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About a Horse

It wasn’t a run for the roses, but more a seat at the theater that brought movie and racing fans to Georgetown Sunday afternoon for a special sneak preview of Disney’s upcoming motion picture, Secretariat at the AMC Loews theater on Water St. Prior to the screening, former Washington Post racing writer John Scheinman, who is now

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Wendy Gordon
Wendy Gordon

embarking on a new project, Racing Midatlantic, a racing media company, introduced movie director Randall Wallace (who also authored the screenplay for Braveheart and Pearl Harbor, among other popular flicks and has written music including tunes for Secretariat). Wallace addressed the crowd, emphasizing the importance of not only of the story itself, but also of this thoroughbred. He noted Secretariat was “no shooting star—but the pinnacle” of horse racing whose 1973 track record still stands to this day and whose feat of performance is rated by ESPN’s great sports moments as number two—just behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. The movie is inspired by William Nack’s book, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion. Nack was also on hand.

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Wendy Gordon
Wendy Gordon

Although the audience obviously knew the outcome of each race, the theater was filled with cheers and applause at each on screen race won and sniffles at each success over the odds. After the screening, guests, which included members of the media as well as racing industry veterans including Executive Director of the Virginia Racing Association, Glenn Petty and former co-owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, Karin DeFrancis as well as Wallace, Nack, and others involved in the making of the motion picture were invited to the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown where a traditional Kentucky Derby Mint Julep and Preakness Black-Eyed Susan cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served. The Disney movie, which stars Diane Lane and John Malkovich, will premiere on movie screens October 8th.

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Wendy Gordon
Wendy Gordon