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There is nothing we love better in this country than a come from behind win, a tale of unlikely success and insurmountable odds.  We are, after all, Americans, and our country began with an unpredicted and unexpected victory.  In 1933 a Bay Colt was born with a good pedigree.  The horse was named Seabiscuit and it was hoped that racing would be in Seabiscuit’s blood, because his grandfather was Man O’ War, who was considered one of the greatest thoroughbred racing horses of all time.  Seabiscuit however seemed lethargic, spending most of his time eating or sleeping, and was thought to be lazy by expert horse people.  Then a man named Tom Smith came on as the horse’s trainer and things started changing.  Smith believed that Seabiscuit’s apparent laziness came from a need to be challenged, so the jockey, Red Pollard, was instructed to push the horse into the lead then let Seabiscuit see another horse gaining on him, giving him the incentive to push harder.  Between Tom Smith and Red Pollard, “the Biscuit” began winning races, often coming from behind with an explosive finish, until in 1938 he was named “Horse of the Year” and the “Number One Newsmaker “ for that same year.  After a nearly catastrophic injury to both horse and jockey they came back in 1940 to win the Santa Anita Handicap, the only race that had eluded them up to that point.  Seabiscuit was hailed as America’s horse because he gave this country more than a win on the racetrack.  At a time when the depression years left us with a general feeling of hopelessness and despair, this unlikely hero raced upon the scene and gave the country the shot in the arm it needed.  He won when he shouldn’t have because he had the heart to do it, and people who believed he could, and that in American terms, is truly winning.


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