American Legend Horse Farm
is working in collaboration with Ridgewood Ranch in preserving the rare bloodline of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit.

"Thank you for the important work you do maintaining the Biscuit line."

Col. Michael Howard- Great Grandson of Charles Howard


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We would like to thank the following for their support:

Ridgewood Ranch
Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation

Interest Related Websites:
Seabiscuit - An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit - the movie by Universal Studios  

Seabiscuit - PBS Special  
Second Running
National  Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame National Sporting Library
Come on Seabiscuit  by Ralph Moody  
National Geographic News
Seabiscuit and War Admiral
Seabiscuit's Pedigree
California Heartland: Seabiscuit
Mendocino County Museum
Time Magazine: Seabiscuit Wins!
Seabiscuit Biography
Smithsonian Magazine: Betting on Seabiscuit
History Channel: True Story of Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit Movie Soundtrack
Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion

New! The Spirit of Seabiscuit by Jani Buron

May 5, 2008 

"We are very happy to announce Sally is in foal and also to support Pam Berg with her rescue efforts." said Cooper who purchased a stallion season for SEA OF SECRETS donated by Ballena Vista Farm. The donation benefits Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, an equine retirement foundation operated by Berg in nearby Sonoma County, California.

Berg and a handful of volunteers are rescuing and providing care for injured and retired thoroughbreds so that they may recover and return to riding soundness, just as Seabiscuit once did under his trainer Tom Smith. Tom Smith's nephew James Watkins along with his wife Lucy are both avid supporters of GEVA and help provide sponsorships for individual retired horses. GEVA was founded to provide homes for injured, retired, and abused horses, or horses just in need of a home.

Sea of Secrets is one of many quality stallion seasons offered annually at online auction to benefit GEVA. Thoroughbred breeders are encouraged to check back online this fall for the 2009 Auction. Yet another great roster of stallion seasons is anticipated. Donations for Glen Ellen Vocational Academy are also accepted and help provide feed, housing, and care for the horses of GEVA. For more information please visit:

Ballena Vista Farm is a full service Thoroughbred breeding operation located in Ramona, CA. WASHOE VALLEY SAL was bred to Sea of Secrets and recently returned home to Ridgewood where her famous ancestor once trod. The resulting foal is due in April. "Sally is very special to us. We lost our other Tb broodmare descending from Seabiscuit last fall. She along with our yearling filly BRONZE SEA are continuing an important line."

 "We anxiously await the arrival of our newest next Spring. Eventually we hope to have one of our Lil'Biscuit's racing in support of the Seabiscuit Heritage foundation."

"I think you will be very happy with the baby Sea of Secrets and Sally produce." said Vicki Rasmussen, Office Manager at Ballena Vista Farm. Sea of Secrets (Storm Cat-Love From Mom, by Mr. Prospector) is ranked Top-5 California Sire by winners & SWs. 2007 Earnings of $2.7 Million 5 SWs, 10 Stakes Horses in 2007, including Del Mar SW SEASIDE AFFAIR.

"I know that in this day and age it is hard to believe, especially at a farm having over 200 horses at any given time," adds Rasmussen, "but Farm Manager Manuel Ochoa provides care to each horse literally as if it were his own. He is simply an animal lover all the way around, and it shows. He takes personal pride in the way the horses look, feel and perform. No one has more heart than this farm, and Manuel."

Cooper commented she is very pleased with the quality horse breeding practices and appreciates the conscientious and thorough broodmare care given to Washoe Valley Sal during her short stay at Ballena Vista Farm. "I believe it is important for mares to be contented, stress-free and be able to enjoy lazy days during the breeding season. Ballena Vista Farm is very peaceful and quiet, with a lot of sunshine and fresh air. Our equine campers are very happy there."

GEVA inc. is a nonprofit organization with a 501 (c)(3) status granted by the IRS. Donations to the foundation are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Still a working ranch, Ridgewood has been designated one of America’s most threatened historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is now working with the current owners, the National Trust, and others to develop an overall preservation and resource management plan and identify funding sources.


The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization formed to promote the cultural legacy of the Ridgewood Ranch through historic preservation, environmental conservation and public education. To make a contribution or for further information, contact the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, @Ridgewood Ranch, 16200 Highway 101, Willits, CA 95460, or The foundation Web site address is

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