Friday Show Presented by PHBA: ‘Jockey’ Takes Film Audiences on an Exciting Race


Clifton Collins Jr. portrays Jackson Silva in Sony Picture Classics’ “Jockey.”

With “Jockey”, Clint Bentley’s directorial debut made a strong impression on critics and moviegoers who had the opportunity to see it before its national release later this year.

Actor Clifton Collins Jr. won Best Actor at the Sundance Film Festival, where “Jockey” debuted last year. The film itself is nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature Made on a Budget Under $500,000. At least one reviewer calls the film a “dark horse” for one or more Oscar categories.

What’s striking about the film is its unglamorous, realistic, un-Hollywood treatment of a jockey’s life on a blue-collar racetrack. In this case, the track is Turf Paradise, and you might recognize some of the cast among the horse colony and employees of the Phoenix Oval.

Bentley, who co-wrote the film with Greg Kwedar, is the son of a jockey and knows the lifestyle that Collins has convincingly described. Bentley joins Paulick Report editor Ray Paulick and Bloodstock editor Joe Nevills to discuss the making of “Jockey” and its reception to date.

Watch this week’s Friday show, presented by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, below:


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