Friday, March 2, 2012

Jamaican Horseracing Fans to enjoy a bit of ‘Luck’ on HBO

Horse racing enthusiasts are in for a treat this Sunday, February 5 when the new HBO original series Luck premieres on Flow’s network on Channel 518 at 9 pm. The horse racing drama, which is directed by David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Ali),  takes a thought-provoking look into the world of gambling and horseracing, a very popular industry in Jamaica.
A sneak-peak of the series premiered in December 2011 to rave reviews overseas, scoring 75 out of 100 by television critics. The provocative TV drama which sees Oscar award winner Dustin Hoffman making his television series debut as the star of the show, also stars Nick Nolte and features actors Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Costner, Ian Hart and Tom Payne.
The nine-episode thriller is set to hit the mark with the local Jamaican horseracing fraternity.  According to Jeanette Lewis, Public Relations Manager at Flow, “The series is timely as horseracing is a thriving industry in Jamaica. We are pleased with the premiere of this engaging new show   which explores several aspects of the sport and offers our viewers a programme they can identify with.”
Set at the racetrack in California, the television drama thoroughly examines every aspect of the business behind horseracing and the impact it has on the people involved. From the owners and trainers of the horses to the jockeys, agents and gamblers, every character is linked to the track. Based on screenwriter and producer David Milch’s childhood gambling experience with his father, Luck makes a profound statement about the overarching theme of how ‘luck’ is defined and redefined, leaving nothing to chance.
More popularly known for his role as Shifu in the 3D animated movie Kung Fu Panda and the comedy Little Fockers, Hoffman is making his first recurring appearance in a TV series.
Luck centers on the character Chester “Ace” Bernstein (played by Hoffman), a tough and intuitive gamester with a long history in gambling. After being released from a three year term in prison, he teams up with his longtime driver and friend to execute a strategy to profit at the track.
Arnella Chin, Track Price Plus Operations Manager comments, “Horse racing is the most popular sport in Jamaica and has become a part of our culture. The sport carries a strong tradition of fun and sportsmanship, bringing the thrill of winning to people from all walks of life. This new series should attract the attention of the many horse racing fans across Jamaica.”

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