Popcorn Deelites, the horse Seabiscuit portrayed in the 2003 film, has died

The cinema and horse racing world is in mourning after a beloved actor’s horse, Popcorn Deelites, who played Seabiscuit in the 2003 film, passed away.

The horse died at age 24 of complications from colic, the Old Friends Farm announced on Monday Twitter and in a press release.

“We are deeply saddened to report that Seabiscuit movie star POPCORN DEELITES (24) passed away this morning,” the farm said on Thursday.

RIP: The cinema and horse racing world is in mourning after a beloved actor’s horse, Popcorn Deelites, who played Seabiscuit in the 2003 film, passes away

Twitter: The horse died at age 24 of complications from colic, the Old Friends Farm announced on Twitter and in a press release

Twitter: The horse died at age 24 of complications from colic, the Old Friends Farm announced on Twitter and in a press release

“A 17 year old resident of OF, his paddock buddy for all these years, Special Ring, is devastated, as are we. Pops will always be a shining star in our hearts,” she added.

Popcorn Deelites appeared in numerous scenes in the Seabiscuit movie, starring Tobey Maguire as jockey Red Pollard.

He appeared most prominently in the thrilling racing scenes between Seabiscuit and Triple Crown winner War Admiral.

Tobey: Popcorn Deelites appeared in numerous scenes in the Seabiscuit movie, with Tobey Maguire as jockey Red Pollard

Tobey: Popcorn Deelites appeared in numerous scenes in the Seabiscuit movie, with Tobey Maguire as jockey Red Pollard

Race: He most prominently appeared in the thrilling race scenes between Seabiscuit and Triple Crown winner War Admiral

Race: He most prominently appeared in the thrilling race scenes between Seabiscuit and Triple Crown winner War Admiral

After filming Seabiscuit, Popcorn Deelites returned to the racing world for owner David Hoffman and conditioner Pricilla Leon.

He won 11 of 58 races with career earnings totaling $56,880, before retiring and moving to the Old Friends Farm, a “thoroughbred retirement farm” in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he has been since 2005, where he lives alongside his father. , Afternoon Deelites, was retired. .

Seabiscuit star and legendary Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who played George Woolf in the film, fondly remembered the horse in a statement.

Racing: After filming Seabiscuit, Popcorn Deelites returned to the racing world for owner David Hoffman and conditioner Pricilla Leon

Racing: After filming Seabiscuit, Popcorn Deelites returned to the racing world for owner David Hoffman and conditioner Pricilla Leon

Father: He won 11 of 58 races with career earnings totaling $56,880, before retiring and moving to the Old Friends Farm, a

Father: He won 11 of 58 races with career earnings totaling $56,880, before retiring and moving to the Old Friends Farm, a “thoroughbred retirement farm” in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he has been since 2005, where he next his father retired, Afternoon Deelites

Popcorn Deelites was a star in Seabiscuit. He was my go-to guy in all the big scenes,” said Stevens, who now works as a race analyst for Fox News.

“Not only did he win real races several times, but he also won the famous match race with Seabiscuit,” added Stevens.

“He was kind, quick and a great friend who spent his life at Old Friends in the paddock alongside my other friend, Silver Charm,” Stevens added, referring to the horse he rode to a win in the Kentucky Derby of 1997, who is also an Old Friends retiree. “RIP, popcorn.”

Go-to: 'Popcorn Deelites was a star in Seabiscuit.  He was my go-to guy in all the big scenes,

Go-to: ‘Popcorn Deelites was a star in Seabiscuit. He was my go-to guy in all the big scenes,” said Stevens, who now works as a race analyst for Fox News.

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Winner: “Not only did he win real races several times, but he also won the famous match race with Seabiscuit,” added Stevens

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, added, “The history of Pop in Hollywood, of course, made it a huge fan favorite.”

“But what really convinced people was his warm personality and friendly demeanor. Fans adored him and he adored the fans. He will be sorely missed here on the farm,” Blowen continued. B

Blowen concluded by saying, “I’m sure his old friend and paddock mate, Special Ring, will miss him the most.”

Fan Favorite: Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, added, “The history of Pop in Hollywood naturally made it a huge fan favorite.

Fan Favorite: Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, added, “The history of Pop in Hollywood naturally made it a huge fan favorite.

Friendly: 'But what really convinced people was his warm personality and friendly attitude.  Fans adored him and he adored the fans.  He will be sorely missed here on the farm,

Friendly: ‘But what really convinced people was his warm personality and friendly attitude. Fans adored him and he adored the fans. He will be sorely missed here on the farm,” continued Blowen

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