While 2003’s “Seabiscuit” will never go down as one of the most memorable films of all-time, you can’t call it a flop. It rode to a gross of $120 million domestic and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. But there are so many more famous horses! And not just fictional horses like Mr. Ed or My Little Pony. If you care about equines, Hollywood has been neglecting you!
Disney is trying to fix that problem by brining the lovely and talented Diane Lane on board to star in “Secretariat”. While the horse’s story of becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years is noteworthy, according to Variety, the real dramatic narrative belongs to Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery.
This is a story that sounds much better than “Seabiscuit Saved America”: Chenery was a mother and housewife who knew little about horse racing when she took over her ailing father’s farm in Virginia. Around the time that Secretariat established himself as a horse with serious potential, she was pressured to sell him and everything else after her father died and she was hit with a large inheritance tax, or as we must now call it due to douchebag Frank Luntz, the “Death” tax.