A Stratford connection to Seabiscuit
(07/27/03) STRATFORD - The movie 'Seabiscuit' is based upon the real-life story of a horse in the 1930s that helped lift the spirits of the nation during the depression. Norah Pollard, the daughter of Seabiscuit's jockey Red Pollard, never realized her father's role in the nation's history.
Norah said as she was growing up in Rhode Island she learned a little about her father and Seabiscuit through others, but never asked her father about it. Red Pollard spent a lot of time on the road racing, which made it difficult for them to talk. Norah, a published poet who has written poems about her father, grew closer to him as an adult. Red Pollard, whose legacy has been kept alive over the years through many stories published about him and Seabiscuit, passed away in 1981.
Norah says the recently released film 'Seabiscuit' distorts her father's relationship with his parents. The movie makes it seem that Red's parents pushed him to leave home and race full-time as a teenager, but Norah says Red Pollard begged his parents to let him leave home and race. She adds the her grandparents tried to stay in touch with Red as he traveled across the country.