Synopsis: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery -- with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin -- manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years.
Director(s): Randall Wallace
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

[Woman] More than

three thousand years ago,

a man named Job complained to God

about all his troubles.

And the Bible tells us

that God answered.

"Do you give the horse his strength?

Or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?

Do you make him leap like a locust,

striking terror with his proud snorting?

He paws fiercely,

rejoicing in his strength

and charges into the fray.

He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing.

He does not shy away from the sword.

The quiver rattles against his side,

along with the flashing spear and lance.

In frenzied excitement

he eats up the ground.

He cannot stand still

when the trumpet sounds."

[Birds chirping]

[Woman] Kate, Sarah,

you have to leave in ten minutes.

[Man] Penny, I have three shirts

to pick up at the cleaners,

and two more to go in the hamper,

if you wouldn't mind.

- I'll pick those up.

- Also go by the wine shop,

pick up some Riesling? I have a client

coming in. That's all he drinks.

[Penny] Sarah, orange juice, please.

- No nuclear devices on the table.

- [Boy] Come on, Dad.

[Girl] Daddy, I need

to pick up a gown.

Another gown?

When you earn your own money,

you can buy gowns for every party.

[Penny] I'm sure we can find something

reasonable. We can go look this weekend.

- Not Gewurztraminer, only Riesling.

- Mom, can we have pancakes?

- Working on it.

- [Girl] Che Guevara or Ho Chi Minh?

- What are you doing?

- Getting ready for a Christmas pageant.

- A Christmas pageant? When?

- Spring.

It's experimental. Has to do

with Christmas and lots of things.

Really? That's great! What's the role?

- The War Protester.

- I was thinking that we could...

- The what?

- The War Protester.

[Telephone ringing]

It's a really good role, Mom.

You'll love it. You, too, Dad.

- Tweedy residence. This is she.

- War protester in a Christmas pageant?

We'll leave this afternoon. Thank you.

[Man] What are you doing? I don't pay

you to dream, I pay you to work.

Now, let's get to it. Come on!

You do that on your own time.

- [Indistinct chatter]

- Thank you.

Oh, Hollis.

Mama's gone.

She's gone. Hi, Jack.

Hollis, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Your mother was always so kind to me.

- Miss Chenery, we're sorry.

- Thank you.

- Penny...

- [Penny sighs]

Penny, darling. Darling.

Girls, you remember Miss Ham?

Granddaddy's secretary?

- Hi, Miss Ham.

- Oh, my, you two have grown.


Thank you so much, Miss Ham.

For everything.

Hollis said you found her.

She had just fallen.

The doctor said she didn't suffer.

- She looked... peaceful.

- Hm.

How is Daddy?

He keeps asking, "Where is she?"

But I'm not sure if he's asking

for your mother or you.


Girls, I'm going to go in

and see your granddaddy now.

I'll bring you in later.

Come on, girls.

Let's get you something to eat.

[Man] Don't let them fool you, darling.

It's not whether they think we won.

It's whether we think we won.

You run your race, Penny.


We'll take 'em.

We just got ourselves

a couple new horses.

[Young Penny]

Are we going to race them?

[Man laughs] No.

They're going to be mommies

and daddies for new horses.


Daddy, it's Penny.


You got married.


But I'm here now.

Because Mama's gone.

Mama's pin?

Yours now.


[Man] The Lord shall preserve

thy going out, and thy coming in.

From this time forth...

...and even forever more.

And so we return to You

your faithful servant, Helen Chenery.

Loving mother, devoted wife...

...who lived each moment

to the fullest,

cherishing the life she had

with her beloved husband, Christopher.

And may the peace

that passeth all understanding

be in your hearts now and forever more.

- Amen.

- [All] Amen.

[Thunder rumbles]

Eddie? Eddie, I just wanted

to thank you so much for coming.

Miss Penny, your mama was a fine woman.

I just feel real bad for Mr. Chenery.

[Penny] He always thought

the world of you.

He said you could hear the horses'

thoughts through your hands.

Yeah, well, your father's a good man,

Miss Penny.

Thank you.

Mrs. Tweedy?

I'm Arthur Hancock.

- Your daddy called me...

- Bull!

Oh, yes, and everyone else did,

too, as I recall.

This is my son, Seth.

- Hi, nice to meet you.

- Thank you for coming.

Your mother was a fine woman.

It was a privilege just knowing her.

Thank you.

I know you're going

to be making some changes,

and if you or your family have any

questions, Miss Ham's got my number.

Thank you, Bull.


Your daddy's eyes would always light up

when he talked about you.

How smart you are.

How much you loved the horses.

[Thunder rumbles]

[Hollis] Doctor says there

may be some brief moments

when he is aware ofthings,

but we shouldn't expect much.

Practical thing would be

to put him in a nursing home.

This is home to him.

And he knows he's here.

I think as long as he does, we should

hire nurses and let him stay at home.

[Laughs] The farm has to go.

And it won't bring much.

It's been losing money

hand over fist for years now.

We have to face facts.

To run a horse breeding operation,

you need a certain touch.

I'm a professor, and you're a housewife.

I moved up our flight to first thing

tomorrow. I've got to get back.

Jack, I need a few more days here.

I have to make sure Daddy's all right,

sort through Mother's things.

The kids could all do

with a little responsibility.

It will just be a few days.

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Mike Rich

Michael A. "Mike" Rich (born 1959) is an American screenwriter best known for his writing on sports-related films. more…

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