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
Before the start of the Belmont Stakes, Bill Nack remarks to another reporter "Got a couple thousand you can lend me?" This is referring to the virtual sure bet on Secretariat in the race.
Actually, Secretariat went off at a 1-10 favorite and only paid $2.20 on a $2.00 wager. So a bet of $2000 dollars would only garner a $200 payout, hardly a killing considering the amount needed to wager. In fact, some 5,000 bettors never redeemed their $2 tickets, keeping them as souvenirs. See more »
When Penny and her rival owner trade barbs at a press conference, Penny says the other owner's horse has as much chance of beating Secretariat on the track as he, himself, has of beating Muhammed Ali in the ring. In spring 1973, George Foreman was the boxing champion, and Ali was considered quite vulnerable. See more »
Well, Mr. Lauren. What do you think?
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?
I have one. How much did you spend on that hat?
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This movie is EXCELLENT and should have been up for Best Picture and best supporting actress (Diane Lane) and actor (Malkovich) but since Hollywood is so perverted, this movie wasn't even nominated. I watched the top films according to their nominations and they were ALL trash compared to this film. The story is unbelievable and I remember Big Red and watching him that year in the Derby. No bad language (or very little), a great family movie, wonderful acting, and an unbelievably true story. What more do you want in a movie? Wallace did an exceptional job with this film and deserves more credit than he got. Diane Lane was awesome and Malkovich did a great job as well. No other story like it in sports history and the movie did a great job of bringing out the details of the story and its accuracy. This is one film you'll want to buy and keep forever. It is now our entire family's favorite movie and we have watched it at least 10 times now. The cinematography is incredible! ABSOLUTELY GREAT FILM!..and the bonus feature entitled, "Heart of a Champion" is almost as good as the movie!
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