HRTV PREMIERES "INSIDE INFORMATION: DAVIS" DOCUMENTARY ON SUNDAY, MARCH 16
Show Explores Emotional Riding Career of Robbie Davis & Role as Patriarch of "Riding Family"
Arcadia, CA, March 13, 2014 -- HRTV's award-winning documentary show, "Inside Information," will take a powerful, in-depth look at the career of former jockey Robbie Davis, and his role as father of three jockeys, when "Inside Information: Davis," premieres on Sunday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The half-hour show will offer viewers a reflective look at Davis' career, focusing extensively on the extreme heartache and anguish he coped with following his involvement in an on-track tragedy at Belmont Park in October, 1988 -- the death of popular jockey Mike Venezia, a longtime fixture on the NY racing circuit.
The show also details Davis' determination, after a self-imposed exile from the track to confront the haunting memory, to craft an excellent career prior to retiring in 2002, as well as the subsequent realization that three of his six children -- son, Dylan, and daughters, Jackie and Katie -- wanted to follow their father's footsteps in the saddle, while subjecting themselves to the same peril and risks he faced daily.
The documentary highlights Davis' transformation from a parent initially resisting the notion of Jackie's desire to ride to actively instructing Katie prior to her first race.
Davis was directly involved in the tragic spill, when during a turf race that day in 1988, Venezia was unseated and Davis's mount was unable to avoid the fallen rider. Venezia died from injuries sustained in the chain-reaction accident. A veteran and mentor to young jockeys, Venezia's death affected many, and emotionally devastated Davis.
"My world just stopped...I went into shock," Davis told HRTV. "I didn't want anyone around me."
In addition to revealing comments from the Davis family, the show also includes interviews with Hall of Fame jockeys, Angel Cordero, Jr. and Chris McCarron, as well HRTV analyst, and former NY riding standout, Richard Migliore.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV’s programming features horse racing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English horse riding and Western horse riding competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtv.com. In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.
Contact: Scott Cooper, HRTV, 609-391-8166