The Dustin Hoffman/ Nick Nolte racing drama Luck has been cancelled following the death of a third horse on set.
"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," said the network in a press release.
Two horses were injured and later euthanized during production in season one and a third had to be put down earlier this week following a nasty fall. The recent tragedy attracted the attention of PETA who called for the suspension of all scenes involving horses, calling the deaths a "sloppy oversight" on the part of HBO.
Despite the recent tragedy, executive producers argue they've taken the highest level of precaution for their horses when filming.
"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."
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- David Milch