Media Notes

Churchill Downs announced NBC will air the first of three "Road to the Kentucky Derby" telecasts of Derby prep races. The first day falling on Saturday March, 27. This day will show the Louisiana Derby (GII) live and the Lane's End Stakes (GII) on the USA Network.

The goal is to go beyond the horses and give insight to lifestyles. The result will be a nice hype for the Kentucky Derby and exposure to the common fan. There will be handicapping and races, but my guess is that if you are only interested in those aspects of the racing game, you might want to stick to TVG or HRTV.

Other races that are being featured include; The Santa Anita Derby (GI) from Santa Anita Park and Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 3. The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) at Keeneland and Arkansas Derby (GI) from Oaklawn Park on Saturday, April 10.

Link to USA network show schedule:


Thoroughbred by KET

I had the opportunity to watch a portion of KET's new documentary named "Thoroughbred." The film covers the 2009 racing season from Dubai, to the first Saturday in May and all the good stuff in-between. The owners, breeders, jockeys, tracks and history of racing are well explained.

Maybe I could compare Thoroughbred as a mix of "The First Saturday In May" and "On The Muscle." The big difference is the scope of the film covers a broader expanse of the industry than just California and just the Derby. At least from the thirty minutes I was able to watch.

View the trailer here.


Have you watched this episode of HRTV's Swale yet? If not, you really should. It explains the great story behind several influential families and farms in our industry and how Swale was that one horse that changed the world of many. In a way, it has a very James Dean like story that unfolds.

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I watched Swale.  It was beautiful. However, with so much credit given to Secretariat as the building block of the stables, a one phrase sentence on Swale's actual sire did not do justice to Seattle Slew.

One interesting note was that they could always find Swale because he slept and snored quite loudly.  In humans, that ultra-loud snoring (so throw me into that group) is a signal of a possible undisclosed heart condition.(but this is from more recent medical findings.)

23 Mar 2010 11:01 AM
Rider 77

Do you know if KET will ever offer the doc on DVD?  The trailer is wonderful!  If the entire film is as good then I want one!  Thanks for the link.

23 Mar 2010 1:39 PM

Rider 77:  Inside Information is a segment of HRTV and can probably be viewed on their website or on you tube under HRTV to see the entire 1/2 hour show.

24 Mar 2010 7:22 AM

Thanks for the heads up about NBC's coverage. Ugh! I will definitely be tuning into HRTV!

24 Mar 2010 7:47 AM

From what I've heard, HBO is doing a series called "Luck" that is presently filming at Santa Anita.  Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman are learning about trainers, jockeys, and racing.  Actual post parades and actual races will be included.  This sounds absolutely great, and I wish I had HBO.  Since "Jockeys" is no longer aired at Animal Planet, this is great media attention.  Some of the actors actually got to mount some horses for re-enacted post parades.

25 Mar 2010 9:33 AM

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