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HRTV PREMIERES GARRETT GOMEZ: 118 DAYS DOCUMENTARY ON THURSDAY, MAY 3 (8 P.M. ET)
Arcadia, CA, May 1 -- HRTV's (R) extensive week-long coverage of the Kentucky Derby will also treat viewers to the premiere of a special documentary, Garrett Gomez: 118 Days, which will provide racing fans with an intimate, up-close look at the champion jockey's intense recovery from a serious injury, and uncover his steely focus of returning to the track and securing a mount in the 138th running of the Derby.
It will air on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Viewers may preview the documentary via the following link: http://www.hrtv.com/videos/garrett-gomez-118-days-vignette/.
Garrett Gomez: 118 Days was produced for HRTV by accomplished filmmakers, Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites, of Turn Left Productions, who are multiple national award-winners of both Sports Emmys and Peabodys. They have closely documented Gomez's grueling comeback from a shattered heel, suffered in a freak paddock incident at Santa Anita on January 8.
"From the beginning we all believed that there was a tremendous story," said Nguyen. "What we didn't anticipate was the multiple layers that would reveal itself through the process. Luckily we were there to capture all of it with a cinematic approach, which is a tribute to Garrett and those he surrounds himself with. We thought we had an idea of what a jockey and the world of horse racing had to offer, but quickly realized that we've only scratched the surface."
The documentary adroitly outlines Gomez's recovery from a serious injury, and his self-imposed deadline to return to regain his health, return to the saddle, and gaining the all-important mount in the quickly-approaching "Run for the Roses." It includes exclusive interviews with his wife, Pam; his agent, Tony Matos; and surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Jung. Gomez reveals the roller coaster of emotions regarding the unknown timetable as he mends from the surgery, and his insatiable quest to win his first-ever Derby.
Viewers are afforded a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Eclipse Award-winning rider's personal life, detailing his first pre-mature attempt at a comeback on March 9, as well as life away from the track -- including relaxing and recuperating on the golf course, and spending time at his farm in Norco.
The documentary also follows Gomez's trip to Keeneland and the eventual securing of Daddy Nose Best as his mount for this year's Derby.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtv.com. In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.