May172014

Something to Ponder Upon

In the 1935 Experimental Free Handicap, two-year-old Seabiscuit was assigned 114 pounds, one more than future Horse of the Year Granville, four more than future stablemate Fair Knightess, and 12 more than future body double Grog. He was still 12 pounds below high-weighted gelding Red Rain, and 6 behind future Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Bold Venture.

September192012

Horse of the Year 1938: Seabiscuit

1933 bay colt by Hard Tack, out of Swing On

Record: 89 starts, 33 wins, 15 places, 13 shows

Earnings: $437,730

Major wins (1938): Havre de Grace Handicap, Pimlico Special (match race with War Admiral), Special Stakes (match race with Ligaroti), Hollywood Gold Cup, San Juan Capistrano, Massachusetts Handicap, Laurel Stakes

Trivia: In order to fool railbirds and keep his training a secret, Seabiscuit had a body double: his half-brother and look-alike Grog, who was purchased by Charles Howard for that very purposeĀ 

February182012
Grog
1933 son of Hard Tack
A mildly successful claimer, Grog was purchased by Charles Howard to be used as a body double for his half-brother, Seabiscuit. Trainer Tom Smith would often send Grog out in place of Seabiscuit for workouts to fool reporters and rail birds

Grog

1933 son of Hard Tack

A mildly successful claimer, Grog was purchased by Charles Howard to be used as a body double for his half-brother, Seabiscuit. Trainer Tom Smith would often send Grog out in place of Seabiscuit for workouts to fool reporters and rail birds

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