When Jeanne Mirabito was a teenager, she placed a “cosmic claim” on 1977 Eclipse Award Champion 3-year-old filly Our Mims, a beautiful racehorse who danced across the teen’s television screen.
With innocent confidence, she declared, “One day I’m going to own her!”
And 21 years later, that’s pretty much what happened.
After marriage and relocation had taken her to Kentucky, Mirabito got a job on a horse farm, which was eerily just a few pastures away from where the older, very difficult mare spent some very unglamorous retirement years sharing a pasture with cows.
One day, while walking out to a back pasture with a colleague, the fiery mare of Mirabito’s teenage dreams leapt out of nowhere and made a mad beeline for her, kicking so fiercely the young woman had to duck to miss a flying hoof that struck a fencepost behind her.
As the mare wheeled and sped off, Mirabito exclaimed, “Who was that?!” and soon a story of love and commitment to retired broodmares, like Our Mims, took Mirabito on a path that led to the creation of Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Ky., and soon, a movie!
Palomino Entertainment Group now immortalizes Our Mims the race mare, and the “magical” 100-acre farm that Mirabito sweated blood to create for unwanted broodmares, in the feature film One Day: Its theatrical release comes this week.
Directed by seasoned actress and filmmaker Victoria Racimo, whose credits include starring opposite Charlton Heston in “The Mountain Men,” and work with Steven Spielberg on scenes in “Lincoln,” the film depicts the powerful feel of the 42-acre property where Mirabito founded the charity.
After spending long hours at a stretch filming the beauty of the mares roaming freely, or just sitting quietly on a hay pile absorbing the power of the place, Racimo says her original plan to create a 10-minute trailer for the Haven’s website was scrapped in favor of a film that traces the deeper story of Our Mims. From her glorious days on the track, to her downfall, and ultimately to a good life on land, she says, is casting its own spell.
“There was something so special about the farm and the land. There’s a magic that Our Mims has on that farmland,” Racimo says. “It’s bigger than the Hollywood story of a girl finding the horse of her dreams. It’s about finding your passion, and with that passion, discovering you can change something and contribute to the world.”
One woman’s passion to restore dignity to a racemare, she adds, has created a place that feels almost holy.
“One day I was out filming and all these horses were out, walking around me, loose. Suddenly something clicked with me, and as I was holding the camera, filming and panning the scene, horses were going over my right shoulder, or coming right toward me, and I suddenly was in a circle of horses,” Racimo says. “That shot is one of the first in the film.”
Narrating the spectacular footage of horses in the golden late-afternoon light, Emmy nominated actor Josh Charles (“The Good Wife,” “Sports Night,” “Dead Poets Society”) weaves the overarching story of Our Mims with gravitas. And interviews with Eclipse Award winning photographer Barbara Livingston, Hall of Fame Jockey Jorge Velasquez and award-winning journalist Steve Haskin provides first-hand accounts, as they witnessed of the great horse.
“We approached Josh Charles of the Good Wife because he’s a great animal lover and he immediately said, ‘I’m on board, sign me up.’ With his voiceover, it’s just so good,” Racimo says. “We also had over an hour interview with Barbara Livingston, and we were able to interview Jorge Velasquez, who rode her, in his home, where he displays his win photo of Our Mims.”
One Day premiers at the Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, Ky., on Oct. 9. A reception begins at 6 p.m., and the screening starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children 17 and under. Proceeds from the screening will be donated to Our Mims Retirement Haven. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, please write to Victoria Racimo at Racimo@palominogroup.net.