Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  


LEXINGTON, KY (October 23, 2007)  The Kentucky Horse Park is proud to announce the production of a new feature-length documentary, “John Henry: An American Hero,” by Open Sky Entertainment, on the legendary racehorse, John Henry, who spent the last 22 years of his life at the park.


With impressive resumes of experience in the movie industry, the filmmakers from Open Sky Entertainment in Beverly Hills, California, will weave the story of a champion whose fame, influence and legacy of inspiration continued to grow during his two decades of retirement.


John Henry defied the odds and touched the hearts of racing fans everywhere.  This is the story of John Henry, told by those who lived it and the fans who were inspired by it.  Included are interviews with John Henry’s racing team, Ron McAnally, Louis Cenicola, and Jose Mercado. Hall of Fame jockeys Chris McCarron, Angel Cordero, Jr., Pat Day, and Laffit Pincay, Jr. also contribute.  Combined with rare footage from John Henry’s racing days and coverage of his 32nd birthday and memorial service, this will be one of the most detailed accounts of John Henry’s phenomenal career and life.


“John Henry: An American Hero,” is being directed by Christian Koby and Cameron Duddy.  Rebecca Gebhard, Glenn Garland and Chris Duddy are producers, and Jeffrey Silverman is Executive Producer. The project is currently in post-production and set for completion in early 2008.  


Glen Garland has produced more than 100 campaigns for feature films including “Father of the Bride” and “101 Dalmatians.”  He was Vice President of advertising at Disney, working on marketing campaigns for all films released by Disney, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. 


Christopher Duddy is a highly sought-after cinematographer, who started his career at Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’ visual effects studio.  He filmed visual effects and action sequences on blockbuster movies such as “The Abyss,” “Total Recall” and “Terminator 2” (which all won Academy Awards for visual effects).  He worked with James Cameron on the most successful movie of all time, “Titanic,” which also won an Academy Award for visual effects.  


To view a trailer for “John Henry: An American Hero,” click on  For more information on the filmmakers and the documentary, click on or contact Producer Rebecca Gebhard at


Editor’s Note:  A photo of the movie poster is available for use with this release by emailing




The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2006.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.