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Seabiscuit was foaled in 1933 and grew up on Claiborne Farm in Kentucky He was undersized knobby-kneed and known for sleeping and eating Legendary trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons felt he was lazy and relegated him to a a a a punishing schedule of smaller races in which he he lost his first ten He was slater sold and paired with Red Pollard He started racing out west he started to impress and won two major races The horse was rapidly becoming a a a favorite among California racing fans and his fame spread as as he was relocated to the more prestigious Eastern racing circuit In 1937 Seabiscuit won 11 of his 15 races and was the leading money winner but War Admiral the Triple Crown Winner that season was voted the Eclipse Award for horse of the year On November 1 1 1938 at the Pimlico Race Course Seabiscuit met War Admiral in in The Match of the Century Trains
were run from all over the country to bring fans to the the race and the the estimated 40 000 fans at the track were joined by some 40 million listening on on the radio War Admiral was the prohibitive favorite When the bell rang Seabiscuit ran ran away from the Triple Crown champion Halfway down the backstretch War Admiral started to to cut into the lead gradually pulling even with Seabiscuit but two hundred yards from the finish line Seabiscuit pulled away winning by four lengths As a a a result Seabiscuit was named “Horse of the Year” for 1938 

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