Secretariat may possibly be the best racehorse of all time. There. I said it.

That statement will get many readers up in arms, of course. And it IS very hard to compare the great horses from different eras. But what he did in 5 weeks in 1973 will probably never be duplicated. His time of 2:24 flat for one and one half miles in the Belmont, a race he won by 31 lengths, has never been beaten.

In my collection of pictures of thoroughbreds, I have a limited edition print of the great horse, signed by his jockey, Ron Turcotte and Mrs. Penny Tweedy, his owner. One of my prize possessions.

As a side note, the movie was very good, but the details were condensed for time. The movie people neglected to mention Secretariat's older stablemate, Riva Ridge, who won the Derby and the Belmont in 1972. So the owners were not in as bad shape financially as the movie made out.

The horse's name (Riva Ridge)came from Penny Chenery's son-in-law, John Tweedy, who was a soldier in World War II at the important strategic victory by the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division on February 18, 1945 at Riva Ridge in the North Apennine mountains of Italy.

But Secretariat was a movie, after all. And I ordered the BluRay version way in advance of the release date. Saw it the first day it was in the theatres as well.

OK, you got me. I truly loved that horse. Still do.

There have been, over the years, more than a few terrific horses. But there will always be only one "Big Red", Secretariat!


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Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
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I gotta say that I fell in love with this horse, too.  I read the wikipedia link about Mrs. Tweedy and was surprised to learn of the previous horse, Riva Ridge.  What a great story though.  I watched the movie 4 times in 4 days!

Mar 22, 2011 07:15 PM #1
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I delayed my first marriage ceremony so that attendees could watch Secretariat run on TV....Beautiful horse and a wonderful story

Mar 22, 2011 07:31 PM #2
Cheryl Malone
Windermere Van Vleet - Medford, OR

Great story, great horse... enough said.

Mar 22, 2011 08:23 PM #3
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I read the original book about Secretariat (thank God it was actually in our Santa Clara County Library system - in Los Altos of course). I think the movie did a good job of communicating the essentials, considering the time element, but the real story, horses and people involved was so much more compelling.

Mar 22, 2011 08:43 PM #4
Dana Lim
Allstate Insurance - Tucson, AZ

Jon, that was the last movie I saw and I loved it.  Thanks for the additional info, very interesting.

Mar 23, 2011 11:04 AM #5
Allen 2222
Austin, TX

We recently saw this movie and it sure is a winner.  Amazing what people can do when they don't let others get in their way!

Mar 24, 2011 06:23 PM #6
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
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I have not seen this movie yet but our pastor said that it was really good. I have got to put it on my list!! Thanks for the reminder!!

Mar 28, 2011 06:43 PM #7
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