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Seabiscuit's Gravesite

RIDGEWOOD RANCH |Willits, California

Where is Seabiscuit buried?

Non-Profit seeks to Preserve and Protect Final Resting Place of the Legendary Racehorse

Seabiscuit - Legendary Racehorse

Replica of original Seabiscuit Statue was installed at Ridgewood Ranch as a memorial to the Champ in 2007
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Where is Seabiscuit buried?

This question lingers and we expect it will linger for years. The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation appreciates that after 70 years, racing fans young and old, care enough to ask this question.

Seabiscuit is buried at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, California, the property once owned by Charles and Marcela Howard where 'Biscuit spent his final years. Seabiscuit was privately owned by the Howards, not by a racing syndicate, and when he died an untimely death at Ridgewood Ranch on May 17, 1947, the Howard family wanted his burial to be personal and private. Their sense of loss was said to be profound and long-lasting.

According to Howard family historian, Colonel Michael C. Howard, USMC (Ret.), great-grandson of Charles S. Howard, the tree that stands over Seabiscuit's grave still stands, undisturbed, and is under no threat from development. The location of that tree remains a family secret.

The History of the Seabiscuit Statue

Charles and Marcela Howard have both passed. Nevertheless, upon Charles Howard's death in 1950, Ridgewood Ranch was sold to a logging concern, Welch & Welch. As part of the condition of the sale, the original statue of Seabiscuit was removed by Lindsey C. Howard, Sr. and the site where it stood was paved, permanently changing the landscape. The statue stood for the next half-century at BingLin Stock Farm, Moorpark, Ca and was eventually donated to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY by the Howard family.

As a memorial to the champ, in 2007, a replica of this statue was installed at Ridgewood thanks to the generosity of Chris and Anita Lowe of Wiltshire, England. The statue was publicly dedicated with members of the Howard family in attendance and with the blessing of the current ranch owners, Christ’s Church of the Golden Rule.

Dedication Ceremony Befitting a Champion

Bugler

The Howard Family at Seabiscuit Statue Dedication

The Statue reads:
'Biscuit's courage, honesty and physical prowess definitely place him among the thoroughbred immortals of turf history. He had intelligence and understanding almost spiritual in quality.

Donors Chris and Anita Lowe

Willits, CA, June 23, 2007 -- After an absence of more than 55 years, a life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary American racehorse Seabiscuit came back to its original home in northern California. Former Vice President Walter Mondale and his wife Joan, celebrated throroughbred racehorse owner Harry Aleo, and descendants of the owner, trainer, and jockey of Seabiscuit today paid tribute to the legendary American racehorse as a classic, life-sized bronze sculpture of the equestrian giant was unveiled and formally dedicated at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits. (Read full Press Release)

Ongoing Preservation Efforts

Today, ranch owners and Howard family descendants have no interest or plans to disturb Seabiscuit’s final resting place and, furthermore, strongly believe Charles and Marcela Howard would not wish Seabiscuit’s remains to be disturbed. Current historic preservation and land conservation efforts by the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation will ensure a safeguard of the gravesite into perpetuity.

A Seabiscuit Memorial Garden is currently being considered at the site where Seabiscuit’s original statue stood, feasible once sufficient funds can be raised to create and maintain it and with the approval of the property owners.

Donate Now

Donations in support of a Seabiscuit Memorial Garden or ongoing historic preservation efforts at Rigewood Ranch such as the nomination of Seabiscuit's stud barn to the National Register of Historic Places may be sent to:

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, 16200 N. Hwy 101, Willits, CA 95490 or made securely online.

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For more information call Toll free: (877) 459-5992 or (707) 459-5992 or contact us.

To aid the effort supporters are encouraged to visit biddingforgood.com/seabiscuit. Public letters of support addressed to Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation (www.seabiscuitheritage.org) could be included with a nomination application and forwarded on to Washington D.C. 

 

 


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The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization formed to promote the cultural legacy of the Ridgewood Ranch through historic preservation and environmental conservation. To make a contribution or for further information, contact the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, @Ridgewood Ranch, 16200 North Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490, email seabiscuit@instawave.net or visit www.seabiscuitheritage.org or call 707.459.5992

Since its inception in 1966, The Frank R. Howard Foundation, a 501(c)3, mission is to establish, promote and support programs that maintain, as well as improve, health care for the community of Willits and the entire Northern Mendocino County area. The Howard Foundation strives to ensure that quality medical services remain an integral element of the region through an acute care general hospital.  For more information please visit:  http://HowardFoundation.org or call (707)459-3047. 

Media Contact:

Tracy Livingston, President

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation

16200 North Hwy. 101

Willits, CA 95490

Tel.: 707.459.5992

Cell: 707.972.4541

Fax: 707.459.5969

www.seabiscuitheritage.org

seabiscuit@instawave.net 

or  

Ian Fitzpatrick

Frank R. Howard Foundation

Tel: 707 459-3047

e-mail: Ian@HowardFoundation.org 

Event photos are available upon request.

 


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May 22, 2010 - The Seabiscuit Heritage and The Frank R. Howard Foundation Present: Seabiscuit’s Legacy ART EXHIBITION & BENEFIT AUCTION Read More

April 5, 2010 - The Seabiscuit Heritage and The Frank R. Howard Foundation Present: Seabiscuit’s Legacy ART EXHIBITION & BENEFIT AUCTION Read More

January 14,2010 - The Seabiscuit Heritage and The Frank R. Howard Foundation Present: Seabiscuit’s Legacy ART EXHIBITION & BENEFIT AUCTION Read More

May 11, 2009 - AS SEABISCUIT LOOKS ON, US POSTAL SERVICE GIVES RACING LEGEND BIG STAMP OF APPROVAL AT HISTORIC RIDGEWOOD RANCH, CA Read more

February 23, 2009 - SEABISCUIT TO BE FEATURED ON NEW POSTAL SERVICE ENVELOPE Read more

September 3, 2008 - THOROUGHBRED RESCUE OPERATION TO BENEFIT FROM HISTORIC RIDGEWOOD RANCH TOUR Read more

July 1, 2008 - CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF AN AMERICAN ICON LIMITED EDITION SEABISCUIT SCULPTURES UNVEILED at Ridgewood Ranch May 24, 2008 Read more

May 24, 2008 – Col. Michael C. Howard, U.S.M.C. (ret.), great-grandson of Seabiscuit's owner, Charles S. Howard, proudly announces the release of two specially commissioned, limited edition bronze sculptures of Seabiscuit. Read more

August 6, 2007 - SONOMA COUNTY THOROUGHBRED RESCUE OPERATION TO BENEFIT FROM SPECIAL TOUR OF SEABISCUIT RANCH, N. CALIFORNIA HOME OF HORSE RACING LEGEND Read more

July 11, 2007 Seabiscuit Statue Officially Unveiled, Dedicated At Ridgewood Ranch - Home Of The Legendary Racehorse - In Willits, California Read More

June 4, 2007 Seabiscuit Statue To Be Unveiled, Dedicated At Ridgewood Ranch, Willits, Ca On Saturday, June 23 Read More

April 4, 2007 Seabiscuit Statue - The Homecoming Tour April 2007 Read More

February 7, 2007 Seabiscuit Statue to Return: After an absence of more than 55 years, a life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary American racehorse Seabiscuit is coming back to its original home in northern California. Read More


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