ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Due to a high probability of rain, Santa Anita Park has cancelled a special screening of the 2003 hit movie Seabiscuit this Saturday, which had been scheduled to start following the races at 6:30 p.m. in the track’s Paddock Gardens Area.
The screening, which was planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the legendary Seabiscuit winning the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, will be rescheduled at some point later this spring or summer, according to track officials.
Directed by Gary Ross, “Seabiscuit” was nominated for seven Academy Awards and it marked the big screen debut of jockey Gary Stevens, who portrayed jockey George “The Ice Man” Woolf. Stevens, who returned to riding following a seven-year retirement in January, 2013, has won four Santa Anita Handicaps dating back to 1990, and he is scheduled to ride Chilean-bred Catch a Flight in this year’s $1 million Big ‘Cap on Saturday, March 7.
Stevens will be available to media in the lead-up to America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander,” as will other prominent horsemen, including Jerry Hollendorfer, who conditions the early Big ‘Cap favorite, Shared Belief.
In addition to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita will also present a blockbuster 11-race card that includes the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf), the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 7.
Special early first post time on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 7, is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.