CHAPTER TWOHEAD AND HEART

A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character.

—Federico Tesio, Italian statesman and thoroughbred breeder

 

November 1, 1938, 4:00 p.m. Fans packed the racetrack at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, for the much anticipated match race between the two most exciting horses in the country, War Admiral and Seabiscuit.1

With forty thousand people present, the largest in track history, track officials opened the infield to alleviate the crush. Throngs of people blocked the announcer from reaching his clubhouse post, forcing him to call the race from the finish line. Forty million people worldwide tuned in via radio, including President Roosevelt, who kept a roomful of advisors waiting. ...

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