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Children's LiteratureEveryone likes to see the underdog win and this book tells an engaging story about a horse that didn't seem like he was going to amount to anything. Even though he had great lineage, Seabiscuit had not come in first in a race during the last two years. His owner wanted to sell him, but nobody really wanted a non-winning, troublesome horse. That is until Tom Smith got a good look at him. He convinced his boss to purchase Seabiscuit and then he began working with Seabiscuit and together they began to win races. Suddenly he became a hero and even people as famous as President Roosevelt took an interest in his races. The most amazing thing about Seabiscuit was his recovery from an injury and at a very old age for a racehorse his subsequent winning of the Santa Anita Handicap—a race he had lost twice before. After that, he did indeed earn his retirement. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 6 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot