HBO cancels 'Luck' after horse deaths
March 14th, 2012
07:32 PM ET

HBO cancels 'Luck' after horse deaths

One day after a third horse died on the set of the HBO drama "Luck," HBO announced that it has ceased all future production.

The racetrack series premiered just last month, and it's expected that it will finish out the first season. (They were in the midst of filming season 2.)

In a statement, the network said, "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere, with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures."

The network goes on to say, "While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision."

The show starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, and was headed up by TV producer-turned-film-director Michael Mann and David Milch ("Deadwood," "NYPD Blue").

The two executive producers, who hadn't worked together prior to this show, said, "The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers. This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future."

HBO is owned by the same parent company as CNN.


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  4. Dan

    Are they going to cancel all the pet food commercials too? Plenty of horses died for those. More PCness run amok.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Irene

    NO KIDDING! The idiots finally cancelled the show after three horses needed to be euthanized!! Wasn't that nice of them. They should be arrested for animal cruelty and FINED big time!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ROLLIN SD

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    March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pamela

    Kudos to HBO for taking a big hit ,financially,and cancelling Luck.No moral ambiguity here-three dead horses,and you are gone!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jhood83

    This country needs an enema.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Good god you people are pathetic. "Brokenhearted" over a stupid fuking tv show? We have been abusing animals for centuries and this is our mentality. I dont mind horses dying because I dont want to be "heartbroken" over a fuking tv show. You all people need to be shot, idiocy knows no bounds.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Thatguy371

      Thanx for proving without a doubt that you're in fact the pathetic one.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Well said Matt. Thatguy371; it is really pathetic to me that you find animals dying for entertainment, and I include horse racing and the stupid TV show in this category, acceptable. What is pathetic is the lack of human evolution that should draw us to the conclusion that killing anything gratuitously is not beneficial to our kind. That death for "fun" is never okay. Some of us are a little more enlightened and feel differently.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. aj

    They just don't want nobody getting killed. Horses are frail like people too, step wrong and fall on a human and its actor pancake.

    They just need to use durable young actors like Bear Gryllis.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    Today, McDonald's announced it is closing due to the tragic deaths of millions of cows due to company policies.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. maria

    I think horse racing and greyhounds racing is sinful,I hate to see those poor animals here in Florida racing under the a hot weather it is ia outrageous! They should be banned! just to please a bunch of idiots and morons ,and sacrifice this poor creatures is SINFUL! Thanks goodnes some people adopt the greyhounds after they race owners throw away when they can't race not more.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. maria

    Never hear about the show,but how the horses die? you all remember "Bonanza" show? it was all about with horses and we never hear about any of them get injured or dead,or maybe on those years they didn't let people know about the fate of the horses? but not one ,not two but three that is complicated and not good!

    March 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank Berger

    I wonder if anyone has considered the fact that many horses simply would never have existed if there were no horseracing. It raises an interesting question as to whether a horse is better off never having been born or better off racing and eventually dying due to an injury. I suppose it might have to do with how much "suffering" is involved. I'll leave it others to sort this out. By the way, unless I'm mistaken no one has shown that the HBO horses were mistreated in any way.

    March 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GamblingMan

    GRS62

    "The deaths of 3 horses and the ensuing bad publicity allowed HBO to cancel a show that wasn't doing very well in the ratings. it was a perfect opportunity to ax the show without having to admit it was a failure."

    This post said it all. Concise and accurate. As a long-time horse racing fan I found the show boring at times, and slow-moving. For those of you that enjoyed the show, I'm sorry, but there weren't enough of you to keep it on the air.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      I think there's truth to that. Still, I'm baffled by the quoted ratings. With all the equestrian, mob, Hoffman, and HBO Original fans out there, I would think that it would be pulling in more than 0.5 ratings... So, I was wondering if that included the DVR audience, of which I'm one. There's often a big difference cited between core ratings and when including DVR viewership.

      March 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kevin

    Very sorry about the horses. Now bring back Deadwood & get on with it.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Luke

    Who cares, its not like we evolve from horses or anything. Big dumb animals, thats it.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MikeB

    Now, if they'll just cancel Bill Maher and all of he set of the leftist filth the pollute cable television with. As for Maher, that horse died a long time ago and is stinking up the place.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Um

    Wow, no need to even comment. You just sunk yourself with your immaturity. Thank you. You proved a point, all right! Whew, yes you did indeed. Just not the ones you wanted to, sorry, honey.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      Um, your lack of critical thinking is compounded by you reposting my post repeatedly using my "Name", not sure what you're trying to prove or to whom. Other than to me that you're a pretty dim bulb, indeed. Anyway, thanks for reposting my message a few times there, maybe it will have more opportunities to reach others who can reason and think.

      March 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      BlueDestiny, I didn't re-post your post, and thanks (no thanks) for accusing me of that. I've got better things to do than repeat your inaccuracies.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA.

    U mad?

    March 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA.

    This topic now belongs to me!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA...

    March 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. BlueDestiny

    To Please, they applied to the post they were in reply to, so relevant. In contrast, your post was not adding any value to the topic. You indicate that many points are quite wrong, but don't say how. That's not value added. Add some value next time, as all of my replies did to the posts they were attached to.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. BlueDestiny

    This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

    Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

    As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

    Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue or tacos. Good job PETA and AHA.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      Okay, we're up to three dead horses now. Does that make it any better, that one was terrified and died of cracking its head? So that puts us down to two by your definition (I'm paraphrasing) "okay deaths"? If they've already managed to kill three horses doing a simple television show for a few weeks, one wonders how they'd do if allowed to continue. Compassionate people aren't nut-jobs by the way. Insensitive people, well ... not sure what to call them. Anyway. Also, getting your leg broken while you're whipped around a track isn't exactly "gainful use" is it? I say good job PETA, AHA ... and HBO for canceling. And let's face it - HBO probably only canceled due to low ratings. PETA and AHA didn't put these people out of work; HBO did, moving forward with this kind of show despite advice to the contrary. Is compassion ruining the country? Don't think so.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Please stop repeating your posts, BlueDestiny

      BlueDestiny, how many times do you need to post the same words over and over? I think we get the point you're making ... it's immature to keep just tacking the same post in again and again. I think this is the third time I've read your exact same post. No need to keep seeding it all over the place. And by the way, you're, um, quite wrong in many of your points.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      You fail in ability to read or apply critical thinking, Um. Again, horsies die as a normal course of life and accidents assocaited with... being a horsie. These types of accidents happen in their normal environment of stables and activity... emphasis, normal accident rate. Also, again, horsies without a purpose go to glue and tacos. Frankly, I'd rather them be around – being an animal lover that I am – and face the risks of being a horsie, than have them have no purpose and be off to the glue and taco road. Couple that with people's jobs, and a production of a great show that keeps actors employed, audiences entertained, and horsies with a purpose to be something other than glue and tacos... for those ability to think critically, that's called a Win-Win-Win.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      To Please, they applied to the post they were in reply to, so relevant. In contrast, your post was not adding any value to the topic. You indicate that many points are quite wrong, but don't say how. That's not value added. Add some value next time, as all of my replies did to the posts they were attached to.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      I don't believe your critical thinking skills are exactly whirling with brilliance here. A horse's two choices in life aren't the track versus the glue factory. And please stop calling them "horsies." Are you twelve?

      March 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      Critical thinking... again, are you capable of giving an example of the failings of the statements? Or is it simply the glue factory point you take issue with? You're right, there is a 3rd choice that's prevalent beyond glue and tacos... just putting them down. Reality check. Get edumacated about horsies.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      Sorry, don't believe you've proved any points yourself. All you're doing is making broad statements - implying PETA is ruining this country. Or the AHA is. How are they doing that exactly? I don't think either organization is that powerful. You're implying that regulations to protect animals in industry are ruining this country - how so? What numerous sources stated that these types of incidents are common? And even if so, does that make them okay? Why is it, you liked the show, but the other people who didn't are the ones who didn't "want to be challenged"? Can you prove that show had "awesome quality, writing, and acting"? Others certainly disagreed. Can you prove that you're more intelligent than they are? What "regulations up the whazzo associated" with animals in industry are you talking about that are ruining this country? I have a friend who has a horse on pasture - the horse is a pet - that would appear to be another choice for a "horsie" as you call it versus going to the glue factory or becoming, as you keep zestfully repeating, a taco. Is that okay with you? Do you define that as gainful employment? And can you please define "gainful employment" for a horse?

