The last few weeks have been busy, with the documentary I worked on, “Benji,” the story of the late Chicago basketball star Ben Wilson, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival last month. For those who didn’t catch it, it will make its televised debut on ESPN in October. I had a great time on the project, from my joining directors Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah and producers Ted Schillinger and Amani Martin in July, through to its finish in April. It was a pleasure being part of that team, along with accomplished editor Jason Schmidt, and several others.
There was no rest, as I wrote three articles which came out last week. The first two were features for the International Herald Tribune’s Kentucky Derby preview section and the other was a profile for the Daily Racing Form about quintessential powerbroker Dennis Drazin’s plan to save Monmouth Park, the historic track in New Jersey and a place where I first placed a bet and got my start as a writer years ago (2000, to be exact).
The IHT stories are here and here. The first is about Take Charge Indy’s trainer Patrick Byrne, and his revived career. Unfortunately Take Charge Indy ran poorly in the Derby while coming out with an ankle injury. The second article is about Went the Day Well’s trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor; their horse ran a credible fourth, and I give him a big chance in the Preakness on Saturday. Here is the Daily Racing Form article on Monmouth Park.