ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 30, 2013) -- A Day at the Races is a documentary short film shot in a run-and-gun style.
Race preparations start long before race day. Owners and breeders of Thoroughbred horses start planning their race day three to four years before their horses take the track at Santa Anita Park.
Owner/breeder John Harris offers viewers a glimpse of his breeding and training operations in Central California. A live birth of a foal; mares and foals at play; breaking and training; and the state of Thoroughbred racing are discussed. Harris is joined by Harris Farms Horse Division General Manager Dave McGlothlin, and Trainer Per Antonsen in the discussion.
The film offers a positive forward look at racing with an invitation to participate in owning part of a sports team.
Title sequence opens during early morning workout and fades to the rising sun at Harris Farms in Coalinga, California.
0:36 Birth of a foal: Harris discusses teamwork
1:01 McGlothlin discusses the anticipation of racing
1:51 Antonsen discusses breaking and training
2:29 Racing moves to Santa Anita
2:36 Harris: racing as a family sport
2:59 Harris: Owning a sports team
3:25 Harris: Getting new fans
3:46 Harris: Gaming
4:04 McGlothlin: Joy radiating from the winners circle
Teresa Trujillo is a Southern California native. She is an amateur photographer and filmmaker making her film festival debut. She is a professional freelance graphic designer who specializes in book design.
Trujillo has a life-long love affair with horses and racing. She attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she studied Agriculture Business Management, Animal Science, and International Agriculture. While in school she travelled the country on the livestock and horse judging teams. She served as Cal Poly’s elected student body president.
Teresa formerly worked for the Thoroughbred Times magazine, the Orange County Register newspaper, and Kinko’s Inc.
She is married to horseshoer Joe Trujillo and they make their home in La Mirada, California.