Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard’s race-worn saddle, which he wore upon the back of the famed champion racehorse and cultural icon who captivated the nation during the Great Depression and whose improbable story was immortalized in book and film, 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 victory — the last ever race for the legendary thoroughbred.
“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 of which he wore when he beat Triple Crown winner War Admiral in their 1938 winner-take-all match race – considered the greatest horse race in history – the other from his historic 1940 Santa Anita Handicap win, earning the title of the world’s leading money winner of his day.
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, 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,” said Chris Lowe. “I feel this is the right time, especially given the 75th anniversary of his greatest win, to let others enjoy and treasure the memory of this great horse.”
“Seabiscuit was one of a kind, and there will never be another like him. Perhaps the singular representation of the Depression-era underdog, his rags-to-riches story thrilled two generations: his own, and our modern one, with the publication of Lauren Hillenbrand’s best-selling book in 2002 and the subsequent film,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com. “Chris Lowe has perfectly preserved the memory of Seabiscuit with this collection, and with the 75th anniversary of Seabiscuit’s Santa Anita Handicap victory upon us, there’s no better time to showcase it to the world.”
Highlights from “The Seabiscuit Collection of Chris Lowe” include, among other things:
- 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 MemorabiliaCollection (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 remarkable horse racing collectibles and more than $1 million in other spectacular sports memorabilia.