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Seabiscuit v War Admiral - Pimlico Special of 1938

In one of the greatest horse races of all time, Seabiscuit and War Admiral (the then-reigning Triple-Crown winner) ran a match race known as the Pimlico Special of 1938.  In a stunning upset, Seabiscuit beat the younger horse (his uncle, actually). 

Notice the start was a "walk-up."  For awhile, it "was either one; take your choice."  But that was before the horses started for the "home lane."

At 200 yards to go, Seabiscuit led by a length.  Then the Biscuit added another length, then another.  At the finish line, Seabiscuit was the match-race winner by four lengths. 

It was an amazing result, not least because Seabiscuit was a year older than his uncle. 

This is the race.  It was called by Clem McCarthy.


Media Credits

Universal Newsreel, online courtesy Archive.org.

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