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Rick Rick wrote on April 21, 2018 at 6:22 am:
April 21 is always a sad day for me. Riva Ridge passed away on this date in 1985, shortly after turning 16 years old only a week earlier on April 13. You were thrilling to watch as you ran your races. I always appreciated your racing speed and the endurance you exhibited. You provided all of us with so many memorable wins in both 1972 and 1973. Visiting your grave site in Kentucky so that I may pay my respects is on my bucket list.

Rest Forever In Eternal Peace Champ
Lori Mendoza Lori Mendoza wrote on April 19, 2018 at 8:52 am:
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Bill Nack. I met him in Saratoga in August 2017 at the Secretariat event at the first Equestricon. He and Ron Turcotte signed autographs and books. They both signed Bill's Secretariat book, and I'll never forget his amazing storytelling about his days with Big Red and the Secretariat team during the quest for the Triple Crown....In the movie, Penny's character said to Bill's character, "you write like a poet"...and it's true, he did. You will be truly missed...I was hoping to see you again, and I know I will, at the finish line. Rest in Peace to a man that truly loved his role in Secretariat's life.
Sandy Schroeter Sandy Schroeter wrote on April 16, 2018 at 9:41 am:
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Nack. Treasure his book on Secretariat - it's as though you're right there reliving it. Thoughts and prayers to his family and all the Secretariat team.
Rick Rick wrote on April 16, 2018 at 7:13 am:
On his day of passing (April 17, 1998), we remember a very special member of the Secretariat team, 'the Groom' Eddie Sweat.

RIP Eddie
Rick Rick wrote on April 15, 2018 at 10:19 am:
OH NO!!!!!!!! I am so sorry to hear that Secretariat's storyteller is gone. His words, like no others, illustrated the phenomenal athlete Secretariat was and allowed us all to share in the Triple Crown Champion's glorious accomplishments.
You will be sorely missed Bill. I'm so glad I have your books and tapes to always refer back to. Condolences to your family and to your many friends.
Tracy McKay Tracy McKay wrote on April 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm:
It is with great sadness that I learned today of the Death of the Great Writer and Premier Biographer of Secretariat. William Nack. By what I read he was a Tremendous Person and an asset to Team Secretariat. I highly recommend that anyone who has not read his definitive book about the one and only super Horse do so today in his honour.
Adam Adam wrote on April 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm:
Best greetings from Poland. Here is the beautiful mare - the great-great-granddaughter of Secretariat, the best horse worldwide.
Nicole Nicole wrote on April 12, 2018 at 12:22 pm:
Thank You to Ron Turcotte for My Autographed Secretariat Pictures! Greatly Appreciated! :)

Nicole (Grand Falls, NB)
Rick Rick wrote on April 11, 2018 at 10:20 am:
Thinking of Riva Ridge on his day of birth, April 13, 1969. We all know how very important Riva Ridge was to the Chenery family. Being both the Kentucky Derby Champion and the Belmont Stakes Champion in 1972, he saved The Meadow for what was to come. Equally as important to the story, Riva Ridge touched the people around him and made ever lasting impressions on all of his connections. Here are a couple of examples that illustrate that point.
1. I had heard Penny always said that when she visited Riva after his racing career ended, that he always recognized the sound of her voice and would respond to seeing her by always coming right over to her. Many horses, as the years go by, don't continue that sort of connection with a previous owner.
2. I heard Ron Turcotte talking on TVG last Sunday in conjunction with the PDJF telethon they were broadcasting. Ronnie was ask to comment about all the great thoroughbreds he had had the opportunity to ride in his Hall Of Fame career. The very first name he mentioned was Riva Ridge. Coincidence, I don't think so! Ronnie was aboard lots of famous horses both before and after he rode Riva Ridge, yet Riva was the first horse he thought to mention when answering that question.
For me personally Riva, you will always be one of my favorite thoroughbred horses. You were fast, you won a ton of races, and you are and always will be a Champion!
Nicole Cote Nicole Cote wrote on April 10, 2018 at 11:51 am:
In January of this year (2018) I had the pleasure to go visit my cousin Mr. Ron Turcotte at his house where he autographed my Secretariat's pictures. It was such an honor and a pleasure to sit down with Ron and listen to him talk about his Memories of Secretariat. Thank You Ron( and his wife) for welcoming me in your home. I will forever be grateful for your kindness!

