Seabiscuit





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SEABISCUIT


CHAPTER 17 SUMMARIES


THE DINGBUSTINGEST CONTEST YOU EVER CLAPPED AN EYE ON.


LIN HOWARD HAD A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY, AND EVERYTHING SEEMED TO ALWAYS GO HIS WAY. LIN WANTED IN THE WORST WAY TO WHIP HIS FATHER AT RACING, TO KNOCK HIS SEABISCUIT DOWN A PEG OR TWO, AND HE BELIEVED HE HAD THE HORSE TO DO IT IN LIGAROTI. LIN THOUGHT, WHY NOT HAVE A MATCH RACE BETWEEN THE TWO HORSES. A WINNER-TAKE-ALL PURSE OF $25,000 TO THE WINNER. A FLIP OF THE COIN BETWEEN CHARLES AND LIN DECIDED THAT SEABISCUIT WOULD TAKE THE INSIDE RAIL POSITION IN THE RACE. LIN PLACED A WAGER ON HIS HORSE UNDER A FAKE “NEW YORK BETTOR”, AND HOWARD FEEL FOR IT AND COUNTERED WITH A $15,000 WAGER ON SEABISCUIT. MEANWHILE, WOOLF AND RICHARDSON MADE A DEAL OF THEIR OWN. NO MATTER WHO WON THE RACE, THEY WOULD SAVE OR SPLIT THE PURSE BETWEEN THEM.


ON THE DAY OF THE RACE, WELL OVER TWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED TO SEE THE RACE BETWEEN THE TWO BEST RACE HORSES IN CALIFORNIA. BOTH HORSES RIPPED OUT OF THE GATE SIDE BY SIDE; EACH RIDDER WANTED THE EARLY LEAD, IT WAS SEABISCUIT WHO TOOK IT. THROUGHOUT THE RACE, SEABISCUIT COULDN’T SHAKE OFF LIGAROTI, AND INCH BY INCH, LIGAROTI EDGED CLOSER.WITH AN EIGHTH OF A MILE TO GO, SEABISCUIT HAD LIGAROTI BEATEN, AND RICHARDSON KNEW IT. DESPERATE, THE JOCKEY TURNED TO HIS OLD BUSH LEAGUE TACTICS. HE REACHED OVER AND GRABBED SEABISCUIT’S SADDLECLOTH AND PULLED BACK HARD. SEABISCUIT WAS NOW TOWING LIGAROTI DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH, AND WITHOUT WARNING HOWARD’S SPORTING GESTURE HAD DISINTEGRATED INTO A BACKALLEY BRAWL. WITH TWENTY YARDS TO GO, WOOLF TORE RICHARDSON’S HAND FREE, HE THEN GRABBED LIGAROTI’S BRIDLE AND PULLED BACK TO SLOW THE HORSE. AT THE WIRE, IT WAS SEABISCUIT BY A NOSE. THE REPORTERS CALLED THE RACE “THE DINGBUSTINGEST CONTEST YOU EVER CLAPPED AN EYE ON.”