|Rating: 7.2/10 (19,738 votes)
Director: Randall Wallace
Writer: Mike Rich, William Nack (book)
Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Margo Martindale
Runtime: 123 min
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Released: 08 Oct 2010
|Plot: Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.|
In 1969, Denver housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father, Christopher Chenery’s Meadow Stables in Doswell, Virginia, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich), Chenery navigates the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and one of the greatest racehorses of all time.
Penny learns of her mother’s death and returns to her childhood home. She reunites with Mrs. Ham, her father’s secretary, and comforts her confused and elderly father. At her mother’s funeral, Penny meets Arthur “Bull” Hancock and his son, Seth Hancock, of Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. The Hancocks offer any help she may need during her efforts to bring Meadow Stables back to profitability. Penny’s brother Hollis informs her of a dishonest sale that was about to be made by the trainer until their mother stopped him. Penny fires the trainer and asks Bull Hancock to help her find a new trainer. He recommends Lucien Laurin, an aging French Canadian, who initially turns down Penny’s offer.