One Day, a film chronicling the life of racing champion Our Mims and the Thoroughbred retirement sanctuary that bears her name, premiered to rave reviews on Friday, October 9 at Equus Run Vineyards.
In attendance at the premiere, which was held as a fundraiser to benefit Our Mims Retirement Haven, were a number of racing celebrities and well-known Thoroughbred advocates, including John Veitch, trainer of Our Mims, Virginia Kraft Payson of Payson Stud, and Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends Equine.
Directed by Victoria Racimo and produced by Palomino Entertainment Group, One Day wove the career and subsequent life of 1977 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Our Mims with that of Our Mims Thoroughbred Retirement Haven founder Jeanne Mirabito, who fell in love with the race filly after watching her racing on television. Mirabito made a “cosmic claim” on the filly, vowing that one day she will own her.
Twenty-one years later, in the back field of a cattle farm that Mirabito was working on, the two are brought together and form a bond that eventually sees Mirabito owning the mare and starting a retirement sanctuary for broodmares and the occasional gelding in Paris, Kentucky.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house, as Mirabito recounted in interviews throughout the movie the lives that her pensioners had one lived and the dedication she shows in giving them a peaceful and comfortable retirement.
“Making this film about Our Mims was an honor and an extraordinary experience for me,” said Racimo. “It gave me an invitation into the special world of the Thoroughbreds and, when given the chance, what goodness they are able to share after their life on the track or in the breeding shed is over.”
Upon the film's conclusion, Racimo presented Mirabito with several pieces of highly-sought-after Thoroughbred memorabilia, including a shoe and halter worn by 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford, as well as halters worn by prominent sires Perfect Soul, Thunder Gulch and Bodemeister, each donated by their respective farms.
Director Racimo has an extensive career as actress, writer, and director. She produced the film “Casi Casi” and sold it to HBO, co-authored the recently-released book “Blue Moon” with Alicia Keys, and staged two theater scenes for Steven Spielberg in his film “Lincoln.” She starred opposite Charlton Heston in “The Mountain Men” and in Disney's “Ernest Goes To Camp,” among many other credits. Editor and executive producer TanNa Young, is coordinating producer on the CBS hit series, “The Good Wife.”
Guests at the premier enjoyed food prepared by Catering by Donna and wine from the Midway, Kentucky-based Equus Run Vineyards.
DVD copies of One Day can be purchased by going to www.OneDayHorseFilm.com or by emailing [email protected] and all proceeds go to Our Mims Retirement Haven. Donations can also be sent directly to the charity by going to www.OurMims.org or by emailing Cheryl Bellucci, Our Mims Retirement Haven's director of fundraising and publicity, at [email protected]
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