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If ever a horse deserved its own E! True Hollywood Story, it would be Seabiscuit—the runty, mud-colored, crooked-legged thoroughbred who shocked the racing world in the ’30s with his record-breaking raw speed. The Seabiscuit saga has it all: the unlikely rise from written-off obscurity to headline-stealing stardom, stunning come-from-behind victories, agonizing photo-finish defeats—not to mention a number of gory, jockey-crushing mishaps. Beating E! out of the starting gate and rushing toward the finish line is Universal Studios, with a movie in the making based on Laura Hillenbrand’s blockbuster Seabiscuit: An American Legend. It is hoped that the filmmakers will dig deep and improve upon a previous Shirley Temple-starring stinker (not based on the book) and use Hillenbrand’s work to actually do the horse’s story justice. The author’s quick-paced lyrical language and suspenseful storytelling should turn anyone who’s ho-hum about horse-racing into an equestrian aficionado. Hillenbrand, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and vertigo, makes a rare appearance at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. (202) 965-9880. (Chris Shott)