Nobody could run like him . . . still can’t.
- Jockey Eddie Maple on Secretariat
as quoted in the American Press
He might have taken to the air and flown.
- Heywood Hale, television commentator, on Secretariat
On Sunday October 13, 2010, I wrote about the great Secretariat and his last race in the Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack here in Toronto, Canada. I mentioned that I was at Woodbine on that cold and rainy day to witness Big Red’s final race. I have received a great deal of response to that posting and many people seem to be interested in Secretariat’s number in that race. I can tell you that it was number 12.
I have since viewed the movie Secretariat. I enjoyed the film immensely. I was disappointed. although not surprised, that the legendary racehorse’s final race was not depicted in the film. I guess the race was not deemed of great importance to American audiences. John Malkovitch, wo played trainer Lucien Laurin, didn't quite suit the part. He appeared too tall to be a former jockey and he failed to convince me that he was a francophone from Quebec.