Tampa Bay Downs to Present Mill Reef Documentary Film

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Tampa Bay Downs to Present Mill Reef Documentary Film

Tampa Bay Downs will present a screening of the documentary film Mill Reef: A Legacy of Heart on Saturday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m.

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Tampa Bay Downs 11225 Race Track Road Tampa, FL 33626

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2023 Tampa Bay Downs to Present Mill Reef Documentary Film on February 18

In partnership with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Tampa Bay Downs will present a screening of the documentary film Mill Reef: A Legacy of Heart on Saturday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the racetrack in Tampa, Florida. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration will be required. An open bar and light fare will be available. Register here for the event.

Mill Reef: A Legacy of Heart chronicles the legendary racehorse Mill Reef, named English and European Horse of the Year in 1971 when he won the Epsom Derby Prix de l'Are de Triomphe, Eclipse Stakes, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, among others. Mill Reef was bred in Virginia by Hall of Fame Pillar of the Turf Paul Mellon and campaigned by Mellon's Rokeby Stables in Europe from 1970 through 1972. Overall, Mill Reef won 12 of 14 starts. Ian Balding trained him.

In 2020, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, which is located in Upperville, Va., and was founded by Mellon'slatewife, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, set out to create a film to chronicle the remarkable achievements of Mill Reef and tell the bigger story of Mellon's passion and dedication to thoroughbred racing and breeding. The 33-minute documentary, directed by Virginia native Cassidy Glascock, has previously been screened in Middleburg, Va., and at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where Mellon was inducted as one of the institution's inaugural Pillars of the Turf in 2013.

Cate Masterson, director of the National Museum of Racing, added: "Paul Mellon and Stella Thayer have both been instrumental to the success of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in so many ways, most notably as essential leaders on our Board of trustees. We are pleased to see their love for the thoroughbred and dedication to the industry being shared with the community at Tampa Bay Downs. This film will warm the hearts of any trainer, owner, breeder, or racing enthusiast."

For information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.

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The mission of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to preserve and promote the history of thoroughbred racing in America and honor the sport’s most accomplished participants in the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.