Seabiscuit (1933 – 1947) was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United States. Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was named American Horse of the Year for 1938 and was the number one newsmaker of 1938.
On November 1, 1938, Seabiscuit met War Admiral in what was dubbed the “Match of the Century.” The event was run over 1 and 3/16 miles at Pimlico Race Course. From the grandstands to the infield, the track was jammed with fans. Trains were run from all over the country to bring fans to the race, and the estimated 40,000 at the track were joined by 40 million listening on the radio.
When the bell rang, Seabiscuit broke in front, and soon crossed over to the rail position. Halfway down the backstretch, War Admiral started to cut into the lead, gradually pulling level with Seabiscuit, then slightly ahead. Two hundred yards from the wire, Seabiscuit pulled away and continued to extend his lead over the closing stretch, finally winning by four lengths. In 1937, Seabiscuit won eleven of his fifteen races and was the year’s leading money winner in the United States.
(My sketch of Seabiscuit)