Horse Racing Series Coming To HBO?

Published: January 7, 2010 09:45 am EST

An hour-long HBO series pilot about horse racing culture is currently in the works with plans to shoot at the Santa Anita Racetrack in April


The series, dubbed 'Luck,' was created by Emmy Award winner David Milch, who has owned close to 100 horses including several Breeders' Cup winners. Milch is also the creator of the HBO series 'John From Cincinnati' and 'Deadwood.' Filmmaker Michael Mann is close to a deal to direct the new horse racing series. His most recent films include 'Public Enemies' (2009), 'Miami Vice' (2006), 'Collateral' (2004) and 'Ali' (2001).

"The pilot is about a bunch of intersecting lives in the world of horse racing," Milch told Daily Variety. "It's a subject which has engaged and some might say has compelled me for 50 years. I've joked that if I just can make $25 million on this show, I'll be even on research expenses. I find it as complicated and engaging a special world as any I've ever encountered, not only in what happens in the clubhouse and the grandstand, but also on the backside of the track, where the training is done and where they house the horses."

(With files from Daily Variety)