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 »
The movie depicts Chris Chenery dying of a stroke, followed almost immediately by Bull Hancock simply falling over dead. In fact, Hancock died at Vanderbilt University's hospital of pancreatic cancer in August 1972 and Chenery died in January 1973. 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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There are no opening credits past the title. See more »
Maybe Next Time They'll Make a Movie About Secretariat
The movie is great for families, as there were a number of children in the theater who really enjoyed the film. There isn't any off-color language or scenes, and it is well acted and well made. My main complaint is that it really seemed to be the Penny Tweedy story, and not that much about Secretariat. If you want to take your children to a well made movie with horses, this is a good film. If you want to learn about the greatest racehorse of the 20th century, go to you tube and watch old clips of the actual horse itself. If you're looking for a good movie about a horse, buy or rent Seabiscuit. That movie tells much more of the story about the horse.
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