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Widescreen wind around my eyes — SECRETARIAT

I saw Secretariat tonight at a sneak preview screening with the rest of the RTIP.  I enjoyed the movie, despite its fuzzy history and melodramatic tendencies.  It is a nice tribute to Big Red.  People who were old enough to remember 1973 will see it as a fun look back in time, and the young’uns will enjoy the racing scenes.  Jim would have loved it (NOT ENOUGH GAFFNEY!!).

I found myself reciting the race calls of the Triple Crown races.  I only tear up over horse races.  By the time they got to Belmont I was on the verge of a meltdown – but not because of “Penny’s heartwarming family scene.”  I was picturing the magnificent performance that I’ve seen thousands of times on video.

Secretariat is one of those personalities difficult to make non-documentary movies about because of the intensity of his fans.  We know all the stats, have seen all the races and can quote the calls, we’ve seen all the interviews and heard all the stories from the major players.

He was such a striking physical specimen that it’s hard to cast stand-ins.

But the most difficult thing for a feature film to capture is the personality, the style, the raw emotion stirred by the original Big Red.

I would have been just as happy had they simply showed the original Triple Crown races on the widescreen, and wrap myself in nostalgia for a time and a hero I never knew.


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Countdown to Secretariat

Trolley Boy at the 2008 Bourbon County Secretariat Fest - today he's the star of Disney's Secretariat movie!

Now that Labor Day is upon us, and the wonderful summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga are drawing to a close, it is time for this blog to turn its attention to the next big event in racing:


While the film is scheduled for wide release October 8, the lovely folks at HRTV provided the RTIP with advance screening passes!  My sneak peek at this long-awaited movie will be Sept. 16, ten days away! I can barely contain my excitement, though there is a twinge of sadness as well.  My old friend Jim Gaffney will be there in spirit.

Today I ran across this article about the horses who play Big Red in the movie.  For those who are new to The Infield (or have forgotten), the main actor horse was selected at the First Bourbon County Secretariat Fest in 2008.  That’s Trolley Boy, mentioned in the article.  Also, the horse pictured with the article may be Trolley Boy – he has a similar face shape to the one in the photo.  Check out the full story here, and the photos are in this album here!

HRTV is also sponsoring a drawing for a trip to the Hollywood Premier of the movie, so go here & register.  It’s free!

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