On Friday night, we took the kids to see Secretariat. Over the summer we visited Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held. We got to visit with a horse that was Secretariat’s great-grandson, see the track and stands, walk around the grounds and tour the museum. The kids were really anxious to see this movie.

I am not spoiling the movie by telling you that Secretariat won the Triple Crown and set not only track, but World Records doing it. He was truly an amazing horse.

What I found more amazing was his owner, Penny Chenery Tweedy. At 46 years old, she is called at her home in Colorado to take care of her father’s failing horse breeding farm in Virginia. She had four kids at home and traveled back and forth across the country while living two lives. She came up with a crazy idea to race a horse that wasn’t even born yet and save the farm.

In the early 1970’s she was entering a world dominated by men. They all looked at her as some housewife who didn’t know what she was doing. However, over the next several years, she managed a 2800 acre farm in Virginia, and raised a champion horse, all while trying to be there for her kids needs in Colorado. She made deals with the devil, promising Secretariat would be the next Triple Crown winner in order to get money selling breeding rights and keep the farm going. Imagine everyone’s surprise when she was right!

I admire Penny Chenery for her determination, her passion, and her dreams. She found the balance between being a mom and having a career. She had the best of both worlds.

My family gave the movie two thumbs up. You can read more about Secretariat and Penny Chenery’s life at Secretariat.com. Check it out for yourself!

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