Willits, CA, June 23, 2007
After an absence of more than 55 years, a classic, life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary American racehorse Seabiscuit was returned to its original home at Ridgecrest Ranch in Willits, California.
The statue was transported by an historic, fully restored Seabiscuit-era van once used at the ranch.
The sculpture departed Atlas Bronze Castings in Salt Lake City on April 10 for a “Seabiscuit- Homecoming Tour”.
With police escorts and in a takeoff on Seabiscuit’s old whistlestop tours, ceremonial visits were made across the country.
A Call to Post preceded and concluded each stop.
The final “whistlestop” was held aboard a historic Northwest Pacific caboose circa 1909-1971.
As the time honored van carrying the Seabiscuit statue arrived at Ridgewood Ranch, the magnificent old statue was finally back home.
A private ceremony was held at the place where the legendary Seabiscuit spent his final racing and retirement years, died, and was buried.
‘May the World Never Forget the Magnificent Seabiscuit’ (Laura Hillenbrand)
Seabiscuit Press Stop
Seabiscuit with trainer, Tom Smith, Bing Crosby and others.
Seabiscuit Arrives At Home
Historic Video: Seabiscuit and War Admiral Race 1938
Story Link: Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation