This show will offer viewers a reflective look at Davis' career, focusing extensively on the extreme heartache and anguish he coped with following his involvement in an on-track tragedy at Belmont Park in October, 1988 - the death of popular jockey Mike Venezia, a longtime fixture on the New York racing circuit.
The show also details Davis' determination, after a self-imposed exile from the track to confront the haunting memory, to craft an excellent career prior to retiring in 2002, as well as the subsequent realization that three of his six children - son, Dylan, and daughters, Jackie and Katie - wanted to follow in their father's footsteps in the saddle, while subjecting themselves to the same peril and risks he faced daily.
The documentary highlights Davis' transformation from a parent initially resisting the notion of Jackie's desire to ride to actively instructing Katie prior to her first race.
Davis was directly involved in the tragic spill, when during a turf race that day in 1988, Venezia was unseated and Davis' mount was unable to avoid the fallen rider. Venezia died from injuries sustained in the chain-reaction accident. A veteran and mentor to young jockeys, Venezia's death affected many, and emotionally devastated Davis.
"My world just stopped...I went into shock," Davis said. "I didn't want anyone around me."
In addition to revealing comments from the Davis family, the show also includes interviews with Hall of Fame jockeys, Angel Cordero, Jr., and Chris McCarron, as well former New York riding standout, Richard Migliore.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|