Multcolib Research Picks: The Triple Crown
Annotation:Alydar was horseracing royalty, while Affirmed grew up on a backwoods Florida farm. But scrappy Affirmed held off Alydar by an ever-narrowing margin to win each of the three races in the Triple Crown in 1978. Their epic battle may be horseracing's crowning glory.
Annotation:From Sir Barton in 1919 through Affirmed in 1978, each Triple Crown winner has exhibited a true personality and charisma befitting of super stardom and this book brings to life these 11 remarkable stories.
Annotation:From ostentatious owners, to radiant unrivaled horses, to young trainers trying to make a name for themselves, everyone has a gripping story, and all are in search of the sport's Holy Grail. How they get to and through the enormously famous races is a tale of action, high-stakes finance, and impossible odds.
Annotation:From the carefully calculated birth of the new crop of foals to the horses' debut at the world's premier yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky, this is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the vets, the drugs, the surgeries, the long hours, and the hard work that it takes to breed a Derby winner.
Annotation:Focusing on the 1999 Derby winner Charismatic, Mitchell traces this horse's amazing and ultimately tragic story, from his birth, to his surprising rise to fame, and to his tragic death.
Annotation:Richard Stone Reeves spent five decades creating portraits of the world's greatest thoroughbreds. Each portrait includes full pedigrees, plus sketches and photographs used to construct his portraits.
Annotation:Beginning with the career of racing horse great Man o' War (though not a Crown winner) and jockey Clarence Kummer, the author details the lives and stories of the eleven winners of the Crown.
Annotation:In this chronicle of the "sport of kings," adapted from the author's reporting in the Thoroughbred Times, the ever-changing fortunes of horse racing and its devotees in the 20th century are covered.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:From an architectural historian, this volume's 300 photos are crisp and clear, depicting not only grandstands and paddocks, but also the barns, training tracks, parking lots, entrance gates and landscape architecture of 12 American racetracks.
Annotation:The Blood-Horse's Top 100 list, beginning with Man o' War in the No. 1 spot and ending with Blue Larkspur at No. 100.
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Each spring, even the most casual of horseracing fans tune in for the running of the Triple Crown: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Check out these books for a look at some famous thoroughbreds and their hopes for winning the most prestigious prize in American horseracing. Maybe there will be a champion this year?