MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
Not the big last final race.
They didn't run it so soon after the injury, of course. I think reality is even more impressive, though. Seabiscuit won the Santa Anita for the first time after not having raced for SEVEN YEARS! (either that or he was 7 years old when he ran it at the end of his career, 7 is old for a racehorse thoroughbred).
You might be interested in the book, it's supposed to be really good and much better than the movie (which I liked, but it was kind of Hollywooded).
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3378 times:
I highly recommend the book. It's fantastic--one of the most gripping pieces of nonfiction I've read in a long time--and will help you weed out what was true in the movie from what was "Hollywooded." In general, the movie was fairly accurate on the big stuff--i.e., it gave a pretty realistic overall impression of Seabiscuit and the people who made him famous--but compressed certain incidents/characters as necessary in order to keep the plot (and length) from getting unwieldy.
And FYI, Seabiscuit's owner was not the founder of Buick, just an early Buick dealer/entrepreneur who made his fortune by becoming the sole Buick distributor for the western U.S.