The Legend of Seabiscuit: Mystery surrounds champion’s final resting place

by | 11.01.2012 | 8:07am
Stucki once galloped Seabiscuit before beginning his training career

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.”

  • Limbaze

    I did not think Seabiscuit was a gelding…..perhaps my memory of the
    Hillebrand book is faulty

  • Frank_Reardon

    You are correct. He did stand at stud.

  • I used to live in Ukiah CA,  not too far from where Seabiscuit lived after he retired – I thought he was a stallion. 

  • Cgriff

    He was a stallion – at least for a time – I’d think that gelding him after his stallion career was over would just be overkill. He has descendants even today.

  • Renee

    I like to think that his death was faked, and he’s living on an island somewhere with Tupac.

  • Ida Lee

    Why are we talking about whether Seabiscuit was a stallion or gelding or even a mare? Who cares?  He’s buried under a paved parking lot!!!  I repeat…one if not THE most famous horse of all time is BURIED UNDER A PAVED PARKING LOT!!! He needs to be moved and buried with the love, respect and dignity he deserves and where his loving fans can visit him at will.


    And Biggie

  • Anderson5999

    What a disgrace. A parking lot in a mobile home park, of all things. Too bad it wasn’t kept as open land.

  • Limbaze

    I guess because his offspring were much loved by Charles Howard who would sometimes sell them and buy them back out of sentiment and love for the little ” biscuits.”

  •  Yes, Anne, you are correct. I even found a photo on the internet of his very first sired foal.

    As far as “where he is now”, it is a disgrace to racing that 1) no one knows for sure and 2) where it is rumored to be.

    Hopefully articles like this one will spur those in the sport with the finances to do so to find out and rectify the situation!

  • Polowonder

    The final resting place of Seabiscuit was private and meant to be so.  Who are we to argue the final wishes of the man who cared so deeply for this horse.  Let them both rest in peace, no matter where they are.

  • Alex Brown

    the entire farm where Seabiscuit lived, and is buried, is a wonderful tribute to the horse.  I had the pleasure of visiting last year.

  • Bristling

    Too much greed in America for open land.

  • Greatform4

    It would be a better memorial to a great horse to donate the money to help other horses when they retire from racing than trying to locate and move his bones. Not all horses are as lucky as he was to end up with people who will take care of them forever.

  • Buddy29

    Dam shame with all the money Charles Howard had he would let something like this happen to one of the great loves of his life. With the war and all Seabiscuit was a hero that helped give all Americans hope,it’s a dam shame. I think the same thing happening in Canada with Northern Dancer.

  • Agay252

    Sad thing is, in a few years no will care. Most people only know him his name from the movie. All this rich owners should do something. He is a legand where many horses now, are junk. Seabiscuit was a true champion. 

  • Dcurtis

    The fact remains that Mr Howard gave this horse a chance to become great when so many others had wrote him off, and gave him a home for the rest of his natural life after the glory days were over. When he buried him I am sure it was with thought and also with no crystal ball to see into the future. You do not need  the bones to respect and pay tribute to this fine horse. I agree with Greatform, wouldn’t it be a bigger tribute to take the money and provide for retirement for other horses not as fortunate as Seabiscuit.  

  • DawnP

     Wasn’t he ponying a horse to the track the other day?  I think I saw a photo here–Elvis was riding him.

  • DawnP

     Hillenbrand’s book shows him being used as a cow pony.  Imagine any TB stallion being used as such today!

  • Guest

    These are false claims as Col Michael Howard, the great-grandson of C.S. Howard will attest. Seabiscuit is buried under an oak tree and this oak still stands. Sadly, Dwyre and a small group of people who have bought into the lie, have caused the current Ridgewood property owners to be publicly maligned because of it. The LA Times actually printed the story, without bothering to contact Laura Hillenbrand to verify facts. If Dwyre had taken the time to do so, he would have quickly realized there is no story.

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