Tuesday, March 14, 2006 12:00 AM
Other promotions also on the schedule
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 14, 2006 . . . A horse from the Turfway Park record books returns to the track in spirit during the 35th running of the Lane’s End Stakes on March 25, as DreamWorks Home Entertainment promotes the DVD and VHS release of Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story. The release is scheduled for March 21.
At the track on raceday, DreamWorks will give away special Dreamer gift baskets containing the movie DVD, soundtrack CD, a Dreamer patchwork quilt, and other commemorative and movie-related items. Also to be given away at the Dreamer display are Scholastic books, mini-posters, DVDs and CDs, and Twizzlers, a candy that figures in a key moment in the movie.
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story tells the story of Soñador, a talented racehorse that overcomes injury to fulfill her promise and bring a family together. The movie draws from the story of Mariah’s Storm, who was headed toward the 1993 Breeders’ Cup when she broke a foreleg during the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland. Such an injury often ends not only a horse’s career but also its life. Like Soñador, however, Mariah’s Storm recovered and returned to the races. She scored several graded-stakes wins after the injury and in 1995 won the Turfway Breeders’ Cup at Turfway Park.
Mariah’s Storm retired with 10 wins from 16 starts. Her promise has been further fulfilled in her offspring, notably Giant’s Causeway, 2000 Horse of the Year and the sire of one of this year’s top Derby hopefuls, First Samurai.
The DVD of Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is also connected to Turfway through the family of Lane’s End Farm, sponsor of the Lane’s End Stakes. The DVD’s extras include a tutorial on how to groom a horse, a segment filmed at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Demonstrating the task are the children of Bill Farish, son of former ambassador Will Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm.
Giveaway traditions continue
On Saturday, March 18, the first 1,500 patrons through the Turfway Park gates will receive a free Lane’s End Stakes dated commemorative glass, the 27th consecutive glass produced. On raceday, March 25, patrons can enter to win prizes including Reds and Bengals tickets, tickets to the Kentucky Speedway, box seats for a day at Keeneland in the spring, and tickets to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Breeders’ Cup.
While some areas are sold out for Lane’s End Stakes Day, reserved seating remains ranging from $15 to $80, some with buffet service included. General admission on Lane’s End Day is $10. General parking is free; valet parking is $5. Tickets are available by calling (859) 371-0200. A record crowd is expected on raceday, topping last year’s attendance of 22,747.