- 1 hr 42 min
Racing Stripes is about a young zebra named Stripes. Stripes' parents are part of the Circus Sorano. One rainy night, the trucks hauling the circus animals have to make an emergency stop to change a tire, and Stripes gets accidentally left behind. Nolan is driving on the rainy road when he sees Stripes, cold and frightened. He stops and picks Stripes up, electing to take him back to his farm. When the two arrive, they are greeted by Nolan's daughter, Channing. Channing immediately falls in love with Stripes and begs her father to let her keep the zebra. Nolan reluctantly agrees, since he has a large farm that can accommodate the animal. As Stripes gets used to farm life, he meets other animals, such as the Shetland pony Tucker and Franny the goat. These two teach Stripes about the farm and explain that Nolan recently lost his wife. Nolan was once a great horse trainer but didn't have the heart to train anymore. Stripes gets the opportunity to watch a horse race at a nearby track and immediately becomes smitten with the idea of running in those races. Naturally, because Stripes is a zebra, no one thinks he can compete in the race except for Channing. One day, her father's truck breaks down as she is preparing to go to work at the track. Channing decides to ride Stripes to the track and soon sees how much passion and speed the zebra can offer. She begs her father to help train the zebra to race, but the father declines, still heartbroken from his loss. However, the other animals on the farm communicate with Stripes to help him become faster. Plus, Channing believes in Stripes, which compels him to try harder. Ultimately, the father joins in on the training sessions as Stripes is given the opportunity to compete in the big race, showing everyone what a zebra can do. Racing Stripes deals with overcoming great odds with the help of friends and family and the belief in one's own self.