Check out our own film’s stirring trailer…
I had a crush on Secretariat. Seeing the stirring trailer for the upcoming SECRETARIAT movie brought it all back to me: Big Red, the immortal horse who won the Triple Crown in the era of Nixon, when we all– especially an idealistic little girl like me– needed someone to admire. Someone perfect.
Check out the YouTube clips of the great Secretariat and his unforgettable Belmont win, in which he blazed along (as the breathless announcer put it) like some ‘tremendous machine’– outdistancing the pack by 30 lengths and managing to run each quarter of the grueling race faster than the last. He pounded down the homestretch at record-setting supernatural speed.
When he died, Secretariat was found to have a heart twice the size of a normal horse’s. When he was born, his owner Penny Tweedy (played in the film by a fiesty and elegant Diane Lane) thought at first he was ‘too pretty to be any good.’ She (and millions of others) came to marvel over how one horse could truly have it all: superlative looks, heart, stamina, speed and brains.
Groping for appropriate athletic comparisons, video commentators mention Tiger Woods at his Masters’ Win. This week, a very different Woods finished his season at an alltime low. In a happier sports story, tennis star Rafael Nadal ecstatically captured the Grand Slam. Though not all implode like Woods, many big-leaguers struggle in ‘real life’ and few humans achieve the flawless athletic performance of Secretariat.
Golfing great Jack Niklaus has said he found himself weeping at Secretariat’s Triple Crown win. Haywood Hale Broun remarked that even such a fine athlete as Niklaus stives so hard to be perfect– and in Secretariat’s Triple Crown win, that’s what we all saw: pure unmarred perfection. What a win; what a horse. WDYT?
(photos: Secretariat.com, tennisonlineblog.com, sportsstories.com)