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Hollywood: Secretariat Review

Hollywood: The story of the most dominant racehorse of all time does not easily fit into the standard inspirational sports flick mold. Such films typically require its protagonists to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, be they competitive (Hoosiers), personal (The Natural), societal (Ali), or some combination of all three (Remember the Titans). But by all accounts, the greatest challenges to Secretariat capturing of the 1973 Triple Crown were not rival horses — indeed, Secretariat had no true rival — but a pair of slow starts and an abscess. And abscesses — apologies to dermatologists — simply aren’t all that effective as dramatic devices.

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