Under Review

April 19, 2004
April 19, 2004

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April 19, 2004


Under Review

SHORT STORY The makers of Jockey, a 90-minute documentary that
debuts on HBO on April 26, offer up a cautionary tale about the
difficult lives of three riders: 23-year-old Chris Rosier and
veterans Shane Sellers, 37, and Randy Romero. The latter two were
out of commission when the cameras rolled. Sellers, who has
ridden the winners of more than $118 million in purses (jockeys
keep 10%) was recovering from a knee injury, and the 46-year-old
Romero ($74 million in purses) needed a new kidney because he
starved himself throughout his 20-year career to make weight.
Jockey has its poignant moments, such as when Romero and Sellers
watch a news report on Romero's condition from his hospital room.
But the film, which lacks a narrator, doesn't provide enough
context for casual fans to understand the men's lives. Why must a
jockey's weight hover around 110 pounds? Why, if horse racing
generates $17 billion a year, are so many riders barely scraping
by? Why would people want to endure hunger and dehydration? The
chance for big money is one reason, of course. But Sellers
approaches a larger truth when he says, simply, "I don't know
anything else."

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TITLE TOWN If you still feel like celebrating the double-barreled
UConn victories in the NCAA tournaments, but don't feel like
turning over a Saab, check out two shows College Sports
Television is broadcasting via video on demand. In Coach, women's
coach Geno Auriemma discusses life and hoops with three of his
former stars: Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird and Jennifer Rizzotti. UConn
Nation: Huskymania focuses on the growth of college basketball in
the state and is narrated by Tom Cavanagh, who starred on the
late NBC series Ed and played for Queens College in Kingston,