HBO has announced the cancellation of the racetrack drama "Luck" following the death of a third horse, reports The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.
The step came after HBO initially suspended filming with horses following the death, as previously reported.
The animal was being led to a stable by a groom when it reared and fell back, causing a head injury.
The show, which had a high-profile cast and creative team, was plagued by questions about how it handled horses, with the American Humane Association requesting an inquiry after the third death. Two other horses had been euthanized during the first season’s production.
"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," HBO said in a statement.
The show starred Dustin Hoffman and had David Milch (“NYPD Blue,” “Deadwood”) and Michael Mann (“Heat,” “Public Enemies”) among its producers.