Monday, June 09, 2008

And Now for Something Completely Different

"I think it's better to break a man's leg than his heart." ~from the movie Seabiscuit (2003)

I'm sure a lot of us watched the Belmont Stakes over the weekend, hoping and wondering if Big Brown would become a Triple Crown winner. And without getting into all the conversations about horses on steroids, or the cruelty of the sport (Eight Belles RIP), let me just say that I do love watching them run. They are such magnificent animals.

So I did a little video searching for today's entertainment.

The first is Rags to Riches' victory in last year's Belmont, a tremendous win because she was, of course, a girl. I love the emotion in the announcer's voice:



This one's a 1938 film of Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Watch the people on the infield running back and forth as the race progresses! (By the way, this is a great movie if you haven't seen it):




And finally, if you have the time, here's the classic final race scene from The Black Stallion (also a terrific film - the beach scene early on, which spans 15 minutes without dialogue, is a cinematic masterpiece):

3 comments:

Marianne Arkins said...

I can't believe you didn't post the Affirmed/Alydar match-ups!!

The Kentucky Derby,The Preakness, and The Belmont!

Great races...

Amy said...

Thanks for posting those. I'm not into horse racing, don't follow it and don't know much about it. But after reading everyone's wonderful blogs about it this year, I'll be watching in the future. I'm learning a lot.

Thanks.

windycindy said...

I think horses are beautiful creatures! They scare me, but I certainly respect them. I was the only one in our home who said "Big Brown" wouldn't win. My intuition told me so. I hope he is okay!
Thanks for all of the horse postings. Cindi
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