In March of 2012, my wife and I began filming a documentary on a local horse trainer at Belmont Park in NY. Carlos Martin is a third generation horse trainer, who depending on who you ask, started his life long love affair with horses somewhere between the ages of 5 and 7.
His grandfather is Hall of Fame trainer, Frank Pancho Martin, perhaps most notably known for being the trainer of Sham, an amazing horse with the unfortunate luck of racing against Secretariat. In the Disney film, Secretariat, Pancho is played by actor Nestor Serrano and is portrayed as a mean-spirited villain.
To add insult to injury, if you Google Pancho Martin, this image of Nestor Serrano appears.
Carlos Martin's father, Jose Martin, was also a horse trainer, who had a very successful career in his own right. As both his grandfather and father have passed, it's up to Carlos to retain their legacy. That's where our film, In the Shadows of the Backstretch begins.
The full length feature documentary on the Martin racing family is due out later this year. We are finalizing the edit, and over the next few weeks I will be posting some notes on how we made the film along with plenty of video.