I do not like horses. I don’t want to ride one. I don’t want to go see the race. I have no desire to ever be around a horse. And I know absolutely nothing about them. That said, I get the attraction. They are intelligent and beautiful animals. And I have a lot of respect for horses and how they have contributed to our history.
I knew absolutely nothing about Seabiscuit before reading this book. And I could not stop talking about what I learned. This book was absolutely fascinating, and I cannot recommend it highly enough, even if you aren’t a horse person, like me. The story explains how Seabiscuit was purchased, a history of the owners, a history of the jockey and information about jockeys in general from the time period, Seabiscuit’s strengths and weaknesses, all in complete transparency. The author, Laura Hillenbrand, does a great job making this story appeal to all readers.
Fun facts: Seabiscuit never ran the Triple Crown because he was too old by the time he got his act together and was able to race. His biggest competitor, War Admiral, was actually his uncle. More newspaper column space in 1938 was spent on Seabiscuit over FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. And you really can’t imagine what jockeys do to themselves to maintain a low weight. Ammonia in their soda is just the tip of the iceberg.
I could not believe how much I loved this book and was completely captivated by it. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you aren’t a horse person. You will learn so much.