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Seabiscuit, the Rest of the Story Paperback – June 5, 2007
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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.
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.
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.
the horse retired from racing and what caused his death at only 14 yrs. old. the book
answered those questions and more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to read after reading Laura Hillenbrand's book and seeing the movie so you know the difference between fact and fiction. Certainly not a Pulitzer Prize winner by any means?Published 15 months ago by Peter S.
It was nice to hear about the people "after" and what happened to the ranch I highly recommend it to one and all, a wonderful story.Published on April 10, 2014 by Diane Patton
I saw the movie and love the book. I am a sucker for a good animal story where the animal wins.Published on October 29, 2013 by Bob
Since seeing the movie with Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges I have started a private collection of Seabiscuit memorabilia.
I purchase only the "real" documented books. Read more
I bought this for a Christmas gift. I am pleased and so is the person I gave it to. Enjoy!Published on February 3, 2013 by Mary