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I played a little hooky from work today, as my children were off from school for Columbus Day. I...

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I played a little hooky from work today, as my children were off from school for Columbus Day. I took them to see Disney's film "Secretariat," which I found moving for much the same reasons that I did Lawrence Scanlan's "The Horse That God Built." It is a story about other-worldly greatness, about the horse-human bond, about perfection that occurs in a span of 2:24. This movie is "suggested" by Bill Nack's book on the great horse, which, unbelievably to me, I have not read. Even though there are a couple of things I might have done differently, were I directing it - such as spending a whole lot more time with Secretariat's groom, jockey, and trainer, and going for a little less schmaltz and more historical accuracy - it is still a wonderful film for the fact that it presents these moments of grace: the love of horses - caring for them, contemplating their eyes, watching them in a full-out run - just might be a connection to the soul of a happy world, one that is beyond words.

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