Come on Seabiscuit

Come on Seabiscuit


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It was the Thoroughbred race of the century! On November 1, 1938, the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, thousands of fans left behind their troubles that day to gather at the Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, to cheer on Seabiscuit, the horse from the West—the people's horse with the oversized head and the stubby little legs. Seabiscuit was competing against War Admiral, winner of the Triple Crown, the three greatest races in the Thoroughbred world. Exploding from the start, by the far turn of the track the two champions were running neck and neck, neither giving an inch. Then Seabiscuit looked War Admiral squarely in the eye, snorted his trademark challenge, and powered away from the eastern victor...

Seabiscuit was an unlikely hero. Considered lazy by his trainer, he was overraced, broken down, and in the lowest ranks of racehorses by the age of two. Then in 1936, old-time cowboy trainer Tom Smith—who saw something in Seabiscuit, despite the colt's reputation—convinced businessman Charles Howard to buy the horse. Howard did, for practically nothing, and hired jockey Jack "Red" Pollard to ride him. Smith and Pollard were as down-and-out as Seabiscuit at the time, but together the threesome made history!

With great courage and stamina, and an even greater heart, Seabiscuit overcame injuries in the course of his career that would have killed a lesser horse, and in his four years of racing topped the Thoroughbred earnings record of his time. The story of Seabiscuit's life—now a major motion picture starring Tobey Maguire—is in turn thrilling, heartbreaking and incredibly inspiring.

Ralph Moody, the second of six children, was born on December 16, 1898, in East Rochester, New Hampshire. In 1950, when he was fifty-two years old, Ralph enrolled in a short-story writing class. Encouraged by his teacher, he turned a class paper into a book, Little Britches, describing his childhood days living on a ranch in Colorado. Ralph wrote nineteen books, all based on his life. He died at age eighty-three in New England, at the home of his sister Elizabeth.

Robert Riger was born in Manhattan in 1924 and graduated from Pratt Art Institute. His distinctive sepia sketches appeared in the first issue of Sports Illustrated in 1954 and became a regular and familiar feature in the magazine for many years afterward. In 1963 Robert joined ABC's Wide World of Sports, where he became a producer/director of many groundbreaking and award-winning programs. Among his prizes are nine Emmy Awards. Other children's titles illustrated by Robert include Ralph Moody's Riders of the Pony Express; Sequoyah: Leader of the Cherokees by Alice Marriott; and Wren by Marie Killilea. He died in 1995 in Huntington Beach, California.

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ISBN-13: 9780395069479
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/1973
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

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Come on Seabiscuit 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! It's great for people who love horses and people who need to keep trying. Everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a kid. Still do. If you read/watched the 'movie version' Seabiscuit, read this too. The background that isn't all in the newer book will make your heart bleed. (Partly from the Howard's scrapbooks.)For anyone who's ever been grossly underappreciated and misunderstood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is an awsome book. I just finished reading it two weeks ago and I still think about the book! I think that Seabiscut was a great horse. He shouled have his own statue!