Triple Crown Newsreel: War Admiral, 1937
It may have been his famous match-race loss to Seabiscuit that most people remember today, but War Admiral was one of the greatest U.S. racehorses in history. He won 21 of his 26 career starts and became the nation’s fourth Triple Crown winner in 1937.
While the movie, Seabiscuit, portrayed War Admiral as this towering figure, the son of Man o’ War was actually quite small – just over 15 hands. He was notoriously a bad actor in the starting gate, which nearly cost him his Triple Crown when he stumbled at the start of the Belmont and sliced off about a quarter-inch of his heel.
Jim McKay has more of the story below in our latest Triple Crown Newsreel.