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 racing scenes in Secretariat (2010) are all recreations except one: the Preakness which is seen on an old TV in the Tweedy family den. That's historical footage of the actual race. See more »
In the crowd, in 1973 when Big Red is being brought out to the gates, someone is holding up a sign that says "I 'heart' Red", with the red heart logo. In 1977, William S. Doyle, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce hired advertising agency Wells Rich Greene to develop a marketing campaign for New York State. Doyle also recruited Milton Glaser, a productive graphic designer to work on the campaign, and created the "I 'heart' NY" design based on Wells Rich Greene's advertising campaign, where it then began the "I 'heart'" popularity across the country and world. Of course, none of this means that it would have been impossible for an "I 'heart' Red" banner to have appeared in 1973. See more »
[Chenery speaking to Secretariat the evening before the Belmont Stakes]
I've run my race. You run yours.
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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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