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Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral "Match of the Century" 8x10 Photograph Display


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    On November 1, 1938, Seabiscuit met War Admiral in what was dubbed as the "Match of the Century". The race, run over 1 and 3/16 miles, was one of the most anticipated sporting events in U.S. history. The Pimlico Race Course, from the grandstands to the infield, was jammed solid with and estimated 40,000 fans, joined by some 40 million listening on the radio. War Admiral, who's speed from the gate was the stuff of legends, was the prohibitive favorite (1-4 with most bookmakers) and a near unanimous selection of the writers and tipsters. Seabiscuit, on the other hand, was a pace stalker, skilled at holding with the pack before destroying the field with late acceleration. From the scheduled walk up start, few gave him a chance to head War Admiral into the first turn. But Seabiscuit had been secretly trained to run against type, using a starting bell and a whip to give the horse a Pavlovian burst of speed from the start. When the bell rang, Seabiscuit ran away from the Triple Crown Champion. Despite being drawn on outside, jockey Woolf led by over a length after just 20 seconds. Halfway down the back-stretch, War Admiral started his comeback, gradually pulling level with Seabiscuit, and then slightly ahead of him. Following the advice he had received, Woolf allowed Seabiscuit to see his rival, and then asked for more effort. Two hundred yards from the wire, Seabiscuit pulled away again as the competition proved too much for War Admiral, and continued to extend his lead over the closing stretch, finally winning by four clear lengths. As a result of his races that year and the victory over War Admiral, Seabiscuit was named "Horse of the Year" for 1938. One of the more inspiring sports stories of all time (and a great feature film), remember this great sports moment with this 8x10 photo display featuring classic b&w photo of the race and descriptive "Match of the Century" plate. Just a great gift for any fan of the underdog.