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Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 12, 2022 at 11:17 am
To Russell : Opinion poll ? If you want gas you dig where there is gas and if you want carrots you go to a garden and you will be sure to get carrots . So , where do we dig and how deep do we dig ? If you don`t want gas you dig where there is gas but you don`t go hollow ( Hypocrisy ) ,which was the case here . Man O`War was in a layer that was not hollow and Secretariat was deeper so we dug and stopped digging where it was convenient .
P.S : We are going to stop throwing a worn out ball back and forth that has failed to settle , namely the truth through time , facts and judgement .
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on April 7, 2022 at 10:01 am
to alain, flat earth society... nice analogy. no, their minds are fixed and they like citing a couple of 20 yr old polls, but time is proving them wrong....
Caroline and Eleanor Mart Caroline and Eleanor Mart wrote on April 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm
Fly high you heavenly angel! Your life on earth was what many could never do, Sham included. Sending hugs from our 10 oz heart to your 22 lbs lump of love. You were the best there ever was, and I thank you for coming to my birthday party the year you won the triple crown, it meant so much. Fly high, hope you're racing in the streets of gold, and winning!:)
Love your biggest fans,
-Caroline and Eleanor Mart
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on April 1, 2022 at 9:22 am
To Russell : I am looking for a duel opponent and not a dance partner with whom we will emancipate ourselves with the Tango ! You see clearly but to bring clarity to clarity is equivalent to trying to convince the supporters of the Flat Earth who will resist......In front of so much evidence they resist again and again . When will they admit it ? When we will be 60 years old for the records ? 70 ? When ? WHEN ???
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm
To Russell ; I acted like a coward by putting myself in a tower and being sure I wouldn`t get any patatoes......here , I got a tiny one . I only have judgement and you have numbers . I have nothing to say and I thank you for your analysis .It`s not a coincidence that we are 49 years old since this gunshot .
Rick Rick wrote on March 30, 2022 at 6:25 pm
HAPPY 52ND champ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joe Vidrine Joe Vidrine wrote on March 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm
Happy heavenly 42nd birthday Secretariat. It just seems like yesterday that as a 16 year old in 1973, you were my hero.
Tracy McKay Tracy McKay wrote on March 30, 2022 at 1:11 pm
Taking time today to think of Secretariat and all the connections one's that have passed like the Great Horse and those still present. Secretariat was a Horse for the times and his Greatness continues to shine thru his memory and Legions of Fans even today. Happy Birthday Big Red.
Tim Dean # 1 Fan & Historian of Secretariat Tim Dean # 1 Fan & Historian of Secretariat wrote on March 30, 2022 at 3:14 am
Well Secretariat fan's it has been a little while since I have Posted here on Secretariat.com, the # 1 website for the BEST in American Horseracing and The BEST website for complete coverage of The GREATEST Thoroughbred racehorse of ALL TIME - SECRETARIAT...I want to Wish SECRETARIAT A GREAT HAPPY BIRTHDAY...Secretariat was foaled on March 30th, 1970 in Doswell Virginia at 12:10 AM on a chilly cold morning...Secretariat was foaled (Born) in a foaling shed at The Meadow Stud Stables...Secretariat came at the time of the Watergate Tape scandal and the Vietnam War...Secretariat IS/WAS America's Hero and America's Super Horse of the 20th Century...Again, I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WELL BELOVED SECRETARIAT, THE GREATEST RACEHORSE OF ALL TIME...Also, I want to say hello to my dear friend's at Secretariat.com and to Kate & John Tweedy and to Ronnie Turcotte who was the jockey of Secretariat...
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on March 28, 2022 at 3:03 pm
to alaine, ps... Sham broke 2 of the 3 as well, chasing Sec., a great accomplishment, but then he broke down in the Belmont. Even for him as great as he was, it was too much.
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on March 28, 2022 at 2:58 pm
to Alain, years ago i calculated the odds of a horse not only winning the triple crown, but setting a track record in each of the races. To set one track record was rare, not many were set in the history of the derby, preakness, and belmont. But to do it in each was remote. If my calculations were correct, one stands a better chance of drawing a royal flush from a deck of shuffled cards than doing what secretariat did. That is why he has been the only one to do it. A few horses set records, but perhaps in only one of the races. To do what Sec did required not only good speed which alot of horses have, but the ability to sustain it over long distances. Endurance is what separates Sec from the rest of the greats. ManO could have done it too, but not the way Sec did and to conclude the series the way he did in the Belmont which was simply off the charts. Kelso maybe, his two mile Gold Cup runs where phenomenal, not even breaking a sweat holding the two fastest times at the distance, and the last record set at the age of 7. He had incredible endurance. The combination of endurance and durability is what separates the great from the great. Winning the triple requires both, but doing each in record time and topping it off with the Belmont performance is what separates Sec from the rest, all an indication of singular endurance and durability. Two of his records still stand today, the preakness holding the stakes record. I stand to be corrected but I believe he still holds the track record for 9 at Belmont, the one he set in the Marlboro. 9 is a common distance at Belmont.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 11, 2022 at 9:15 am
I suppose and especially I hope that experts will attack my way of seeing because after all a majority voted for Man O`War so there must be plenty of them right ? If none of them respond then those who are for Secretariat and those who are neutral and waiting for the duel will be forced to take Secretariat's side and then the Secretariat myth will be strengthened by them not talking the challenge . As Louis Cyr who once lived in Lowell, Massachussetts: You perform or you fold.

