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One hundred thousand dollar purses were offered, and the event was finally scheduled for Memorial Day, at the historic Belmont Park. The upcoming race dominated conversation, and everyone had a favorite.


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There was no doubt as to which horse Joe Palmer favored. He wrote in The Blood-Horse:.

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Unfortunately, Seabiscuit was withdrawn six days before the scheduled event, after leg trouble developed, and the two champions were forced to postpone the clash. War Admiral defeated the good horse Snark in the Queen's County Handicap, giving him six pounds and winning by a length. Fans disappointed by the postponement of the match race were dealt a second blow when War Admiral failed to go to post in the Suburban Handicap on the twenty-eighth, allegedly because he was asked to give four pounds to his former rival Pompoon.

The former juvenile champion's ten race winning streak came to an end, however, when he was nosed out by Snark, who was forced to break the stakes record to claim victory. Ironically, dodging Pompoon didn't prevent an end to War Admiral's winning streak. He went to Suffolk Downs for the Massachusetts Handicap instead of running in the Suburban, and ended up finishing out of the money for the first and only time in his career.

The winner was the three-year-old Menow, the previous season's juvenile champion and the future sire of the great Tom Fool. The reason for War Admiral's failure was a minor injury to the same right forefoot that he had damaged in the Belmont Stakes. The muddy track contributed to a misstep which resulted in the self inflicted wound.

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The poor showing attracted more attention than his wins. He bounced back to winning form immediately, however. First, he proved it wasn't the mud that defeated him by galloping home eight lengths the best in a muddy Wilson Stakes. Among the defeated were such quality horses as Fighting Fox, successful full brother to Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox, and the champion mare Esposa, conqueror of both Discovery and Seabiscuit. The Admiral beat Esposa again in the Saratoga Handicap. He had to work a bit harder for that win, giving away fourteen pounds and fighting to hold off the mare in the stretch and claim a neck victory.

While War Admiral reeled off his series of victories at Saratoga, Seabiscuit grabbed attention in the west, scoring in the Hollywood Gold Cup. The public continued to crave a meeting between the heroes. In the end, Pimlico Race Course became the upset winner in the fight to hold the great match when its president, Sagamore Farm's A. The conditions seemed to be tailor-made for War Admiral, with a walk-up start due to the Triple Crown winner's dislike for the starting gate.

George Cassidy traveled from New York to start the race, since Sam Riddle had a disagreement with Pimlico's starter, the distance was confirmed at a mile and three sixteenths, since both horses had won at that distance when racing at Pimlico in the past, and each horse carried pounds.

Seabiscuit vs War Admiral

War Admiral was the betting favorite, and after two false starts the race was underway. Seabiscuit, who was usually a come-from-behind horse, changed the anticipated race strategy when he took command immediately, and although War Admiral stuck beside him into the homestretch, Seabiscuit gamely fought off War Admiral's bid for the lead and won by four lengths. Seabiscuit was named Horse of the Year.


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As a five-year-old, The Admiral won his only start, a purse event in which he beat Belmont Stakes winner Pasteurized, before an injured ankle forced the end of his racing days. The Admiral led the Sire's List in , and was the leading sire of juvenile performers three years later.

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War Admiral was also an excellent broodmare sire, with his daughters including the great handicap mare Busher, who beat Calumet Farm's champion gelding Armed in the Washington Park Handicap and was named Horse of the Year, as well as Busanda, a multiple stakes winner whose victories included the Suburban Handicap and two runnings of the Saratoga Gold Cup, and whose offspring included Buckpasser, the Horse of the Year.

This text protected by all applicable copyright laws. Do not duplicate or distribute without written permission. Rated at pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap for American juveniles of , 7 pounds below champion Pompoon and seventh overall. As an individual War Admiral s tood Highly strung, he was a bad actor at the start of his races and severely injured his right forefoot during his antics at the start of the Belmont Stakes, winning nonetheless in time that broke his sire's year-old track record.


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As a stallion War Admiral led the American general sire list in and was sixth in and He was also ninth in and 10th in He led the American juvenile sire list in According to Jockey Club records, War Admiral sired winners He was the leading American broodmare sire in and War Admiral is a Classic chef-de-race in the Roman dosage system.

He had his greatest influence on modern bloodlines through his daughters sired on daughters of the great foundation mare La Troienne.

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He was trained by George Conway, who had been the stable foreman during Louis Feustel's tenure as trainer of Man o' War. War Admiral stood at Faraway Farm until , when the executors of Riddle's estate Riddle had died in sold the remaining portion of the farm. Pedigree notes War Admiral is outcrossed through five generations.