Permanent Seabiscuit Exhibition in Northern California

A permanent exhibition featuring photos, paintings, and tack of Hall of Famer Seabiscuit will be created in his original stud barn, which will also include a theatre with ongoing films, according to the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Seabiscuit's legacy. The barn itself is from the 1930s and is listed as a National Historic Site. The exhibition will open Saturday, May 27 at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a presentation of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation's mission, and a tour at Ridgewood Ranch near Willits...

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Afternoon Deelites, Bacharach's Best Runner, Dies at Old Friends

Just six days after the passing of his owner Burt Bacharach, Afternoon Deelites, a six-time graded-stakes winner, was euthanized Feb. 14 at Old Friends, the Kentucky-based Thoroughbred retirement farm, due to complications from colic. He was 31. Old Friends President and Founder Michael Blowen announced his passing Wednesday morning. The dark bay stallion, who was the farm's oldest resident, was just two weeks shy of his 31st birth date. Bred by Blue Seas Music Inc., the son of Private Terms--Intimate Girl, by Medaille d'Or, was foaled in West Virginia on...

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From The Real To The Magical: The Power Of The Thoroughbred 

Racing is famously described as living in its own little bubble. (People often say this crossly, with exasperation.) And it is, in many ways, a world of its own. It is so specialised and so absorbing and so difficult to understand for those outside it. It even has its own language - arcane technical terms and ancient slangs which few people beyond Newmarket and Lambourn understand. Yet racing people are also human people. They do live in the real world. They watch the news. They feel the terrifying clashes of...

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'Seabiscuit' Star Popcorn Deelites Dies

Popcorn Deelites, one of several Thoroughbreds used to portray the legendary Seabiscuit in the 2003 Oscar-nominated film, passed away from complications of colic at the age of 24 at Old Friends Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. The son of Afternoon Deelites had a modest racing career, mostly in claiming contests, and had resided alongside his sire at Old Friends since 2005. 'Pops', who bore a strong resemblance to Seabiscuit, appeared in several scenes in the film, including the match race against Triple Crown winner War Admiral. He returned to training...

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The Great Racing Read: Ross Birkett

Seabiscuit: Three Men and a Racehorse by Laura Hillenbrand While many of us will have watched the Oscar-nominated film adaption of the book which does no disservice to Hillenbrand's novel, you would truly be missing out if you didn't spend the time to read her excellent story. Set in 1930s America, Seabiscuit is a true underdog story about a crooked-legged horse who was transformed by the mysterious trainer Tom Smith, the half-blind jockey Red Pollard and overnight millionaire owner Charles Howard. Each character comes with their own fascinating story and...

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