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Secretariat (2010)

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Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
E.V. Benjamin (as Mike Harding)
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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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A paripa  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,694,770 (USA) (8 October 2010)


$59,699,513 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Otto Thorwarth, Secretariat's jockey, is a real jockey who was born in Arkansas, but spent his early life in Canada. He had to work to lose his Canadian accent for the film. The other jockeys are also real jockeys; there was much riding to be done and actors couldn't get the horses to perform as required, gauging the distances needed for the various wins, places, and shows. The director says the distances are accurate to within 1/2 length in each recreation. See more »


The film implies that the Chenery and Hancock farms are close to each other. The Chenery property is in Virginia. Bull and Seth Hancock owned and lived at Claiborne Farm, in Paris, Kentucky. See more »


Penny Chenery: Well, Mr. Lauren. What do you think?
Lucien Laurin: I think he's 1100 pounds of baby fat. He eats too much, and too often, the only reason he doesn't eat more is 'cause he's too busy sleeping. He only does what *he* wants to do, exactly when *he* wants to do it. He lays against the back of that starting gate like he's in a hammock in the Caribbean. And when he finally *does* get out of the gate, it takes him forever to find his stride. Any other questions?
Miss Ham: I have one. How much did you spend on that hat?
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Crazy Credits

Zappa Studios talent for extra work. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.105 (2011) See more »


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Wonderful movie
2 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Secretariat is not only the first film in many years where both old and young can share the same theater; it contains the elements that make you both laugh and cry as most good movies should. From peaceful mornings at sunrise we experience exhilarating horse racing that brings pensive waiting for results of a race already in the history books.

I agree with the Movieguide comments: "SECRETARIAT is a very uplifting, inspiring, exciting movie about a true story, the story of a determined woman who raises one of the most successful, dynamic racehorses of all time. SECRETARIAT is stirring and joyful, with many references to God, Jesus Christ and the Bible and a pro-capitalist message celebrating American values…" Now, what's wrong with this picture? It is refreshingly entertaining.

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