We all love sports movies where the underdog is going against all odds and managing to become one of the best. Since horse racing has a rich history, we’ve seen this situation on plenty of occasions.
Throughout the years, there have been many horse legends that managed to reach incredible success and times that are still unbeatable even by modern standards of horse racing. If you are a fan of live horse racing, chances are you know some of the movies mentioned.
Such stories from the world of horse racing are highlighted in movies such as the Secretariat (2010) and Seabiscuit (2003).
Even though horse racing doesn’t get plenty of Hollywood action and there are not many movies in this niche, once in a while a jewel of a movie like Seabiscuit and Secretariat releases. These are one of the best movies and not only in the horse racing category but in all film industry.
As a horse racing enthusiast, it is hard to cross a red line between these movies and highlight the better ones since they are both legendary. But, let’s go through the details and find out what they are about.
Which one is better: Secretariat or Seabiscuit?
A racehorse’s owner attempts to save the stables of her father by turning him into a Triple Crown winner. Nevertheless, this doesn’t happen exclusively for glory, but also for survival.
The story is about dismal odds of victory, lovable characters who are down and out, and their journey to dig deep to make Secretariat a champion despite seemingly dismal odds.
Penny Chenery, the trainer, ends up taking on the responsibility of Secretariat, as well as her father’s stables as his dementia worsens.
Secretariat, the horse itself, is a supporting character in this movie. This story isn’t about proving Secretariat is the best horse. It’s about Penny and her crew creating the Triple Crown champion while they save Meadow Stable so her family’s legacy can continue.
During the Great Depression, a motley crew of trainers, jockeys, and horses meets unexpectedly. Seabiscuit is a more focused story about a racehorse. In addition to proving Seabiscuit is the real champion, the trio provides hope to the United States public, which is suffering from economic disaster.
As an owner, trainer, jockey, and especially Seabiscuit himself (known for his feistiness and spirited nature) come together to make history, Seabiscuit faces War Admiral, who was the Triple Crown winner the year before (1937).
Despite Seabiscuit’s valiant efforts, Secretariat was the only Triple Crown winner
There is no doubt that Seabiscuit is a better movie from a cinematic standpoint. Not only are the characters well-rounded and complex, but the social and economic backdrop gives the film a sense of context and worth.
On top of that, the production level is higher and therefore there are much better visuals.
It emphasizes how competition can provide a channel for strengthening the mind and heart by providing a channel for strengthening the Cheney family dynamics.
As a result, Seabiscuit is about overcoming incredible odds through the development of leadership and teamwork between a cast of very different characters, including the horse.
The Disney masterpiece Secretariat is a must-see for audiences of all ages. Seabiscuit, despite being rated PG-13, contains some harder themes and a much more complex plot.
Additionally, Seabiscuit is more focused on horse racing as a sport, and the competitiveness of horses. On the other hand, Secretariat is more of a story about a woman that managed to build a championship and is not focused on the horse and racing itself.
Both movies are exceptional and would please every horse racing enthusiast. Despite that, since we live in a world where horse racing movies are hard to come by, we cannot be picky, especially when it comes to movies that tell the stories of absolute legends from horse racing history.