It was the Kentucky Derby of 1973 when I saw my first horse race. The winner was Secretariat. This horse was beautiful. He had a kick that was beauty in motion. Each year since I have watched three races The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and The Belmont stakes they are called The Triple Crown. The first year I watched was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, his name was Secretariat.
Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) receives news that her mother has passed. Her husband Jack (Dylan Walsh) and their family head back to the family home to be with her father Chris Chenery (Scott Glenn). The Chenery's are horse breeders from way back. After the funeral Penny would stay behind to look after the farm. Her father was not equipped to carry on anymore.
The farm was in need of money. Bull Hancock (Fred Dalton Thompson) would give some sound advice to Penny. First was to go get a good trainer (one Penny had she fired).
Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) was a character among characters. He would watch the colt be born and he would watch him win the Triple Crown. The groom Eddie Sweat (Nelsan Ellis) would also have a part in the upbringing of this winner.
The one who through it all probably had more to do with keeping this all together was Miss Ham (Margo Martindale), Chris Chenery's secretary. Ms. Ham would have all those little answers when you just needed them.
Rounding out this little group was the Jockey Ronnie Turcotte (Otto Thorwarth).
Secretariat was a horse who ran his own race. Oh you had a Jockey that was on top of the horse but that horse was one of the most beautiful things on this planet that I have ever seen.
Director Randall Wallace was able to pull together a Disney movie that will be seen for years to come. He told the story of a Champion. I was able to watch this movie and think of that day when he won the Triple Crown and just as I cried those many years ago, I cried watching this movie.