SNEAK PREVIEW FOR HBO’S ‘LUCK’ ON DEC. 11; HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SERIES TO STAR DUSTIN HOFFMAN, SANTA ANITA HAS LEAD ROLE IN MILCH & MANN CREATION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2011)—HBO’s highly anticipated LUCK, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and many others, will air for the first time in a sneak preview unveiling of its pilot on Sunday, Dec. 11, following the season’s final episode of “Boardwalk Empire.”

Created by world renowned writer/producer David Milch, LUCK is also directed and produced by the highly acclaimed Michael Mann and has been filmed in large-part at Santa Anita. The series will feature race scenes and characters from The Great Race Place including retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and current rider, Chantal Sutherland.

The official LUCK pilot premier on HBO is Jan. 29 and that will be followed by eight episodes which will comprise Season One.

Milch, a longtime Thoroughbred owner who has also created such blockbuster hits as “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Deadwood,” has described LUCK as his “love letter” to horseracing.

LUCK marks the first-ever time the Academy Award winning Hoffman has starred in a television role and that alone makes its debut compelling viewing.

“We believe LUCK has tremendous potential for us here at Santa Anita,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “This is going to be a look at horseracing that has never been provided. It’s going to at times make people uncomfortable, but in the end, we believe it has the potential to cultivate and create many thousands of new fans for us.

“It’s no secret that the people at HBO are very excited about this series and we’re going to do everything we can to personalize what folks are watching and help them to relate what they see to real-life horsemen, fans, employees and scene locations here at Santa Anita.

“We’ve begun construction on a LUCK LOUNGE on the main floor of the grandstand and we’ve scheduled a grand opening for it on Sunshine Millions Day, Jan. 28, which is the day before the official premier on HBO,” Haines added.

Santa Anita’s 75th winter/spring meeting will open on Dec. 26. For more information, go to www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.

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