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Annotations for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

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Introduction

Hannah Heeter Annotations for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand Part 1; Preface; (pg. xvii-xix) Summary- The Preface describes just how famous Seabiscuit was back around 1938. Our generation has grown up in an age where horse races are not famous, but rather football and baseball games, rock stars, and political figures are. Seabiscuit had trains that were ?Seabiscuit Limited? and there was even Seabiscuit revenue that sold like crazy. Seabiscuit, for my generation, could be comparable to the Big Ben of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Red Pollard, Tom Smith, and Charles Howard formed a team that carried Seabiscuit to the top. Vocabulary- Adulation- verb; To show excessive admiration or devotion to (pg. xvii) Throngs- noun; A large group of people gathered or crowded closely together; a multitude (pg. xviii) ________________ Chapter 1; The Day of the Horse is Past; (pg.3-20) Summary- Chapter 1 introduces a main character, Charles Howard. He moves to San Francisco, California, with barely any money, and starts a bike repair shop. In San Francisco, the ?horse-less? carriage arose which many were afraid of. Howard saw opportunity. He created an automobile repair shop. He then traveled to Detroit and met with the Will Durant, chief of Buick Automobiles, whom then hired Howard. On April 18, 1906, there was an earthquake in San Francisco. The horse carriages could not take the firefighters in the fire to save the injured and homeless people or to get rid of the dead. Howard let them use the three cars he had, which in turn worked and showed automobiles? superiority. He had started a revelation. Howard then started doing daring stunts and races to promote a car?s durability. He was all over the press; whether in heroic stories of him winning a race or an ad for Buick?s, he had the limelight. In 1926, a rich, successful Howard took his wife out to Del Monte, and left their 15-year-old son, Frankie, at home. ...read more.

Middle

He was here in the hospital while his colt was out running. Workman could not keep Seabiscuit calm. Seabiscuit came out of the gate late. He caught up some from last place. Pollard was cheering him on! Only Indian Broom and Aneroid were ahead of him. He passed Indian Broom, and was aiming for Aneroid. Workman did not whip him, because he did not notice Seabiscuit was playing with Aneroid. He was just toying as if waiting for his jockey to tell him to go, so he never went, letting Aneroid win. Pollard, after being excited, could not believe it. He tried to think of a way to ride the next Saturday, but could not. He asked the nurse to get him one. He deserved one. Pollard was on the rode to alcoholism. Howard decided to let Workman ride in the Santa Anita Handicap. Smith was mad because Workman had not noticed Seabiscuit?s ears, which means he is not concentrating. Smith insisted and Workman was out. On February 28, Seabiscuit got his plaque for Horse of the Year from Horse and Horseman. Woolf tried his hardest to ride badly to get out of his contract, and it was a success. Woolf had a full laid out detailed chart that had Seabiscuit?s weakness and he explained how he would ride him. Woolf got the job. Woolf made a bet on Seabiscuit to win and then stopped at the hospital to see Pollard. The two talked about Seabiscuit and Woolf promised that if Seabiscuit won, he would give Pollard 10% of the purse. Vocabulary- Sobriquet- noun; A nickname (Pg. 188) Idiosyncratic- noun; A characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual (Pg. 189) Ire- noun; Intense anger (Pg. 192) Phalanx- noun; A number of individuals, esp. persons united for a common purpose (Pg. 195) Imbibing- verb; To consume (liquids) by drinking (Pg. 203) Analgesia- noun; Absence of sense of pain (Pg. 203) Abysmally- adverb; Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe (Pg. 204) ...read more.

Conclusion

He never let them come to watch him either. In 1955, at the age of forty-six, he called his racing career to an end. Pollard ended up sorting mail at the track post office and working as a valet. His injured body worsened with age and he fought alcoholism but never won. In the waning days of Pollard?s life, he stopped talking. No one is sure it was physical or he did not want to talk anymore. In 1980, Agnes found out she had cancer. She was in the hospital and the kids could not take care of him so they stuck him in a nursing home. In 1981, he died, not saying a word. Agnes was there with him as he passed. Agnes died two weeks later. Seabiscuit and Howard grew old together at Ridgewood. Howard invited visitors to come and watch Seabiscuit. His foals were just like him and Howard treated them as if they were his kids. He took them to training and many flocked to see them race. He took pictures of Seabiscuit and his foal and made Christmas cards out of them. Chicago?s Arlington Park racetrack made on card into a giant mural. Not many of Seabiscuit?s foals were good. Hollywood made a movie of Seabiscuit?s life and made a bad movie called The Story of Seabiscuit. Howard made Seabiscuit a cow herder to keep in moving. Howard helped the war effort by donating and sending Seabiscuit?s hooves. Howard?s heart was weak and Marcela nursed him through his waning years. Seabiscuit died on May 17, 1947. He died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 14. Howard was overcome with grief. He buried Seabiscuit in a secret place on the ranch. He planted an oak seed to mark the grave. Howard only told his sons the location. Three years later, Howard?s heart would fail him. Vocabulary- Insouciance- noun; Blithe lack of concern (Pg. 389) Atomizer- noun; An apparatus for reducing liquids to a fine spray, as for medicinal or cosmetic application (Pg. 391) Nefarious- adjective; Extremely wicked or villainous (Pg. 392) ...read more.

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