Charles Howard

Project Underway To Analyze DNA From Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit was not an impressive looking horse and was considered to be quite lazy, preferring eating and sleeping to exercise. The horse had been written off by most of the racing industry after losing his first 17 races, however, he eventually became one of the greatest Thoroughbred champions of all time. The grandson of Man o’ […]

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Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he’d pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He’d forego the reserved boxes and the company of Broadway stars and slip in with the masses through […]

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Ridgewood Ranch, Home Of Seabiscuit, Features New Additions

Another season of guided historic walking tours are offered at Seabiscuit’s home, Ridgewood Ranch, a few miles south of Willits where Hwy 101 bisects the 5,000-acre property. “We are very grateful for our newest additions,” said Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation President, Jacqueline Cooper. Seabiscuit descendant, Bronze Sea, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare, for one is in foal. […]

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Author Laura Hillenbrand Finally Made Her Pilgrimage To Ridgewood, Home Of Seabiscuit

Fulfilling a long-held dream, best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit; An American Legend and Unbroken) arranged a private visit to Ridgewood Ranch, the home of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit, the subject of five years of research. After a serious illness prevented Laura from leaving her hometown of Washington, DC for twenty-five years, an improvement in her […]

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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 […]

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Derby Fever and Charles Howard as ‘a latter-day Delphic Oracle’

Derby Fever attacks every year making men and women stupid, writes a columnist at Kentucky Confidential. Without regard to background or standing, horse owners have trouble resisting the lure of the roses. Charles Howard, owner of Seabiscuit, was not bitten by Derby Fever with Seabiscuit, but became convinced of his invincibility when Seabiscuit beat War […]

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GILL CENTER OF CONTROVERSY AGAIN

By Ray Paulick If only Michael Gill had kept his word in 2006 when he said he was getting out of horse racing after being leading owner in North America by money and races won for three consecutive years. A lot of people would be happier and a number of horses might still be alive. […]

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