Steven W. Freenor
HIST-122-AGA1 AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877
17 April 2014
During the downturn of the world’s economy, the Great depression was one of the hardest on the people. After having the fall of the stock prices which started around 4 September of 1929, it became known worldwide fast. The Great depression not only had effects on the rich but also the poor. Unemployment in the United states rose to be over twenty five percent, and in some countries well over thirty three percent. This was a time when people looked to entertainment and hobbies to raise their sprits.
Seabiscuit being a horse that went against all the odds with a jockey who was not the average jockey of the time. Proved to show that he could do anything and everything to exceed all expectations. Seabiscuit was born on May 23, 1933, from a mare by the name of Swing On and Sired by a Stud called Hard Tack. Hard Tack being the son of Man O’ War, one of the many greatest racing thoroughbreds in time, Seabiscuit was expected to do great things from the start. Seabiscuit start to his training and racing career all started with his first trainer by the name of Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons being known for taken Gallent Fox to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, had saw the great potential in Seabiscuit. Fitzsimmons also felt that Seabiscuit was also too lazy, so he did not take much time into training Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit was made into the butt of all the jokes in the stables, due to as a two year old he was entered into thirty-five races. These races being claiming stake races Seabiscuit was able to be bought for a price of $2500 dollars, but no one wanted to take on this horse.
On June 29, 1936 at the a race called the Suffolk Downs , trainer Tom Smith who worked for a automobile entrepreneur by the name of Charles S. Howard, first laid his eyes on Seabiscuit. It is said that Tom nodded at the horse and the horse winked back at him and he knew...