Secretariat the Horse, the Movie
By Dave Gregory
I watched the movie “Secretariat” yesterday and it brought back many memories. My father, Bernard Gregory, loved the track and he and I both watch that Champion’s career from the beginning. In fact we were in Saratoga and saw Big Red race in one of his first races. My Aunt Helen and Uncle Bill lived in Ballston Spa NY, which was just a few miles away from the historical racetrack, so our visits would often coincide with the racing schedule. I distinctly remember the beauty of that track and going through the tunnel under the stands and out to stand next to the track itself. So we had one of the close up views that you can only appreciate if you’ve ever been to any sporting events and had the opportunity to sit on the sidelines, bench, or dugout, up close to the action, so it was with the racetrack that day. I must admit, being in my twenties, at the time, I don’t believe I really appreciated it then, as I do now. To be witness to history from afar is one thing, to be up close is another, and to have the wisdom to know the difference is the icing on the cake, of course, I am referring to great moments in history, of excelling in any endeavor, being human, or otherwise, of the bright spots and not of man’s dark side. The movie was great and I would highly recommend it to everyone. It is much more than a movie about a beautiful animal achievements, it about the legacy of a father to his daughter, of that daughter carrying on that legacy, which wasn’t just about winning, but about not giving up and giving it your best, whether you win or lose. The DVD release date is Jan. 25, but you can order it now by clicking here!
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