The First Saturday in May

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Released 2007

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Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
The First Saturday in May is a 2008 documentary about the group of horses and their respective jockeys and owners who are selected to compete in the 2006 Kentucky Derby. Every year, tens of thousands are horses are trained to compete in horse races. Of that number, only 20 are chosen to compete in the prestigious Kentucky Derby, known throughout the world as "the most exciting two minutes in sports." The First Saturday in May follows the story of six such horses as they compete in the numerous races that lead up to the Kentucky Derby. The filmmakers travel all across the world to find these horses, visiting places as exotic as the United Arab Emirates and as common as the backwoods of Arkansas and the swamps of Florida. The signature attraction of the film is the legendary horse, Barbaro, who went into the Kentucky Derby as a prohibitive favorite. The film focuses on the difficult lives led by the owners and trainers of the horses, which is only briefly lit by the rare victory in a race.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety

    Picture successfully elaborates on the sorts of color pieces that traditionally precede the race on television.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Filmmakers Brad and John Hennegan follow six horses and their trainers through the arduous 2006 race season, building up to the Derby, but they are never able to find the balance b...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There are a lot of horses but absolutely no sense in The First Saturday in May, a glib, lazy documentary about six trainers on the proverbial road to the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

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    Documentary, Sports

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    Horse Racing, Other Sports, Culture