In 1973, a very special horse, Secretariat, won the Triple Crown. To be a Triple Crown winner the horse must win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes all in about a months time. Secretariat not only won these races, but he posted track and world record-breaking times. The last race in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat won by 31 lengths. That means that 31 horses could fit between him and the second place horse. An incredible feat when you think that most races are on by a few lengths at the most.
In 2010, a movie was made not only about this special horse but all the special people that supported him, especially his owner Penny Tweedy. I think it was Penny’s will and love of Big Red (Secretariat was his racing name) that made him a winner. When Big Red was born, her family’s farm was in financial and physical disarray and her father was suffering from dementia. The entire family, including Penny’s husband wanted to sell the farm and send her father to a nursing home.
But Penny knew this baby horse had what it takes to be a winner. It was a big risk, but Penny knew she and Big Red would win because she had the will to win and knew she would live with the consequences if she didn’t. “Life,” she said “is ahead of you and you run at it because you never know how far you can go unless you run.”
Secretariat is a movie about trusting your gut, taking a chance, teamwork and a very special horse.