BORN TO REIN Producers Announce Documentary Film National Premiere Tickets for August 20th Screening at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Full-Length Feature Film Pays Tribute to America’s Oldest Sport through Hall of Fame Horse Trainers: John Nerud, Marion and Jack Van Berg; Commemorates 100-Year Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner: Sir Barton
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE – June 26, 2019 – Tickets for the National Premiere Screening of the documentary film BORN TO REIN at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, are on sale now to both museum members and non-members; and can be purchased through the Eventbrite ticketing system.
Ticket prices are $10 for NMRHOF members; and $12 for non-members. Seating is limited and some online fees may apply. Prior to the screening in the Hall of Fame Gallery at 6:30 p.m., film patrons and racing fans are invited to Meet & Greet the BORN TO REIN Co-Producers, Jody L. Lamp and Melody Dobson from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
BORN TO REIN, which honors the lives and careers of National Hall of Fame horsemen – John Nerud and father-and-son trainers, Marion and Jack Van Berg – will be featured among many activities occurring at Saratoga Springs during the 150th Anniversary Week of the legendary Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course. The release and timing of Born To Rein coincides with 100th Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner, Sir Barton.
BORN TO REIN features historic race footage of Saratoga Race Course, founded by William R. Travers, in 1863. The Travers Stakes dates back to 1864, making it the oldest major Thoroughbred horse race in America. The film follows the journey of a young, Minatare, Neb., native John A. Nerud, who first arrived in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1937 and worked as a groom for the Jock Whitney Stables. Ironically, 20 years later in 1957, Nerud would train Gallant Man and win the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, Peter Pan Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Nassau County Handicap and Hibiscus Stakes. Gallant Man set a 1 1/8-mile track record at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes. John Nerud was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1972.
Marion Van Berg was the first Nebraskan ever to be inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame; and the National Hall of Fame in 1970. His son, Jack Van Berg would be become the first trainer ever to reach a career high of 5,000 wins; and setting a record with 496 wins in one year. Jack Van Berg was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1985.
Other National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees interviewed for BORN TO REIN, include:
- Bob Baffert, Two-Time Triple Crown Winning Trainer of American Pharoah and Justify
- Carl Nafzger, Trainer of Kentucky Derby winners, Unbridled and Street Sense
- Wayne Lukas, Trainer of 24 Thoroughbred Champions
- Bill Mott, Three-Time Eclipse Outstanding Trainer; 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House
- Gary Stevens, Youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings
- Pat Day, Jockey ranking fourth in all-time career victories with 8,803 wins
“We can’t think of a better venue for the National Premiere Screening of Born To Rein than at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame during 150th Anniversary of the Travers Stakes.” says Jody Lamp, who was raised near the John Nerud family homestead in western Nebraska. “Born To Rein gives America and the thoroughbred industry an opportunity to spotlight its own history and contribution to the nation’s economic impact.”
Born To Rein commemorates the lives and accomplishments National Hall of Fame Horsemen, John A. Nerud; and father-and-son Marion and Jack Van Berg, all from Nebraska. Nerud, a Navy veteran and one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred horse trainers and breeders, co- founded the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was inducted into the National Museum of Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1972. Marion Van Berg was the nation’s leading owner in racing victories 14 times and was the first Nebraskan inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970. Like his father, Jack Van Berg set records for the most wins. His best horse, Alysheba, won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and was Horse of the Year in 1988.
To bring the Born To Rein documentary film to a theater near you, or to book the filmmakers and the film for your next event, contact the producers at office@BornToRein.com or call 406.698.9675.
American Doorstop Project Productions, LLC P.O. Box 1681 • Scottsbluff, NE 69361
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