      March 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      First, Um, you offer no value in your attacking posts, then when called to task for lack of critical thinking, you confuse being contrary with making thoughtful contribution. If in turn, I choose to simply be contrary to each sentence you so cleverly positioned, we'd be here all day, and I have no intention to go do your research for you to supplant your lack of understanding of the reality and issues.

      It IS very costly to maintain a horsie, each and every one, from stabling, to feed, to tack, to the many visits by the vet. It's no secret to anyone familiar with horsies that they are any combination of abandoned, starved,and put down, particularly aggressively when held as any kind of enterprise rather than the private owner.

      That some are kept around to be part of the film industry are a lifeline to each and every one. More so, that one of the reasons they're available to the film industry is that they're not being kept in some other way. That's 50 horsies that were "available" for having around for the production of Luck that were NOT being kept in some other way, and now... We have 47 horsies that have no purpose to keeping them alive another 2 to 3 years... To pay for all those expenses, piled on all the others that are already abandoned and destroyed. That's the reality.

      March 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      BlueDestiny, I'm not sure why you think I was attacking you by questioning the broad, illogical statements you made such as that the AHA or PETA are ruining the country. Your response answers none of the questions your raised, nor proved any of the points you attempted to make. Why is questioning your broad statements contrary? It's called debate, BlueDestiny. When you make such sweeping statements, people will question you. Are you an authority on the subject matter? I saw no proof of that. You did not defend or prove any of the statements you made. You were the one who originally accused me or someone else of not proving what we were saying. I do believe the same rules apply to you.
      People will disagree with you, BlueDestiny, throughout life and it's best to well-prepared to be prepared - rather than assume a position of being insulted - to defend each and every one of your points. Rather than posturing, it's best simply to try to prove your points when you're questioned, as I was doing.
      Let's agree to end this "lack of" discussion - I'm not learning anything from you and you're feeling put upon. I certainly don't mean to insult you or be contrary by questioning you. Best to call it a day on this one. I'm getting irritated - you'll see it in another lower post to you, sorry - and I don't like myself for being that way, so I wish you best of luck and a great day. I know each of us on this comments board feels strongly about this matter and the good thing is, we care, in one way or another! I wish you well - happy Friday.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      Quote:
      The man who trained the third horse that died on the set of HBO's "Luck" is telling friends ... NO ONE is to blame for the fatality ... insisting the animals received exceptional care, but sometimes "s**t happens."

      Sources close to Matthew Chew - who trained and owned horse #3 - tell us the people who looked after the horses are some of the best in the business ... who thoroughly examined the animals at least twice a day during production.

      Chew has told friends ... the horse was simply playing around when it "misstepped" and fell down Tuesday morning ... suffering a head injury that required it to be euthanized on the set.

      We're told Chew believes the incident was a freak accident ... telling one person, "We were just horribly unlucky ... sometimes s**t happens."

      March 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Injury info

      Here's some information about one of the deaths ... you mentioned some about the third death. This is about the first horse:
      "According to an equine veterinarian and racing expert consulted by PETA, such a catastrophic fracture, in which the long bone of the horse’s front leg essentially explodes, indicates that the leg has been overloaded, as does the suspensory ligament injury to the other front leg, and that the horse was likely not fit for workouts." Likely not fit for workouts - yet they ran this horse, who was also apparently overloaded with narcotics and painkillers, just to create some film for our entertainment. Sad.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  27. farmer Joe

    PhillySW~ you might want to take a look at all the prime time shows on TV. It exposes crime, death, murder, arson, thievery and all other sorts of things ONLY FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE. You have no problems watching them and dont care one bit about that, reality of it is that it happens everyday.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dave

    Stop crying for the stupid horses. Sweet Mary get a grip!

    March 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. PhillySW

    @ndiezel – I don't like to see animals die needlesly, but I "couldn't" help but laugh at your comment. I'm actually old enough to remember Mr Ed.

    The reality is, this show was about to really shed light on the daily life of horse racing that is a multi-billion dollar gambling industry. All at the expense of these horses, and people's lives having to deal with the destructive effects of gambling.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. farmer Joe

    These horses were/are treated like the rockstars they are. They are treated better than 90% of the children of the posters on this story. I have owned horses and cattle and pigs and chickens. The deal is that animals die everyday. A horse can step on a stone and break it's leg. Chickens will peck one chicken to death. Cattle can break a leg also by stepping on a stone, slipping on a muddy floor or being accidentally poked by a horn of another cow. Hogs die all the time and are very sensitive. One sick hog can kill the whole herd. My point is, 3 horses to die is not a big deal. It had nothing to do with the filming or making of a TV show. To blame the show is stupid. And those who claim to know everything and demand that HBO, the actors or producers or support staff are to blame, are F'ing ignorant to how real life actually works. I suggest that you stop commenting on things you know absolutely nothing about. Use your misplaced emotion on helping your neighbor or another person in need, because these horses were treated like royalty.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Do your research

      Please do your research. Track horses aren't treated like royalty. Yes, accidents happen, and cruelty occurs, but does that make additional cruelty okay? Ala, we're cruel on farms (per you), so let's ignore cruelty elsewhere!

      March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. SunnyInFL

    I admire HBO for making this decision. It was the correct one. I think they should do something different with the same ensemble. I would watch it.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Eric

    That is so dumb. These were all simple accidents, millions of animals die int he woods every day, we eat millions of animals every day and because of a few "accidents" they cancel the whole TV show? That is insance. Instead of celebrating horses and enjoying them we're now cut off from a TV show about horses. This last accident the stupid horse fell over and hit it's head, that's the horses fault...an accident, but still no fault of a human. I blame lame PETA for this.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jeremy

    Strange that HBO had to resort to cancelling this fine show over a few dead horses. Now that Milch is free BRING BACK DEADWOOD.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Wow, "a few dead horses." Jeremy, your sensitivity is a bit lacking. A fine show it is that was built on pain and death. Somehow, I doubt the horses who died in agony would call it "a fine show."

      March 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ndiezel

      Hey Yep, This just in, straight from the HORSES mouth, "It was a fiiiiineee show, Wilbur! A fiiinnneee show!"

      March 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      ndiezel, I'm sorry ... I believe only adults are supposed to post ...run home for playtime now.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Faith

    I am a former horse rider. If a horse breaks a leg they usually kill it because it will never regain the full use of it's broken leg and the rehab is costly. It usually can't be ridden. So terribly sad.

    As a teenager our two horses broke out early one morning and went out on an adventure around the neighboring farm. At the far end of the field they both galloped to an opening. It was a cattle guard (a metal grid covering a ditch used to prevent cattle from crossing over). My horse found a way around it, my sister's horse went right into. We figured she would end up breaking a leg or two and have to be put down. Wonder of wonders she went in it between the grids and came out the other side still galloping.

    Another time my horse got the best of me on a ride back home. The only time I lost control of him. He took off running faster back home. The wire gate was open when we had left. Someone closed it. As we turned the corner and hit the driveway he plowed right through the closed gate. He fell with me under him. My only thought was that I had hoped he didn't break a leg. I could tell I was okay. He didn't. He got up I was relieved. I knew my leg if broken would be treated and fixed, his leg if broken would put him down.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Vicki

    Three horses dying on the set is very unusual. And no, horses don't die regularly during racing events. I hope they investigate.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Vicki,
      It kind of sounds like horses DO die during a fair number of racing events. It's hard to expect a huge animal to thunder along on slender legs, under duress, and not have accidents happen. And it's not just one horse running - they can bash into each other too as they fall fight for the front position. Unfortunately, there's a dark side to racing that we don't usually see. It looks like fun or sport, but it can be life and death for its participant - the horses - who have no say in the matter.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also

      Vicki,
      Unfortunately, it's not unusual for animal cruelty or harm to occur on movie or series sets. The group that rubber-stamps these productions as okay is actually pretty darn lax.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Troy

    I hope they at least slaughtered the horses for the meat and used the hair to make stringed instruments. Long live human enjoyment!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      Sending someone to you right now to carry out your slaughter..although I am sure your meat will be rancid.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kim

    I also hope there will be a thorough investigation into the death of these horses !!

