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War Admiral wins the Kentucky Derby...

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May 9, 1937

THE OMAHA BEE-NEWS, Omaha, Nebraska, May 9, 1937

* War Admiral - horse racing
* Kentucky Derby win (1st of 3 wins)
* Triple crown winner
* Hindenburg dirigible disaster

This 40 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page that include: "War Admiral wins Kentucky Derby" and more. Nice to have this on the front page here. Also on the front page is reporting on the recent Hindenburg disaster.

The front page of the sport's section has a great banner headline: "WAR ADMIRAL EASILY WINS 63D KENTUCKY DERBY"
with subheads and two large photos. Nice for display here. This was the 1st of 3 historic wins for the famed horse.

Other news of the day. Little spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: War Admiral (1934–1959) was an American thoroughbred racehorse, the offspring of the great thoroughbred Man o' War and the mare Brushup. He inherited his father's fiery temperament and talent, but did not resemble him physically. He was smaller than Man o' War at 15.3 hands, compared to the 16.5-hand (167.6-cm) height of his Sire (16 hands for an average racehorse), with a dark brown coat inherited from his dam. The movie Seabiscuit inaccurately portrayed him at 18 hands. Seabiscuit was actually not that small a horse, at 15.2 hands, almost equal to War Admiral.

War Admiral was born at Faraway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky and was owned by Samuel D. Riddle. After 1936, his regular jockey until retirement was Charles Kurtsinger. War Admiral won 21 of his 26 starts, including the Pimlico Special and the coveted U.S. Triple Crown in 1937, earning him recognition as Horse of the Year.

War Admiral raced in the eastern United States, and in 1938 won eight major races, including the Whitney Handicap and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He is linked forever to the year-older Seabiscuit, who was a son of the Man o' War stallion Hard Tack and was the preeminent horse based in the western U.S. Their famous match race in the 1938 Pimlico Special, which War Admiral lost to Seabiscuit by four lengths, is considered by some to be the best thoroughbred horse race in U.S. history.

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