Horse racing drama ‘Luck’ proved too real for HBO

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Famed racing industry members voiced regret over the cancellation, although there had previously been mutterings from some about how “Luck” depicted the sport’s seedier side.

“It’s very disappointing. I was hoping it’d be a big hit. I feel bad for all the people they employed,” Bob Baffert, Hall of Fame trainer and three-time Kentucky Derby winner, said in Santa Anita’s daily stable briefing last week.

Marc Bekoff — a University of Colorado professor emeritus of evolutionary biology and author of “The Emotional Lives of Animals,” about animals in entertainment — reserves his sympathy for the horses.

Bekoff, who wants to see computer-generated imagery and other tricks used in place of filming with live animals, took a combined slap at racing and Hollywood.

“Horse racing in general suffers from a lot of questionable ethics,” Bekoff said. “Running staged encounters with these horses raises the same questions.”

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for the Associated Press. AP Racing Writer Beth Harris contributed to this report.

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