    March 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. PhillySW

    Funny how soo many of the people here that say the show was cruel in what the horses had to go through, are mostly the same people that support PETA, who haven't denied that 90%+ of their animals are "put down" without being able to find an adopter!

    Man you people are hypocrites! Animals are NOT PEOPLE. They are animals. I don't get enjoyment watching animals die, but I do have a heart when it comes to people losing their jobs from a show, because some animals died, from what was no fault of the people around them!

    Again, PETA admitted euthanizing the majority of it's animals to be adopted, but you guys STILL act like others are heartless? Where has common sense gone to today, that we put the life of an animal on the same level as the life of a human being.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Philly ... you are obviously not an animal lover. That is all I have to say to someone like you.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      PhillySW,
      Why on earth do you seem to think that having compassion for animals precludes having compassion for people? And please try not to paint PETA so badly. They don't willy-nilly euthanize animals, but there are cases where animals are in pain or dangerous, where a shelter may euthanize. Shelters also euthanize because of overcrowding. They cannot house all the animals that are turned in, abandoned, born unwanted, etc. PETA didn't create that problem. We as a society did. Today's shelter resources are stretched too thin and they simply work to do their best. I would hope that anyone who works in a field where animals suffer cruelty would make their best effort find another field, sorry. I do feel bad for anyone losing their job due to the cancellation of this show, but I don't believe anyone here is trying to elevate humans above animals. People are just asking that we afford these creatures kindness and compassionate treatment.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Also

      PhillySW: some advice. Do your research; tone down your rhetoric. Stop trying to make PETA out to be the bad guy ... they're not the bad guys here.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillySW

      @Kim – You're a PERFECT example of what I'm talking about. You know absolutely NOTHING about me, or the fact that I am an animal lover, and have owned animals growing up as pets. But you're the typical person here in America that has been brainwashed to believe that an animal equates to a person. They do not. They can be extremely affectionate, and great companions, but they are not people!

      You're obviously an eccentric, because there's no way in the world I would cry over a dead animal, when I see HUMAN BEINGS in need, and being mistreated of no fault of their own daily! There's no way I as a human being would EVER spend 1 penny of my hard earned money on animal or PETA, and yet pass by a homeless person or family on the street or in life, and turn my nose up to them, as if they're below an animal!

      Anyone that does that in my book doesn't even know what it means to be a human. I don't condone killing animals for sport, but they are animals, which is the reason why soo many restaurants are in business; and it's not from vegetables!

      March 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillySW

      @YEP – Did you see how PETA and their followers were protesting here in Philly when Mick Vick was picked up as the Eagle's quarterback? I did. And on our local talk radio stations, people called in to make him out to be a MURDERER, yes people called him a MURDERER!

      Yet at the SAME TIME all along, PETA were killing animals 10% shy of 100%, yet because they're animals, people whole heartedly support them, and ignore actual human beings that need food, and medical attention from no fault of their own.

      You can best believe that PETA had something to do with this show being cancelled, they always do.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Well, PhilySW, since Michael Vick hung dogs to death and electrocuted dogs to death, I would call him a murderer. I'm glad PETA protested when he was hired - why should someone like that be seen as a hero by others, especially children? I don't believe PETA took a dog, decided it wasn't up for fighting, then hung it to death, as Vick did. He apparently took pleasure in watching these animals slowly die. From strangulation, mind you, a slow, painful way to die. Quite different from making a sad decision that an animal must be put down due to pain, overcrowding, etc. at a shelter. Please re-read my previous argument about this matter, so I don't have to repeat it for you. Does all this mean I don't love humans or want to help them? Not at all. It just means you can be compassionate to humans and animals at the same time. One doesn't preclude the other.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      PhillySW, I wanted to also make the point that plenty of people give to animal causes and to people causes too. It's so silly and inaccurate to say that every person who supports animal causes ignores the plight of people. We can, gasp, be compassionate toward, and give to, both causes! I used to work in dog rescue, but I also supported groups that gave to humans too ... I mean, come on. We have big hearts - our hearts can be open to both. The people I knew in rescue were people-lovers too and wholly supported their fellow men/women.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillySW

      @YEP – That wasn't the point that I was making in mentioning Michael Vick. And you have made the typical response that I hear from soo many people that call themselves true animal lovers. The point isn't that Vick did that to those animals. In fact, I think what he did to those dogs was sick and beyond demented! I thought it was disgusting. But the point is, PETA killed and have been killing at least 90% of it's animals for YEARS, WHILE trying to paint Vick as inhumane by doing the same thing that they've been doing all along, killing animals!

      I mean I call a spade a spade. If you think it's wrong to kill animals, then don't preach to ME with your animal corpses laying around in your OWN backyard, that's all I'm saying! Don't protest about horses dying in a show while you're chewing on a Wendy's burger or eating shrimp!

      It's pure hypocrisy, and extremely disingenuous to justify PETA doing it becasue they can't find families for adoption. It's an excuse, the same way that Vick had an inexcusable excuse for his actions.

      And yes you can support both people and animals, but I on the other feel that many people that whole heartedly support these organizations usully make their animals to equate to the lives of a human being. Hence, people thinking they can compare a person being robbed at gun point, and then being shot and killed to equal dogs being slaughtered as murder.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Oh, gosh, here we go again.
      You: "And you have made the typical response that I hear from soo many people that call themselves true animal lovers. The point isn't that Vick did that to those animals."
      Um, yes, I am a true animal lover and proud to call myself one.
      You: "But the point is, PETA killed and have been killing at least 90% of it's animals for YEARS, WHILE trying to paint Vick as inhumane by doing the same thing that they've been doing all along, killing animals!"
      Please, for the third time, read the information about Vick hanging dogs to death, versus animal shelters being forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize due to overcrowding, ill animals, etc.
      "Then don't preach to ME with your animal corpses laying around in your OWN backyard, that's all I'm saying! Don't protest about horses dying in a show while you're chewing on a Wendy's burger or eating shrimp!"
      I don't eat at Wendy's. Shrimp are shellfish. I don't have animal corpses in my backyard.
      You: "It's pure hypocrisy, and extremely disingenuous to justify PETA doing it becasue they can't find families for adoption.It's an excuse, the same way that Vick had an inexcusable excuse for his actions."
      Please, again, now for the fourth time, see my posting about this. Please research and do your due diligence.
      You: "I on the other feel that many people that whole heartedly support these organizations usully make their animals to equate to the lives of a human being."
      I can't speak for every single other member of the population. No one can. Again, for the second time, I know plenty of people who support compassionate treatment for animals and humans.
      You: "Hence, people thinking they can compare a person being robbed at gun point, and then being shot and killed to equal dogs being slaughtered as murder."
      I'm sorry, I have not heard or seen that comparison. I do not equate someone being killed at gunpoint with a dog being hanged to death. They are both heinous, terrible, cowardly acts. They are both acts of terror and horror. Killing a human is murder; hanging a dog to death and watching it die of lack of oxygen is also murder, but of a different sort.
      I'm sorry, PhillySW, I think I'm wanting to bow out of this discussion. I'm glad you like animals and admire you for your kindness to them, but I feel like I'm just repeating myself here as you continue to repeat yourself. Your views seem narrow and, it seems, according to you, that everything is black and white. Please look for the shades of gray in-between - your world will open up. I wish you well and the blessings of an open mind and heart.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue and tacos.

      --
      Bravo PETA and AHA
      --

      More people out of work, less gainful need for the horsies involved, the latter who now that they're not serving a purpose, can look forward to being glue and tacos, instead of facing the daily risks of being a horse – you know, day to day risks such as rearing up and falling over when simply walking back to the stables as was the case of the last horsie associated to the Luck production. They can all be glue and tacos now, not just the ones who had accidents associated with ... just being a horsie. Tacos... hmmm.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Truddy D Pends

    This could be a win win situation had the food bank been involved.

