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Secretariat is Hitting the Big Screen
 By Chris Antley Memorial   •   10th Mar 2010   •   7,589 views   •   10 comments
SecretariatAlmost every horse racing fanatic and even people who don’t follow the sport, has heard of the immortal racehorse Secretariat.

Secretariat became America’s superhorse in 1973. It was in that year that he won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby. Battling down the stretch against rival Sham, Secretariat pulled away by 2 lengths.

In the Preakness, without warning to his rider, Secretariat, on his own, made a tremendous move on the turn and went for the lead with astonishing burst of speed. He won the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.

He will be most remembered in the last leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont. It had been 25 years since a Triple Crown winner and everyone thought it would never happen again. In the beginning of the Belmont, Secretariat and Sham were on the lead together. On the backstretch, Secretariat started to ease away from Sham. He gradually widened and widened. He just got into this almost mechanical stride. He just kept running. Incredibly Secretariat ran each quarter faster than the last, picking up speed as the race went on. He went faster the farther he went. He set a world record for a mile and half race and won it by 31 lengths. You couldn’t even see his nearest competitor. Secretariat did things that were indescribable he broke track records in everyone of his Triple Crown wins.

In the fall of 1989, Secretariat was afflicted with laminitis, a painful and often incurable hoof condition. When his condition failed to improve, he was euthanized on October 4 at the age of 19. Popular as a Triple Crown champion and in retirement alike, Secretariat was mourned by millions and buried at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, given the rare honor of being buried whole. Later, it was found that Secretariat’s heart was naturally twice the size of the average horse’s heart. Some believe that, that is the reason he was able to do what he did.

In 2010, a movie about Secretariat is scheduled to be released.

It is based on the remarkable true story. "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (played by Diane Lane) 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 (played by John Malkovich)--manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

"Secretariat is a golden opportunity for Thoroughbred racing to reach a global audience and bring more interest to the sport," said Mrs. Chenery, Secretariat's esteemed owner. "All parties are excited about this project and look forward to working together to bring this incredible story to the big screen."

The introductions of the Meadow Stable team to the Disney camp recently took place at the Belmont Stakes, where the champion's Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte and exercise riders Charlie Davis and Jim Gaffney gathered for a rare public appearance at the Secretariat.com tent. Previously, Mrs. Chenery and Ms. Lane had become acquainted in an intimate conversation sharing their mutual respect and admiration and for each other.

"Diane Lane is a lovely and talented actress who makes each of her characters a real and sympathetic person," Mrs. Chenery said. "I am honored and delighted to be portrayed by such a skillful and perceptive actress in this project. Together Disney will retell our story with warmth and intelligence. This team will make a moving film about the power and the beauty of the Thoroughbred horse and an old man's dream."

Turcotte said it was exciting that the film would bring Secretariat's story to life for a new generation.

"Young people today know Secretariat's name, but this film will show them why he was the greatest horse ever to compete in this sport," Turcotte said. "For years now, I've told stories about my time with Secretariat. He gave me some of the greatest moments of my life, and I loved him. Now they won't have to listen to me they'll be able to see for themselves just how special he was."

This looks as if it is going to be an outstanding movie. Penny Chenery is making sure all the facts are right and she even wants all the jockeys actually riding the horses.

This movie is scheduled to come out December of 2010.

I can't wait.
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Wanderin Boy Memorial  
I can't wait to see this movie. Secretariat was an amazing horse.....it's about time they made a movie about him =]
  Mar 10, 2010  •  4,023 views
 
Specky  
Oh my gosh! I can't wait. I have a friend who lives in Kentucky and he actually saw all the action!
  Mar 10, 2010  •  4,030 views
 
Jackie  
I can't wait to see this movie! I love horse-racing and I have met Secretariet's owner when I went to Kentucky.
  Mar 10, 2010  •  4,078 views
 
AlwaysSmilin  
I can't wait for the movie! I love following racing, and know so much about Secretariat and his offspring.
  Mar 10, 2010  •  4,036 views
 
Dreamer100  
Secretariat is my favorite race horse of all! I was just waiting for a movie to come out! YEAH!
  Mar 11, 2010  •  4,028 views
 
Topthorn Equestri  
I can't wair to see the movie!!! I haven't heard much about Secretariat, I'm glad you posted this I'v learned some stuff I didn't know about him!
  Mar 12, 2010  •  4,060 views
 
Deleted Accounts  
Oh! I'll Be Watching That! My Favourite Race Horse Ever Is Brooklyn Brownie But He Was Truly A Fantastic Horse.... :|
  Mar 12, 2010  •  4,051 views
 
Minnie  
My mom got to meet this horse! She has a photo of her patting him in the '70s! Our family's brush with fame. LOL §:) I love horseracing and I'm soooo going to see this movie!
  Mar 12, 2010  •  4,049 views
 
RemRu  
That was an amazing story, and the movie followed it practically exactly!!!!
  Jan 9, 2011  •  4,046 views
 
Little Bitty Farm  
Great article!I just love the movie!
  May 9, 2011  •  4,063 views
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