I don't know much about horse racing but I recognize the beauty of a horse and the strength of a story. I re-watched the Disney movie about the horse Secretariat and his owner and champion Penny Chenery Tweedy recently. I can't help but be inspired by the example of this woman that had so many obstacles and so little support and yet found the ways and means to defeat the old boy's network at their own game and win the respect she deserved in her family and in the world. She knew what she had to do and she did it even when it was safer and easier to quit. In the movie she explains to her husband and brother that you must live your life full out taking the risks and being willing to live with the consequences no matter how high the price. The trainer and the jockey both had demons of their own to exorcise. But Penny Chenery Tweedy recognized the will to win and the skills to get there in both of them as well as the gifts of speed, endurance and heart in her horse.
There were other fast horses and one in particular that challenged the big red stallion. The competition is no less able that comes in second to the greatest horse that ever lived to this time. In a different year number two would be number one. But the strong competition highlights the excellence in the champion.
I love the scene just before the Belmont race when Penny tells Big Red, Secretariat, that she has run her race and now he will run his.
We each have our own races and our own obstacles and sometimes we are the also rans that have our own accomplishments despite not being the champion and sometimes we are the champion. But we must run our races full out holding nothing back taking the risks and being willing to deal with the consequences.