HRTV to Re-Air John Henry Special

(Edited press release)

HorseRacing TV will re-air its original presentation of  "John Henry: Standing Tall at 30" March 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

The re-airing of the one-hour documentary, which originally debuted in 2005, will coincide with the champion being honored the following day as the first horse to win the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) twice (1981, '82). The Big 'Cap, one of the sport's premier races for older horses, is being held at Santa Anita Saturday.

The show contains a number of vignettes on John Henry, who was twice Horse of the Year (1981 and 1984), as well as all 12 of his wins at Santa Anita. It also includes interviews with John Henry's former trainer, Ron McAnally, and two of his former jockeys, Laffit Pincay Jr. and the late Bill Shoemaker.

John Henry retired in 1985, earning more than $6.5 million and winning 39 from 83 starts. He captured 30 stakes races, 14 of which were grade I events, and was equally adept on either turf or dirt.

The gelding is the nation's oldest champion and will celebrate his 32nd birthday in early March. He has been a fixture at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington since his retirement.

 

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