Seabiscuit, the legendary race horse and subject of a major motion picture, lived and is buried at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits along Highway 101 in central Mendocino County. San Francisco auto salesman Charles Howard paid $7,500 for Seabiscuit and hired trainer Tom Smith and jockey Red Pollard to race him. Together they turned a 3-year-old, seemingly broken-down, rebellious horse into a champion and one of the greatest racehorses in history. Together they embodied the American spirit and gave hope to millions of Americans during the darkest economic era our nation has ever faced. One victory after another, Seabiscuit lifted the citizens of our country out of the despair of the Great Depression and became the greatest icon of his time.
The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to promote the cultural legacy of Ridgewood Ranch, the home and final resting place of this legendary racehorse. Through historic preservation, environmental conservation and public education the foundation’s ultimate goal is to create a living museum by continuing Ridgewood’s 150-year history as a working ranch. Individuals and groups are welcome to take a guided tour of Ridgewood Ranch, Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, and Charles Howard’s historic craftsman style ranch house. To schedule a reservation or for individuals interested in contributing to the preservation and conservation of Ridgewood Ranch, contact them or visit their website.
16200 No. Hwy 101, Willits (google map)