If there’s an antidote for some of the heartbreaking stories about horse racing, it’s Secretariat. I’m glad we watched it in the quiet of our living room. We could cry in private, all the while knowing there would be a happy ending.
In winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and Belmont, Secretariat set records that are still unbroken today. The last of the triple crown races, the Belmont, he won by an astonishing 31 lengths. When his racing days were over, he was put out to stud in a lush Kentucky pasture where he went on to sire hundreds of little Secretariats. We knew it was coming, but still, what a lovely ending to a great movie.
If your local Redbox is sold out of Secretariat, go for Temple Grandin. Claire Dane won a Golden Globe for her performance in this made-for-television movie. A biographical film, it tells the story of Grandin’s lifelong struggle with autism, and of her determination to develop more humane methods of handling livestock. Grandin became an expert in the field of animal husbandry, a celebrated author, and an example to all who struggle.