I have viewed it more times than I can remember. On that day, at that track, Secretariat not only achieved Perfection; Secretariat became Immortal.


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