Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
Professional athletes Oscar De La Hoya, Gary Stevens, Paul Lo Duca and Dwight Hicks featured in the new Horse Racing Documentary Behind The Gate from Directors Jack Lucarelli and Mark Giardino.
The film, which chronicles the history of Horse Racing in America along with its rise and current state is the definite documentary on the Sport of Kings.
Six-Time Boxing Champion Oscar De La Hoya said, "I grew up watching the sport with my father; I’m happy to be a part of the film on the sport that he loved.” The film which also showcases the careers of two great horses, I’ll Have Another and the three year old Home Journey was shot at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California and Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood California. Due to a number of factors including economic downturn, Betfair has been slated for destruction in 2013 after its next meet.
Also featured in the documentary is the legendary Gary Stevens, one of the world’s most successful jockeys who returned to the sport in his late forties after years of retirement. Stevens most recently won the Preakness after a long lay off from the sport. Stevens said, “In the early days, horse racing had no competition. There was nothing like this sport; our stands were full and a everyone was happy, things certainly have changed.”
Executive Producer of the film, Mark Giardino said, "Behind The Gate is a different kind of film. It’s more than a documentary. I really thought that even though it is primarily about horse racing, it is about the athletes, the horses. It is necessary to bring in superstars from other sports to draw strong distinctions between the human athletes and the horses we profile in this film. People like Oscar, Paul, Laffit and Gary Stevens know the pressure of needing the win and all that goes with it.”
Football great and two-time Super Bowl Champion Dwight Hicks talks about every phase of the sport especially that of the relationship between the jockey and the horse. Hicks said, “There is something special about the relationship between the jockey and the horse, the horse and the owner and the horse and the fan. Like pro players getting ready, you can see it in a horse's eyes before a race when you can imagine them thinking, yeah, today is the day.”
Also included in the new documentary -which was produced by Mark Giardino, Daryle Ann Lindley Giardino and Jack Lucarelli - is Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr.