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A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.


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Series cast summary:
Dustin Hoffman ...  Chester Bernstein 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Dennis Farina ...  Gus Demitriou 10 episodes, 2011-2012
John Ortiz ...  Turo Escalante 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Richard Kind ...  Joey Rathburn 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Jill Hennessy ...  Jo 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Nick Nolte ...  Walter Smith 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Kevin Dunn ...  Marcus 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Ian Hart ...  Lonnie 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Ritchie Coster ...  Renzo 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Jason Gedrick ...  Jerry 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Kerry Condon ...  Rosie 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Gary Stevens ...  Ronnie Jenkins 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Tom Payne ...  Leon Micheaux 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Miguel Delgado Miguel Delgado 7 episodes, 2012
Joan Allen ...  Claire Lachay 6 episodes, 2012
Alan Rosenberg ...  Nick DeRossi 6 episodes, 2011-2012
Michael Gambon ...  Michael 5 episodes, 2012
Ted Levine ...  Isadore Cohen 5 episodes, 2012
Chantal Sutherland ...  Lizzy 5 episodes, 2011-2012
Shauna Stoddart ...  Lorelei 5 episodes, 2012


A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

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Two horses were injured during filming and later euthanized. The American Humane Association (A.H.A.) released a statement saying that both racehorses suffered severe fractures that were checked by veterinarians and deemed inoperable. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (P.E.T.A.) criticized HBO over the injuries and euthanization of the horses. After the death of a third horse, HBO suspended any filming involving horses while investigations by the A.H.A. took place. It was determined that the third horse was not injured during filming. HBO decided to cancel the series rather than risk any further animal injuries. See more »

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A challenging watch
29 March 2012 | by afgec214See all my reviews

To appreciate this show you must study it. It's obtuse. You need to ask questions and answer them with guesses until you finally get confirmation (if you ever do). It's an investment.

Is it worth the trouble? I watched (and re-watched some) episodes to to be sure I wasn't missing the subtext of LUCK. The Nick Nolte character turns out way too enigmatic to care about. The juicy "Rosie" character turns out frustratingly lovable. Frustrating because you learn to love her while the plot pushes her outward from the center of the plot.

Dustin Hoffman does his best work posing still for intensely brilliant camera shots. He doesn't act much. That surprised me. You feel the director is building up tension for a wild explosion that will eventually occur. I'll admit, it's fascinating, but vexing at the same time.

Now that we know the series is canceled, there is no hope the suspense will be relieved and resolved. The characters will remain obscure. One exception is Marcus, played by Kevin Dunn. This disabled gambler is a reincarnation of Andy Sipowicz (the acerbic cop from NYPD Blue) with all the vinegar and cynical wit, but a genuine human heart. This is the one character we will not forget (those of us who studied this ill-fated series).

Sorry this bold artsy gamble didn't pay off. It was a deal gone bad.

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Release Date:

29 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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