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Seabiscuit is the true story of the little horse that could. From The Rookie to Miracle, we all love to root for the underdog...even when the underdog is a horse. Set in Depression-era America, Seabiscuit follows three men, each with a broken life, as they come together to fix a broken horse. As the ungainly thoroughbred began to win, his popularity exploded. Americans sensed a bit of themselves in Seabiscuit, and the whole country gathered around radio sets to listen as he edged out the reigning champion. Seabiscuit galloped into history and was as famous in his day as Tiger Woods is today.
The idea that horses are elite athletes fascinated our kids. Although "the track" had rather seedy connotations in our minds, our husbands were psyched by the idea of a sunny day with the horses and had the kids packed into the car before we could say Post Time. We got to the track at dawn and took a Tram Tour, learning how the jockeys equal out their weights and how the horses are drug tested before and after each race. During a peaceful breakfast at the track, we studied the Race Form, getting up to speed on the horses and jockeys, the owners and trainers. As we tried to explain how the track calculates each horses' odds, we realized we could excuse our day at the races as an extended math field trip! Flush with background history and odds, we scrambled over to the pre-race parade to chose a horse to root for during the race. Then, we flopped down under the midday sun to wait for Post Time. The sound of the crowd, the thunder of hooves, and the catch in our throats as our horse pulled ahead thrilled us all!
A Day at the Races
Time Allotment: All day
Age Recommendation: 6 and up
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom about this Popcorn Adventure:
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