    Just sayin.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Thomas

    Wait a minute. Is there proof that the filming of this show caused more horse deaths than would happen at an actual horse track? Funny how people get all uptight and outraged when they pull back the curtains and see reality. Its the same kind of people who eat chicken and beef on a regular basis but don't want to hear about how it makes it to their plate.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Too bad

    I really loved the cinematography in the race scenes. I thought they were exhilarating compared to anything they could have pulled off with cgi. However after 3 horses I think they are doing the right thing. I'm sure they were pressured by all sorts of things into cancelling, ie: the horse race industry doesn't want the press, animal rights groups for obvious reasons, and the production crew and actors own conscience.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Freddie Apples

    Dear HBO,

    Just get Sarah Jessica Parker and Nancy Kerrigan to take over the horse roles. Problem solved. Roll 'em!

    Freddie Apples

    March 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. GRS62

    The deaths of 3 horses and the ensuing bad publicity allowed HBO to cancel a show that wasn't doing very well in the ratings. it was a perfect opportunity to ax the show without having to admit it was a failure.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mojo Jack

    Hmm did anyone mention safety? What about the safety? Nevermind about how the horses died we need to know if the staff followed the proper standards for safety.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Linda

    Many posters have pointed out that horses die at racetracks every day, as if that somehow excuses HBO for the horses that died during the filming of a TV show. It doesn't. No animal or human being should have to die for the public's entertainment, either at a track or on a sound stage. Period.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Exactly, Heather, thank you. One wrong doesn't make it okay to commit another wrong.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      Linda, sorry, I just called you Heather, LOL. Please see my post - I agree with you and you said it well.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Ok. Enjoy that chicken sandwich you had for lunch, or that steak dinner you're husband took you out to for your birthday.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Josh

    What happened to "No Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film/Show" ?????

    March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  47. slappy

    Yeah no beautiful horse should ever die just to make some stupid TV show, so this was a smart move by HBO.

    March 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  48. me

    The problem with people is that they only care about themselves. Most of little to no concern for an innocent, defenseless animal. It isn't worth keeping a tv show on if innocent animals have to die for it! Some of you people make me sick.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  49. Steve-O

    Pro-tip to HBO: Rename the show "Glue". Air it in same time slot as "Glee". Reworked storyline involves singing jockeys dancing around dead horses headed to the glue factory. Profit.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jason

    Come on, all. You can't make a show about horses and have them dying on the set. Yes I realize how the world works but its sheer pragmatism. If you made a show about kittens and they were dying that would be bad publicity too.

    Yes kittens and horses die every day, but HBO are not in the horse racing or animal control business and having animals die on the set is bad PR, plain and simple. I think they made the right call canceling the show.

    And as long as there are cultures and people there will be animals that are held sacred in various cultures. Its just the way it is. Nothing will change it.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  51. Peppy

    It's quiet... too quiet!

    March 15, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  52. Oldbear 60

    Unfortunately the horses died, fortunately they cancelled a sub par show. I'm a big HBO fan, and to date only John from Cincinnati and Luck have been a disappointment to me. Wonder why -

    March 15, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  53. FParana

    Anything David Milch works on is inovative and interesting – like "John From Cincinnati" which was also cancelled after one season.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  54. TAK

    I fail to see their logic here. The statement from HBO says that the horses on set experience "fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally". So wouldn't cancelling the show return the horses to their normal lives, putting them in greater peril? Of course it's more likely that the statement was just BS.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  55. Deb

    I've always loved HBO and the Sunday evening series they produce. I really tried to give Luck a chance, but simply couldn't get into it and found it a raging bore. The only loss here are the horses.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  56. marvintrudo

    Happens all the time, If anybody watch's horse racing than you would see that almost after every race at least one horse breaks its leg and they have to put it down. Dont get me wrong I cant stand horses they are my least favorite animal, but still making money off dead horses is just about the same as dog fighting.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      But with special effects and alike, there is no reason why any horse (or person) needs to ever be involved in any activity on-camera that could even remotely results in injury or death.

      March 15, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  57. cc

    You bleeding hearts confuse me. You're more interested in the treatment of animals than humans. People will loose their jobs! So what 3 horses? Racing kills horses on a daily basis. Maybe you should worry about the people starving around the world instead of 3 horses that were bread to run themselves to death. Get a life.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  58. DDSilks

    The show sucked anyway.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  59. NotaRacingFanAnyMore

    I have been around horse racing for the last 30 years, and take them or leave them here are my observations:
    GAMBLING rules at all horse racing events, especially at Santa Anita the home of the Pick 6. Anyone who has attended these races know the pick 6 is rigged, and after the carrot being dangled to all for several days, it always ends with one or two tickets winning it all – come on, these are not the everyday gamblers winnings these are the professionals for hire gamblers who win after owners and trainers either milk their animals or perhaps give them a little help from the behind to either win or loose .
    Horses do die everyday, I have witnessed it, and could not watch any of the race segments of this show, because it was pretty damn real – when they come out is the most dangerous few seconds, but when you consider you have 2000 lbs running so close to each other they can see the sweat on each jockey's face you know it is a dangerous sport. They bump, they run into each other, they stumble, they run in and over the fence, and every time, the horse and the jockey are in danger. YES, the jockeys are just as abused as the horses!
    I found this show way to close to reality, which for me accounts for the fact, there were no characters I liked, because they are all consumed with winning MONEY literaly on the backs of human beings and horses.
    99% of Americans watch two to three races a year, the triple crown races, they have no idea how many races are run every day in this country, how many people, and horses are hurt, paralized, or die due to this sport.
    If a horse does not win, they become the food your dogs and cats eat everyday. I stopped attending life horse racing after the death of Eight Bells – I am ashamed it took me so long.
    Sorry to run on....I know most of you just want a way to dig at someone, not to really think about this subject.
    I think it is good they cancelled this show, I has already stopped watching a few weeks ago. By the way, the one thing I though that was good was the acting of all the actors, they truley reminded of people I used to see or interact with at the track.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  60. Connie J

    I am bummed! I was just getting into this show too! I love the cast, Hoffman, Nolte, and all the new actors I have never seen before. This is very disappointing news.....

    March 15, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  61. Dede

    I was really getting in to this show. I am upset that it is being cancelled. The cast was tremendous and I was anxious to see where it went. If the humane society was there and was keeping an eye on the horses, then can't it be just, "accidents will happen."?

    March 15, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  62. THREE HORSES ! ? !

    Sly Sadie, Goofy Gina and Coolbreeze? NOOOOO...!
    (I really mean: YES!!!)

    March 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • @three

      what, are you like 10? what do you have against these 3? are you just jealous of them or what? stop being such a horse's azz! your posts are lame.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  63. if6was6

    Watching the horses run on this show was breath taking, trying to understand what the characters were talking about was thought provoking and challenging, Hoffman's performance was like watching a spring tightening beyond the breaking point, gauging which bad guy’s power will supersede another’s, beautiful scenery, human and animal frailty. Luck was a good series but if three animals died over such a short period of time it’s likely more will. Like the show’s program for inmates who change because of exposure to horses, people involved with this show were likely very affected by the horses deaths. It’s understandable that they’d not want to be part of an enterprise where horses continue to die. RIP “Luck”

    March 15, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  64. Zenny

    From eye-witness accounts, the last horse was goofing around on the way back to the barn, reared up, had one of her hind hooves slip out from under her, flipped over backwards, and smacked her head on the ground, resulting in head injuries. The vets decided that the horse should be euthanized because her neurological system was compromised.

    The show was filmed at Santa Anita Park, which is a race course in southern California. So while they were "on set", they were always surrounded by knowledgeable horse people. In fact, the California Horse Racing Board had their own vet on hand for every sequence the horses were in, HBO had their own vet, and then the regular track vet was on hand too.

