'Seabiscuit' Premieres July 19 in Lexington, Louisville

Edited Keeneland press release
Seabiscuit a feature film from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment, will be premiered in Lexington and Louisville on July 19.

The two Kentucky cities are among only a select few across the United States that will host official premieres in advance of the nationwide release of the film on July 25.

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.

Proceeds from both premieres will benefit charity.

The Louisville premiere, which will be held at the historic Louisville Palace, will benefit The Race for Education, a scholarship foundation dedicated to reaching out to young people within the Thoroughbred industry thorough education.

Proceeds from the Lexington premiere primarily will go to The Keeneland Foundation for the funding of a feasibility study for a jockey institute in North America. Currently, North America is the only major racing country that does not have a jockey school. Other organizations will benefit as well, including the Center for Women, Children and Families, the Bluegrass Conservancy and the University of Kentucky‚s College of Fine Arts. The event, which will be held at the historic Kentucky Theater, is being coordinated by a group of community volunteers and Keeneland.

"We had such a wonderful experience working with the production company when they were at Keeneland," said Keeneland president Nick Nicholson. "We hope to create a fun and memorable event for everyone. It isn't everyday that Hollywood comes to your hometown, much less gives you the honor of hosting a national premiere."

Elisabeth Jensen, executive director of The Race for Education, is equally enthusiastic.

"We are thrilled to host a premiere in Louisville," Jensen said. "It is the city most notably associated with horseracing and we are extremely grateful to be a part of this very special event."