Seabiscuit, the subject of several films, documentaries and books was an American thoroughbred race horse that became a symbol of hope during the terrible years of the Great Depression.

Seabiscuit was born and reared on Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.  He never gave the impression of being a champion as he was small and slept for longer than was considered normal.  Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons who was also the trainer of the great horse Gallant Fox initially trained him.  Fitzsimmons thought the horse was just lazy.

He was eventually sold on and soon got used to his new jockey and started to win races.  Seabiscuit’s performance yo-yoed but in total 1937 saw him win 11 of his 15 races.  When his jockey suffered a serious accident riding another horse his trainer replaced him with George Woolfe; together they rode several races narrowly missing the top spot.  After winning a tough race at the Del Mar race track Seabiscuit went head-to-head with War Admiral at the Pimlico race course.  War Admiral was the favorite to win with bookies odds of 1-4.  Seabiscuit won in what was to be an extremely thrilling race.

Seabiscuit suffered an injury shortly after that race and was sent to recover with his old jockey.  Soon they were both ready to race again.  After a slow start they started to win once more and headed for the Santa Anita Handicap, the only prize to elude Seabiscuit.  After a less tan spectacular start Seabiscuit soon found his pace.  He won by a length and a half and the crowds erupted.

Seabiscuit died in 1947 at Ridgewood Ranch and his burial place is a closely guarded family secret.

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