Your Cousin Nicole :)
Rick Rick wrote on March 30, 2018 at 4:27 am:
Celebrating the 48th birthday today of the 2-time Horse of the Year (1972 & 1973), 1973 Triple Crown Champion, and the horse of a lifetime. The legend of Secretariat only continues to grow over time. You won our hearts like no other!
Rick Rick wrote on March 24, 2018 at 8:51 am:
Remembering the 'Trackside Voice' of Secretariat's Triple Crown campaign, Chic Anderson, on his day of passing in 1979. His calls are still just as thrilling to listen to today as they were to hear back in 1973.

RIP Chic!
Rick Rick wrote on March 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm:
Remembering 'the Trainer' on his date of birth. Lucien Laurin was born March 18, 1912. The Connections for Secretariat were quite a team!
Lori Mendoza Lori Mendoza wrote on February 17, 2018 at 9:35 am:
Rest In Peace, Charlie. I was hoping to meet you at the next Secretariat event...you and Eddie Sweat knew Red best...and now you are all together again. I love to hear you talk about Secretariat on the Heart of the Champion bonus section of the movie...next time I see it, it will mean a whole lot more. My condolences to your family...you will be missed.
geraldine belton geraldine belton wrote on February 9, 2018 at 5:57 am:
sorry to hear bout OUR dear friend of my RIP CHARLIE YOU AN THE GANG WILL BE UP IN HEAVEN TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD DAY SENDING MY PRAYER AN CONDOLENCE TO THE DAVIS FAMILY AN FRIENDS.
Joan Breault Joan Breault wrote on February 9, 2018 at 3:27 am:
So saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was so gracious and kind. It was such a privilege to meet him when he visited Monticello and I got a hug before he left for the day. I know he is back with the big red horse he so loved. Both one of a kind.
Gloria Gloria wrote on February 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm:
I contributed to his medical fund. His daughter was diligent in keeping us informed even though the chemo treatments were really hitting him hard.
It's only a few days ago that I received the promised picture of Charlie on Secretariat. It's almost unbelievable that she was fulfilling that promise during this time. I am so glad that I took the time to write a long letter to Charlie when I mailed off my SASE for the picture.
Little we know that he was failing so fast...

My heart goes out to the family and his remarkable daughter, Katina.

Charlie joins Penny, Lucien, and Eddie up there with Secretariat. I know that Ron Turcotte must be feeling very sad today.

****

I Give You This One Thought

I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still – in each new dawn.

--Native American prayer
Rick Rick wrote on February 5, 2018 at 7:41 am:
I wanted to say Happy Birthday to Bill Nack. His birthday was yesterday and he turned 77. I could listen to Bill talk and tell stories about Secretariat, Penny, and the rest of the connections all day long.

Make it a great year Bill!
Bobby Bulger Bobby Bulger wrote on January 31, 2018 at 9:59 am:
Sending our prayers (from Lisa and myself) to Charlie as he undergoes treatment. Our thoughts and prayers go out and we send our genuine love for him as he faces this challenge. We have strong faith and believe God can help him through this time. We were blessed to meet Charlie at the Meadow birthday celebration last year. That meeting bonded us forever as family. We send you our well wishes, and a lot of love our friend <3 Feel better soon and lets beat this thing. All our prayers and love from Lisa and Bobby Bulger
Jill Angell Jill Angell wrote on January 30, 2018 at 8:32 am:
In March, 2017, I planned a trip from my home in Michigan specifically to visit Secretariat's grave, on March 30 (his birthday). I did other horse-related activities, but seeing where Secretariat had lived out his days and where he was placed for eternal rest was such a moving experience. I am so grateful for all the people who recognized in Secretariat his strength and beauty, and how rare he was. I will always wish I could have met him, but because I won't be able to, I let the videos of him (and even the Disney movie where he is coming around the last turn to home in the Belmont) bring me to tears...tears of joy in seeing this amazing, majestic horse and knowing how much he touched the lives of countless people. May his team members, both living and those who have passed on, always know how they are appreciated for their role in bringing Secretariat to the nation and beyond.

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