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On The Muscle: Portrait Of A Thoroughbred Racing Stable

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The Equine Athletes in Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella's stable are "on the muscle"-fit, race ready, and raring to go. This sweeping documentary series follows six fascinating horse characters and their trainer, veterinarian, jockeys, owners and caretakers through the breathtaking highs and lows of a year of world class racing. Rich with life lessons and dramas big and small, three one-hour episodes lead to a stunning triumph at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Victory Multimedia Consignment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UDUMXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

In this unprecedented exploration of a world-class Thoroughbred trainer and the runners in his barn, the ending could not have been written any better in Hollywood.

Though the focus is on the 2002 racing season and Breeders' Cup of trainer Richard Mandella, the 3-hour documentary reaches the finish-wire at the 2003 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park, where he won a remarkable four races.

The DVD is split into a trio of one-hour segments, with the focus on three runners - Redattore, The Tin Man, Pleasantly Perfect - with other equine athletes - Kudos, Cagney, Ile de France, Brisquette, Listen Indy - being highlighted through their morning workouts and afternoon races.

Unless you are on the backside every day, or an assistant to a top trainer, there will never be an opportunity to truly get this close to the long hours and oftentimes frustrating work that goes into the shaping of a champion.

Fans see the end result on the track; now they can view the rough road that leads from the barn to the starting gate.
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On The Muscle gives the viewer an intimate insight into the day to day workings of the racing stable of Hall Of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella. It shows the drama and disappointments on the backstretch, the care and attention that Mandella and his staff lavish on their equine stars. On The Muscle is a must see for anyone interested in the thoroughbred racing, it's brilliant.
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This DVD was just what I'd hoped it would be. I loved watching the races and was especially impressed with the individual care each horse was given during its training for the track, as well as the medical observations and treatments provided to ensure the horses remained healthy and sound. This is a documentary I will watch many times and would recommend it to anyone interested in Thoroughbred racing and what goes on daily in the life of trainers and horses. Also, it arrived by the projected delivery date and was in excellent condition. My thanks to those who made this DVD possible.
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Aside from the horrendous soundtrack, it was pretty good. Seriously, the music was terrible. That being said, It's a great inside look at an amazing trainer and his stable, going through all of the ups and downs of the business.
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Very interesting view from the backstretch of thoroughbred racing. Follow a successful trainer through the process of running a top notch racing stable. Great "behind the scenes" look at this challenging sport.
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