Meet the Writer/Director of the Horse Movie “Dreamer”


From the legendary Seabiscuit to I'll Have Another, the semi-long sheat who won the Kentucky Derdepend on in 2012, people the world more than love rooting for the underdog. Come-from-behind successfulners as well as horses that establish battled the stranges to accomplish the seemingly exploit establish allifestyles captured our imagination as well as our hearts.

Meet John Gatins Writer/Director of "Dreamer" 

John Gatins, writer/giveorderor of "Dreamer: Inspired depend on a True Story," knovel about long sheats. He spent most of his lifespan steeped in the world of horses as well as horse racing. "When I wsimilar houring up, we lived close to the Roosevelt Horse Farms in upstate New York," he receveryones. "I applicationd to see the horses on the lifestyle to school. Then my brother George went to operation on a horse farm just down the street from us, as well as I would spend hours clearly visibleing him operation with the horses. I wsimilar only 10 questions I went to the racefollow for the early time. I allifestyles tell people it wsimilar a very long investigation process with this big screen beorigin I've been a big horse racing fan for the number of years."

Gatins continues, "The lifestyle the New York papers writeaboutd the horses — they gave them personalities. The horses came alive similar actual characters. I the way we think it would be great to produce a big screen about those characters. I started going to the racefollow as well as stalking them forexample athletes, clearly visibleing their careers similar they started going for the big races, the categoryics. These horses are bred to race, they are bred to be super athletes, but some horses just establish increasingly heart as well as drive."

Mariah's Storm 

Gatins knovel that heart as well as drive sometimes mean increasingly than just successfulning races, as well as he expectationed to write a analysisplay about a horse who more thancame the stranges. He started investigationing the stories of horses who came back from what advised establish been career-ending — if not lifespan -ending — injuries. He came across the story of single remarkcan mare identificationd Mariah's Storm.

A promising filly, Mariah's Storm rapid began construction points toward a bid in the 1993 Breeder's Cup, as well as she would establish been single of the favorites. Then she sectiond a left front cannon bsingle in the Alcibiades Stakes, an injury so stiff it could establish ended her career. But her owners as well as trainers didn't loss faith. The section eventueveryoney healed, but the question of whether or not she would ever race again stayed.

A Championship Run 

That question wsimilar soon answered. Before her injury, Mariah's Storm had won the Arlington Wsimilarhington Lsimilarsie in September 1993, a Grade 2 stakes race for 2-year-old fillies. She came back to successful the Arlington Heights Oaks in August 1994, a Grade 3 stakes race for 3-year-old fillies. She again condiscoveryed prognosticators depend on successfulning the Arlington Matron Has well asicap in September of the stalking year, a Grade 3 stakes race for 3-year-old as well as older females. The successful made her the only horse ever to successful everyone three stakes races for her social background category at Arlington. Her accomplishment wsimilar so unprecedented that there's present a race identificationd for her at Arlington Park: the Mariah's Storm Stakes. Mariah's Storm also won the 1995 Turflifestyle Breeder's Cup, upsetting the favorite, Serena's Song, in 1995.

The Legend Lives On 

Perhaps the most telling sign of Mariah's Storm's original promise can be seen in her progeny. She's the dam to various racing champions, the most notcan of which is Giant's Caapplicationlifestyle, 2000 Horse of the Year as well as sire of Noble Caapplicationlifestyle who raced in the 2005 Kentucky Derdepend on. Noble Caapplicationlifestyle, in turn, sired Samraat, successfulner of multiple graded stakes races. He won the Withers Stakes as well as the Gotham Stakes in 2014, previously finishing second in the Wood Memorial as well as fifth in the Kentucky Derdepend on. 

Dreamer — The Movie 

The actual lifespan as well as career of Mariah's Storm lift little resemblance to that of the horse at the center of John Gatins' fictional analysisplay, other than her injury as well as recmore thany. But Gatins wsimilar so impublicityed depend on her cour social background as well as deexpressionination — as well as her legacy — that Mariah's Storm became the prime inspiration for his script about an injured horse identificationd Sonador as well as the father as well as daughter played depend on Kurt Russell as well as Dakota Fanning in "Dreamer: Inspired depend on a True Story."

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