Character Page: Racetrack
Full Name: Racetrack
Goes by: Racetrack or Race
Reason for Name: The character Racetrack was based off of the historical newsie called "Racetrack Higgins." He was a gambler as Race is in the movie, and would head down to the Sheepshead Bay Racetrack every day after selling his papes; thus the newsies called him Racetrack.
Age: between 16 and 19
Status: Manhattan Newsie
Purpose in Newsies: Racetrack is definitely the comic relief of the movie. He always has something sarcastic to say that lightens the mood. He’s a compulsive gambler, but you can tell he’s looked up to by the other newsies. Race also gets all of the newsies excited about being in the papes; this newsie loves the spot light. :D
Closest Friend: Racetrack is well liked, so he has a lot of friends. He’s closest with Jack, Kid Blink, Mush, Crutchy, Skittery, and Spot.
Wardrobe: Racetrack is pretty classy with his vest, pocket watch, and his bowtie that he wears on special occasions. Both his outfits are black and brown based.
Props: He is pretty much always seen with something in his hand, whether it be a cigarette, cigar, pocket watch, or his harmonica.
Most Famous Quote: "Look at me, I’m the King of New York!"
Gallery: (click the pics to enlarge!)