One of Red Pollard’s saddles, used on the great Seabiscuit, sold at Lelands auction house in December for a stunning $104,000! Some reports say it was the saddle used by Red Pollard in the Biscuit’s last race — the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. Others say it was used in his match race with War Admiral. Either way, that saddle saw a lot of action.
While the reserve on the saddle was only $5,000, it’s not the highest price paid for Seabiscuit’s tack. In 2003, a racing enthusiast paid $125,000 for a kangaroo saddle trimmed with lizard skin, also used by Red Pollard.
The saddle was part of a collection of Seabiscuit memorabilia owned by Chris Lowe and included more than 150 Seabiscuit items, including original race programs, signed photos and etchings, oil paintings, advertising material, artwork, rare books, prints, and glass and chinaware.