Seabiscuit was owned by Charles Howard. Although a grandson of Man o’ War, he trained and raced predominantly on the west coast and had an unpromising racing start. After connecting with the right trainer, Seabiscuit started winning. Thought of as an underdog in the “Race of the Century” at Pimlico in 1938, Seabiscuit went on to set a track record and beat War Admiral in this now famous race.
Taylor House Museum exterior house photo
The background of this wall is a mural of the “Race of the Century”, showing Seabiscuit and War Admiral racing at Pimlico in 1938. Also displayed are photographs of the two horses, an official souvenir program from the race, and photographs of the Riddle Farm, east of Berlin, where War Admiral trained.
The Glen Riddle Farm, east of Berlin, was the winter headquarters of Samuel D. Riddle who owned two of the greatest racehorses of the 20th century. Man o’ War, and his son War Admiral. Both horses trained on this local farm which is now the site of the new Glen Riddle residential/golf course community.
Taylor House Museum interior of the dining room
Man o’ War, owned by Samuel Farm, east of Berlin. One of the greatest racehorses of the 20th century, he won every race he ran in except one, where he was turned at the start. If that race had been longer he probably would have won that as well. Man o’ War was also a great stud horse, siring over 300 foals, including War Admiral. He was also a grandsire of Seabiscuit.
This souvenir program is from the “Race of the Century’ between War Admiral and Seabiscuit. The race was held at Pimlico on November 1,1938. Over 40,000 people watched from the in-field as Seabiscuit came in first, beating the race favorite War Admiral.
Man o’ War was not only a great racehorse, but an extremely successful stud horse. One of his sons, War Admiral, was a Triple Crown winner and certainly one of the greatest horses of the 20th century. Seabiscuit, though a year older than War Admiral, was Man o’ War’s grandson.
War Admiral, son of Man o’ War, was also owned by Samuel Riddle and trained on the Riddle Farms, east of Berlin. This triple crown winner won every race he entered in 1937.