Composer: John Debney.
Personnel: John Debney (acoustic guitar); Weldon Dean Parks (guitar); George Doering (acoustic guitar, dulcimer); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, mandola); Gayle Levant (harp); Eun Mee Ahn, Assa Drori, Al Hershberger, Irina Voloshina, Anatoly Rosinsky, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Ana Landauer, Barbara Porter, Ken Yerke, Ronald Folsom, Phillip Levy , Rene Mandel, Marc Sazer, Tamara Hatwan, Sungil Lee, Eric J. Hosler, Mark Robertson , Jay Rosen, Kevin Connolly , Lisa Sutton, Sid Page, Joshua Bell , Jacqueline Brand, Roberto Cani, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Peter Kent, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Roger Wilkie, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Michael Markman, Liane Mautner, Dimitrie Leivici, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat, Haim Shtrum (violin); Shawn Mann, Victoria Miskolczy, Andrew Picken, Karie Prescott, Steven Gordon, Carrie Holzman-Little, Rick Gerding, Brian Dembow, Keith Greene, Jennie Hansen, Roland Kato, Janet Lakatos, Michael Nowak , Simon Oswell, Dave Walther, Piotr Jandula, Darrin McCann, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, Shanti Randall (viola); Christina Soule, Trevor Handy, Timothy Landauer, Dennis Karmazyn, David H. Speltz, Kim Scholes, Antony Cooke , Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody, Armen Ksadjikian, Dane Little, David Low , Andrew Shulman, Sebastian Toettcher, Cecilia Tsan, Todd Hemmenway (cello); Steve Kujala, Geri Rotella, David Shostac (flute); Steve L. Roberts, Gary Bovyer (clarinet); Chris Bleth , Phil Ayling (oboe); Michael O'Donovan (bassoon); Jon Lewis , Warren Luening, Malcolm McNab (trumpet); Steven Holtman, Alvin Veeh, Alan Kaplan (trombone); Jim Self (tuba); Phillip Edward Yao , John A. Reynolds, David Duke , Steven Becknell, Brian O'Connor , Rick Todd (horns); Richard Ruttenberg, Michael Lang (piano); Alan Estes, Terrence Schonig, Tom Raney, Peter Limonick, Donald Williams (percussion).
Recording information: Todd AO Scoring Stage, Culver City, CA.
Composer John Debney (Sin City, Passion of the Christ) may seem an odd choice to score a film about a horse trainer, his precocious daughter, and their quest for the Breeder's Cup, but he rises to the occasion with a rousing piece of recycled Americana that's sure to bring a lump in the throat to even the grumpiest moviegoer. Like Mark Isham's similarly predictable score for the 2004 hockey drama Miracle, Debney represents the best of the genre, utilizing a not-so-subtle blend of soft pianos, warm strings (courtesy of Indiana-born violin wunderkind Joshua Bell), and patriotic brass motifs to paint a rural backdrop reminiscent of both Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring" and The Natural-era Randy Newman. ~ James Christopher Monger