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  • The only runner who could beat him, the coach said, was Seabiscuit.
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  • It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit.
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  • In the latter half of the Depression, Seabiscuit was nothing short of a cultural icon in America, enjoying adulation so intense and broad-based that it transcended sport.
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  • When he raced, his fans choked local roads, poured out of special cross-country "Seabiscuit Limited" trains, packed the hotels, and cleaned out the restaurants.
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  • They tucked their Roosevelt dollars into Seabiscuit wallets, bought Seabiscuit hats on Fifth Avenue, played at least nine parlor games bearing his image.
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  • For the Seabiscuit crew and for America, it was the beginning of five uproarious years of anguish and exultation.
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  • Swing On’s son Seabiscuit (a synonym for his sire’s name) and the other colt, Grog, could not have looked less like their sire.
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  • Noah, the foaling groom at Claiborne, had summed it up about as well as anyone when he pulled Seabiscuit into the world: "Runty little thing."
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  • "Seabiscuit was so small," said Fitzsimmons, "that you might mistake him for a lead pony."
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  • The only similarity, evident in Seabiscuit, was that swatting foreleg.
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  • Seabiscuit floated along in a state of contented, bovine torpor.
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  • Seabiscuit was the exception.
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  • The only thing Seabiscuit took seriously, aside from his beauty rest, was eating, which he did constantly, with great vigor.
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  • His father had raged; Seabiscuit seemed . amused.
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  • He told Seabiscuit’s exercise rider to find a stick to use as a whip.
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  • To ensure that the stick would not hurt Seabiscuit, Fitzsimmons had the rider select one that was flat, so it would merely slap his flank.
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  • Fitzsimmons expected that, at best, Seabiscuit would be able to cling to Faust for a little while.
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  • Slapped over and over again with the stick, Seabiscuit blew Faust’s doors off, covering a quarter mile in an impossible 22% seconds.
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  • Though he later denied it, Fitzsimmons evidently suspended his no-whip rule indefinitely with Seabiscuit.
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  • Three days later, Seabiscuit was put up for sale, placed in a rock-bottom claiming race for a tag of just $2,500.
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  • Sixteen times Seabiscuit ran; sixteen times he lost.
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  • By season’s end, Seabiscuit had been shipped over six thousand miles and raced a staggering thirty-five times, at least triple the typical workload.
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  • Sooner or later, it appeared, Seabiscuit would meet the same fate.
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  • At least the problem of how to get Seabiscuit in shape had been solved.
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  • Seabiscuit had the misfortune of living in a stable whose managers simply didn’t have the time to give his mind the painstaking attention it needed.
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  • But Granville’s presence probably did work against Seabiscuit, simply by virtue of the demands that a Kentucky Derby contender makes on his trainer.
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  • That is what happened to Seabiscuit, and Fitzsimmons knew it.
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  • As Fitzsimmons was warming up to Seabiscuit, Wheatley was cooling off.
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  • Seabiscuit topped the list of disposable horses, and Phipps was eager to find a buyer.
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  • Early that spring, before she left for a tour of Europe, Phipps set a $5,000 price on Seabiscuit, hoping he would be sold before she came back.
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  • With a competitor like Granville in his barn, Fitzsimmons now had no reason to be fretting over a colt like Seabiscuit.
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  • Smith recognized him immediately; it was Seabiscuit.
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  • Led out of his stall with the two men standing by, Seabiscuit head-butted Howard.
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  • The bump from Seabiscuit’s head took care of Howard’s sentimental side.
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  • He had studied Seabiscuit’s past performances and knew that the horse did not run his best in mud.
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  • Seabiscuit broke slowly and dropped farther and farther back.
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  • But Seabiscuit began to rally.
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  • Seabiscuit might, he muttered dubiously, win another purse.
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  • Seabiscuit was walked down the backstretch, a long canopy of trees bowing over his head.
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  • One kid who had not picked up on it was a teenaged apprentice jockey named Farrell Jones, who joined the others at the barn as Seabiscuit was led up.
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  • A few days later, Smith led Seabiscuit up onto a railcar, and the Howard barn pushed off for the Detroit Fair Grounds.
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  • Seabiscuit was reasonably well-bred, giving him additional value as a stallion.
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  • 3 The official Daily Racing Form record of this race states that Seabiscuit held the lead from the start, but it appears to be in error.
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  • Multiple eyewitness accounts of this race state that Seabiscuit trailed badly early, then rallied to win.
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  • In the stall behind him was Seabiscuit.
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  • Pollard leaned over Seabiscuit’s half door.
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  • Tom Smith and Seabiscuit.
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  • Every time they passed Seabiscuit’s stall, the horse lunged at them, mouth wide open, ears flat back, eyes in a sinister pinch, and he meant business.
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  • As he did with every new horse, Smith pored over Seabiscuit when he was with him and mulled him over when he was not.
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  • He dug up a nanny named Whiskers and parked her in Seabiscuit’s stall.
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