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In the new movie Secretariat, the champion son of Bold Ruler and Somethingroyal is played in the film by five different critters.

Chief among these are Trolley’s Boy, the winner of the 2008 Secretariat Look-a-Like Contest at the Secretariat Festival, and Longshot Max, who came to this acting gig through the Secretariat.com casting call.

Trolley’s Boy is a 2004 model by the Gone West stallion Pembroke out of Paris Trolley, by Paristo. Trolley’s Boy was unraced but gets in some miles as the great champion on-screen.

Of some additional interest is the fact that Trolley’s Boy is a descendant of Secretariat. The movie horse’s grandsire, Gotham and Dwyer Stakes winner Gone West, is out of the Secretariat mare Secrettame. Winner of the Shirley Jones Handicap, Secrettame was a half-sister to major winners and sires Known Fact and Tentam.

Gone West was Secrettame’s first foal and her most important offspring, although the striking mare also produced stakes winners Lion Cavern and Lord Ultima. A leading stallion internationally and the sire of the important stallions Zafonic, Grand Slam, and Speightstown, Gone West came to the fore as a sire when maternal grandsons of Secretariat were taking the sire lists by storm. The other most prominent members of this club are Storm Cat and AP Indy.

Longshot Max, on the other hand, is not a direct descendant of Secretariat. But Longshot Max, an Oklahoma-bred 7-year-old by Regal Lancer out of Ima Lover, by Seattle Sun, does carry three lines of Bold Ruler and three lines of Princequillo in his pedigree.

Since His Chestnut Perfection was by Bold Ruler out of the Princequillo mare Somethingroyal, this pedigree repetition is, at least, amusing.Longshot Max also descends from Bold Ruler in the male line through Blade – Dee Lance – Regal Lancer.

On the racetrack, Longshot Max is as good as his name. From three starts, he has not placed, earning $220.

For more information about the making of Secretariat, visit this page at secretariat.com.