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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160247298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602472983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on December 8, 2007
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William H. Nichols has special insight on the legendary champion, Seabiscuit; he worked at Ridgewood Ranch as a teenager in 1944, when 18 foals of The Biscuit's were born and - years later - as co-breeder of Sea Orbit, Seabiscuit's most successful descendent in racing.

It is through the professional eyes, historical research and interviews of Nichols that the story of Seabiscuit, his most famous nemesis - War Admiral - and a host of individuals, including Charles & Marcela Howard, Red Pollard and George Woolf, are chronicled after the cheering of fans and accolades from racing glory faded away like the color of aging press clippings.

A lot of turf is covered in the 182 pages, with special focus on the ongoing work by The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation to renovate the Ridgewood Ranch property, while making it home to descendents of its most famous resident. Nichols also chronicles many artists who portrayed Seabiscuit and provides an update on author Laura Hillenbrand - who Nichols initially talked with when she was doing research for her monumental Seabiscuit: An American Legend.

The never-ending controvery surrounding Seabiscuit's 1940 Santa Anita Handicap victory over stablemate Kayak II is reviewed in the last chapter, with Nichols providing what may be the best summary on who ultimately should have won that day and why.

This is a must read for Thoroughbred racing fans or those who want a lasting understanding of the rest of the story in what certainly is a timeless slice of American History.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M. Dorsey on October 25, 2007
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I loved this book! I read the Seabiscuit story and this one is an awesome sequel to the story. I have raised horses for 50 years and am always looking for GOOD horse books - this one definitely qualifies!!! If you love horses you will love this book. Written so well that you cannot wait to turn the next page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Schmehl on February 12, 2009
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This book is one of the best I have ever read and a wonderful glimpse into the history of a great race horse and the people who were part of his life. It also contains historical facts about a country and its people during the great depression. Seabiscuit and his accomplishments were a diversion from the hoplessness and grief that pervaded those times.It also touches on how the depression affected the sport of horse racing.
Above all, it keeps the memories of this great champion and those who loved him alive. Seabiscuit was wonder, magic and hope. When reading this book I felt as though I was a part of all that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Hecht on November 30, 2007
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Great followup to the book giving minute details of Seabisuit's carreer and people around him. Written by one who had intimate knowledge.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Davlantes on July 7, 2008
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The book promised more than it delivered. The author admittedly was not a writer, and it showed in this book. There were numerous proofreading errors, so no kudos to the publisher.

If one was a horse breeder, the information about lineage may be interesting, but to a reader who just wanted to know more about the legendary Seabiscuit, the book was a disappointment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Smith on October 25, 2007
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Very easy reading. The book examines the disparities between the reality of the great Seabisuit story and the movie version. Very intersting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By meem on November 21, 2009
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as a fan of the magnificent horse Seabiscuit, i was interested in what happened after
the horse retired from racing and what caused his death at only 14 yrs. old. the book
answered those questions and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunnydale on January 13, 2012
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This book covers a lot of material about Seabiscuit and his connections. If you read Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit book, this one is a great companion (though it also stands well on its own). The author devotes a chapter to Hillenbrand and her efforts to write her book. There are also more details about Marcella Howard, including what happened to her after the Seabiscuit years. Another chapter focuses on Seabiscuit's stud career, with statistics to support the theory that he was not really a failure as a sire. The author, William H. Nichols, worked at Ridgewood Ranch (home of Seabiscuit) as a teenager, so he has some great inside information to share. His writing style, while a bit unpolished, draws one in and tells the story well. My main criticism concerns the number of punctuation errors and typos in the book, but its content makes it a very worthy purchase. Horse fans should definitely check it out.
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