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  • #20894
    betlarge
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    "A TV series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse-racing track" according to IMDB. Looks stylish from the trailers with what seems to be passably credible racing action.

    They’ve obviously chucked some money at this as Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina don’t come cheap. Onto the second series in the US apparently so must have been well received.

    Also features Gary Stevens giving us an acting masterclass (Mick Fitz clearly unavailable)!

    Sky keep plugging it as ‘starting soon’.

    Mike

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    I thought Gary Stevens did a credible job portraying George Wolff in Seabiscuit, both on and off a horse. A class jockey throughout his career.

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    The second

    episode

    is this Sunday. Up against the Super Bowl, oh well.

    I really really liked the pilot, and the series received superb reviews from most of the critics. Typical HBO drama, if you liked The Wire and The Sopranos, you’ll probably like this. It’s not racing a la Disney, though. None of the ugliness is cleaned up. If you want an advertisement for the sport this ain’t it. If you want a

    realistic

    (with some dramatic emphasis for TV of course) portrayal of the American racetrack, then you should watch Luck.

    Gary Stevens is a good actor and excellent eye candy. Chantal Sutherland will be on future episodes, if you need another reason to watch :lol: .

    It’s filmed on location at Santa Anita.

    David Milch, besides creating NYPD Blue and Deadwood, is a racehorse owner himself. He owned champion 2yo colt Gilded Time. Jay Hovdey, long-time Daily Racing Form columnist and winner of 4 Eclipse Awards in Journalism, is one of the writers. As is Bill Barich, author of

    Laughing in the Hills

    .

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    The second

    episode

    is this Sunday.

    Yes, sorry IMDB are showing it split over 2011/2012 for some reason so I presumed there had already been a season.

    Mike

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    Up against the Super Bowl, oh well.

    P J O’Rourke once said the reason why American Football was so popular was that "it combined the two great staples of American life: war and committee meetings."

    Mike

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    Been seeing the trailers for this too – looks really good.

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    Just received tweet back from RUK to say that they may be previewing it and they think it starts on 18th.

    #389507
    sberry
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    Pilot episode was December, season 1 starts on the 5th, just because you can download them, don’t, because it’s illegal.

    #389515
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    Truthfully, I was disappointed with the first episode. Loved the premise but a few things really bugged me. The final furlong sequences seemed staged (half the jockeys were standing in their irons), I couldn’t understand the conversations a lot of the time because of the heavy accents, and in a pivotal scene displaying the payout screen, the projected payout mysteriously increased by $2m from the last view of the payout screen. Minor grumblings I know but it appeared shoddy in my view.

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    Truthfully, I was disappointed with the first episode. Loved the premise but a few things really bugged me. The final furlong sequences seemed staged (half the jockeys were standing in their irons), I couldn’t understand the conversations a lot of the time because of the

    heavy accents

    , and in a pivotal scene displaying the payout screen, the projected payout mysteriously increased by $2m from the last view of the payout screen. Minor grumblings I know but it appeared shoddy in my view.

    :lol: They’re pretty bland compared to most racetrackers. An American backstretch isn’t going to be all midwest news anchor accents. In real life (especially with the setting in Los Angeles) most of the grooms and riders wouldn’t even speak English.

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    That’s misleading from what I’m told – most of the grooms and trainers want you to think they don’t speak English ;)

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