The phenomenon of Seabiscuit keeps rolling along, especially with the highly anticipated upcoming Universal Studios movie starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges set for release on July 25. With racing nostalgia at fever pitch, Eclipse Press has delved into the archives of its parent company, Blood-Horse Publications, and compiled "The Seabiscuit Story," using firsthand accounts of Seabiscuit's life and racing career as originally reported in the pages of The Blood-Horse magazine. These vintage issues, which date from 1935 to 1940, are rare so many of the articles in "The Seabiscuit Story" will be seen for the first time since the horse raced some 65 years ago.
The rags-to-riches story of 1930s hero Seabiscuit is chronicled in the 168-page book, which includes actual accounts of Seabiscuit's rise to fame starting with his first victory in a stakes race at age two, to his success under new trainer Tom Smith, and the coast-to-coast victories that made him a national icon during the Depression. Rarely seen original historic photographs from the archives of The Blood-Horse accompany the text. The book also includes insight from John McEvoy, author of the award-winning "Great Horse Racing Mysteries," also published by Eclipse Press.
"The Seabiscuit Story is an intriguing chronicle of Seabiscuit's career and will make a great addition to anyone's library. And it's fitting that such a fabulous collection of news accounts be found in the storied archives of the country's most respected horse racing magazine," noted Jackie Duke, editor of Eclipse Press. "It is fascinating to read the many actual race reports and feature stories penned by some of the leading turf writers of the day. Seabiscuit fans will delight in reading this book."
Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-seller "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," said of The Eclipse Press volume. "In the second half of the 1930s, a rough little horse named Seabiscuit took America by storm," Hillenbrand said. "From the horse's days in obscurity to the supreme moments of his life, the Blood-Horse was there, providing thorough coverage and insightful commentary. In "The Seabiscuit Story", The Blood-Horse presents all of these articles in a single elegant volume spanning more than forty years of reporting." The Seabiscuit Story" is not to be missed."