Dylan Walsh

Preakness has pivotal, albeit not starring, role in 'Secretariat'

One contender for autumn box-office honors might break away from the field. With "Secretariat" (opening nationwide in October), director Randall Wallace has crafted a stirring, fact-inspired fable about the 1973 Triple Crown winner who was the greatest champ in horse-racing history.

But Baltimore racing fans swept up in Secretariat's come-from-behind victory at the Kentucky Derby will get a surprise as Wallace guides the story into the Preakness.

The director makes his most daring and unexpected move when the action shifts to Northwest Baltimore's Pimlico Race...