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OFFICIAL SEABISCUIT MERCHANDISE BY ROOTS AVAILABLE THROUGH NTRA, NTRA.COM

July 18, 2003        



Contact: Eric Wing (646) 335-6834

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that officially licensed Seabiscuit merchandise, produced by the popular manufacturer Roots, is now available.



Merchandise—including an assortment of shirts and hats, as well as a collector's set of six trading cards—can be purchased at www.ntra.com or by calling 1-800-992-9805 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. Seabiscuit merchandise also is available at a number of racetracks around the country and in Canada.



“In the short time that this merchandise has been available on ntra.com, sales have been very brisk,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president—marketing and industry relations for the NTRA. “The public is eagerly awaiting Seabiscuit's release, and we think they will enjoy this quality line of goods from Roots.”



Seabiscuit, based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, stars Tobey Maguire, Academy Award- winner Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges and opens in movie theatres nationwide on Friday, July 25. The film also marks the acting debut of active rider Gary Stevens, who was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People earlier this year.



Established in Toronto in 1973, Roots now has over 200 stores and has evolved into an internationally recognized athletic lifestyle brand. Roots has produced merchandise for thousands of films, television shows, sports teams, athletes, musical groups, corporations and events, including the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Roots is also the proud outfitter of the Canadian team at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, the U.S., Canadian, and British teams at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and will outfit the U.S., Canadian, and British teams for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.



For wholesale merchandise information, please contact the NTRA at (859) 223-5444.



Seabiscuit is a live action motion picture © 2003 Universal Studios, DreamWorks LLC, Spyglass Entertainment Group L.P. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All Rights Reserved.



The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also administer the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $14 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com.



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