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(21,913 posts)
7. Did you read the book? Fabulous!!! She goes into so much detail about other important things
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:42 PM
Apr 2021

At that time, you feel like you really understand all the context.
Anyone who likes history would love the book!!!


(16,878 posts)
9. That was one of the things I loved about the movie.
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:16 PM
Apr 2021

The old news reel footage and the way it explained what was happening in the country at that time.

George II

(67,782 posts)
2. Historically racing movies are generally pretty lame. This was one of the better movies....
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 08:30 PM
Apr 2021

Now, as a lifelong (50+ years) horseracing fan, I knew right away that that race wasn't filmed at the track where he last races, Santa Anita. I recognized that as Keeneland Race Track in Lexington Kentucky (I've been to both many times).

Not that it takes away from the scene, though.

George II

(67,782 posts)
5. Some of the segments of the race were filmed at Santa Anita, those with the mountains in....
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:09 PM
Apr 2021

....in the background and the palm trees were obviously there. But other segments were at Keeneland - there are fleeting views of the Keeneland grandstand. They're both similar in construction and color. They also used several other racetracks in the filming, notably older tracks at the time - Saratoga and now closed Pomona (not far from Santa Anita)

Being a degenerate, I'm either proud or ashamed to say that I've been to all of them!!!

BTW, the jockey that was talking to Red Pollard during the race, George Woolf, wasn't an actor. He was actually jockey Gary Stevens, one of the best in history.

George II

(67,782 posts)
3. Follow up - here's the film of the actual 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. Love these historic films...
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 08:33 PM
Apr 2021

...of old time horse races:


(21,562 posts)
8. I'm trying to remember how he got so far behind at the start....
Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:07 PM
Apr 2021

Gate malfunction? Its been awhile since I've read the book or seen the movie. I did remember Gary Stevens was in it.

Such a terrific story!

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