Film - Secretariat (2010) - Presented by Barbara Steffek-Hill
This docudrama tells the true story of racehorse Secretariat, aka “Big Red.” Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) acquires ownership of the not yet born colt by losing a coin toss. Penny hires eccentric French-Canadian trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich). He strongly recommends Canadian jockey Ronnie Turcotte (Otto Thorwarth). Penny’s stableman Eddie Sweat (Nelsan Ellis) is assigned the role of caretaker. Big Red, Turcotte in the saddle, leaves the starting gate and gallops off on an extraordinary ride all the way to the pinnacle of racing. Just before the Kentucky Derby, the horse goes off feed, an indicator that something is wrong. A veterinarian is called and examines him. Can Big Red recover before the big day or must he be scratched from the Run for the Roses, the first leg of the Triple Crown? Barbara Steffek-Hill presents a series of classic and contemporary films from her personal favorites.