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October 8, 2010
'Secretariat' MPAA rating: PG for brief mild language Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Playing: In general release
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June 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
It has been 40 years since Secretariat's stunning 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes capped a dramatic Triple Crown sweep. This year's Belmont Stakes at 1½ miles is set for Saturday in New York, so taking a look back at video of Secretariat's accomplishment remains compelling. "He is moving like a tremendous machine," announcer Chic Anderson says. "Secretariat by 12. Secretariat by 14 lengths on the turn. " Secretariat, under jockey Ron Turcotte, finished the race in a record 2 minutes 24 seconds to cap a dramatic Triple Crown sweep.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2010 | By Bill Christine, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In almost any sports movie, die-hard fans are bound to notice a few details the filmmakers flubbed, and "Secretariat" is no exception: Jockeys don't wear silks at the barn, for instance, and they mount their horses in the walking ring, not at the stables. But for racing aficionados like myself, the Disney movie's biggest misstep may be its near-complete omission of Angle Light, the horse that defeated Secretariat shortly before he went on to capture the Triple Crown in 1973. In the film, Sham is portrayed as Secretariat's sole antagonist.
OPINION
March 19, 2012
HBO did the right thing in shutting down production on"Luck" last week after the death of a third horse being used for filming. The series, which has been critically acclaimed for its gritty, up-close look at life at a racetrack, was created by David Milch, a longtime lover of horses and racing, and filmed at Santa Anita Park employing numerous safety protocols, according to HBO officials and Rick Arthur, the equine medical director of the California...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As the Walt Disney Pictures enchanted castle logo unerringly indicates, "Secretariat" is a fairy tale about a horse. If you're in the mood for it, and in the mood for a strong and satisfying performance by Diane Lane, you're definitely in the right place. Though the movie is based on the exploits of arguably the greatest horse who ever lived, a thoroughbred of whom it was truly said "his only reference is himself," "Secretariat" is hardly the place to look for a thoroughly factual account of the events in William Nack's book of the same name.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
It has been 40 years since Secretariat's stunning 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes capped a dramatic Triple Crown sweep. This year's Belmont Stakes at 1½ miles is set for Saturday in New York, so taking a look back at video of Secretariat's accomplishment remains compelling. "He is moving like a tremendous machine," announcer Chic Anderson says. "Secretariat by 12. Secretariat by 14 lengths on the turn. " Secretariat, under jockey Ron Turcotte, finished the race in a record 2 minutes 24 seconds to cap a dramatic Triple Crown sweep.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It's a movie about a winning horse. It's a movie about a winsome housewife. Did we mention it's inspirational too, and maybe even spiritual? In marketing "Secretariat," Disney is trying an array of strategies to attract moviegoers who so far have not shown a lot of interest in seeing the horse racing drama that opens Friday. Directed by the writer of "Braveheart" and produced by the team behind the sports movies "The Rookie," "Invincible" and "Miracle," the modestly budgeted film about the Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred has been singled out by Disney's new management as the kind of feel-good production it wants to make going forward.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2010 | By Dawn Chmielewski and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It didn't look like Secretariat could pull it off. Coming out of the gate at the 1973 Kentucky Derby, the chestnut colt fell behind all but two horses and dropped more than nine lengths off the leaders down the backstretch. Under the whip from jockey Ron Turcotte, the thoroughbred suddenly blitzed the field, winning the Derby and the nation's adoration. FOR THE RECORD: "Secretariat": An article about the movie "Secretariat" in the Oct. 3 Calendar section reported that Disney distributes movies from Marvel Studios.
SPORTS
October 5, 1989 | MIKE EMBRY, Associated Press Writer
Secretariat, whose 1973 Triple Crown triumph stamped him as the people's horse, was humanely destroyed at Claiborne Farm here Wednesday. He was 19, getting on for a horse but awfully young for a folk hero. Secretariat's 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes gave America its first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. In a year of turmoil that included Watergate and Vietnam, Americans latched onto him as though he were human.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Self-professed "California cowgirl" Lisa Brown is hoping audiences won't notice that multiple horses played the title role in Disney's new fact-based drama "Secretariat. " As the horse continuity wrangler on the film, it was her task to disguise any physical differences among the six or seven animals ? using a brush and a set of non-toxic, water-based paints ? so that they would appear identical over the course of the movie, starring Diane Lane as owner-breeder Penny Chenery. "In every wrangler's bag, there's the paint to color out a brand or a star, or add a sock," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2011 | By Bill Christine, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Mark Gerard was studying to be a veterinarian at Cornell University, he helped make ends meet during the summers by working as an exercise rider at Belmont Park on Long Island in New York. One of the horsemen he worked for was the Hall of Fame trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons. Across the street from Belmont was Esposito's, a rickety bar that was like a second home for many racetrackers. Esposito's also served a cheap breakfast, for a buck and a half, and Gerard could be found there many mornings, wolfing it down.
