Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery -- with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin -- manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years. Written by
The Triple Crown trophy seen after the 3rd race is the actual trophy, not a replica. It was loaned to the production by the Kentucky Derby Museum, and was human-accompanied on the trip from museum to film set and back. See more »
In the film the announcer for the Belmont Stakes mentions the margin of victory being 31 lengths which was true, but in real life announcer Chic Anderson announced it as 25 lengths because he was unable to correctly estimate the distance between the horses due to the incredible lead Secretariat had. See more »
Hey, Kentucky! Big old Red done ate his breakfast this morning! And you about to see something that you ain't never even seen before!
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This movie is EXCELLENT and should have been up for Best Picture and best supporting actress (Diane Lane) and actor (Malkovich) but since Hollywood is so perverted, this movie wasn't even nominated. I watched the top films according to their nominations and they were ALL trash compared to this film. The story is unbelievable and I remember Big Red and watching him that year in the Derby. No bad language (or very little), a great family movie, wonderful acting, and an unbelievably true story. What more do you want in a movie? Wallace did an exceptional job with this film and deserves more credit than he got. Diane Lane was awesome and Malkovich did a great job as well. No other story like it in sports history and the movie did a great job of bringing out the details of the story and its accuracy. This is one film you'll want to buy and keep forever. It is now our entire family's favorite movie and we have watched it at least 10 times now. The cinematography is incredible! ABSOLUTELY GREAT FILM!..and the bonus feature entitled, "Heart of a Champion" is almost as good as the movie!
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