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
In the film, Diane Lane's character is a reluctant, naive thoroughbred owner looking for team players to take over Secretariat's racing career. In real life, her jockey, trainer, groom, and exercise rider had worked for the Meadow Stable for years, and all had been through the Triple Crown campaign one year earlier. The year before, their 3-year-old horse, Riva Ridge, won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, and finished fourth in the Preakness as the 3 to 5 favorite when the track came up 'sloppy'. See more »
When the Belmont Stakes is being run, it appears to be in the autumn, as the trees in the background are changing colors. In New York this generally occurs in early to mid-October. The Belmont Stakes is run in June, and the trees should be an intense green. See more »
This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.
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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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