On October 8th, a legend comes to the big screen. Disney’s Secretariat is the life story of the Triple Crown winning horse. Secretariat still holds the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes record for the fastest recorded time. When he competed in 1973, Secretariat was the first to win the Triple Crown in 25 years. This feat has only been equaled ten other times since the Triple Crown’s inception over 125 years ago.
The movie stars Diane Lane as Secretariat’s owner, and John Malkovich, as the trainer for the legendary horse. The movie spends equal time on the amazing story of the horse and the tenacious life of Penny Chenery. In a sport dominated by males, Chenery believed that her horse was a true champion and she had the fighting spirit to make sure that he delivered in each race everything that he was capable of. Her passion for Secretariat and his abilities led to the horse’s immortality.
Secretariat was truly an amazing horse. When he passed away in 1989 at the age of 19, an autopsy revealed that he had a heart two and a half times the size of the average race horse. Because of this fact, Secretariat’s speed records will probably never be broken.