About The Secretariat

// Quality editing, proofreading, bookkeeping, and other secretarial services for small businesses and individuals

Since 1973, The Secretariat has provided quality editing, proofreading, bookkeeping, and other secretarial services to small businesses and individuals.  In many cases, projects are submitted and returned electronically with payment made by Visa or MasterCard.

All projects receive the personal attention of Janet Gift, a graduate of Fresno State University with over 25 years of experience in providing professional secretarial services.  For quick service, competitive prices, and a professional product, contact The Secretariat by phone (530) 758-4200, email or by fax (530) 758-1488.

Our Story

In 1973, Laura Goodman opened the doors of The Secretariat.  Armed with her secretarial skills and one electric typewriter, Laura served the secretarial needs of Davis students, individuals, and small businesses during the day, then transported the typewriter to her friend, who typed in the evenings.  From its humble beginnings, Laura shepherded The Secretariat from early word processors into the computer age until her retirement in 1997.

Carrying on the tradition of quality and excellence in customer service, Janet Gift took over ownership of the business, adding services as technology advanced, but never losing sight of the fact that customer satisfaction is the most important service we offer.

From an early age, Janet showed an aptitude for writing and languages.  She acquired a degree in Russian language and literature and has studied French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese.  She delights in annoying her family by finding editing errors in published books, websites, and billboards and advertising pieces.

Since 1991, Janet has been one of the leaders of Eyes For Others, the Yolo County puppy raising club for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  For more information about becoming a puppy raiser or puppy sitter, click here.  Other interests include beekeeping and flower and vegetable gardening.

The Horse (Our Namesake)

Thanks to Secretariat, a handsome red colt with three white stockings and a blaze, 1973 was a very good year for horse racing.  This was the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown, making him the first horse to win that coveted award since 1948, and one of only 11 horses to win the prize from 1875 through 2004.

The Triple Crown consists of three races, the Kentucky Derby, a 1 ¼ mile race held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  This is followed 2 weeks later by the 1 3/16 mile Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  Finally, there is the Belmont Stakes held at Belmont Park in Long Island, New York, a 1 ½ mile race.  The horse must win all three races in one season.  Secretariat achieved Triple Crown stardom on June 9, 1973 as he barreled home a fantastic 31 lengths ahead of his next pursuer.

Born March 30, 1970, Secretariat showed early promise.  The manager of the farm where he was born said he enjoyed watching him because “he always liked to lead the field, even when he was running with the other yearlings across the pasture.”

Secretariat began winning races in 1972.  Due to a rough start to his first race, he developed the habit of staying behind the pack, and then surging to thrilling victory.  He became a national celebrity and was featured on the cover to Time, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek.  He was named Horse of the Year, an honor he had also won as a juvenile.  Secretariat became the 13th millionaire Thoroughbred in turf history, winning $1,132,089.  In 1974 he retired and stood in stud.  135 of his get won a combined total of $6,665,507, although none achieved Secretariat’s personal greatness.  He died on October 4, 1989.