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Luck is an American, live action drama that focuses on the underhanded dealings of the horse racing industry. The show stars Dustin Hoffman as Chester (Ace) Bernstein, a professional mobster who is just released from prison. After a successful career in organized crime, particularly in illegal gambling, Ace expresses interest in taking over the Santa Anita racetrack when he learns his friend and driver Gus (Dennis Farina) has purchased a horse named Pint of Plain that is training there. Ace's main goal is to take possession of the race track in order to incorporate casino gambling. However, the underlying reason to control Santa Anita is to take revenge against the people who put him in federal prison for three years. This includes his former business partners Nick DiRossi (Alan Rosenberg) and Isadore Cohen (Ted Levine). Also on Ace's Radar is Michael Smythe (Michael Gambon), an associate who stashed a large amount of cocaine in one of Ace's apartments - the reason he ended up in prison. Created by television veteran David Milch, Luck was produced by him, Dustin Hoffman, and Michael Mann, who directed the pilot episode. It premiered on the pay cable network HBO in December of 2011. Besides those already mentioned, Luck starred Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick, Gary Stevens, Jill Hennessy, and Nick Nolte. Though the network renewed Luck for a second, 10-episode season soon after it premiered, it was canceled in March of 2012 due to safety concerns after a third horse trained at Santa Anita and used in the series died. The remainder of the first season episodes, nine in total, continued to air until March. Luck was released on Blu-ray and DVD in November of 2012.