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Writer’s Forum is proud to present the Writer’s Forum section. Writer’s Forum consists of periodic articles from some of America’s foremost racing writers covering a diverse range variety of topics relating to Secretariat. Our newest installment features the memories of writer and racing fan Cynthia Holt and her firsthand account of Nov. 6, 1973, “Secretariat Farewell Day” at Aqueduct Race Course.

“Big Red’s Last Hurrah”

By Cynthia Holt

A plain brown box rests in a corner of my closet. From its modest appearance, one would assume that it holds nothing of importance. Open it, and a cornucopia of memories spills forth in the form of seating stubs, uncashed tote tickets, programs, and all manner of genuine American racetrack giveaways made in China. These are the remnants of the gloriously gripping, sublime days in a racing fan’s life, and each holds a special place in the heart. Among these souvenirs so carefully kept is a keychain. It was once as shiny-bright as a chestnut’s copper coat, and the accompanying chain has been lost, leaving only the medallion as a memento of a red letter day for a big red horse. This is my piece of memorabilia from ”Secretariat Day” at Aqueduct Racetrack, when racing’s newest immortal was given a formal farewell before his trip to the breeding shed at Claiborne Farm…

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