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Seabiscuit, Ligaroti, Suffolk Downs - August 12th

In a $25,000 winner-take-all match race, Seabiscuit defeated Ligaroti by a nose at Del Mar. The race pitted father against son, with Charles S. Howard, owner of Seabiscuit, competing with his son Lin, who owned Ligaroti in partnership with crooner Bing Crosby. Lin also trained him.  The race was so closely contested that the jockey for Ligaroti, Noel Richardson, kept rider George Woolf in a leg-lock for part of the stretch run. ~1938
 
Representatives of Suffolk Downs donated $625,000 to the National War Fund, the
single largest contribution by any sports venue in support of the war effort.
Six weeks later, an additional $10,885 was contributed. The track had held an
18-day War Charity meet to fund the donation. ~1943

 

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The Seabiscuit Ligaroti match race sounds like such a thrilling match, down to the wire for the win...just the way a match should be.

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