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Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color

By Jim Squires · 8 Audio Cassettes

Product # HC-04-224 · Was $34.95

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A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat 

Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat is Jim Squires' rollicking tale of how a novice in the world of Kentucky horse culture did more than merely stay in business; he brought together the stallion and mare who produced Monarchos, the steel-gray colt blessed with extraordinary speed who went on to win the most famous race of all, the Kentucky Derby (2001). For this triumph Squires was hailed as a "breeding genius," a title that seemed excessive to some of his friends. "Breeding genius, hell!" one replied. "All this means is that sunshine will even hit a horse's ass if he stands out in it long enough."

Squires had successfully raised championship reiners, cutters, jumpers, and other equine athletes, but now he was heading to Thoroughbred country - a move that inspired much snickering within the journalistic and horse breeding communities.

Horse of a Different Color shows that while a fast horse is necessary in order to win the Derby, a sense of humor and a boundless capacity for humiliation is absolutely essential. Squires lays bare in all its absurdity the close-knit and secretive world of the Thoroughbred community, tweaking the self-important owners at the Keeneland and Saratoga auctions, and skewering the preening trainers at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park. It is a world where the horses are as exciting as Seabiscuit and Secretariat and the human characters as eccentric and beguiling as any found in comic literature. And no one comes in for harsher treatment than the "breeding genius" himself, whose schemes for success often turn out to be 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent consternation. But standing calmly at the center of the commotion is Monarchos, whose prodigious talents would carry the motley band of people around him to the highest level of their profession.

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