Multcolib Research Picks: The Triple Crown

Duel for the Crown
Duel for the Crown Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing's Greatest Rivalry By Carroll, Linda Book - 2014 798.40092 C3195d 2014 Available in some locations

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.

The Most Glorious Crown
The Most Glorious Crown The Story of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds From Sir Barton to Affirmed By Drager, Marvin Book - 2005 798.4 D759m 2005 Available in some locations

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.

The Race for the Triple Crown
The Race for the Triple Crown Horses, High Stakes, and Eternal Hope By Drape, Joe Book - 2001 798.4 D765r 2001 Available in some locations

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.

Kentucky Derby Dreams
Kentucky Derby Dreams The Making of Thoroughbred Champions By Nusser, Susan Book - 2012 636.13209769 N975k 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy

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.

Three Strides Before the Wire
Three Strides Before the Wire The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing By Mitchell, Elizabeth Book - 2002 798.4 M681t 2002 Available in some locations

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.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood Fifty Years of Classic Thoroughbreds By Reeves, Richard Stone Book - 1994 R- 636.132 R332r In-library use only in some locations

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.

Down to the Wire
Down to the Wire The Lives of the Triple Crown Champions By Shoop, Robert L. Book - 2004 798.4 S559d 2004 Available in some locations

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.

Racing Through the Century
Racing Through the Century The Story of Thoroughbred Racing in America By Simon, Mary Book - 2002 798.4 S595r 2002 Available in some locations

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.

Horse of A Different Color
Horse of A Different Color A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat By Squires, James D. Book - 2002 798.4 S774h 2002 Available in some locations

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.

Great American Thoroughbred Racetracks
Great American Thoroughbred Racetracks By Stout, Nancy Book - 1991 798.4 S889g Available in some locations

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.

Thoroughbred Champions
Thoroughbred Champions Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century Book - 1999 636.132 T516 1999 Available in some locations

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.

Annotation:The official website links to the individual race courses along with a little bit of racing history.


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?

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