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HBO ends 'Luck' after three horses die

March 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM ET

After a third horse died on the set of HBO's horse-racing drama "Luck" on Tuesday, the network has decided to end the show.

"It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " a press release from the network stated. "Safety is always of paramount concern.  We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.  While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.  Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision. 

"We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation."

The network had temporarily suspended the Dustin Hoffman/Nick Nolte drama on Tuesday after a horse reared, flipped over and struck its head on the ground. Two other horses were euthanized earlier in the production of the show.

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