The First Saturday in May

2007, Documentary, 1h 36m

26 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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This touching documentary about the horses and trainers behind the Kentucky Derby leads up to the two most exciting minutes in sports. Read critic reviews

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Filmmakers Brad and John Hennegan observe horse trainers and thoroughbreds prepare for the Kentucky Derby.

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  • Nov 20, 2010
    "The First Saturday in May" is a moderately interesting documentary that follows six horses and their trainers on the path towards the Holy Grail of racing, The Kentucky Derby. But since this was 2006 and the year of Barbaro, there were no happy endings that year. While 20 horses may seem like a lot for a race(it probably is), that is nothing compared to the amount of horses out there whose owners and trainers dream of competing at the top level. However, with the movie's eyes on the prize, there is little new insight into horse racing, outside of it being a family business, more or less.(By comparison, I learned more from an episode of "The Glades.") Admittedly, I am kicking myself for not visiting Churchill Downs when I had the chance several years back. And there are some nice stories like Dan Hendricks, one of the trainers, who was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident but continues to work and even rides occasionally.
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