publication date: Sunday, August 28, 2005 (part of Round XXVI)
clue: This legendary racer became a depressed America's shining light.
explanation: During the Great Depression, underdog race horse Seabiscuit became a champion and captured the nation's attention. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Aaron Fischer, Chris McKinnon, Michael Paul Cote, Jackie Mason, E. M., Wendy Hampson, Justin Hampson, and Bob Miller
trivia: This goo led to a discussion on the site over whether guesses for the jockey, Red Pollard, should be accepted. Consensus leaned in the direction of accepting the guess as valid, which Scott did.