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Five Horseracing Themed Movies Worth Watching

  1. Seabiscuit

If this isn’t your favourite horseracing film of all time then are you
really a fan? Everyone loves a David versus Goliath story and this is
one of them. A ragtag bunch made up of a quirky trainer, an underdog
jockey, an owner with a big dream and a horse with massive heart.

The exploits of Seabiscuit are the stuff of racing lore and the duels in
match races with War Admiral are the stuff of legend.

2. The Cup

This one will tug at the heart strings. The story of famed Australian
jockey Damien Oliver and his win in the Melbourne Cup in 2002. Regarded
as the biggest race on Australia’s calendar, the Melbourne Cup is
affectionately known as the race that stops the nation.

This movie tells the heart-wrenching story of Oliver, who lost his
brother, in a race riding accident, in the days building up to the big
one and how a horse called Media Puzzle, brought over from Ireland by
trainer Dermot Weld, helped the jockey pay tribute in the best way
possible.

Here’s the actual footage of Oliver’s tear-jerking victory aboard the
Irish Raider.

3. Secretariat

Another story that continues to live long in racing folklore. This take
by Disney on one of the best horses to ever set the track alight relives
some of the exploits of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, the first in 25
years. It sees Diane Lane portray Penny Chenery, looking after her
elderly father’s racing interests, as she tackles the male dominated
racing industry.

Did You Know?

Secretariat sealed his historic Triple Crown laurels with a mammoth 31
length victory in the Belmont Stakes.

4. Dreamer

The story of a girl and her horse as the duo pull off what’s seen as the
impossible. After suffering an injury on the track, Sonjador (Spanish
for Dreamer) is nursed back to health by Cale Crane (played by Dakota
Fanning) with plenty of care, attention and ice-lollies before embarking
on an unlikely comeback to racing.

The movie is based on the exploits of a horse named Mariah’s Storm who
managed to bounce back from a career-threatening injury to win the 1995
Turfway Breeders Cup.

The most well known dialogue in the film sees Crane recite a poem to
inspire her horse.

“You are a great champion. When you ran, the ground shook, the sky
opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you’ll
meet me in the winner’s circle, where I’ll put a blanket of flowers on
your back.”

5. Racing Stripes

If you were thinking this was yet another biopic regaling a story of a
champion of the past overcoming the odds, think again.

Rather, this movie sees an unlikely plot unfold as a zebra, yes you read
that correctly, suffers a case of mistaken identity and reckons he can
take on his bigger equine counterparts on the racetrack. This is one for
the kids.

Fun Fact

The film was actually shot on location in South Africa with Scottsville
Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg used. The difference being that the
horses were filmed running anti-clockwise as they do on American tracks
rather than the clockwise style used on the track when racing takes
place at the venue.

There are even cameo appearances from some South African racing
personalities.

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