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The Great Depression

Seabiscuit II - The Great Race

The Great Depression<BR>(1929-1945)
The Great Depression

Seabiscuit II - The Great Race
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.67

     challenging words:    furlong, horseracing, never-quit, plucky, scrappy, achievement, odds, aristocrat, thrust, series, rarely, sleek, racing, races, attack, fell
     content words:    Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, War Admiral, Though Seabiscuit, Man O'War, East Coast, Could Seabiscuit, Then War Admiral, Santa Anita Race Park

Other Languages
     Spanish: Seabiscuit II: la gran carrera

Seabiscuit II - The Great Race
By Toni Lee Robinson

1     The Triple Crown is a series of three big races for young horses. They are the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, and the Preakness. Winning all three is the most exciting achievement in horse racing. A horse named War Admiral won the Triple Crown in 1937. Though Seabiscuit had won the most money that year, War Admiral was named Horse of the Year.
2     War Admiral was a son of the great Man O'War. He looked likely to follow in his father's footsteps. The sleek black horse was taking the East Coast by storm. Racing fans liked to bet on the Admiral. He rarely let them down.
3     All over the country, however, people were crazy about "the Biscuit." This scrappy, never-quit horse had captured their hearts. In the tough Depression days, people connected with the hard luck horse. If he could make it, they seemed to think, so could they.
4     The two great horses had been due to meet in several races. The match up never seemed to work out. Sometimes track conditions weren't good. Sometimes one of the horses was injured. One or the other of the horses had always been "scratched," or withdrawn from the race. Finally, a special match race was planned.
5     Most people thought War Admiral would win the race. After all, he was an East Coast horse with lots of class. A born and bred aristocrat. He had won many big races. People hoped, though, that their Biscuit would beat the odds. They wanted to see the plucky underdog win out over his big name rival.

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