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The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) was a Drama - Family Film directed by David Butler and produced by William Jacobs.

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Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted, I've just had news of a startling nature. George Woolf has signed to ride Heel Fly for the Circle F.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: No kidding?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: We're in a pickle. And there's only one way out.
[looking pointedly at Ted]
Ted Knowles, Jockey: That's a bad break. No, sir. Nothing doing. I'm going to be sitting up in the grand stand with my best girl by my side.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted. Just a minute. Now, see here, lad. You brought this about. You'd no right to tell George you were definitely riding the Biscuit.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Now, wait a minute...
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Now, don't attempt to evade the situation. It rests squarely on your strong, young shoulders. Would you let Mr. Howard down? And through Mr. Howard me, your uncle-to-be? And through me, Margaret, the girl you love?
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Look who's talking. Who got me to give up riding? Who talked about food until I was starving to death?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Aw, food is for pigs.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Who practically forced me to take the job of assistant trainer?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: It was an old man talking to you, boy. An old man with the blood dried in his veins. You should never listen to such nonsense.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: I don't know. No that I think about it, I kind of like the idea of sitting in the grandstand.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Oh, the saints preserve us! Did I ever think I'd see a young jock with the hot blood in him ready to swap a seat on a horse for one on the grandstand?
Ted Knowles, Jockey: You can talk all you want. It won't do any good. I gave Margaret my promise.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ah, yes, but was your heart in your promise? Do you really want to see some other jockey on the Biscuit in the handicap? Are you the sort of boy that any old fool like meself can talk out of the greatest thrill in the world, winning the Santa Anita? What's sitting in the grandstands compared to checking your horse at the starting gate? And the gate sprung, and you're off. You feel Seabiscuit running swift and sure...
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Cut it out. You know I'd give my right eye to be up there.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: You shouldn't have interrupted. I had the race all but won for you.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: But I won't be winning it. When Margaret comes back she expects to find me a trainer. And that's just what I'm gonna be.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted, a word to the wise. The O'Hara women are

Margaret O'Hara: [about Seabiscuit] He is small. A full hen below the rest.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Sure he's small in the body, but big in the heart.
Margaret O'Hara: What do they call him?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Seabiscuit. You'd be hearing the name someday.

George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: I hear you're a magician, Shawn. You can look at a yearling and tell like that whether he'll turn out champion or cow.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: You exaggerate my abilities, George, but...
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: But that's exactly why you're here, Shawn.
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: Oh, brother! Why, we can't even tell when they're two-year-olds. Even after we've tested them plenty against each other we sometimes let a future winner go to the sales.
Margaret O'Hara: Perhaps you've let too many winners get away, Mr. Carson.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Now, Maggie, naturally George is doubtful.
Margaret O'Hara: If it's proof you want, Mr. Carson, listen to this: In all the years Uncle Shawn trained for Lord and Lady Maitland in Ireland, devil a colt that turned the trick was sold by them.
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: All right, Miss Margaret. Let me in on the secret, will you?
Margaret O'Hara: Of course. 'Tis simple. When it comes to a thoroughbred horse, Uncle Shawn is fey.
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: Fey? What's that?
Margaret O'Hara: It has to do with the little people: elves, gnomes, fairies.
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: So we're going to have the fairies pick our horses for us. Well, I give up. Boss, you can have my resignation whenever you want it.
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: Of course not. Don't fly off the handle. You and Shawn will make a great team.

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Though shot in Technicolor, the film incorporates actual black-and-white footage of Seabiscuit in races.
In the close-ups, Seabiscuit was played by Sea Sovereign, his son.
The horse which plays Seabiscuit was a cousin to the real Seabiscuit.
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