Sunday, April 25, 2004

'Jockey' moving but lacking in context

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LOUISVILLE - HBO's documentary Jockey is notable for a lack of narration. The sad stories of its stars are separated only by piano tones.

The down side: It leaves viewers wanting for explanation.

Kentucky Derby news from The Louisville Courier-Journal
A wide-open Kentucky Derby
Zito gets Derby Trial win he coveted with Sir Shackleton
Choosing Derby winner is tough task
Notebook: Smarty Jones works 5 furlongs in 58 flat
Kentucky Derby index

The 90-minute film, premiering at 8 p.m. Monday, follows the difficulties of three riders: veterans Shane Sellers and Randy Romero, and 23-year-old apprentice Chris Rosier.

It was filmed largely in Kentucky in 2002, when Sellers was out of commission and pondering retirement. He's back and will ride Saturday in the Kentucky Derby. Rom-ero, 46, had already retired.

Few punches are pulled. The documentary includes photos of Romero's burns after the oil he had rubbed on himself caught fire in a primitive sweatbox filled with heat lamps. It also has grisly footage of his spill in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Go For Wand, plus a graphic tumble by Rosier in a race at Turfway Park.

There isn't enough context provided for why jockeys must keep their weight so low and why so many riders have a hard time making money in a $17 billion industry.

The emotions speak clearly, though. Jockey's moving moments include Sellers and Romero watching a news report about Romero's condition from his hospital room, and Rosier's mother, Kim, speaking with fear of his limited prospects after his riding career.

Rosier is out of racing now. Sellers said Rosier has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.

Jockey Robby Albarado said of the film, "It's very actual. It's as genuine as you're going to get."

Jockey showings

Jockey, a 90-minute HBO documentary, premieres Monday and will be shown six times:

• 8 p.m. Monday

• 2 p.m. Friday

• 2:30 p.m. Saturday

• 11 a.m. May 4

• 9 a.m. May 9

• 5:30 p.m. May 17



Bengals pick up their missing pieces
First pick Perry has all the tools
Team was impressed by instincts, smarts
Bengals get ton of talent in pick
Speed, versatility attract club
Johnson fits team's new mold of linebacker
Gold and black fits RedHawk
A day in the life of Ben
After tense hour, Giant victory for No. 1 pick
Three Buckeyes selected in first round
Tagliabue honors fallen hero

Dantonio sets new course
Bearcats are waiting for receivers to step up
Zwick holds slight advantage as starting QB
Pittman tosses helmet into Buckeyes' RB derby
UK spring game: QB Boyd continues to shine

Horse racing's dirty little secret
Adding to family's grief are the debts
'Jockey' moving but lacking in context

Bad start, big finish for Reds
ONLINE EXTRA: Photos of Saturday's game
Freel is OK after beaning
Reds chatter
Kelly: Marlins managing Phillies
Time to ride out April hot streaks
Prior throws 50 pitches off mound
NL: Astros, Cubs keep pace
AL: Boston now 5-1 vs. Yanks
AAA: Toledo 6, Louisville 3

More runner-friendly course awaiting increased Pig field

Confident Kings makes statement
Groeschen: Coach has Maupin on mind
Ernst: Kentucky high school insider
Prep sports results, schedules

Dow: Recruit Odia says visa the issue
NBA: Davis leads Hornets to take series lead

Ducks take pivotal Game 3 with shutout
Marleau scores again as Sharks jump Avs

Thoman hopes summer schedule includes Olympics
What's up with that?
A quick chat with ... Mike Battaglia
Seton graduate Becca Brinker part of top-ranked Ohio State rowing team
This week's poll question
All thumbs

Golf: Morgan stays atop Legends by stroke
Sports digest
Sports today on TV, radio