Racing & Wagering

"The First Saturday in May" Film Opens at Century Theater

Churchill Downs Communications | 04/18/2008 #

The critcially-aclaimed documentary "The First Saturday in May" directed y brothers John & Brad Hennegan opens at the Century Theater is Chicago on Friday, April 18.

The First Saturday in May chronicles the journey of a diverse cast of six hard-working trainers as they jockey for position along the 2006 Kentucky Derby trail. In addition to providing and inside look at the amazing people who dedicate their lives to the sport of horse racing, the 97-minute film also features never-before-seen footage of a young Barbaro – the horse who captured the fascination of the world, first as he made history on the racetrack with his 6 ½-length Kentucky Derby triumph, and then as he bravely battled complications from a catastrophic leg injury and laminitis.

Over a 16-month period, the Hennegan brothers, who also co-wrote and produced the film, shot more than 500 hours of footage and traveled more than 150,000 miles from Hot Springs, Ark., to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to document every major horse race on the road to Kentucky Derby 132.

The First Saturday in May will be released nationwide in major markets including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on April 18, with expansion on April 25. Distribution was made possible through a partnership between Churchill Downs Incorporated and Truly Indie. A trailer of the movie can be viewed and downloaded from the movie’s website,

Horse racing writer Neil Milbert of the Chicago Tribune offers this review.

Chicago Sun-Times feature reporter and horse racing enthusiast Jeff Johnson had this to say about The First Saturday in May