Born and raised on a thoroughbred horse farm in rural Virginia, Penny Tweedy grew up around powerful animals who lived to run. Then life took a turn when Penny married and left the farm. But when her mother dies and her father grows ill, Penny returns to the financially hurting family farm. Her brother wants to sell the horses, but for Penny, doing that would be unthinkable. So she quickly gets to work fixing things up.
Penny loses a coin toss with a very rich man and is given a second-rate foal to train. She has a feeling the second-rate foal just might turn into a first-class racehorse. Penny's foal turns out to be Secretariat, arguably the greatest thoroughbred of all time.
Penny is full of grace and guts, much like her famous horse. Both she and Secretariat put in much hard work for the sake of preserving her father’s legacy. Penny loves her family, but for Secretariat to be a world-class success she must sacrifice time with them. In the end, though, Penny’s husband gains a new appreciation for her and her children find a new hero.
In the film, there are several tense scenes of horseracing. Some of the characters use God’s name inappropriately or say harsh words. There are also many references to Scripture, with a big emphasis on the characters running the race of life with strength and integrity.
Overall, Secretariat is a movie full of beauty and inspiration that tells the story of a horse that could fly. Whether or not Penny does the right thing by sacrificing so much of her time with her family, there is no doubt Secretariat fulfills his God-given purpose. When Secretariat comes around the bend in the Belmont race, hooves thundering against the packed earth, all fades to silence for a moment and we watch the horse, all mane and muscle, bound toward history.
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