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‘Secretariat’ Producer Played in Big Leagues, Modeled in Europe

Movie producer Mark Ciardi loves underdogs, which is why “Secretariat” focuses more on the horse’s owner than the legendary thoroughbred.

Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, was a Denver housewife when she took over her ailing father’s horse farm and helped Secretariat become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Her story is the heart of the inspirational film, which opens tomorrow and co-stars John Malkovich as Secretariat’s flamboyant trainer.