'Luck' cast gathers for farewell

March 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

ARCADIA, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- Days after HBO ceased production on the beleaguered horse-racing drama "Luck," cast and crew members met at California's Santa Anita racetrack for a farewell.

Actor John Ortiz, who played trainer Turo Escalante, invited cast members to an informal gathering at a breakfast spot popular with horse-racing aficionados near the track and about 60 to 80 people who worked on the drama showed up Friday, The Hollywood Reported said.

"It felt like a surprise party … there had to be 60-80 cast members, crew members and extras who have been working at Santa Anita over the last year," the race track's director of special projects, Pete Siberell, said.

Producers pulled the plug on "Luck" after a third horse was euthanized from an injury during production for the beginning of Season 2. Season 1 is currently airing on HBO.

"People were obviously stunned at the news and very sad about leaving the show -- and Santa Anita," Siberell said. "With 'Luck,' they really felt attached to the race track and the horse racing community."

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