I am like a child who has learned and knows that 3+3=6, and we will have to go against this reasoning .

I am only afraid of 2 people ; Linda Kennedy (Kelso ; the horse of gold) and the expert of the Washington Post who calculated the probable odds of Secretariat (151-154) because they see clearly. If they were to change their minds and speak out against Secretariat then I would be extremely embarrassed !!! ...there would be a poop in my panties........Lets all pray that these two don't change their minds...
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on March 9, 2022 at 9:44 am
The arguments in favor of Secretariat are so numerous, so obvious , so powerful and so absolute that one should be able to sell a freezer to Eskimos with them .

Of course , I challenge any uninformed expert to argue here !! I personally commit myself to answer them .
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on February 19, 2022 at 1:46 pm
Chess Grandmaster José Raoul Capablanca; A Grandmaster sees about 7 moves in advance on average and when someone asked him how many moves he could see because he won so often then he answered: Only one... but the right one! So with the right shot you win and with the ultimate speed you get the same result. Secretariat and Kelso still have a great future ahead of them.
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on February 18, 2022 at 12:07 pm
To Russell : A lost race says nothing about a horse`s ability but a won race says everything .A horse can have a poor record ( 10-2-2....8 = 22 races ) but have 3 records in concrete which are maintained against winds and tides .These 3 records do not care about the 19 others !! The number of records doesn`t matter because it`s the quality that speaks for itself . Even if Man O`War made 20 records in 20 races he would be still below mister Secretariat as all his records are still there and have been for 49 years !! This is not the case for Man O`War . Fallen records are under those that are still standing , just as ordinary lost races are under those that are won . It is the same reasoning and the word ``record`` becomes only a convenient label to find its way , but this label is subject to the same reasoning as the ordinary races .
Secretariat and Kelso...handcuff me .
P.S : I don`t pretend to undo what you said .
Russell Cardenas Russell Cardenas wrote on February 14, 2022 at 10:47 am
to Alain, if you were saying Sec is the upper ceiling, you might be correct... ManO, Citation, and a few others were close though... the only thing that can explain Sec's losses were his team, human error, etc... not having him properly prepared on at least 1 or 2 different occasions. Bill Nack said the same thing. As far as American racing goes, I too believe Sec was the upper ceiling, truly 1 in a million. Will another come along? Bob Baffert believed American Pharoah and Justify were a little under, but said Arrogate could have given Sec some trouble. We will never know, nor do we know what the future brings. One thing for sure, Sec's legend will last for many many more years, perhaps centuries like Eclipse and others.... One other thing, Sec was never tested with high impost, but mathematical analysis puts him somewhere in the 140 plus range....
William O Connor William O Connor wrote on February 4, 2022 at 4:08 pm
Happy Birthday to Bill Nack. Thanks Bill wherever your spirit is resting. You authored and set in place one of the many corner stones of immortality for the Mighty Secretariat and his family and caretakers.
Peggy Cresswell Peggy Cresswell wrote on January 24, 2022 at 6:40 pm
Happy 100th Birthday, Penny! What a privilege it is to be able to write this message in honor and memory of you on this special birthday! But, the reason I am able to do this, is all because of you! It is all because of you that this amazing and unbelievable, yet "true" story exists! I can only speak for myself, but I know millions of others feel the same way. What you accomplished while you were here, is far above Camelot! There aren't words to describe it!

