‘Secretariat’ the true American dream

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 6, 2010

Horse racing is considered the “Sport of Kings.” I had never gone to a race track until I decided to recover from my addiction to alcohol. I was told that the vacuum in my life that would exist after I quit drinking would have to be filled. It was then that I got interested in horse racing. What was more exciting than spending a day at the race track!

This filled the void in my life

until 1980, when I had a spiritual experience. It was then that God removed my need for any artificial substitute.

I haven’t gone to a race track since then, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the “Sport of Kings.” Every year, I still tune in on TV and watch the three most important races – the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont and the Preakness.

In 1973, Secretariat was the last horse to win all three races, a feat that is called the Triple Crown. When the movie “Secretariat” came out recently, a few of my friends raved about how good it was, so Jeanne and I went to see it. I’m not one for movies. In fact, in the last 10 years I may have seen (at the most) five movies. Today, it’s almost impossible to see a family movie without the promotion of sex, violence or the random use of vulgarity.

This movie was different. It was done in excellent taste, without vulgarity, violence or sex. It’s a true story of the horse that is considered the greatest in all of racing history and a family’s love for horses. It is also an excellent human interest story about the passion one woman had to save the family business after her mother died and her father was disabled.

The movie shared about the American dream and the determination to see it materialized.

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