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The only complete and authorized story of the most famous race horse of our time – Secretariat. This is the Official Secretariat DVD licensed by owner Penny Chenery. This commemorative issue is actually three videos in one. It features the original critically acclaimed ESPN retrospective chronicling Secretariat's life and legacy, a full feature documentary of Big Red's last race in the Canadian International at Woodbine PLUS recently discovered footage of the champion from 20 of his career races including his phenomenal 1973 Triple Crown victories shown in their entirety.

This comprehensive DVD is full of interesting film clips, interviews, and historical information. It traces his days as a foal at the Meadow Stud Farm, Doswell, Virginia though his death in the fall of 1989 at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Along the way you’ll see some of the most amazing achievements in the history of the sport. Follow Secretariat’s run to glory through the 1973 Triple Crown as he became the first horse in a quarter of a century to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Hear from those closest to this equine hero with exclusive interviews from owner Penny Chenery, Hall of Fame trainer Lucien Laurin and jockey Ron Turcotte. Racing fans will appreciate the poignant documentary "Big Red’s Last Race" as well as the complete collection of original racing footage from his storied career.

Enjoy this fantastic tribute to the world’s most legendary and loved Thoroughbred – Secretariat. Total playing time: 112 minutes.


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Product Details

  • Directors: Leonard Lusky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full length, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Secretariat.com
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000COQ9YA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,269 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

The video quality is not good.
Rosa Tenberge
If you love horses, racing, or wonderfully documented footage of the era of Secretariat, you'll love this!
R. E. Hamm
Purchsed for 10 yr old grandson who loved it!
Bonnie J. Umland

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Susan Nunes on November 9, 2006
I had bought the original videotape of ESPN's "Life and Times of Secretariat," and the original videotape of "Big Red's Last Race," about the 1973 Canadian International. It is nice to have both documentaries on the same disc.

But best of all, ALL of Secretariat's twenty-one starts are included on the disc. Almost all of them are shown in their entirety (only the very early races aren't totally complete). I am assuming all of the footage from these races came from owner Penny Chenery's private collection.

It was great to watch Big Red's races from his two-year-old season in 1972. I had never seen any of those races before. From the time Red won the Hopeful, turf writers from all over the country were hailing him as the second coming of Man O'War. He of course didn't disappoint. His five losses were interesting to see, and in the cases of the 1973 Whitney and Woodward, see again. It was clear he never should have lost a race.

I was extremely impressed with his first race on grass, the 1973 Man O'War. Jockey Ron Turcotte claimed Secretariat was better on the grass than he was on the dirt, and he had mentioned the horse seemed almost deer-like when he ran on the grass. In this race, Secretariat went up against the top grass horse in the United States, Tentam. Tentam did his best to try and catch Secretariat, who was on the lead most of the way in the race, but he couldn't do it.

Secretariat's best performance was arguably the inaugural Marlboro Invitational. In that race, initially intended as a match race between he and stablemate Riva Ridge, there were ultimately FIVE champions in that race, including Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Kennedy Road, Key to the Mint, and Cougar II. No single race since has had that many champions.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Saundra F. Cooper on August 17, 2007
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If you were lucky enough to see Big Red win the Triple Crown, even on TV, this DVD will bring back many of those wonderful memories. Although tapes on the races are on Youtube, they are usually fuzzy; the DVD comes across as clear as the races themselves did. The interviews with Ms. Penny Tweedy, Lucien Lauren, and Ron Turcotte are great. A few things shocked me, like Mr. Lauren knowing Secretariat had an abcess in his mouth and racing him anyway, without telling Ms. Tweedy or Ron. If you want to remember the greatest horse of the century (alright, I didn't see Man 'O War), this is the one to get.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Diana Beckers on July 10, 2006
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I was eager to see this documentary about Secretariat and unfortunately, this DVD doesn't do justice to this great horse. The sound quality is very inconsistent, sometimes it's very loud and other times you can hardly hear the announcer. I was told that there would be subtitles on this film. It is hard to understand the jockey, trainer and groom and there are NO subtitles to help you figure out what they are mumbling. One bright spot is the owner's interview: You CAN understand her and also the narrator. The films of the races are of poor quality. You don't learn anything about Secretariat's life off of the race track. The PBS documentary, "American Experience" for Seabiscuit was much, much better than this effort for Secretariat. I wouldn't recommend spending $50 on this product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scotty on August 20, 2011
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This DVD is such a pleasure to have. All aspects of Secretariat's life are covered and at the end of the DVD you see all his races. I did think long and hard before I ordered the DVD because of its price, but I'm glad I did. Any time I wish, now, I can see him again, appreciate his perfection, and love him as a fine athlete who gave all of us so much pleasure. I am only sorry I never made the trip to Kentucky to see him but I didn't know he'd leave us so soon. Bite the bullet, pay the $50, then sit back and relive 1972 and 1973. (Hopefully, in the future, the cost may come down).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Barclay on April 5, 2011
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For $50 I was expecting a professionally produced product with extensive coverage of Secretariat's life. I appreciate the biographical information; I don't appreciate the cheesy song at the end. I especially don't appreciate the gaps in the playback - similar to the kinds of breaks in continuity you get on a scratched record. I wouldn't mind so much if it cost less. I get more comprehensive, more enjoyable coverage from the pieces on YouTube.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MeafaraHi on November 7, 2007
I really wanted and expected to like this - I mean I love that it has the footage of all of Secretariat's races, but the documentary itself does him no justice. This is supposed to be honoring one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time and the quality of the documentary is crappy - for a $50 DVD I expected a lot more. For Secretariat I expected a lot better. I couldn't stop cringing when they played that cheesy Bryan Adams song in the background to Secretariat's racing footage! Ugh.

Poor Secretariat is probably rolling over in his grave!

It's like they hired a cheap wedding videographer to put this together - Not worth $50 - Wait till they drop the price or something better comes along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Schmelz on August 12, 2007
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I was a horse crazy nine year old and my first introduction to horse racing was Secretariat's Triple Crown. I have read a few books on Secretariat, was lucky enough to meet Penney Chenery, Ron Tucotte, Eddie Maple, Jim Gaffney, and have a VHS tape of all the Triple Crown winners. Yet, I did not think I would ever see any of his non-Triple Crown races, until this DVD. It was thrilling to watch! Secretariat raced in 1972-1973, so the racing film is 30+ years old now and grainy. It is a shame that it wasn't digitally remastered before putting it out on DVD, but this is wonderful video biography of one of America's greatest racehorses. At least, you can SEE his talent and power, instead of just imagining it by reading the books. I did find it a bit pricey for one DVD, but I hope some of the proceeds are going to laminitis research.
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