    I feel bad for the horses and the owners, as I've lost a horse myself to colic, but sometimes there just isn't much you can do when it comes to horses breaking their legs. Their physiology means they don't have a lot of blood flow down towards their lower legs, so it's much harder for them to heal from a break. Otherwise we'd be seeing a lot more horses saved than euthanized. Hopefully someday the technology will be there for us to be able to rehab them.

    If you want more "horsey" related information on the deaths, head to bloodhorse or thoroughbredtimes. Plenty of more in-depth details there.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  65. Salad Spinner

    I was most certainly a conspiracy by PETA.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  66. CarnySam

    Good. Withe freed up budget they can bring Carnivale back. No horses were ever killed during the making of Carnivale.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  67. John

    Im sure its a coincidence, but HBO has just begun production on the new series "Glue".

    March 15, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  68. Heather...

    Heather, you are a sweatheart, & all these idiots giving you a hard time are pathetic, ignorant, Mid-Western fools; offspring of siblings. You are precious, & if you would give me the honor of your hand in marriage I will spend the rest of my life helping you heal from the comments made by these moronic a$$ holes!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan F

      Aside from your post being creepy, your insult makes no sense. The incest stereotype is usually applied to Appalachia, a specific region in the eastern US. Chicago is in the middle of the Midwest, as is Minneapolis, St. Louis and Milwaukee. Not exactly backward mountain villages. FAIL.
      Also, Luck was an intensely boring show with dull writing and dialogue; not HBO's best.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  69. chi town traveller

    PETA People Eating Tasty Animals

    March 15, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  70. horseyak

    A boring , inaccessible show that deserved to be cancelled regardless of the horses. It's a shame that three animals had to die because of this pile of manure.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue and tacos.

      --
      Bravo PETA and AHA
      --

      More people out of work, great show gone, less gainful need for the horsies involved, the latter who now that they're not serving a purpose, can look forward to being glue and tacos, instead of facing the daily risks of being a horse – you know, day to day risks such as rearing up and falling over when simply walking back to the stables as was the case of the last horsie associated to the Luck production. They can all be glue and tacos now, not just the ones who had accidents associated with ... just being a horsie.

      Great show.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Steve Davenport

    You'd think that with all the high level CGI technology around these days that they'd at least try to work that in. I mean it's pretty lame that they'd just up and cancel such a big budget HBO production like this. I can't understand it. Me and my father really enjoyed this show on Sunday evening. We were both enjoying the storyline, not the horses and all. We both feel that there is no need to just cancel it. Come on Man!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  72. This is just another sign of the times!

    I heard four roaches died during filming of American idol so I am protesting it.

    I just made a difference I am so politically correct and cool now. Excuse me while I go like something about kony on Facebook.
    God I am changing the world!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  73. Sweetheart on Parade

    I enjoyed the fact that many of the horses were named after songs written by the late Folk Legend John Stewart after he left the Kingston Trio. A fitting homage to a great songwriter whose father worked with horses.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  74. checkyofacts

    Fine, I'll be "that guy".....
    3 horses were harmed in the making of this film.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  75. theAntiELVIS

    A horse is just young dog food – get over it.

    March 15, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  76. alex el

    that show sucked

    March 15, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  77. Adam James

    Honestly, I found the show hard to follow, but for those who were able to, I think this is simply caving to the pressures of interest groups. Should animals be hurt entertaining us? No. What about the cow or pig or chicken that 90% of the people who have written so elequently in support of animal rights ate today. Horses are perceived not much differently than cows in parts of Europe. The internet though, allows people in their pajamas to pretend to be intellectuals and comment endlessly and attack others whose comments are not in in line with there own. I would surmise that no one on this forum has any right to comment or make an opinion on this other than perhaps the one person who shops locally for her organic produce and walks home from work to her solar powered adobe home. How many animals did your day to day activities kill? But out of sight out of mind and on our throne we sit to deflect attentions from all our collective destructive activities. For the record, I had a burger today – but I don't pretend to sit in some infallible position.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  78. Richard Fore

    I like to suk horse kok

    March 15, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam James

      You are certainly an example of the degradation of our society. Even at only 28 – I think you're in need of a bar of soap.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Diva22

      I'm betting that you actually do.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  79. akira

    gimme a break! how many cows pigs and chickens die for catering every other tv show that gets made? people (especially dog and cat lovers that feed their pets meat) are such hypocrites!!

    p.s. if it got cancelled it's because of ratings not paying for the budget. they could make with cg horses if they wanted

    March 15, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  80. Sheryl

    Not ONE but 3 horses DIED! No animal should die or be injured during the making of any show. shame on HBO to wait until 3 horses were dead. The first death should have been a wake up call. Definitely should ahve cancelled after the 2nd death. 3 deaths is inexcusable. Where is the humane society while all this was going on?

    March 15, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue and tacos.

      --
      Bravo PETA and AHA
      --

      More people out of work, less gainful need for the horsies involved, the latter who now that they're not serving a purpose, can look forward to being glue and tacos, instead of facing the daily risks of being a horse – you know, day to day risks such as rearing up and falling over when simply walking back to the stables as was the case of the last horsie associated to the Luck production. They can all be glue and tacos now, not just the ones who had accidents associated with ... just being a horsie.

      Clueless.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Richard Fore

    Fuk cokk cunnie bych sh&t tw@t poo pe balls aze-hole kunt frig.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  82. Sloth

    What about using the 3 toed sloths seine mentioned? Sloths need a chance to shine too. And because they are so slow they'd be less likely to get hurt.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  83. Brenda

    I would be interested how the horses died. People and horses die all the time for a variety of reasons. It is nature's natural way to balance the earth. I lost three this year and they are not race horses. Horses can break a leg in the pasture,
    colic or get kicked by another horse. Accidents just happen.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  84. jon

    There were very few actual racing scenes. How on Earth did these horses DIE?? This story tells us nothing and makes NO SENSE. Something is missing from this whole thing. More info please.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  85. John from Texas

    horses=#6 combo meal

    March 15, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  86. Phil

    Only decent show on HBO, time to cancel..Feel bad for the horses but to blame the show..The last death was a horse that was walking back to the barn and reared up, fell over and broke its neck..very sad to but to blame a show for that is just plain ridiculous...PETA is gonna shut down rodeos, circus, mounted police officers next??????

    March 15, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  87. Sheldon

    Dog fighting is bad but horse racing is good. BS America

    March 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • oldbear 60

      Horses get to run again and again and are generally well treated(generally), dogs are brutalized and one usually dies. Big difference.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Oldbear60, yes, there's a difference between dog fighting and horse racing, but horses "get to run again and again?" Like that's necessarily a good thing? Both sports are brutal and deadly; one just deadlier sooner.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Quencher

    Third horse dies and the show is cancelled. By this criteria our show (undeclared) wars should have been cancelled thousands of lives ago.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  89. MrBo

    WHAT THE HEEEEEEEE!!
    This show was awesome!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  90. Mitzi

    Bury the horses, send the show to the dog food factory. It was AWFUL!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  91. Quencher

    How many times must you be told! Absolutely no horseplay is allowed!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  92. Mahoutma

    Does this mean there'll be less horse____ on cable?

    March 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Michelle Crosby

    Glad to hear it. There were far too many horse deaths in such a short period of time. Something's not right. Please, Hollywood, don't torture animals for the sake of a paycheck!

    March 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Tom Thomas

    Bring back Deadwood!

    March 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  95. So.....

    Does this mean they wont show the final two episodes? I like this show it took awhile to figure out what was going on. By the same token I can't justify in my head to keep the show going if horses are dying. These are strange times we live in, as someone else commented horses die a lot more than we realize in real horse racing.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Wolf Daddy Deluxe 5000

    Best HBO shows in order

    1 Sopranos
    2 Game of Thrones
    3 East Bound and Down

    March 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Wolf Daddy Deluxe 5000

    HA! good that show sucked!!!!!!! i HATE dustin hoffman

    March 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Thatguy371

    So, back in 1982 when Vic Morrow along with 2 kids died in a helicopter crash while Twilight Zone movie was being filmed, did Hollywood stop filming movies with helicopter scenes in them? I don't think so. I think what happened was, they tightened up the safety rules on filming like that. But HBO has to go overboard and cancel the series. So now, another great series gets canned. Sorry for the horse's deaths, but it happens unfortunately, no matter what PETA will probably have to say on the matter. HBO needs to wake up. Poetic justice would be Showtime taking over the series.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  99. sameeker

    Remember when HBO used to show MOVIES? That was back when MTV actually played music.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milkshake

      i believe it was tony soprano who said, "remember when that guy said something really stoopid?"

