SEABISCUIT: THE LOST DOCUMENTARY (Made in 1939 by SEABISCUIT's Owner - Charles Howard)
In this seemingly forgotten film, "SEABISCUIT: the Lost Documentary", produced by Robert M. Connell and narrated by Martin Mason, the viewer is taken through the early life of this champion thoroughbred - grandson of the legendary MAN O'WAR.
You'll see SEABISCUIT's birth, his early life at the stables and his early racing career under the Wheatley Stable (Gladys Mills Phipps; mother to Ogden Phipps of the legendary Phipps Stable) silks (which is dealt with in tremendous detail of how he was almost raced to death under this cruel and demanding stable) and then the sale of SEABISCUIT to Charles Howard where he was slowly let down and re-built and ultimately flourished. Though the film footage is not of SEABISCUIT in younger years, the images of similar thoroughbre foals are quite amusing for those in the know about horses.
You'll see films of SEABISCUIT's actual races starting with his first race in Hialeah (Florida) on January 19, 1935, where his fourth-place finish earned him $50; this is followed by more races in which SEABISCUIT ran in. Watch Charles Howard purchase SEABISCUIT after claiming him for $8,000. After this the horse comes to race under the Howard Stables' silks and is put through workouts by trainer, Tom Smith.
This action-packed film chronicles SEABISCUIT's most thrilling races including the heart-stopping photo finish at the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap and the legendary match race with WAR ADMIRAL in 1938. You've read the best-selling novel and seen the major motion picture - now you can experience a rare authentic journey back to the 1930's, when the sensational SEABISCUIT was dominant and in his prime.
In this extraordinary piece of horse racing history, this documentary was released in 1939 by SEABISCUIT's owner, Charles Howard, in honor of SEABISCUIT being awarded the, "Horse of the Year" title in America in 1938, but also a year before SEABISCUIT's comeback from injury to win the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap and retire as champion on April 10, 1940.
Expertly restored in the original black-and-white format, and expanded to include a vibrant color version, this fast-paced film will appeal to horseracing aficionados, history buffs and anyone who's ever loved a champion. Due to the nature of the original elements of this vintage film, the quality may differ from the standard films made today.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||U.S. & Canadian Flat Racing|