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You’ve been inundated with racing holiday gift suggestions: last week I talked about movies: Lost in the Fog by John Corey, who offers Brooklyn Backstretch readers a discount (here’s what I wrote about the movie when I saw it last August); and The First Saturday in May, about the road to the 2006 Derby by…

Reviewing the review

Alerted to the New York Times review of The First Saturday in May by J.S’s comment on Friday, I was as dismayed by Manohla Dargis’s review as J.S. In my writing classes, students often workshop their papers, sharing them with classmates to get feedback and comments for improvement, and I always caution: “Don’t suggest that…

Hennegans on NPR

Felt awful and came home sick from work…turned on WNYC (our local public radio station) as preparation for a nap…and heard Tom Durkin’s call of the 2006 Derby coming over the airwaves, followed shortly thereafter by an introduction by host Leonard Lopate to John and Brad Hennegan and trainer Dale Romans. I gave up listening…

Premiere of The First Saturday in May

Just got back from attending the premiere of The First Saturday in May, the documentary by John and Brad Hennegan about the road to the 2005 Derby, featuring Lawyer Ron, Barbaro, Jazil, Brother Derek, Achilles of Troy, and Sharp Humor. The film officially opens next Friday, but tonight was a cast and crew showing, and…

The First Saturday in May, and Take 10! standings

Great news from the Hennegan Brothers: The First Saturday in May, their film about the road to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, is going to be released in theaters for a limited run on April 18th. If it’s playing in a city near you…GO! It will be shown in eighteen major markets. Nice coverage of this…

Hennegan Brothers’ First Saturday in May

I (and thousands of other people, likely) received this message from the Hennegan brothers this week, regarding their terrific film First Saturday in May, which follows the fortunes of six horses and trainers on the 2006 Derby trail: “Our film needs your help to continue building an audience. Word of mouth can make or break…