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."
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, Ont.