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For date night this week,my wife and I attended the movie Secretariat. A well told story, the movie covered the life of "Big Red" from anticipated birth to the winning of the last race of the Triple Crown (outstanding time and winning margin of 31 lengths).

I was with my late father,(at a hospital just after he lost a leg to PAD) in Brisbane, Australia,in 1973 listening to the broadcast of that race. I remember well Dad's comment "He's got the bit between his teeth and not even the finishing post will stop him." My father was a lifelong racing fan who spent his years after retiring from sugar farming as a very successful punter because he knew his horses better than they knew themselves. For a man for whom half a nose (in a photo finish) was enough for victory, he could recognize hearts of champions who gave their all. For a man with a very limited education, he always surprised me with his global knowledge of racing. He lived a life where hard work, breeding and form will win out. An artifical leg for my father for his remaining twenty years, was his means of going farther and faster.

Secretariat is a story of a woman's drive and ambition, to achieve the impossible because of her dogged belief in a horse and herself. The relationships of Penny Chenery, her family and her colorful trainer, Lucien Loren, make this movie very watchable. Life is about finding out how far you can go and what you can achieve. See Secretariat and you will be encouraged to "run your own race".



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Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
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Secretariat is one of those movies that I want to see.  Thanks for the reminder!

Jan 22, 2011 12:23 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Larry, that is a movie I want to see. I remember the excitement, Secratariat was a horse who captured the hearts and imaginations of so many. Thank you for reminding me I wanted to watch the movie!

Jan 22, 2011 02:59 PM #2
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

What a lovely and touching story.  I will make a point of seeing the movie.

Jan 22, 2011 08:00 PM #3
Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia

Larry, it looks like you learned a lot from your father!  I can feel your heart when you post and as you described your father I could feel your love for him.  I want to see this movie!  Added to my list.  Have a wonderful Sunday.

Jan 22, 2011 11:17 PM #4
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Larry ~  Glad your "Date Night" prompted you to share this wonderful information with us; thanks.

Jan 23, 2011 10:27 AM #5
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING LARRY!  I am planning on taking my daughter to see this on Weds - thanks for the encouragement to run our own race! -- G

Jan 23, 2011 09:28 PM #6
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