1938 Pimlico Special: Seabiscuit’s landmark victory over War Admiral still resonates 75 years later

1938 Pimlico Special program

1938 Pimlico Special program

Today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most important events in thoroughbred racing history. On Nov. 1, 1938, Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in the Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

Seabiscuit was a 5-year-old at the time, while War Admiral was 4. A former claimer, Seabiscuit had lost his first 17 career starts before rising to stardom. War Admiral, meanwhile, won the Triple Crown in 1937 and was viewed by many as invincible.

Seabiscuit proved otherwise.

Both horses were eventually elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.


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