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John Henry

(4/22/10)

JOHN HENRY DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT MAY 2

Open Sky Entertainment, in cooperation with Launchpad Releasing, is rolling out their new documentary film entitled "John Henry: A Steel Driving Racehorse."

The film is about one of the most successful and beloved Thoroughbreds in U.S. horse racing history, and will make its theatrical debut on May 2, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The film will simultaneously be available for purchase on DVD at the film’s official website, www.johnhenrymovie.com as well as several other major online retailers and retail chains to be announced.

Open Sky producers Glenn Garland and Christopher Duddy describe their documentary as "a great American hero rags-to-riches story with great inspiration for all generations." The film is directed by Cameron Duddy and Christian Koby, both noted music video directors. Rebecca Gebhard served as producer. Max Eisenberg ("A Call to Remember," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Home Improvement") is both a writer and producer.

John Henry lived from March 9, 1975 to October 8, 2007, and after his racing career ended, he retired to the Kentucky Horse Park where he lived for 22 years until his death. He garnered more than $6.5 million in career earnings; won 30 stakes races (including 16 Grade I stakes); won seven Eclipse Awards; two Horse of the Year titles and was listed in People Magazine’s 1984 roundup of “Top People".

The John Henry film chronicles the life and legacy of this remarkable Thoroughbred, and includes interviews with celebrities, dignitaries and other notables who knew him, including Hall of Fame jockeys Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay Jr.

Producer Chris Duddy says, "We are very excited to share the story of this legendary racehorse and the life and times of this true American hero. We hope this film will inspire all generations with its timeless, true rags-to-riches American story. I think not only the racehorse fan, but all Americans who have a dream should see this inspirational film."

There will be two shows in the theatre at the Kentucky Horse Park. Space is limited so the public is encouraged to reserve tickets immediately at tickets@johnhenrymovie.com.

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