Horse of A Different Color

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

Squires, James D.

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Horse of A Different Color
What does it take to win the Kentucky Derby? The breeder of the 2001 Derby winner shows us that while a fast horse is necessary, a sense of humour and a boundless capacity for absurdity and humiliation are absolutely essential.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1586481177
Branch Call Number: 798.4 S774h 2002
Characteristics: xviii, 300 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm


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After a career in journalism that ended with his dismissal as the editor of the Chicago Tribune, Squires and his wife decided to indulge their passion. They sunk their savings into a thoroughbred farm in Kentucky's bluegrass country and set out to breed good horses.

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Sep 22, 2012
  • ck9aTony rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even if you have limited interest in horse racing, I think that you would find this a compelling book. The author may have made big money as the editor of a major newspaper, but his life was not nearly as precarious as when he becomes the small-time breeder of racehorses. To have a horse which he bred relatively early as a breeder end up in the Kentucky Derby was thrilling and you share in his amazement and anxiety as he follows his career while continuing his operations on his farm.


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