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Downs being transformed, extras needed for filming of ‘Secretariat'
By Larry Muhammad • email@example.com • October 1, 2009
Officials say the filming of scenes at the home of the Kentucky Derby is expected to last five days.
“It has been extremely cool to look up at the signs between the Twin Spires and see ‘First Running 1875,' and now on the right side, ‘99th Running 1973,'” said Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher. “It's a little like climbing into a time machine, but great fun to see everything take shape.”
Secretariat, the two-time Horse of the Year who swept thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in 1973, won the 1¼-mile Derby on May 5 in a record 1 minute, 59 and 2/5 seconds, beating Sham by 2½ lengths. He won the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in equally decisive fashion. The movie stars Diane Lane as Penny Tweedy Chenery, the Virginia sportswoman who owned Secretariat, and John Malkovich as trainer Lucien Laurin.
In addition to the paddock and grandstand, the main track and barn area will be used as sets in the film and are undergoing period changes to make them appear as if it were 1973. The Matt Winn Dining Room in the clubhouse is being used for makeup and costume fittings for extras.
Many extras are needed for shooting the Louisville portion of the film, and Disney Studios is asking people of all ages to come to the track Oct. 5 and 6 wearing 1970s-looking clothing. Registration begins at 8 a.m. both days.
Men of all ages are especially needed. Specialty extras who are in demand are '70s celebrity look-alikes: think Jimi Hendrix, Isaac Hayes and Sonny and Cher.
The filmmakers also need vintage recreational vehicles, including Winnebagos from the 1960s and early 1970s.
Potential extras should enter through Parking Gate 12 off Queen Avenue, then walk to Gate 10 and follow signs to the second floor of the clubhouse.
The first 500 will get free hot dogs and drinks, and all will be eligible for prize drawings.