      March 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Victorious1

    ... You know how many Zombies are killed on The Walking Dead? None, they died already. Ha. I like the show and I just got into to it, but life goes on. Bring Entourage back HBO.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  101. SnafuBob

    Glue anyone?

    March 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Drinker

    I'm very glad to hear it. I love HBO and most of their series but I was boycotting this one because I feel horse racing is animal cruelty. It's just too bad 3 horses had to die for them to see something was wrong with it!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thatguy371

      Drink much? Are you aware of how many horses die per year? And are you aware that horses actually enjoy running in the races and doing stunts in the rodeos. This according to many top Equestrian experts. It's a great show. Wake up.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drinker

      Ok redneck, keep talking to those horses and letting us know what they enjoy.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Good for u drinker boycotting the show u have really made a difference.
      Then u call people names maybe u should boycott people too.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I love people who think they know what animals feel and think. You must be something special. Its not the fact that we don't think they love to run but that they are running just for some gambling addicts to bet on them and lose all their money is wrong. There is nothing more beautiful than watching horses run free on a wide open space not quite the same as being whipped on race track

      March 15, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  103. GoT

    Game of Thrones, season 2; April 1st! Can't wait. Been the greatest HBO original in a long time.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  104. MashaSobaka

    Thanks for doing the right thing, HBO. If your supposedly fantastic safety standards couldn't keep the horses safe, then you have no business continuing the show. I'm glad you realized that before even more animals died.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  105. TJ

    How come PETA wasn't all over this show?? How come they were so silent with three horses dead???

    March 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Pie O My

    Hey HBO – just bring back "The Sopranos". You can just call it the lost episodes!!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Mary

    I was enjoying especially Nick Nolte and that magnificent horse. But horses are God's most beautiful creature next to man they are regal and magnificent and even one being hurt just for a tv show breaks my heary I am glad it is cancelled

    March 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Fox

    This show is being cancelled because it sucks. Period. It has nothing to do with horses dying. HBO is only trying to look like they give a crap, while dumping a dud series.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Ringo65

    I really didn't like this show. Everyone had different accents, some stuttered and frankly, The audio needed some top end added to make them intelligible. I've been an audio Engineer for 42 years and it bothered me. I also thought the writing sucked. What a great cast, wasted. Nick Nolte was cool, but MAN!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  110. optimistica

    Good for them – although I'm not sure they did it for the right reason – still it is good for the horses so that's still a good thing

    March 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  111. DVR'D

    I saw the first show and was horrified when the *snap* of that beautiful horses leg brought me way way down.
    I couldn't watch another episode even if it was on.
    So Sorry about the 3 horses

    March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  112. QuietStormX

    I was sad to hear another horse has fell. Then I was shocked HBO cancelled "Luck". It was a good show and I loved the cast like most of what I love on HBO.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Alfred the Great

    The Sport of Kings – how can that be?

    March 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  114. jack

    Big fan of all the HBO shows. But Luck moved too slow. Bring back Deadwood!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Vlad the Impaler

    Whatever the reason, cancelling the show that brings about death of horses is a good idea. It brings the attention to the fact that lives of animals are worth something.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Sean

    not a fan of racing but trail ride my large irish draught, love him. horse racing is indeed a cruel sport, really is. mad men starts next week, that is my fave by far. horse meat eaters smell like rotten flesh. meat is murder and we know that animals cry.

    March 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Deena Jones

    BRAVO to HBO! You did the right thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Yea bravo hbo way to cancel a good show.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      I've gained a lot of respect for HBO,,,

      March 15, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue and tacos.

      ------
      Bravo PETA and AHA
      ------

      More people out of work, less gainful need for the horsies involved, the latter who now that they're not serving a purpose, can look forward to being glue and tacos, instead of facing the daily risks of being a horse – you know, day to day risks such as rearing up and falling over when simply walking back to the stables as was the case of the last horsie associated to the Luck production. They can all be glue and tacos now, not just the ones who had accidents associated with ... just being a horsie.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freespirit

      Blue Destiny, you are exactly right in what you wrote. Seems like they could have just stopped using live horse racing shots and just used race tapes.

      March 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellybean@BlueDestiny

      good to see that you have mastered how to use the "copy and paste" technique.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  118. pacman357

    I watched the first 4-5 episodes of this slow, plodding show. I finally gave up on it. Too boring. Sadly, the death of these horses is the first thing involving the show that really sparked my interest, and only because I was so sad to hear about their deaths. No animal should have to die for a TV show or other entertainment, and that includes real horse racing. Kudos to HBO for pulling the plug. It's a shame that this won't prevent race tracks from operating to the detriment of other horses.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  119. HOW CAN ANYONE WITH COMMON SENSE VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS

    William J. Bennett is wrong about marijuana
    Private prisons are a crime against humanity.
    War on drugs can never be won, just continuously fought.
    Bennett is a failed drug czar himself.
    Continues conservative shame.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Connie

    Excellent show. Horrible about the horses, as the show really showcased many beautiful horses whose grace and strength running made me appreciate what amazing animals they are. I think the show was great, highlighting the sickness of gambling addictions and the dark side of horse racing along with the love of the horses by many of the jockeys. Heartbreaking about the horses dying.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  121. WDinDallas

    Should have cancelled Maher instead.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Right – in Texas when they need a comedian they call their Governor.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Susie

    Unfortunately this show just reflects the reality of horse racing. If horses are not injured or do not die on the track, they are often put down because there are too few people that will adopt them.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Rob

    To bad about the horses truly. The show was terrible the best show on HBO is game of throwns.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Dan

    God, I hope no dragons are killed on the Game of Thrones set, resulting in its cancellation.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolagurl

      This made me laugh ... although the death of the horses did not. No animal should die during a production of any show .... But to learn that the racing industry loses horses a lot is something I never knew but then I don't go to the races. It's sad that this is what they've become ... there was a time when a man needed a horse to survive – a horse and a gun!

      As far as GOT: Go Dragons!

      March 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-O

      Dragons. Or dwarf.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIMI

      Now that would be a true tragedy

      March 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Dover

    Was Gary Busy's schedule full?

    March 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  126. COlady

    In other words, they can no longer get insurance.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  127. ammo18jwm

    So three horses die and they cancel the show. How many soldiers have die in Iraq and Afghanistan? Wouldn't it be great if the US can cancel the war?

    March 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicky

      Yes, it would, for the same reason. People die in s senseless war, horses die for the sake of a tv show. Life is not worth anything.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda N

      Yes, the US can and should end the wars. Enough soldiers' lives have been lost, not to mention innocent civilans. I did watch the show and enjoyed it but did wonder about the treatment of the horses. I will miss the show but HBO is doing the right thing. If only we could do away with horse racing completely.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  128. James

    Actually, racehorses wouldn't exist if it wasn't for horse racing, while game animals in Africa would be just fine without humans hunting them. So it's not much of a "point". Thousands of people spend their lives caring for horses and none of them wants to see horses get hurt or die.

    Of all human interactions with animals, when you think about it (eating them, harvesting their eggs, hunting them, even keeping them as pets which inevitably results in strays and millions of ex-pets being euthanized every year), horse racing is among the most humane.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joyce

      You are sadly mistaken James. Horse racing is the most abusive sport in the US. Two horses of every 1000 will die during a race. Many, many more die during training. An amount equivalent to half the annual Thoroughbred foal crop will have their lives ended in a kill box so the wealthy in other countries can consume them – regardless of the fact that the horses are loaded with medications that are banned from use in food producing animals. Aftercare programs receive the vast majority of their funding from the non-racing public since the racing industry itself does very little to provide for the horses too old or too broken down to continue to race. In what other sport is it common for the athlete to run on a fractured leg, torn ligaments and be doped up to the point of no longer being able to feel the pain of such injuries. Go to a kill buyer auction, they're filled with former race horses many of which are too severely injured to be rehabbed. Look into their eyes and tell them what a great sport racing is. It's nothing more than ongoing death and destruction all for the sake of entertainment and gambling.

