horse racing movies

Short Film Peers Into ‘Brutal’ Life Of Small-Time Jockey

A new short feature film provides an eye-opening window into the idea of athletes playing through pain, specifically a small-circuit jockey who refuses to take off his mounts despite a debilitating injury. The 11-minute film premiered in June on Short of the Week, a website devoted to high-quality movie shorts. The film, shot at Retama […]

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Fact And Fiction: Reality And Embellishment In Favorite Racing Films

It isn’t hard to ruffle feathers among horseplayers and racing fans; they argue about which horse is most likely to win a race, which issues the industry should be most concerned to solve, and who should be Horse of the Year. Get them going on movies, though, and you may well discover even deeper rifts […]

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Movie Review: ‘Chasing The Win’ Tracks Ups And Downs Of Kinsale King Trainer O’Callaghan

He has slept rough under the Brooklyn Bridge and rubbed elbows with nobility at Royal Ascot. He has trained the cheapest claimers in the game and has won a $2-million race on the richest day of racing in the world. His name is Carl O’Callaghan and his rocky road up the ladder to dizzying heights […]

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The Friday Show: Chrome-ology, Racing Filmology

Quite a few horses have won two legs of the Triple Crown in recent memory — in fact, 24 since 1971. But has any of those winners generated as many hardened followers — and detractors — as California Chrome? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick broach the subject of […]

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Blog: Horse racing TV needs to promote racing films

In an article for GamingToday.com, Robert Mann asks why racing channels such as TVG and HRTV don’t show actual horse racing movies on their networks. Mann noticed that during the off season, the Major League Baseball channel has been showing older baseball films, and thinks that TVG and HRTV could follow suit with showing racing […]

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Emilio Estevez, harness racing driver?

If you look at an Ohio harness racing program next year and see the name Emilio Estevez as a driver… yes, it will be that Emilio Estevez. The veteran actor plans to be in Ohio for six months starting in January to shoot a horse racing movie titled Johnny Longshot.  The film, also written and […]

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At the Luck premiere: ‘This is horse racing’s epic’

I live in Los Angeles, about six miles from Mann’s Chinese Theater, which sits in the heart of the (mostly) new Hollywood Boulevard.  Though not quite the majestic movie palace it was decades ago, it is still quite a sight, and walking through the massive double doors into the grand lobby is nothing to sneeze […]

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NYT: Former racehorse, Finders Key, making a name in Hollywood

In the New York Times, Bill Christine tells the fascinating story of Thoroughbred gelding Finders Key, who is the lead among 14 horses playing Joey in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse.  Last seen racing at 77-1 odds in 2002, Finders Key began his film career with a memorable role in Seabiscuit – although, like […]

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J. Edgar Hoover was a regular at Del Mar Racetrack

In the recently released movie “J. Edgar,” the FBI chief is shown watching a horse race at what appears to be Del Mar in the 1950s, writes Jonathan Horn in SignOn San Diego. Although the scene was actually filmed on a makeshift grandstand on the Warner Bros. backlot, the legendary Hoover actually did love going […]

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Mine That Bird story turned in graphic novel; animated movie also planned

People say the story of Mine That Bird is the real life story of “Rocky”, except this “Rocky” has four legs. Against all odds, the remarkable little horse from Roswell, New Mexico became the winner of the 2009, 135th Kentucky Derby. Picked to run dead last, with odds against him at 50:1, Mine That Bird’s […]

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