BEHIND THE GATE
You get a feel of everything and everyone's intertwined roles and dedication in getting a horse fit and ready to the races including all the preparation, care, handling and training of the horses both in the barn areas and on the track. The film follows the careers of two horses, HOME JOURNEY, trained by Mike Puype and the infamous Doug O'Neill-trained I'LL HAVE ANOTHER; just as one finishes his career and another ends his.
In addition to the constant activity in the barns areas and on the track with the horses, there are many other jobs behind-the-scenes that get little glory or attention to the mostly unknowing public but who are indispensable on an hourly and daily basis. A day in racing couldn't go on without the integral roles of the jockey valets or the jockey silks keeper who make a meaningful living with their contribution to each days racing card.
The film features interviews, archival film footage of some or racings legends (Johnny Longden, Bill Shoemaker, ROUND TABLE, ACK ACK and his owner the former actress Greer Garson, AFFIRMED and JOHN HENRY), races, controversy and the truth about the longest running sport in American History and also looks at the challenge of examining the incredible changes in the Horse Racing Industry - most of it not good and of racings future. Ultimately we discover many secrets of both the dynasty and the state of the, "Sport of Kings", and take a long look at the power and beauty behind the greatest athletes in the world, the mighty Thoroughbred. This is the story of America's longest running sport and what many believe to be the greatest sport; this film boldly attempts to bring it back to the forefront.
With narration and overview from Academy Award Winning Actor, Joe Pesci, along with a number of other celebrities, athletes and lovers of the sport including Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Baffert, Laffit Pincay, Gary Stevens, Ron McAnally, Bobby Flay, Dwight Hicks, Mike Smith, Aaron Gryder, Joe Talamo, Mike Machowsky, Joel Rosario, John McCririck and many others; the excitement and passion of the sport are showcased in a way never before caught on film.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|