THOROUGHBRED: BORN TO RUN
Aqueduct's "backside" is explored where viewers are introduced to an eclectic community of grooms, jockeys, trainers and owners as they prepare for the races. These charismatic characters are joined by gamblers, breeders and journalists, who give viewers a glimpse into the fascinating, intense and sometimes heartbreaking world of Thoroughbred racing. The excitement at Aqueduct reaches a fever-pitch with a thrilling come-from-behind win for I WANT REVENGE at the 2009 Wood Memorial Stakes.
The film takes you into the hidden world of the Thoroughbred - the places, the people, the history and culture of America's oldest sport. Although the documentary focuses on a year of racing, breeding and sales at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and leading up to the 2009 Kentucky Derby, this instant classic should be relevant in ten years as it is today making it timeless.
THOROUGHBRED also reveals the serene quiet of the picturesque Three Chimneys Farm located in Lexington - the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, capturing the rhythms of life on a horse farm. Breeder Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm discusses his storied family history of breeding and racing Thoroughbreds, including the 1989 Kentucky Derby winner, SUNDAY SILENCE. From Kentucky, viewers are transported to the Arabian desert where the origins of the Thoroughbred are explored and one of the industry's titans - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai - oversees extravagant stables and the richest series of horse races in the world.
THOROUGHBRED culminates at Louisville's Churchill Downs for the 2009 Kentucky Derby. During the preparations and celebrations of Derby week, owners share their hopes and disappointments, and horses seem to revel in the spotlight as everything comes down to who stands in the winner's circle. As the excitement of the Derby passes, the program ends with a new beginning and new potential: the birth and wobbly first steps of a foal. In the end, this is the timeless story of man and animal and the renewed dreams of triumph and glory that propel the world of the Thoroughbred.
(1 Hour and 45 Minutes)
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|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|