3 Of The Best Horse Racing Films Of All Time

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There aren’t many better ways to get closer to sports than watching a film based on some of the most remarkable stories. 

Unlike other sports, horse racing has an abundance of stories that have been told in the film format, with the vast majority of them being true stories. 

So, which three horse racing films should all fans of the sport watch?

Seabiscuit

There aren’t many films that have been more welcomed by audiences than Seabiscuit. Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, the film tells the story of the legendary horse. 

Seabiscuit was often overlooked throughout his career, but it could be argued that no horse played a greater significance in the sport’s popularity throughout the Great Depression.

The story of Seabiscuit is retold around the world, due to the emotional elements surrounding it. None more so than the task that three men had to train up the horse to be one of the best in North America. 

However, as well as that, Seabiscuit also saved all three main characters too, including John Pollard, who returned from a career-threatening injury to win the Santa Anita Handicap onboard the legendary horse. 

Learn more about Santa Anita racetrack here: https://www.twinspires.com/race-tracks/santa-anita-park

The Cup

One of the most famous horse races on the planet is the Melbourne Cup, and one of the most heartwarming films is based on one of the most heroic efforts. 

The Cup is based on the 2002 renewal of the race, and follows many of the biggest names in racing on their way to the illustrious race, which is among the richest in the world. However, most specifically, the film tells the story of Damien Oliver.

The jockey is on a poor run of form heading into the race, and to make matters worse, he losses his brother, who tragically dies in a racing accident just days before the race. 

The Cup tells the ultimate underdog story that see Oliver overcome huge adversity before making his dream of winning the Melbourne Cup a reality onboard Media Puzzle for trainer Dermot Weld. Since his second win in the Melbourne Cup in 2002, Oliver has since won the race for a third time with Fiorente in 2013. 

To date, he has won over 120 Group 1 races in Australia, with his 100th Group 1 coming in the Melbourne Cup. As well as the Group victories, he has recorded a total of 2,640 winners during his career.

Secretariat

There aren’t many horse racing fans that wouldn’t know about Secretariat. This film was released in 2010, and on the book titled ‘Secretariat: The Making of a Champion’ by William Nack. 

The film tells the story of Secretariat from start to finish, starting from breeding the future champion. This film also goes into greater detail surrounding those closest to the great horse, including Penny Chenery and Lucien Laurin.

The end of the Secretariat story is the part that all racing fans have learned about, as he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in over 20 years. The film also made double the amount that it took to make in the box office. 

However, the film was also criticised by some, with some writers claiming that film avoided certain huge sections of Secretariat’s life, including Riva Ridge, who won both the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby to keep the hopes of the stable alive. 

Regardless, the movie won countless awards, including the Christopher Award for Feature Film. It was also nominated for awards at the ESPYs and Satellite Awards.

Secretariat is also referenced a couple times in the series BoJack Horseman, which is on Netflix and we also recommend watch. 

There you have it, our top 3 best horse racing movies. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

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