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Secretariat Movie Review

Updated on June 26, 2011

The Secretariat Movie

The Secretariat movie is directed by Randall Wallace and stars Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn. The movie was produced by Walt Disney productions (2010). The Secretariat movie is the heartwarming life story of Penny Chenery Tweedy who owned the racehorse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973.

I was able to see the movie on a special preview screening before the movie actually came out to the public and I have to tell you that it was an excellent movie. It was a wonderful true story about a family of horse breeders who bred Secretariat by Bold Ruler and how the horse went on to be known as the greatest race horse of all time.

While I was watching the movie I was glad that I knew the results of the races because the actual races by Secretariat kept me on the edge of the seat. The way the races were filmed made you think Secretariat was going to have a fall but since I knew he won I could enjoy the pure beauty of the horse race.

Secretariat Movie Story Line

The Secretariat movie is basically about how Penny Chenery Tweedy acquired Secretariat. He was the foal of a brood mare the Chenery family owned and was literally won on a coin flip deal between breeding farms.

The story line behind the Secretariat movie produces a strong message of going after your dreams. "Run your own race" is what Penny does just as it is how Secretariat races.

Penny Chenery Tweedy was determined in her goal of making the family horse breeding farm profitable. She believed in Secretariat and did everything she could to make him horse of the year. It is the story of an owner who love her horse and had a special bond between them.

The Secretariat movie reenacts how Penny had to turn around the horse breeding farm by hiring a new trainer, finding a great jockey for Secretariat and developing special financing so that she could continue to own and race Secretariat. The movie shows how In 1973 Secretariat won each leg of the Triple Crown races which include the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont stakes. 

Penny was not only a horse owner, she was also a wife and mother of four. She led basically two different lives as she pursued her dreams. The Secretariat movie is an inspiring story of how she intertwined the two different aspects of her life.

The roles of the trainer, secretary and groomer gave a great supporting cast to the role of Penny Chenery Tweedy. They added bits and pieces of humor and tender moments which added to the movie's entertainment value.

Overall I would highly recommend the Secretariat movie as a great family movie. You will not be disappointed in the story of the greatest racehorse of all time.

Secretariat Movie
Secretariat Movie
Secretariat Cover Of Magazine
Secretariat Cover Of Magazine

Secretariat The Horse

Secretariat is known as the greatest racehorse of all time. He was sired by Bold Ruler and his dam was Somethingroyal. Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970 on Meadow Farm and died on October 4, 1989. Within those 19 years of horse life he won the Triple Crown and sired over 600 foals. Secretariat won the hearts of America with his performances on the racetrack.

Some more facts about Secretariat:

  • His nickname was "Big Red"
  • His jockey was Ron Turcotte.
  • Raced two years with a record 21 races: 16-3-1 with earnings of $1,316,808.
  • Lucien Lauren trained Secretariat.
  • His record still stands for the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
  • Secretariat won the Belmont stakes in 1973 by almost 30 lengths.
  • He was Horse Of The Year in 1973.
  • Secretariat made the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.
  • Secretariat won 57 stakes races.

There has never been a horse since Secretariat that horse racing fans have loved so much. They followed the path to the Triple Crown along with Secretariat like never before seen. Secretariat loved to win and the people love to watch him run.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @Charlene - Secretariat was a horse to be remembered always. Thanks for stopping by.

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      charlene 7 years ago

      I saw the movie"Secretariat"at the theater and now own it. I really enjoy the movie. It's very inspirational to me. I was 12 years old when Secretariat won the triple crown. I watched him win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Bellmont. He was one of a kind and his legacy will live on for generations to come.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @Pamela99 - Secretariat was a beautiful horse. Thanks for stopping by.

      @Sandyspider - The Secretariat movie was really good. Thanks for commenting.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I think this would be a good movie to watch. Thanks for the review.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I would love to see the movie and thanks for the review. I remember watching her run several times and what a beautiful horse! Thanks for all the good information.