New Racing Documentary ‘Born To Rein’ Premieres This Week

“Born To Rein,” a new horse racing documentary, will premiere in three Nebraska cities this spring, and you can join “Born To Rein” co-producers Jody L. Lamp and Melody Dobson for the launch of their film. The “Triple Crown Series” launch of the documentary includes a screening preceding each race that makes up Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown – the Kentucky DerbyPreakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

Nebraska might seem an unlikely location for horse racing greatness, but three Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainers have hailed from the state: John Nerud of Minatare and father-and-son trainers Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus. The “Born To Rein” documentary film honors their lives and careers and examines how their horsemanship continues to impact and influence the national Thoroughbred industry today.

The timing of the documentary coincides with 100th anniversary of America’s first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, who after retiring from racing also spent time in Nebraska as a U.S. Army Remount Service stallion at Fort Robinson near Crawford.

“Born To Rein” will premiere in three Nebraska cities and venues this spring, preceding the Triple Crown races, and will make a national screening debut in summer racing hotspot Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August. Full details are below (all times local).

The Historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island, Neb.

Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Meet the filmmakers after each screening. Ticket prices are $8 each. Visit for additional ticket purchasing information.

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Cooper Theater

Meet filmmaker Jody L. Lamp after the screening. Ticket prices are the same as the evening prices at The Ross. Visit for additional ticket purchasing information.

Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet the filmmakers after each screening. Ticket prices are $7 for adults; $4 for Midwest members & students. No passes, coupons, corp or gold cards accepted.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Time and details to be announced in July; “Born To Rein” will be featured among many activities occurring at Saratoga Springs during the 150th anniversary week of the legendary Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Jody Lamp