Secretariat Fun Facts:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and still holds the record time at 2:24 for 1.5 miles.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Secretariat was ranked the 35th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - During the peak of Secretariat’s career, the William Morris Agency would book the horse’s appearances the same way they would any of their other (two legged) mega celebrity clients.
I was invited to a sneak preview during BlogHer, but wasn't able to sneak away and sent a representative in my stead, who said something about the movie immediately afterwards that has still stuck with me:
"This is an amazing story that chronicles not just Secretariat, but a woman who by necessity was very much ahead of her time."
I love reading stories about strong women who triumph despite the obstacles thrown in their path. Penny Chenery (Played in the movie by Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables. Chenery, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years! No small feat!
I have had life long love of horses, since my first trip to a Dude Ranch in Pennsylvannia when I was five. By the end of that trip I quickly graduated from pony to riding horses, and wanted to become a cowgirl (in addition to being a Doctor) when I grew up!
Here is a movie trailer:
I wish I would have seen this movie when I was younger, maybe I would have wanted to manage a race horse too!
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