Dustin Hoffman, two-time Academy Award winning actor, is on site at Santa Anita this month for the filming of “Luck,” an HBO pilot written and produced by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. Hoffman stars as a career criminal heavily involved in gambling in a prospective drama series about the world of horseracing.
“Luck” would be Milch’s third series created for HBO. His past credits include “Deadwood” and “John from Cincinnati.” Milch is himself a two-time Breeders’ Cup winning owner.
Also starring in the production are Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina and John Ortiz. Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will play the part of an aging, street-smart jockey.
According to Pete Siberell, Santa Anita’s Director of Community & Special Events, filming will take place in most areas of the racetrack including the grandstand, walking ring, saddling paddock, Clockers’ Corner, stable area, and the racetrack itself. Much of the pilot will be shot while Santa Anita is still running live through April 18. A total of 19 days are scheduled for filming at Santa Anita.
HBO has not announced an air date for the pilot, but it is anticipated that it will air in early 2011.