MSNBC presents "Thoroughbred: Stable To Stardom," an in-depth look at horse racing--priming and training horses straight from the stable, to transforming these animals into one of the most valuable commodities in the world of sports. NBC News Anchor Forrest Sawyer hosts this one-hour documentary which premieres Sunday, Aug. 24, 10-11 p.m. (ET). "Our producers went behind the scenes to document a year in the high stakes business of thoroughbred racing, and soon realized they were capturing the dramatic story of a very special season, rich with heroes, villains and stunning surprises," said Scott Hooker, Executive Producer, MSNBC. Shot over an entire year, this inside look at the racing world follows determined trainers through their highs and lows of this cutthroat sport. "Thoroughbred" captures all the drama that the public rarely sees. While the Kentucky Derby to many, is an entertaining national sports event, to these trainers, it is much more: an adrenaline rush and a race to reach the ultimate goal of taking home the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown season, which incorporates the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, is characterized by strict training, routine, and dedication. "Thoroughbred" takes the viewer into the minds of the jockeys, the trainers and the owners of these remarkable animals, the people who are willing to stake their dreams on the legs of a horse...Former Polk County Supervisor Jack Bishop, Norwalk businessman Leonard Reed, and two thoroughbred females will be honored in Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame ceremonies held in Altoona, Iowa on Friday, August 29, 2003. Bishop, the former chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, will be inducted to the Contributor category as a visionary and leader of economic development in Eastern Polk County. Bishop has been a strong supporter of Prairie Meadows since the very beginning. He was also instrumental in facilitating the debt retirement of Prairie Meadows' $40 million revenue bond following the first 18 months after the casino opened in April 1995. Leonard Reed, a native of Norwalk, Iowa, enters the Horsemen category of the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame. The Reed Family has been active in American Quarter Horse racing and breeding since the 1970s, long before Prairie Meadows' 1989 inaugural season. Thoroughbred Lady Tamworth, a 14-time stakes-placed athlete bred by Sandra Rasmussen and owned by Des Moines attorney Rick Olson, will also be inducted. James Arnett conditioned the dark bay mare during much of her career before turning over the training duties to Ray Tracy, Jr. Lady Tamworth received multiple honors from the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, earning $567,058 from 68 starts before sustaining a life-ending injury at Canterbury Park in Minnesota in July 2002. Nut N Better, the younger sister of millionaire athlete Sure Shot Biscuit, will also be honored. The mare's earnings total $572,828, including 16-stakes placed finishes in 28 races. Nut N Better is currently in foal to Cherokee Run...Team Valor has bought River Belle, winner last Saturday of the group III Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot. Joining Team Valor in the purchase are William Heiligbrodt, Richard Masson (Green Lantern Stable) and the Denali Stud of Craig and Holly Bandoroff. The 2-year-old daughter of Lahib has a 3-year-old half-sister named Kiralik, winner last season of the Criterium Femminile and second this season in the Italian One Thousand Guineas. She recently joined the barn of Bobby Frankel. River Belle will remain with her current trainer Alan Jarvis in England, where she most likely will run twice more this season, first in the group II Prestige Stakes over seven furlongs on August 24 at Goodwood, then the group I Ascot Fillies Mile in mid September. If she is deemed a viable prospect for the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket next spring, she will remain in England with Jarvis. The filly has won both of her starts, both at Ascot.

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