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Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sport history and in 1938 the world's largest single newsmaker, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But the racing establishment, which had written off the cr... ooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail, was surprised by his success. Three men had changed the fortunes of Seabiscuit:
Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the car to western America and became a millionaire overnight. He had hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains, when he needed a trainer for his new racehorses. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired Ralph Waldo Emerson as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer blind in one eye, half-crippled and prone to quoting passages. These unlikely partners have survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury over four years to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent, to an American sports icon as well.
Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story which proves that life is a race of horses.
From Edition Hardcover.
He had no money and no home; he lived entirely on the road of the racing circuit, sleeping in empty stalls, carrying with him only a saddle, his rosary, and his books....The books were the closest thing he had to furniture, and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.
In 1938... the year's #1 newsmaker was not FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. Nor was it Lou Gehrig or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches in 1938 wasn't even a person. It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit.
Racing was a popular, often unregulated sport in the 1930s, and wealthy men like Bing Crosby and his friend Charles Howard, who became Seabiscuit’s owner, fielded strings of horses all over the country.