From director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch [pictured], the series is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gamblingâ€™s denizens â€” owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. The cast is led by Dustin Hoffman who plays the complex lead character Chester â€śAceâ€ť Bernstein, and Nick Nolte, as weathered Kentucky horse-trainer-turned-owner Walt Smith, whoâ€™s got a dark history and a shadow of scandal behind his horse. The series also stars Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Ian Hart, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, Tom Payne and Jill Hennessy.
â€śWe couldnâ€™t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work,â€ť said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.Â â€śWe are very excited about where David and Michael plan to take these incredible characters.â€ť
â€śViewers who come with an open mind will be so taken up by the experience that what initially might seem forbidding quickly transforms itself into universal emotion,â€ť Milch says of the seriesâ€™ appeal. â€śThe racetrackâ€™s an awful lot like the circus. Itâ€™s tremendous fun to see all these different kinds of creatures rubbing up against each other.â€ť