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

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

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:
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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George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
I hear you're a magician, Shawn. You can look at a yearling and tell like that whether he'll turn out champion or cow.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
You exaggerate my abilities, George, but ...



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
But that's exactly why you're here, Shawn.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Oh, brother! Why, we can't even tell when they're two-year-olds. Even after we've tested them plenty against each other we sometimes let a future winner go to the sales.



Margaret O'Hara:
Perhaps you've let too many winners get away, Mr. Carson.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Now, Maggie, naturally George is doubtful.



Margaret O'Hara:
If it's proof you want, Mr. Carson, listen to this: In all the years Uncle Shawn trained for Lord and Lady Maitland in Ireland, devil a colt that turned the trick was sold by them.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
All right, Miss Margaret. Let me in on the secret, will you?



Margaret O'Hara:
Of course. 'Tis simple. When it comes to a thoroughbred horse, Uncle Shawn is fey.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
Fey? What's that?



Margaret O'Hara:
It has to do with the little people: elves, gnomes, fairies.



George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms:
So we're going to have the fairies pick our horses for us. Well, I give up. Boss, you can have my resignation whenever you want it.



Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms:
Of course not. Don't fly off the handle. You and Shawn will make a great team.

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Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Is, uh, is, uh, you folks, uh...?



Margaret O'Hara:
Could you be apt to telling me if there's a certain Mr. Millford, the horse breeder, anywhere about?



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
I don't rightly know what you's saying, missy. I'm here to pick up some folks that's going out to Mr. Millford's farm. A couple of foreigners.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
What language is this strange person talking, Maggie?



Margaret O'Hara:
I'm not sure.



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Don't y'all speak the English language?



Margaret O'Hara:
Yes, we do. Now, you listen carefully. This is Mr. Shawn O'Hara. I'm his niece. We've come all the way from Ireland. Mr. Millford's expecting us. Mr. Millford!



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Yes'm. Yes'm. You is which I'm looking for. I'm Mr. Millford's boy.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
His boy, you say?



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Yes, sir. Murphy's the name, sir.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Murphy - Did he say Murphy?



Margaret O'Hara:
I think he did, Uncle Shawn. Did you say Murphy?



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Yes, missy. Murphy. They calls me Walkin' Murphy.



Margaret O'Hara:
Walkin' Murphy?



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Yes'm. Most of us Murphys down here just sit. I walk.



Margaret O'Hara:
Well, that's fine.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Murphy! Now what part of Ireland are you from?



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
I don't rightly know, sir. Us Murphys down here only got a casual acquaintance with the Irish.



Margaret O'Hara:
Come on, Murphy. Take us to Mr. Millford.



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
I almost forgot what Mr. Millford said.


[clears his throat]



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Welcome to Kentucky, the Bluegrass state.



Margaret O'Hara:
Thanks, Murphy. Start walking.



Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy:
Yes'm.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Paris, Murphy, Bluegrass...



Margaret O'Hara:
It's a strange, new world, Uncle Shawn.

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Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Say, I think your niece is swell.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Well, you can't start an argument with me that way, me boy.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
I just wanted to know if it'd be okay by you if I dated her.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
And if it shouldn't be okay by me, I'm thinking you'd start an argument.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Well, I thought maybe you had it in for jocks, too. Darned if I don't think I'd stand a better chance with her if I were a stable boy. She's a mystery, that Margaret is. You know, Mr. O'Hara, maybe you could put in a good word for me.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
Well, now, being the kind of man you are, Ted, I've an idea you can solve that mystery without my help. However, I might be willing to put in a word here and there if you do me a bit of a favor in return.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Anything you say.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I'll not say much. Just buy that colt there, Seabiscuit.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Me, buy that little squirt? What for?



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I like him.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
But he hasn't got a chance. George doesn't think so either, or he wouldn't be shipping him.



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
I think you're both mistaken.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
Well, if you're so sure, why don't you buy him yourself?



Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer:
No, no. So long as I train for other people, I'll never race one of me own. I might be tempted to give him special consideration.



Ted Knowles, Jockey:
I feel the same way myself.

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