HBO's REAL SPORTS to Air Special on Drugs in Horse Racing Tomorrow

HBO's REAL SPORTS to Air Special on Drugs in Horse Racing Tomorrow

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show's 206th edition debuts TUESDAY, MAY 20 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT) on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: May 20 (3:45 a.m.), 23 (12:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.), 24 (9:45 a.m., 1:45 a.m.), 27 (8:15 a.m., 6:00 p.m.) and 29 (3:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), and June 1 (7:30 a.m.) and 5 (1:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 22 (11:15 p.m.), 25 (11:45 a.m., 2:00 a.m.) and 28 (9:30 p.m.), and June 4 (7:00 p.m.), 12 (11:05 a.m.), 16 (1:40 p.m.) and 21 (5:10 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: May 21-June 16

*Beyond the Track. Hidden amidst the beauty and pageantry of the Triple Crown lies a darker picture of the thoroughbred racing industry - one of a widespread and dangerous drug culture that's killing dozens of horses at tracks every week. The issue has gained notice over the last two months as shocking undercover video filmed by PETA exposed the team of highly accomplished trainer Steve Asmussen allegedly drugging and mistreating their horses. Asmussen sits down with REAL SPORTS' Bernard Goldberg for his first extensive one-on-one interview to answer the charges. Goldberg, who won the Sports Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sports Journalism" for HBO's 2008 exposé on the hidden world of horse slaughter, also interviews Asmussen's former assistant, Scott Blasi, as well as veterinarians Dr. Kate Papp and Dr. Mary Scollay to find out what the racing industry is doing to protect the well-being of the horses.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

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The executive producer of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.