There is something exhilarating and inspiring about watching races and the underdog coming out on top. This is the same feeling viewers get when watching horse races.
The following movies show heartwarming and inspiring scenes at a horse race. about them in the following passages.
50 to 1
Co-written and directed by Jim Wilson, 50 to 1 is a drama that is based on the 2009 Kentucky Derby win of underdog Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel. Starring William Devane, Christian Kane, and Skeet Ulrich, the movie tells the story of horse Mine That Bird and how, from being undersized, he was able to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Its iconic reenactment of the race in the final scenes of the movie is still quite moving. Borel even starred in the movie to play himself. The movie was released in March 2014. From a budget of USD 10 million, it. Read more about horse betting and races like the Kentucky Derby and similar horse racing movies!
From the book of Laura Hillenbrand entitled Seabiscuit: An American Legend, director Gary Ross helmed the movie of the same name, which was released in 2003. Seabiscuit is an undersized thoroughbred that surprisingly won several races during the Great Depression. The movie stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, and Tobey Maguire. In the final scene, Seabiscuit joins the Santa Anita races again, with War Admiral, the number one seed. Seabiscuit falls to last place but his one-time rider pulls back to help Seabiscuit out. Seabiscuit was able to get back into the race and eventually wins.
From the screenplay of Mike Rich and Sheldon Turner, under the direction of Randall Wallace, comes a drama based on the true story of thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat. The movie, Secretariat, tells the story of how Secretariat struggled in his races until he was ridden by experienced jockey Ron Turcotte, who led him to several victories. When Secretariat’s owner fell on hard times, she refused to sell Secretariat and even dared predict Secretariat winning the Triple Crown. In the movie’s climax, Secretariat, after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in record-winning times, Secretariat joins the Belmont Stakes, does not tire and goes on to win the Belmont with a 75-meter gap from second place.
Directed by Joe Johnston and written by John Fusco, Hidalgo is a western film that is biographical in nature. It is based on the legend of distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang horse, Hidalgo. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, and Omar Sharif. In the 1890s, Hopkins and his horse Hidalgo was challenged by Sheikh Riyadh to enter the Ocean of Fire, a gruelling 3,000-mile race across the Najd desert. In one of the film’s highlights, towards the end of the race, Hopkins says a prayer as he was dying of thirst and Hidalgo badly injured. He suddenly sees the spirit of his Indian ancestors and of his mother. In a sudden twist, Hidalgo stands up and miraculously gets back into the race and went on to win it. Hopkins gains the respect and admiration of the Arabs.
John Gratins offers the drama, Dreamer, as his directorial debut. Dreamer is about father, Ben, and daughter Cale, and a horse called Sonador. Ben, a horse trainer, buys injured horse Sonador to save her from being put down. When Ben realized that Sonador was fast, he enters her into a claiming race. Cale became quite upset when she realizes what her father did after Sonador was claimed. Ben had a belated realization how important Sonador was to their family so he bought her back. They prepare Sonador to race in the Breeders’ Race Classic, which Sonador wins.