Charles S. Howard
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Charles S. Howard (Character)
from Seabiscuit (2003)

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Seabiscuit (2003)
George Woolf: Wanta know what I think?
Charles Howard: Of course.
George Woolf: I think it's better to break a man's leg than his heart.

Charles Howard: You could be crippled for the rest of your life.
Red Pollard: I *was* crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better.

Charles Howard: Son, what are you so mad at?

Red Pollard: This isn't just any race. This is the Santa Anita. I had that race. I was there.
Charles Howard: I know.

Charles Howard: It isn't just the leg. He could fall off. He could get trampled. He could...
Marcela Howard: He could die?
[She picks a little ball game out of his pocket]
Marcela Howard: You know I play with this all the time, too. No matter how hard I try, I can't get that damn ball to stay in the hole. Just let him ride. Just let him do it.

[Red is not eating his food at the dinner table]
Charles Howard: Go ahead, eat.
Red Pollard: I'm not that hungry.
Charles Howard: Sure, you're not.
Red Pollard: It's just a lot of food.
Charles Howard: I'd rather have you strong than thin.

Charles Howard: The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I'm too dumb to know the difference.

[Howard is selling a new Buick at his dealership, explaining the advantages of a car over a horse]
Charles Howard: To tell you the truth, I wouldn't spend more than five dollars on the best horse in America.

[displaying Seabiscuit's jockey silks]
Marcela Howard: You don't think the "H" is too big?
Charles Howard: You seen the size of our jockey?

[in a restaurant, reacting to Riddle's refusal]
Charles Howard: Shit!
Marcela Howard: Charles!
Charles Howard: [quietly] Shit!
Marcela Howard: Yeah, I know what you mean.

Charles Howard: [speaking to the newsmen after the win at Santa Anita] Well, I just think this horse has a lot of heart. He may have been down, but he wasn't out. He may have lost a few, but he didn't let it get to him. I think I learned a lick or two from this little guy. Oh, and by the way, he doesn't know he's little. He thinks he's the biggest horse out there.


The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: We really got to go east and do some buying. I got my eye on one or two I think we can get.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Good, we'd better start right away.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: Wait a minute, now, I don't know whether I trust you two boys to go shopping or not.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Shawn will see that no one puts anything over on me. Have you any particular favorites?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: No, not offhand. Oh, yes, come to think of it, now. I do know of one. And he shouldn't cost you too much, either. Sir, it would be a pleasure to go east to the sales with you. Indeed it will, sir!

Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: Did you buy anything?
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: No, but I'm going to buy one now, if you'll sell. I saw a three-year-old of yours running in a selling race this afternoon, smallish sort of colt with big knees, Seabiscuit.
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: Seabiscuit? Why do you want him?
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Well, you can't shoot for the stakes all the time. I gotta have some horses for cheap races. He was entered for 6000. Will you take 8000 for him?
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: Well, I think so. How about it, George?
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: The string's pretty large, boss. We've got a lot like him.
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: It's a deal, Charlie.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Good. We'll get him tomorrow. By the way, Tom, I hired Shawn O'Hara on the strength of your letter.
[Mr. Milford and George look at each other and laugh]
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: What's the joke?
Thomas Milford, Owner Milford Farms: Oh, nothing. Only George and I know now why you want the Biscuit. And listen, Charlie, when you get him back to California, don't let Shawn stable him in the living room!

Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Get down, Tom. Lead him around once. That's bad.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: What's the matter?
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: What is it?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: The way he was using his right foreleg.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: His leg? I didn't notice it.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: I hope it's not what I'm thinking it is.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: What is it, Shawn?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Tom, get the vet.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Yes, sir.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: I can't rightly tell, but I don't like the feel of the leg at all.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: But Shawn, he wasn't limping badly.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: He was trying not to, bless his heart, but I doubt very much if he'll be able to run in the Santa Anita.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: Oh, no.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: That's terrible news.

Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: A good soldier, home from the wars.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: So many, many battles, poor darling.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: No Santa Anita for us, fellow.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Don't say that yet, Ted.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: What else would I say?
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: I don't know. What about it, Shawn?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: The stud is the place for him, sir.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: He can't be brought back?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: I don't think so.
Mrs. Charles S. Howard: But Charlie, he's earned a rest.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: You brought back Golden Girl, remember?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: A young thing that ran half a dozen races with a feather on her back. He's run near 100, 30 of them in record time with high weight on him.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Then there's no chance?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: A faint one, if any.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Faint or not, we'll take it. Not even you can talk me off the Biscuit, Shawn.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: As you say, sir.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Well, what's the program?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Well, give up everything else and devote ourselves to nursing him alone.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: All right, that's it. Ted, you stay and help us. We'll bring you back, too.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Thank you, sir. I'll stay.

[last lines]
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: Eight thousand dollars and you advised me.
Charles S. Howard, Seabiscuit's Owner: Haven't I heard enough about that in the last five years boss?