While living life day to day, it's hard for any of us to see the big picture and where our lives are going. Every time life gave you a challenge you ran at it full force, whether others were for you or against you. You never backed down, but you always had grace under fire. You did what you had to do to save what you loved and cherished. God blessed you with courage, wisdom, and two amazing horses that you needed to save the farm and make your father's dream of winning the Kentucky Derby come true. So, Riva Ridge was born. Riva won the Derby and saved the farm, so now your big red two year old, Secretariat, had the opportunity he needed. One by one all the horses, people, and situations you needed fell into perfect place to make your story come true. And all the while you were doing all of this, you were raising a beautiful family!

I truly believe that no other person, other than you Penny, could have given Secretariat what he needed to accomplish everything he did, the way he did it. Yes, he was blessed with everything he needed and more, within himself, but he needed you to bring it out in him and to guide him. He needed your love, your faith, and your belief in him! You knew he was special from the moment you watched him being born. And by doing this you gave the world a wonderful gift! A beautiful, intelligent horse made from dreams, that made one miracle after another happen, time and time again. In the Belmont he took us all to a place we have never been before and we will never be again! And because of you and Secretariat, we have Secretariat.com, where people around the world will always keep your memories alive and all of the members of Meadow Stable and your racing team alive for generations to come. You will always be with us!

I want to thank you Penny for giving me a role model to try to live up to, the will to never give up, and for showing me that dreams really do come true! I am so grateful I lived while you were writing the story of your life and I was able to watch the Big Red Horse run! Happy Birthday Penny!!!
Alain Valade Alain Valade wrote on January 6, 2022 at 6:09 pm
The final analysis....period !
At the time of 1999 vote , 26 years has passed since the 1973 Triple-Crown and all the Secretariat records had still not melted ( The famous revolutionary ice mentioned below ) where as for the same period 1920 / 1946 most of the Man O`War records had fallen and therefore melted. . . . . worse ; the period 1920 / 1946 was more suitable for the improvement for the records whereas for the period 1973 / 1999 it was much more difficult or even impossible because of the famous Equestrian Horizon where the records are not or almost not any more improvable . What more do you want as a reasoning ?
Gloria Gloria wrote on December 30, 2021 at 1:52 am
We're having a discussion over at HRN..which I started when I read about the Sham Stakes. While I'm happy that Sham is honored, there is NO race named after Secretariat now that Arlington is gone..and even that race didn't really befit our great Secretariat....People over at HRN agree with me that a Stakes race on the Belmont card on the day of the Belmont Stakes would be appropriate.

My research oomes up with this name....I suggest we go the NYRA site and email/call to start the push for a proper race for Secretariat! It unbelievable to me that he has no race named for him!!

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David O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer & President of the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the operator of Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of racing’s Triple Crown; Saratoga Race Course, home of the most prestigious racing meet in the U.S.; and Aqueduct Racetrack.

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