      March 15, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Oh, my gosh, James, please do some research. I'm not saying that there aren't trainers or riders who don't love their horses in racing, but the industry as a whole is NOT compassionate. The animals are pawns in a money game. And treating animals cruelly in other situations (industrial complex meat industry) doesn't make it okay to treat them cruelly in this industry. Please, PLEASE do your research.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  129. Bryce

    Hollywood producers, whether on TV or the Big Screen, have all the morality of one of the boys at Goldman Sachs. They just want more money. Greedy pigs.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jadugara

      That's right!!! You said it Bryce!!! Someone should make them CANCEL it.... Oh, wait,...they're cancelling production of it themselves,...how greedy of them! How immoral!.... Oh,...wait, that's not greedy or immoral at all! You goober, didn't you even read the announcement... Because they felt terrible because of the fact that horses were perishing during production, they cancelled the show and won't be making any more money off of it... That doesn't sound immoral OR greedy to me...

      What are you talking about Bryce?

      March 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Bee

    I have never watched it - so will not miss it. Horses are very fragile animals and should not be forced to race for human pleasure and greed.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Debba

    Maybe they can swap it for a show about Trumps' boys killing big game animals in Africa. NOT! Just trying to make a point.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Corky Duke

    Horses that are not bred for transport should be bred for meat,problem solved.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Lola

    I don't feel bad for them in the slightest. Bad enough they were glorifying such a brutal industry but then they were putting real horses at risk vs using special effects. And of course viewership went down, this has been a PR nightmare that they refuse to correct.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I do not think they were glorifying it at all. Quite the contrary. The horse trainer is a complete ass. A guy busted his hump for it seems 50 years with nothing to show for it. Jockies get the crap beat of their bodies as well as their minds. I could go on. Great drama with a glimpse into a lifestyle I would know nothing about otherwise.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joked

      Shhhhhh please someone take her microphone away... It's people like yourself that make me hate animals.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      Well Joked, people like you make me hate unethical people with low IQs, I know I should have more compassion for the mentally challenged, so I try not to be too mean.

      March 15, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Well, said, Lola. And for those of you pointing out that the racing industry itself is brutal, that STILL doesn't make the fact that this show was brutal for the three horses who died, right or okay. I'd say, cancel the show, and then move on to explore how to make the racing industry more compassionate. Or do away with it - as with this show and racetracks, we were/are brutalizing animals for our entertainment. And let me forestall the usual insults of bunny-hugger, left-winger, etc. And that great one, that if you love animals and want them treated compassionately, you must just somehow be them elevating above humans. No, it's best that HBO canceled - we as a society are diminished when we force animals into cruel, dangerous situations for our fun.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  134. greenspam

    A horse, a horse, my HBO for a horse.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Mark Enya Johnson

    Guys, don't do this to me and my family!!!!! We love this show so much.....We are just starting to grasp the greatness of the show and its characters. Rethink, PLEASE!!!!

    FYI, I love animals very much and I appreciate your concern for their health and well being.

    Gordon Howell, pay attention to what you are watching, then you will understand it!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • yazhol

      Yup, their doing it just because of your family. Get a grip dude, your family isn't the center of the universe.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yt

      You love animals but are alright with sacrificing them for entertainment...

      March 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      Watch GAME of THRONES...a good show. Get over it. This is a SHOW about horse racing. It is NOT horse racing and TV horses should not keep dying.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  136. gorman howell

    "the debut episode attracted 3.3 million viewers during multiple airings. The audience for subsequent episodes has dwindled, however, settling in at about 600,000 viewers."
    Maybe it just wasn't worth it. Bad luck.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eva

      I have watched all episodes so far, and I found it hard to follow "LUCK". I love HBO and really wanted to get hooked on the show because it has a great cast, and because all HBO Original Series are amazing, but this show didn't entice me like the others. So sad that the show was cancelled, but I think it was for the best!

      March 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prather

      This was a brilliant show in every way. The fact that viewership dwindled is simply a reflection of the intelligence (or lack of it) of the viewing population. I respect the producers' decision, but in some future time, scholars will be wondering why such an excellent drama exists only as a fragment, like the poems of Sappho.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @ Prather

      Can't tell if trolling or actually serious.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      @ prather: I think it was a case of intelligence people quit watchig.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  137. gorman howell

    Never understood the show anyway. Who goes to horse races? Couldn't relate. Can't believe they got Hoffman to do this crap. Times are hard for actors. And how do they kill off horses? How hard can it be to take care of them on the set? Geez what a bunch of morons.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • AustinSBuck

      hmmm... you sound like the moron. i guess you didn't enjoy the sopranos or the right stuff or battlestar galactica either, since by that reasoning you couldn't relate to any of those characters/stories either. my guess is you've been waiting for a sequal to american splendor for years. (keep waiting...)

      ass-clown.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      So not understanding a TV show means it's crap? Millions of people go to horse races. I'm not into horse racing, but have grown to love this show – the drama, the acting, the intermingling of people from different walks of life, and especially the fabulous soundtrack. It's more about the lives of the people involved than about the horses. Dustin Hoffman plays a very unique character who has evolved since the show started.
      Viewership on most new TV series goes down after the pilot episode.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Austin, I always find it interesting how people like you can be so condemning and critical of others, while at the same time displaying a complete lack of an ability to write beyond a 2nd grade level.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helmut Scheiss

      Plenty of us go to the track and enjoy what thoroughbreds are born to do: run.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • retrofine

      Yep Gorman, you;re right. Shows that attempt new stories are real morons. Thats why Jersey shore is making america look so damn amazing. On the behalf of people who appreciate at least an attempt at something different, something I may not relate to but might learn about, I say, SHUT UP. You are the moron. Now off you go to your stupid reality tv full of plastic butts, drooling intellects and STDs.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Diva22

      I completely agree. Horse racing is a brutal "sport" supported largely by degenerate gamblers. I hated that show.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • lilgtogirl

      Gorman, when has Dustin Hoffman EVER turned down a role? Seriously dude, check out his movie choices and you will see, he would do Howard the Duck part 2 for the right money.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      NEVER UDERSTOOD Star Wars or Battle Star Galactica. Never understood DEXTER, NEVER UNDERSTOOD the show where the guy has 8 wives..... This show was not for you. Just like the others weren't for me.... DON"T YOU get it?
      What a DOPE

      March 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      That's an ignorant statement. Horse racing can draw some of the biggest crowds of any spectator sport imaginable.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Well since horse racing has the 2nd largest live audience (behind baseball) of all sports I think it is safe to say a lot of people go to horse races. do some research before you make ignorant comments.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Heather

    You have got to be kidding – we are so enjoying this new show. We also understand that these situations can happen and could see a break for awhile to be assured that all things are in order with regards to the horse but to cancel the show just after you said you would be doing 10 more episodes – I am heartbroken.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • to Heather the Heartless

      Heartbroken for some low-rated TV show, but not for the lives of the horses? If this show had far better ratings, they would not be canceling. Find another show, Heather. Maybe you can find one that satisfies your need to see animals abused, but one where the animals are fake-injured through the magic of special effects. Will that work for you?

      March 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • suckitup

      this show is just uninteresting. I grew up in the horse racing industry and just can not get into this series.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabell

      THREE HORSES DIED! FOR A STINKING TV SHOW!

      March 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetypeman

      Horses die all the time in ACTUAL horse racing. Heather is right. I've never seen the show but this is BS. It's a PC PR move. If we should cancel the show, let's cancel horse racing! And yes, some of you PETA non meat eaters with say I proved the point, but seriously, IT'S A TV SHOW! Spend your time on the REAL WORLD!

      March 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MmmHorseMeat!

      Funny how people whine and cry about a dead horse because it's cute, or noble looking. Wouldn't be hearing squat from anyone if the story had been about three toed sloths...

