Any experienced athlete will tell you that it really isn’t a good idea to underestimate your opponent because of their size, age, and other physical attributes. After all, you could never tell what they are capable of until you take them head-on.
This is perfectly exemplified by the movie Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit is an equestrian sports film released in 2003. Directed by Gary Ross, it is an adaptation of the non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand and loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, a Thoroughbred racehorse that was often overlooked because of its size. Despite his shortcomings, he had managed to won many races that made him very popular in the U.S. during the Great Depression.
The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks among many others. The plot of the film mainly revolves around Red Pollard (Maguire), Charles S. Howard (Bridges), and Tom Smith (Cooper), who overcome many difficulties as a jockey, owner, and trainer of Seabiscuit to achieve fame and success with the horse.
The child of a Canadian family ruined financially by the Great Depression, Red becomes a jockey after his family leaves him with a horse trainer. He earns extra income by participating in illegal boxing matches that left him with a blind eye. Howard, meanwhile, is a former clerk in a bicycle shop who becomes knowledgeable with automobiles after a passing motorist asked him to repair his car. Eventually, he gains enough knowledge to improve the performance of cars and sell them as a dealer, allowing him to become the largest car dealer and one of the richest men in California.
Howard suffers a major depressive episode after his son was killed in a vehicular accident, which causes his wife to leave him. On a trip to Mexico to file for divorce, he meets Marcela Zabala (Banks) and marries her later on. He also acquires a stable of horses and meets horse trainer and drifter Smith, who specializes in rehabilitating injured and abused horses. He hires him to manage his stables.
Later on, Smith convinces Howard to purchase the colt Seabiscuit, who comes from a notable lineage but considered problematic by its previous handlers and was later broken and trained to lose against better horses. After being unable to find a jockey willing to ride Seabiscuit, Smith finally finds the best candidate in Red. He sees him brawling with other stable boys and realizes Red has a temperament similar to the horse. He decides that Red will be Seabiscuit’s jockey.
The movie is truly an inspirational one and if you love horses or feel-good movies in general, you’ll certainly enjoy this film. After all, it didn’t receive seven Academy Award nominations for anything.