Lexington, KY Seabiscuit, a feature film from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment, premiered in Louisville on Saturday, July 19, 2003.
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 Awardâ 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.
The Louisville premiere, 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.
“I am glad to be able to give back to the industry and be part of such a worthwhile program,” said 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 p.m. and will include a swing orchestra and dancers and an exhibition of late ’30s vintage automobiles.
A live auction will be held prior to the film and will feature:
The Seabiscuit horse will be part of the Seabiscuit Exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum from July 1 – August 15 and can be seen in the museum paddock.
“We are truly excited to be a part of the premiere of a film that retells one of the great chapters in Thoroughbred racing and reminds viewers of what is good in our sport,” said Andrew 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.”