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Secretariat (2010 Movie)

“Secretariat” is a sports drama film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2010. The movie is based on the true story of the legendary racehorse Secretariat, who became one of the greatest racehorses in history.

Directed by Randall Wallace, the film stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, the horse’s trainer. The story follows Penny Chenery’s journey as she takes over her father’s struggling horse farm, Meadow Stable, and inherits the gifted colt Secretariat.

Secretariat, nicknamed “Big Red,” was a chestnut Thoroughbred racehorse born in 1970. He had an exceptional racing career and captured the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1973 by winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. His performance at the Belmont Stakes set a world record that still stands today.

The movie showcases the challenges Penny faced in a male-dominated industry and her determination to turn Secretariat into a champion. It also highlights the strong bond between Penny and the horse, who was known for his incredible speed, power, and spirit.

“Secretariat” captures the excitement and drama of horse racing, culminating in Secretariat’s historic victory at the Belmont Stakes. The film not only portrays the horse’s impressive athletic abilities but also the impact he had on the world of horse racing and the hearts of millions of fans.

The movie received positive reviews for its inspiring story, powerful performances, and stunning race sequences. Diane Lane’s portrayal of Penny Chenery was particularly praised for capturing her strength and passion.

“Secretariat” is a heartwarming and uplifting film that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and the incredible accomplishments of a remarkable horse. It remains a beloved sports drama that continues to inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

Fun Facts

  • “Secretariat” is a Disney sports drama film released in 2010. It is based on the true story of the legendary racehorse Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973, becoming one of the most celebrated horses in racing history.
  • The film stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, the horse’s trainer. Diane Lane received critical acclaim for her performance, and the chemistry between the two leads added depth to the movie.
  • The film was praised for its accurate portrayal of Secretariat’s historic races, including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Secretariat’s record-breaking win at the Belmont Stakes, where he won by 31 lengths, is still considered one of the greatest moments in horse racing history.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $60.3 million
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  • Diane Lane: Penny Chenery
  • John Malkovich: Lucien Laurin
  • Otto Thorwarth: Ron Turcotte
  • Margo Martindale: Elizabeth Hamm
  • Amanda Michalka: Kate Tweedy
  • Graham McTavish: Earl Jansen
  • Kevin Connolly: Bill Nack
  • Carissa Capobianco: Sarah Tweedy
  • Drew Roy: Seth Hancock
  • Scott Glenn: Christopher Chenery
  • James Cromwell: Ogden Phipps
  • Nelsan Ellis: Eddie Sweat
  • Dylan Walsh: John Tweedy
  • Fred Dalton Thompson: Bull Hancock
  • Eric Lange: Andy Beyer
  • Dylan Baker: Hollis B. Chenery
  • Stephen Stanton: Chic Anderson
  • Nestor Serrano: Pancho Martin


  • Director: Randall Wallace
  • Producers: Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray
  • Music: Nick Glennie-Smith

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