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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Beating Sham by 1 or 2 lengths in the Belmont Stakes would have been sufficient, and 10 would have been incredible. Secretariat defeated him by an overwhelming ''thirty-one'' lengths, and never stopped accelerating until the race was well and truly over, to the point where he set a track record for the mile and five-eighths while ''coasting'' out from under the wire.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Beating Sham by 1 or 2 lengths in the Belmont Stakes would have been sufficient, and 10 would have been incredible. Secretariat defeated him by an overwhelming ''thirty-one'' lengths, and never stopped accelerating until the race was well and truly over, to the point where he set a track record for the mile and five-eighths while ''coasting'' out from under the wire.wire which still stands to this day, with no horse since coming anywhere near close.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Sham's owners point out his own accomplishments are nothing to sneeze at, and racing enthusiasts indeed consider that he could well have won the Triple Crown himself and be regarded among the greatest horses ever if not for the bad luck of competing alongside a legend.


* AutomatonHorse: Actually, invoked by announcer Chic Anderson's immortal line: "He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!" Also TruthInTelevision, as after his death in 1990 the head of the autopsy team described them all staring at his gigantic, flawless heart in StunnedSilence.

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* AutomatonHorse: Actually, invoked by announcer Chic Anderson's immortal line: "He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!" Also TruthInTelevision, as after his death in 1990 1989 the head of the autopsy team described them all staring at his gigantic, flawless heart in StunnedSilence.


* AutomatonHorse: Actually, invoked by announcer Chic Anderson's immortal line: "He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!"

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* AutomatonHorse: Actually, invoked by announcer Chic Anderson's immortal line: "He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!"machine!" Also TruthInTelevision, as after his death in 1990 the head of the autopsy team described them all staring at his gigantic, flawless heart in StunnedSilence.


* ArtisticLicense: There is absolutely no mention of Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Derby and Belmont and Secretariat's stablemate, who saved Meadow Stables the year before Secretariat made his Triple Crown bid. This is because it's more exciting with everything riding on Secretariat's success.

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There is absolutely no mention of Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Derby and Belmont and Secretariat's stablemate, who saved Meadow Stables the year before Secretariat made his Triple Crown bid. This is because it's more exciting with everything riding on Secretariat's success.



* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' tell Penny Chenery to keep her nose out of racing because it's "none of [her] business," and don't tell her to StayInTheKitchen. She will do neither, and then she will have her horse beat the pants off yours.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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''Do not'' tell Penny Chenery to keep her nose out of racing because it's "none of [her] business," and don't tell her to StayInTheKitchen. She will do neither, and then she will have her horse beat the pants off yours.


* CastTheExpert: Ron Turcotte was played by a jockey named Otto Thorwarth.


''Secretariat'' is a 2010 Creator/{{Disney}} film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the Belmont and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so.

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''Secretariat'' is a 2010 Creator/{{Disney}} film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the 1973 Belmont Stakes and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so.


''Secretariat'' is a 2010 Creator/{{Disney}} film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the Belmont and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so. The reason for this is one woman: his owner Penny Chenery, daughter of the aging, frail owner of Meadow Stables. Along with trainer Lucien Laurin, groom Eddie Sweat, and jockey Ron Turcotte, Chenery guided Secretariat through his two- and three-year-old seasons and produced arguably the greatest American racehorse to ever live.

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''Secretariat'' is a 2010 Creator/{{Disney}} film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the Belmont and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so.

The reason for this is one woman: his owner Penny Chenery, daughter of the aging, frail owner of Meadow Stables. Along with trainer Lucien Laurin, groom Eddie Sweat, and jockey Ron Turcotte, Chenery guided Secretariat through his two- and three-year-old seasons and produced arguably the greatest American racehorse to ever live.


->''In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground ...''

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''Secretariat'' is a 2010 film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the Belmont and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so. The reason for this is one woman: his owner Penny Chenery, daughter of the aging, frail owner of Meadow Stables. Along with trainer Lucien Laurin, groom Eddie Sweat, and jockey Ron Turcotte, Chenery guided Secretariat through his two- and three-year-old seasons and produced arguably the greatest American racehorse to ever live.

The film stars Creator/DianeLane as Penny Chenery and Creator/JohnMalkovich as Lucien Laurin.

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''Secretariat'' is a 2010 Creator/{{Disney}} film about the eponymous chestnut [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing racehorse]] (by Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal), who rose out of the ashes of a fallen-from-grace racing stable to bring home the first Triple Crown trophy in twenty-five years with a ''thirty-one length victory'' in the Belmont and who destroyed every relevant race and track record on the books as he did so. The reason for this is one woman: his owner Penny Chenery, daughter of the aging, frail owner of Meadow Stables. Along with trainer Lucien Laurin, groom Eddie Sweat, and jockey Ron Turcotte, Chenery guided Secretariat through his two- and three-year-old seasons and produced arguably the greatest American racehorse to ever live.

The film film, directed by Randall Wallace, stars Creator/DianeLane as Penny Chenery and Creator/JohnMalkovich as Lucien Laurin.Laurin.


* CurbStompBattle: The Belmont, obviously. He set a record of 2:24 flat for the mile-and-a-half on dirt; to this day no horse has broken 2:25, anywhere, ever. His 31-length victory was the largest winning margin in the history of American thoroughbred racing until 2014.[[note]]Technically, Man o' War set that record when he beat Hoodwink by 100 lengths in the Lawrence Realization Stakes, but Hoodwink was a last-ditch competitor because nobody wanted to race against him. Secretariat's winning margin is the largest between two relatively competitive horses. The new record belongs to a horse named Feodor, who won an allowance race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia by a staggering ''49 and 3/4 lengths''.[[/note]]

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* CurbStompBattle: The Belmont, obviously. He set a record of 2:24 flat for the mile-and-a-half on dirt; to this day no horse has broken 2:25, anywhere, ever. His 31-length victory was the largest winning margin in the history of American thoroughbred racing until 2014.2014, and remains the largest winning margin in the history of Grade I stakes racing.[[note]]Technically, Man o' War set that record when he beat Hoodwink by 100 lengths in the Lawrence Realization Stakes, but Hoodwink was a last-ditch competitor because nobody wanted to race against him. Secretariat's winning margin is the largest between two relatively competitive horses. The new record belongs to a horse named Feodor, who won an allowance race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia by a staggering ''49 and 3/4 lengths''.[[/note]]


* RealPersonCameo: The real-life Penny Chenery, still alive and kicking at 86 (at the time of filming; still around in 2017 at 95), is in the crowd at the Belmont, right next to the film versions of Secretariat's team.

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* RealPersonCameo: The real-life Penny Chenery, still alive and kicking at 86 (at the time of filming; still she stayed around in 2017 until 2017, dying at 95), is in the crowd at the Belmont, right next to the film versions of Secretariat's team.


The film stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin.

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The film stars Diane Lane Creator/DianeLane as Penny Chenery and John Malkovich Creator/JohnMalkovich as Lucien Laurin.


* RealPersonCameo: The real-life Penny Chenery, still alive and kicking at 86 (at the time of filming; still around in 2015 at 93), is in the crowd at the Belmont, right next to the film versions of Secretariat's team.

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* RealPersonCameo: The real-life Penny Chenery, still alive and kicking at 86 (at the time of filming; still around in 2015 2017 at 93), 95), is in the crowd at the Belmont, right next to the film versions of Secretariat's team.


** Lucien Laurin, a former jockey, was slightly shorter than Penny Chenery.

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** Lucien Laurin, a former jockey, was slightly shorter than Penny Chenery.Chenery and did not golf.

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