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The Great Depression
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Seabiscuit I - The Biscuit Becomes a Winner



Seabiscuit I - The Biscuit Becomes a Winner
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.77

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    beater, choppy, fretted, furlong, hard-luck, Jo-Jo, oddball, scrubby, scruffy, underloved, years-more, ragged, entire, spite, fans, fortune
     content words:    Not Seabiscuit, Charles Howard, Tom Smith, But Smith, Red Pollard, Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita, In Depression, War Admiral


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Seabiscuit I - The Biscuit Becomes a Winner
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     He didn't seem like a guy that would draw crowds. He was chunky where others were lean. He ran with all the grace of an egg beater. He could be cranky and stubborn. Instead of a long, graceful swish of tail, he had a stubby little bristle. He was Seabiscuit, the race horse from the wrong side of the tracks.
 
2     The oddball horse had ruined some big plans. He was the grandson of Man O' War, the greatest race horse ever. All the great horses loved to run. They thrilled at the sights and sounds of the race. The other horses pounded away beside them. The crowd roared. The jockeys on their backs urged them on. And the great ones stretched and strained and ran their hearts out.
 
3     They gave everything they had to be the first at the "wire," or finish line. Not Seabiscuit. "What's the big deal?" was the little horse's attitude. "I can take or leave this racing stuff." Seabiscuit seemed to have none of the "heart" of his famous grandfather.
 
4     "He's just lazy," declared his first trainer. But it could have been that his "heart" was overworked and underloved. As a young horse, Seabiscuit was run ragged. He ran forty-three races in three years—more than many horses run in an entire career.

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