Notes of a Sportswriter's Son
Spurred by his sportswriter father's recollection of Secretariat's
Kentucky Derby in 1973, John Sullivan spent two years trying to
understand the allure of Thoroughbred racing. Along the way, he delves
into the history of the horse and man - from the prehistoric to the
horse in war.
He writes with vivid detail of Kentucky, the way
Thoroughbreds are bred, sold, trained, and raced, and follows a crop of
two-year-olds to the classics. War Emblem's bid for the 2002 Triple
Crown; Funny Cide's quest and Secretariat's conquests ... he tells the
stories with new perspective and a penetrating insight.
The book is entertaining, informative, disturbing at times, but it always
makes you want to turn the page.
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