LEXINGTON, KY (May 16, 2005) When the movie Seabiscuit was being filmed, a number of Thoroughbreds were used to portray the legendary racehorse. Depending on the particular talents possessed by these Thoroughbreds, different horses were used in various scenes in the movie.
Perhaps one of the most visually and emotionally thrilling scenes was when Seabiscuit’s trainer instructed the jockey, to let the horse “run ‘till he stops.” Off they went, through fields and over a stone bridge on what is arguably Kentucky’s most beautiful horse farm, Xalapa, with trees in autumnal glory in the background. The horse used in that scene is a Thoroughbred named Rich In Dallas, and he is coming to the Kentucky Horse Park for the summer.
On loan to the park from a Thoroughbred rescue organization called the Exceller Fund, Rich In Dallas will greet park visitors from his new stall in the Breeds Barn from May 16 through September and be participating in the Parade of Breeds shows all summer as well.
Earlier this year, the park’s own Seabiscuit star, I Two Step Too, was humanely destroyed after a battle with a rare type of tumor.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park commented, “While we still grieve the loss of I Two Step Too, we are grateful to the Exceller Fund for generously allowing Rich In Dallas to spend the summer with us, where literally thousands of park visitors will get to meet and touch a real movie star. He is a very kind horse who will be a big hit with everyone who comes in contact with him.” He continued, “We also appreciate the Exceller Fund’s tireless work on behalf of at-risk Thoroughbreds. They have saved many horses’ lives, and for that they are certainly to be commended.”
When not occupied with his movie career, Rich In Dallas was racing at tracks across the country, where he won six races from 4 ½ to 6 furlongs.
For more information on Rich in Dallas, call the park at 859-233-4303. For information on the Exceller Fund and adoptable Thoroughbreds, visit their website at www.excellerfund.org.
Editor's Note: Photos of Rich in Dallas are available for use in your publication by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kentucky Horse Park is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-12 and free for children six and under. Admission includes seeing Rich In Dallas and the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.