Seabiscuit Premier will Benefit The Race For Education

Seabiscuit, a feature film from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment, will premiere in Louisville, Ky., on Sat., July 19, 2003. The premiere, which will be held at the historic Louisville Palace and presented by Team Valor Racing Partnerships, will benefit The Race for Education, a scholarship foundation dedicated to reaching out to young people within the Thoroughbred industry through education and the Klein Family Learning Center on the Churchill Downs backside. 


This custom-made horse van will be sold at auction on July 19, 2003, in Louisville, Ky. at the premiere of Seabiscuit. It was produced for Calumet Farm in 1928 and is in pristine condition, with its original wood interior and paint finish. The van is believed to be road worthy, but has not been driven in about five years. Its maximum road speed is about 25 miles per hour.

The film is an epic drama based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand.  Set during the Great Depression, it is the story of three men—a jockey (Tobey Maguire), a trainer (Academy Award winner Chris Cooper), a businessman (Jeff Bridges)—and the down-and-out racehorse that took them and the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. The film opens July 25th nationwide.

"I am glad to be able to give back to the industry and be part of such a worthwhile program" Gary Barber,  Spyglass Entertainment Co-CEO and Co-Chairman and Executive Producer of Seabiscuit.

A Red Carpet Gala Cocktail Party, will begin at 6:30 PM and include live swing orchestra and dancers, and an exhibition of late ’30's vintage automobiles. 

A live auction will be held prior to the film with a few select items including, I TWO STEP TOO, one of the horses that portrayed Seabiscuit, ridden by Gary Stevens and Tobey McGuire in the movie, donated by Chris McCarron and Gary Stevens, the original 1939 Calumet Horse Van,  A l930's ladies diamond watch by Hamilton Watches,  and a trip for two to New York City for the Jockey Club Gold Cup with private ½ hour handicapping seminar with the Daily Racing Form’s Steve Christ, and a Saks Fifth Ave. shopping spree.

The Seabiscuit horse will be part of the Seabiscuit Exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum from July 1-August 15 and can be viewed at the museum paddock. 

Additional sponsors for the event include; Churchill Downs, Scientific Games, Blood-Horse Publications, Hamilton Printing, Hamilton Watches and All Pro Sports.

"We are truly excited to be a part of the premier of a film that retells one of the great chapters in Thoroughbred racing and rekindles to viewers so much of what is good in our sport," said Andy Skehan, senior vice president of marketing at Churchill Downs Incorporated. "At the same time, we are especially pleased that this event will raise money for another racing success story, The Race for Education."

Tickets for the Red Carpet Gala and Premiere are $100 and can be purchased at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Ticketmaster. Any unsold tickets will be available to University of Louisville students after July 15 for $25.00 for the film only.

The Race For Education is a national education foundation funded by various parties related to, or with an interest in the Thoroughbred racing industry.  It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improve the quality of life of the young people in the Thoroughbred industry and establish the racing industry as a good citizen in the community.

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