Marquee at Louisville's Palace Theater announces the Seabiscuit premiere.

Marquee at Louisville's Palace Theater announces the Seabiscuit premiere.

Garry Jones

Equine Star of 'Seabiscuit' Among Hot Items at Premiere

I Two Step Too, a gelding who portrayed the famous Seabiscuit in the soon-to-be-released movie, brought a final bid of $12,000 when he was auctioned Saturday night at the Louisville, Ky. premiere of the Seabiscuit movie.

I Two Step Two, who was lifetime record of 7-13-13 in 53 starts, will never race again as a stipulation of his being sold at the auction. The gelding was owned by and donated by jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron, who appeared in the movie.

The Louisville premiere, held on the same night as a premiere in Lexington, Ky. was a benefit for The Race for Eduction.

Stacy Bearse, president and CEO of Blood-Horse Publications, which co-sponsored the event, was in Louisville for the showing. He hopes the movie will be a boost for the industry.

"They're estimating 10 million people will see this movie in the theaters and twice that many will see it on video and DVD," Bearse told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "I've never seen this much curiosity about a horse who has been dead for 50 years."

The Seabiscuit movie is based on the best-selling book by author Laura Hillenbrand. Blood-Horse Publications has also published a companion book which details all articles and statistics published in the magazine about Seabiscuit during his career.

Other items auctioned at the premiere included a 1939 art deco horse van once owned by Calumet Farm, which brought $50,000, and a painting of Churchill Downs by artist Jack Wheeler, which went for $8,500.