SPORTS
February 9, 2011 | Chris Erskine
I won at Santa Anita the other day. Ditched my Racing Form, which only fills my head with too much biography ? bloodlines, sperm counts ? and did what I always do: prowled the paddock area in search of smart investments and a jockey on a roll. To my mind, horses ridden by hot jockeys always perform 25% better, so I locate a steed on the verge of contending, circle his number in my program, then realize the horse is making clicking sounds, as if his dentures are coming loose. Click.
SPORTS
February 5, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
It was the same old story in horse racing Saturday at Santa Anita. Females ruled. Women stole most of the show. Especially a two-legged one. The result of the main race of the day, the $250,000 Las Virgenes for 3-year-old fillies, rang familiar. The winner was owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, is named after a record album from the 1980s, was found and recommended by David Ingordo and beat the favorite with a courageous stretch run. No, Zenyatta has not been taken off the farm in Kentucky to race again.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Secretariat Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Galloping in the hoofprints of the horse-racing hit "Seabiscuit," the sappier "Secretariat" tells the story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, with Diane Lane playing the scrappy housewife who takes charge of her ailing father's Virginia horse farm and beats the odds to raise a champion. The underdog-makes-good arc is stirring, but screenwriter Mike Rich and director Randall Wallace change too many historical details, while giving the early '70s a burnished look more like a movie set in the '40s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Head goes here "Secretariat" has hardly slowed down since it opened in theaters two weeks ago, but it's far from the only movie to enjoy strong second, third or even sixth laps around the box office track recently. Most films see ticket sales fall about 50% on their second weekend in theaters and end up grossing a little less than three times their opening take. However, Disney's horce racing drama has dropped only 25% and 26% on its second and third weekend in theaters since its weak $12.5 debut.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
It looks to be a tight race at the box office this weekend, with a distinct chance that none of the three movies opening nationwide will emerge a clear winner. Walt Disney Pictures' horse racing drama "Secretariat" and Warner Bros.' romantic comedy "Life as We Know It" are both expected to sell roughly $15 million worth of tickets on their debut weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release surveys. But if both pictures perform below expectations, they could end up behind Sony Pictures' Facebook movie, "The Social Network," which is in its second weekend and on track to collect $12 million to $15 million.
SPORTS
September 27, 2010 | T.J. Simers
OK, so as dates go, it gets off to kind of a slow start. I arrive Monday at Santa Anita figuring Diane Lane and I will have the place to ourselves, a racetrack the one place in this country nowadays where you can go and be alone. But there's a crowd. She has some media duties on behalf of the movie "Secretariat. " I've waited this long, so oh well. The movie comes out Oct. 8, but I've already seen it. The horse wins in the end and everyone seems very happy. Don't know what more needs to be said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Self-professed "California cowgirl" Lisa Brown is hoping audiences won't notice that multiple horses played the title role in Disney's new fact-based drama "Secretariat. " As the horse continuity wrangler on the film, it was her task to disguise any physical differences among the six or seven animals ? using a brush and a set of non-toxic, water-based paints ? so that they would appear identical over the course of the movie, starring Diane Lane as owner-breeder Penny Chenery. "In every wrangler's bag, there's the paint to color out a brand or a star, or add a sock," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Despite three new movies over the weekend, audiences mostly stayed with the familiar. Proving that its buzz wasn't short-lived, Facebook movie "The Social Network" topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, with ticket sales down a small 31% from its debut at $15.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Of the new pictures, the Katherine Heigl- Josh Duhamel romantic comedy "Life As We Know It" performed best, bringing in a so-so $14.6 million.
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