Saturday, April 22
(1985) A mare gives birth at a stud farm, a littered and empty grandstand; in between jockeys, trainers, vets, and bettors go about their work, a horse is draped with flowers – we view the actual Belmont Stakes off a TV screen – and a nonagenarian racing bigwig gets a testimonial at Roseland. 16mm. Approx.114 mins.
“A rich microcosm.”
– Tom Shales, Washington Post
“The film is not about winning or losing; the show is about an institution, an industry, and its rituals. In Racetrack, the industry Wiseman reveals is a peculiar one, pervaded by both a romantic respect for the magnificent animals at its center and an almost corporate atmosphere.”
– Cathleen Schine, Vogue