Admin wrote:I read the harbinger part the same way as Ridan and don't see why it's a problem for her to respond to it.
Thank you Admin, you are always kind and fair. I came across this article by Bill Nack written in 1990. This article might explain to those who didn't personally witness it, the breathtaking phenomenon that was Secretariat. To this day I remember the journey Bill Nack describes in his piece. To this day I can't read about Red's death without heartache and tears, and Bill's description is particularly touching. https://www.si.com/horse-racing/2015/01 ... ecretariat
As you say, perhaps believing a trainer is not the wisest thing, but I do believe what Lucien Laurin told me. And there are people still alive who could answer questions. Bill Nack practically lived with Secretariat from the time of the colt's first race as a two year old until Red's death. He probably could be reached easily enough. I think Charlie Davis is still alive, as are Roger Laurin and Ron Turcotte. Mrs. Tweedy is, of course, in her 90's. And there's the Hancocks. But the point is that no one here needs to take my word for anything. There are people who, if they choose, might respond to polite letters asking about Secretariat.
Regarding the 25th anniversary event in the Los Angeles area that Lucien Laurin attended, he happened to bring along a pair of shoes worn by Secretariat. They were mounted on a plaque. Lucien donated it to the silent auction for charity. Chris McCarron was high bidder for them. Anyone can contact Chris and ask about the pair of Secretariat's shoes he got from Lucien Laurin. Then you can consider how I know that detail if, as some here have implied, what I shared here isn't true.
As for me, I will never be able to put into words how much Secretariat means to me. On one of the home pages on my cell phone I have this photo of Red in his paddock at Claiborne grazing in the rain. If there's a hereafter, when my time comes I would like to be in a misty, rainy paddock watching Secretariat graze.