Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) affectionately calls Seabiscuit “Pops”.
This was the real nickname Pollard gave the horse since Seabiscuit was considered “old” during his time as a major thoroughbred racer.
This was because Seabiscuit, when young and already small, had to run in what are called handicap races.
Why did they call Seabiscuit Pops?
Seabiscuit was foaled in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 23, 1933, from the mare Swing On and sire Hard Tack, a son of Man o’ War. Seabiscuit was named for his father, as hardtack or “sea biscuit” is the name for a type of cracker eaten by sailors.
What happened Red Pollard?
But the injuries that plagued Red throughout his career unseated him from the celebrated thoroughbred more than once. In February 1938, he was almost crushed to death in a horse pile-up at the San Carlos Handicap. It took months to recover.
When did Red Pollard die?
March 7, 1981
How true is Seabiscuit?
Seabiscuit is a 2003 film based on the novel Seabiscuit: An American Legend. The true story recounts the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular sensation in the United States near the end of the Great Depression.