      March 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      A couple of washed up has been actors like Hoffman and Nolte should be thankful for the shows' end. Given the facts that not one , but three horses have died in the show's brief appearances, they should be concerned with their own fates.How do you have three horses die on your set without a closer examination by the Humane Society? It appears the handlers were actually employees of the local dog food slaughter house.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vlad the Impaler

      Heather, you are brain-broken, not heart-broken.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Out of Luck

      Oh Heather, go outside and get a life.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Mmm: What are the odds of a three toed sloth dying during a race?

      March 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      O yes, now that this evil TV show has been cancelled, we all know that no horses will ever again die or be mistreated at a racetrack. O, and those "washed up" actors Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte have more talent in their toe-jam that you idiots have in your whole family tree.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Ferozzz

      Hey easy killerssss!!! Just leave poor Heather alone....... go protest and find pennies underneath your couch and contribute that to some retired race horse foundation. Take that step to let your whinnig and neighing be heard! This girl/lady is just stating an opinion and some comments are far too harsh....GO JOIN PETA, if really concerns you. -OVER

      March 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helmut Scheiss

      This blows. I was starting to get into this show.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      These horses committed suicide. These things happen.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slothy McToe

      Generally, three-toed sloths are the favorites at sloth races because of their extra toe, but yes, if injured they usually die because it takes forever for the sloth ambulance to reach them.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational Thinker

      Animal Cruelty is a non-issue in the grand scheme of things. Stop worrying about how we prefer to save domesticated animals that aren't ours, and start worrying about bipartisanship in Congress, or America's foreign policy. REAL issues, not these gimmicky ones the media throws out. I love animals, and I love my animals, but I'm not going to dedicate my life or go crazy over a few horses dying for entertainment. Our society is being dumbed down through entertainment. That is much worse. Start having priorities people.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad Bomber

      .......What a coincidence......I canceled this show on my DVR two weeks ago......slow moving, bad acting and bad writing does not make a good show......and they kill horses ? Hoffman had to be kidding me with this show.....stinker !!

      March 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • EDDIE

      HOW THE HORSES DIE?

      March 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      @to Heather the Heartless

      What are you talking about? You obviously don't watch the show...
      The horses didn't die because of mistreatment during filming, and certainly not because to film them getting hurt.

      Race horses get euthanized every day for something as little as breaking a leg. Nevertheless, there are charities dedicated to saving horses that get too old, or get injured. Charities like these are actually one of the subjects of the show, so if anything the show brought awareness of the goings on at race tracks.

      Get your head out of your rear end.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Looks like someone's luck ran out. (well, it had to be said)

      March 15, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • to the moron calling heather heartless

      I wish you cared about human beings as much as you cared about horses. If you did, you would not damn someone for enjoying a television show. You might be better off protesting KONY instead. You idiot.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      They did the right thing. And I thought the show was lacking heart – could care less about any of the characters.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Heartbroken because a show is being cancelled? You are a dope. Get a life and maybe you'll learn what real heartbreak is.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      Your priorities are messed up. This is a television show, nothing more. Three horses in little over ten episodes DEAD says something is wrong and these animals are not here to die for your superficial entertainment.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • I agree with heather

      Sorry for all of you politically correct clowns trying to feel important. See you at starbucks clowns!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      If 3 horses must die for my entertainment then so be it. I'd happily live with more if it meant more luck. I find it hard to believe they're going to let the death of a dumb animal to curtail my Sunday enjoyment. At least we have good ole la flama Blanca.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Whoa, Nellie!

      The horses died from bad script writing. Heather, just start watching True Blood, where the dead rule!!!

      March 15, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Fronk

      YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME!!!??? IS IT HBO'S FAULT? HORSES DIE AT TRACKS EVERYDAY !!!
      WELL MILCH, MAYBE NOW YOU CAN GET BACK TO DEADWOOD !!!

      March 15, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I hope they were turned into tasty, tasty horse sausage

      March 15, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Diva22

      Heartbroken? You can't break what you don't have. You'll get over it, but the horses won't. The show was barbaric!

      March 15, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Wow, Heather, you're all heart, aren't you? I hope you rethink what you're saying. Is the painful death of animals really worth it for your entertainment? Wow. That's all I can say, sorry. Hoping maybe you didn't mean it as bad as it sounded.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie C

      Funny, I would take the lives of 3 horses any day over some of the moronic posters on here. They have more heart, are more intelligent and most likely much better to look at.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I'd be curious to see how many horses died through racing/stable incidents at Santa Anita during the same time period HBO lost three on set. From all I've heard HBO was doing all they could to keep the horses protected, it's just the nature of the sport: if you're going to do this, horses will break down. End of story.

      March 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike G

      What a joke. People..... We as a society need to worry about each foot that walks in front of us. What we eat , how do we make money. Stop worry about CRAP.... CANCELING THIS SERIES IS A JOKE. If your not interested in it. Doesn't mean you should have an opinion. And pile on.... The show to REAL FANS of horse racing....LOVED THIS SHOW. Shows bring people together , to discuss, and enjoy.... I'm a HUGE animal fan....HUGE. LOVE THEM.... Horse racing is a science. There legs are frail. When a horse breaks a leg,They put them down for there own good. Get a LIFE people get a Life. Horse racing is a Business. WHY don't we PULL McDonald's or Cigarettes?People Die everyday from Habits formed by both of those companies. Those are WAY WORSE then horse racing. Oh yeah this is still AMERICA. WE have choice's. All the people that are happy about this? I say SHAME on you. They where putting people to work. Helping out the economy and a sport... People who complain period... Check yourself. I bet you ANYTHING you have credit card debt too. I bet you bought a house you could never afford, now blame everyone else .lol What a joke. It was a GREAT SHOW, With a GREAT cast. Now what? I HATE SOCIETY SOMETIMES! WHAT A JOKE!!!! GREAT SHOW HBO TY

      March 15, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueDestiny

      This show was great, awesome quality, writing, and acting. Hoffman is a master. Regarding the ratings, anyone know if they included DVR viewership? I'm surprised it didn't have a bigger audience than 1.1 or .5. Yes, the story was hard to follow sometimes for non-horse track enthusiasts like me and the Mrs., but hey, go figure that some don't want to think or be challenged to think beyond "what they know". A quick read of any online recap helped fill in the blanks to this rich material.

      Regarding the horsies, the last one wasn't even in production, just reared up when walking back to the stables and fell over... that's the production's fault? Sorry, not buying it PETA or AHA. It's been stated by numerous sources that these types of incidents are common to the venue and subject matter, regardless of whether a production is taking place. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during private ownership, then condemn private ownership. If you have a horse rear up and fall over during commercial horse breeding, then condemn commercial breeding. And then if you have a horse rear up and fall over during filming, then of course condemn filming. Give me a break. #### happens.

      As for no #### happening during other film productions... this is not a 2 hr. film, this is a 9 hour episodic venture, that's thus far 450% more opportunity for #### to happen, and is close up views of stable and horse activity that isn't suited to CGI that we see in films, but is normal to day to day life and risks of being a horse – whether in a production or not (not, as was the case of horsie #3 this last week).

      Regulations up the whazzoo, and nutjobs... keep ruining this country and putting people out of work, including the horsies. Horsies without gainful use... what happens to them? Glue and Tacos. Good job, liberals, PETA and AHA. We all need more glue and tacos than people working and animals contributing to keeping themselves alive and suffering no more risks than they already had when... IDK, maybe walking back to the stables...?

      Clueless.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      I'm bummed. I was enjoying this show. The accidents are unfortunate and heartbreaking.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Swann

      You are an idiot!

      March 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Flamingo Kid

      Go crawl into a hole and die. You do not deserve to breath oxygen.

      March 16, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      You are going to mourn a freaking TV show that I never heard of that has been cancelled due to the death of three horses? You are brokenhearted? It was worth the death of these innocent animals? Get a life and a heart you moron.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • GotoHellHeather

      Yeah, just a few dead horses you heartless ass. Enjoy your show and choke on dinner.

      March 19, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sig

      Love the show but three dead horses? How can that happen?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |

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