Trainer Tom Smith with Seabiscuit circa 1936 courtesy
The rivalry led to a 1938 match up at Maryland's Pimlico Track. Forty thousand fans watched the race from the grandstand. Forty million Americans listened on their radios, including President Roosevelt who postponed his meetings until the race was complete. Although Seabiscuit was the underdog, he managed to outsmart and outpower War Admiral, reaching the finish line four lengths ahead. In under two minutes, he had stopped the nation, diverting their attention from the Great Depression and the impending war to the "The Race of the Century".