The Legend of Seabiscuit: Mystery surrounds champion’s final resting place
One of the many sights that racing fans will see at Santa Anita this weekend is the statue of the great Seabiscuit that is in the paddock. The bronze commemorates the legendary runner’s victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap.
Most racing fans are quite familiar with the gritty horse’s racing career. However, as Bill Dwyre writes in the Los Angeles Times, most have no idea where Seabiscuit’s final resting place is.
By most accounts, Seabiscuit is listed as being buried at owner Charles Howard’s Ridgewood Ranch near Willits, California. The grave site was unmarked, and over the years, memories have become a bit fuzzy as to where the actual grave is.
There is a strong possibility that “the bones of the fabled Seabiscuit rest directly below a paved parking lot, near several mobile homes,” says Dwyre. Several people in the sport are behind a movement to find and then move Seabiscuit’s remains to a place where racing fans could ‘pay their respects’. One scenario calls for the remains to be relocated under the statue at Santa Anita.
As Dwyre writes, “Seabiscuit may be resting in peace, but lots of his fans aren’t.”