skip navigation
Down the Stretch

Down the Stretch(1936)

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here

Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (0)


powered by AFI

Wealthy stable owner Patricia Barrington agrees to take custody of Snapper Sinclair after he is sentenced to the reformatory. Snapper, a jockey, was fired from his last job when his employers learned the identity of his father, a crooked jockey. Before his downfall, Snapper's father had worked for Patricia's father, helping to make his stables successful. Out of gratitude, Patricia offers Snapper a job working on her stock farm where Snapper befriends Faithful, a slightly wild but very fast horse. The trainer refuses to spend time working with Faithful because his father was never a successful racer, making Snapper determined to prove that Faithful is the best horse in the stable. After he is fired for running Faithful without permission, Snapper appeals to Patricia to give him a chance to train the horse. When another horse is injured, Patricia decides to run Faithful in an upcoming race, and with Snapper as his jockey, he wins. Using the pseudonym St. Clair, Snapper and Faithful continue to win races. As he becomes more successful, gamblers try to convince Snapper to ride their horses and when he refuses, they frame him and reveal the identity of his father. Snapper is then barred from racing for a year. Patricia, believing he is guilty, refuses to listen to Snapper's explanations, so he leaves for England and develops a successful racing career there. After some time passes, he learns that the Barringtons are in England to race Faithful. They have lost everything except the horse and are hoping that if he wins, they will have enough money to start over. When Snapper's offer to ride Faithful is turned down by Cliff Barrington, Patricia's husband, Snapper throws the race, allowing Faithful to win. He is barred from racing in England, but Patricia, learning the truth, offers Snapper a job in the United States at their new stables.