From the Blood-Horse
Seasbiscuit saddleSeabiscuit jockey Red Pollard’s race-worn saddle, which he wore upon the back of the famed champion, is among the rare Seabiscuit memorabilia being offered as part of the Lelands.com Vintage Sports 2014 Catalog Auction, which closes Jan. 16, 2015.

Pollard had gifted the saddle after Seabiscuit’s historic 1940 Santa Anita Handicap victorythe last race for the legendary Thoroughbred. Seabiscuit captivated the nation during the Great Depression and his improbable story was immortalized in book and film.

“The Seabiscuit Collection of Chris Lowe,”  which is being auctioned by Lelands.com, also features a glass-encased presentation case containing two Seabiscuit horseshoes. One he wore when he beat Triple Crown winner War Admiral in their 1938 winner-take-all match race. The other is from his historic 1940 Santa Anita Handicap win.

The auction at www.lelands.com boasts more than 150 Seabiscuit items, including original race programs, signed photos and etchings, oil paintings, advertising material, artwork, rare books, prints, and glass and chinaware.

“Chris Lowe’s collection is quite possibly the largest in the world. It is rare to be presented with an opportunity to own such treasures symbolizing triumph, resilience, and a blaze-of-glory finish,” said Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the historic preservation of Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA., the home and final resting place of the champion racehorse.

“There have been countless racehorses throughout the ages, but few, if any, have captured the imagination and inspired an entire nation, and continue to do so, like Seabiscuit,” Lowe said. “I feel this is the right time, especially given the 75th anniversary of his greatest win (in the 1940 Big ‘Cap), to let others enjoy and treasure the memory of this great horse.”

Highlights include:

  • Red Pollard’s Seabiscuit Saddle (Reserve: $5,000)
  • Seabiscuit Race-Worn Horseshoes from War Admiral Match Race and Santa Anita Handicap (Reserve: $3,000)
  • Unprecedented Seabiscuit Associated Press Wire Photos (Reserve: $1,000)
  • Huge Seabiscuit Ephemera and Memorabilia Collection (Reserve: $500)
  • Unique Limited Edition Signed Print (Reserve: $500)
  • J. Pollard on Seabiscuit Signed Photo (Reserve: $500)
  • 1938 Seabiscuit vs. War Admira Program (Reserve: $500)
  • Collection of Seabiscuit Programs (Reserve: $500)
  • “The Admiral vs. The Biscuit” by Geoffrey Smith (Reserve: $1,000)

In addition to the one-of-a-kind Seabiscuit collection, the Lelands.com Vintage Sports 2014 Catalog Auction features an array of other horse racing collectibles and more than $1 million in other spectacular sports memorabilia.