Movie: The Story of Seabiscuit [1949] Movie: The Story of Seabiscuit [1949]

Movie: The Story of Seabiscuit [1949] Movie: The Story of Seabiscuit [1949]

Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Listen, Ted, you just finished third on a colt that could have won.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Oh, is that so? The bad ride beat him, huh?



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
No. His disposition beat him. He's too friendly, too sociable for his own good. Now, I've been working on an idea. I cut two holes in his blinkers, and here's what you've got to do. The next time you start with him, take him to the front if you can. When you can see the head of a horse closing in on you out of the corner of your eye, hit the Biscuit with all the power that's in you, three times, no more. After that, hand ride him to the wire. Is that clear now?



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Sure, that's easy.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
And get this. Do it every time you start, three terrible, hard cuts.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Okay, then what?



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
He'll soon learn it's not play, and it won't be long till you notice him cocking an ear back to listen at what's coming up behind. After that, you'll not need the whip. He'll get up and go to get away from it when he gets a peek at the closing horse through the holes in his blinkers.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Well, it won't hurt to try. I'll ride him just that way.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I think it'll work.

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Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Margaret.



Margaret O'Hara:
Was ever a woman so humiliated, to have her man stolen by a horse?



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
You don't really mean that it's over?



Margaret O'Hara:
'Tis not tricks that I'm up to, Ted. I came to say goodbye and to wish the two of you, you and Seabiscuit, the best of luck.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
But, I thought you'd be able to forgive me when you saw how it was.



Margaret O'Hara:
Forgive you for allowing Uncle Shawn's evil, old tongue to sway you?



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
I'm not hiding behind your uncle.



Margaret O'Hara:
The old conniver. Oh, aren't you now? I suppose he had nothing to do with it.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
I would have done it anyway. Because I love you, I thought it was the right thing for me to quit riding. But it wasn't right because it made me quit a loser. And this much I do know about the O'Haras, you wouldn't want a man that was a loser. So, I'll quit a winner or not at all.



Margaret O'Hara:
Is that all you have to say, Ted?



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
That's all Margaret. Except, I love you.

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Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Did you buy anything?



Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner:
No, but I'm going to buy one now, if you'll sell. I saw a three-year-old of yours running in a selling race this afternoon, smallish sort of colt with big knees, Seabiscuit.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Seabiscuit? Why do you want him?



Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner:
Well, you can't shoot for the stakes all the time. I gotta have some horses for cheap races. He was entered for 6000. Will you take 8000 for him?



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Well, I think so. How about it, George?



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
The string's pretty large, boss. We've got a lot like him.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
It's a deal, Charlie.



Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner:
Good. We'll get him tomorrow. By the way, Tom, I hired Shawn O'Hara on the strength of your letter.


[Mr. Milford and George look at each other and laugh]



Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner:
What's the joke?



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Oh, nothing. Only George and I know now why you want the Biscuit. And listen, Charlie, when you get him back to California, don't let Shawn stable him in the living room!

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Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
You've a perfect right to know why I came to America. I'm through training jumping horses for the rest of me days. No doubt you remember the last grand national at Aintree?



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Oh, sure. I remember.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I saddled the favorite, Blackwatch. And the jockey was Danny, Margaret's brother. He was a great jockey and a great lad. Blackwatch was the best horse, and Danny the best jockey that day. We were the favorite. We had it won handily. He was running easily. It was just as though Danny were taking that grand, strong horse for a gallop. Sure there were jumps, and Blackwatch flew over them. Then came the last jump. Who knows what happened? Not I. Not anyone. They failed to clear it, and Blackwatch was down with Danny under him. Both boy and horse were done for when I got there. For 30 years I've been training jumpers in the so-called sport of kings. But that day at Aintree it came to me that when you kill a lovely lad and break the back of a fine horse the devil's in it, and not kings. A large part of me heart is in Danny's grave. And as for Margaret, I only hope the time will come when the blackness of that day will be lifted from her soul.

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Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
You judge the next two or three, George. Shawn and I won't open our heads.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I'll not so much as whisper. I give you me word.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Come on with him.


[stable hand brings up Seabiscuit]



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
And that was bred here? What is it?



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Seabiscuit by Hard Tack out of Swing On.



stable hand:
He's always been kind of runty.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Yeah. Runty's right. Look at those knees. Big enough for a three-year-old. Well, George, deciding about this one won't strain you.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Get him to the shipping paddock, quick.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
One minute. Mr. Millford, I gave you me word, and you can call me what you like, but I'm going to have me say. I'm begging you, I'm praying you, don't let this little man go.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Well, can you beat that? Boss, I've stood for a lot here this morning, but if you keep this runty, big-kneed thing on the say of this Irish expert, I'm getting off the place.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Man, you don't know what you're saying. I'll leave, and gladly, to trouble you no more on one condition: give this colt a chance to show you what he can do.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Nobody's going to leave over one yearling. Shawn, I promised George, and I'm keeping my word. Shipping paddock.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
The day will come, sir, when you'll hold your head higher and breathe deep to be called his owner.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
You die hard, don't you, Shawn.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I doubt if it's hard enough.

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