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These books gather together the greatest thoroughbred racehorses in history. Both the Daily Racing Form and Blood-Horse Magazine weigh in with their opinions. 'Most Glorious Crown' presents an in-depth look at the 11 Triple Crown winners. 'Women of the Year' brings us the 10 fillies and mares who have been voted Horse of the Year.

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Belmont Park : A Century of Champions by Edward L. Bowen with Illustration by Richard Stone Reeves
Belmont Park : A Century of Champions by Edward L. Bowen with Illustration by Richard Stone Reeves

World-renowned equine artist Richard Stone Reeves celebrates the 100th anniversary of Belmont Park with portraits and essays of seventy champion racehorses.

The Most Glorious Crown: The Story Of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds From Sir Barton To Affirmed by Marvin Drager The Most Glorious Crown: The Story Of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds From Sir Barton To Affirmed by Marvin Drager

After nearly 130 years of trying, only 11 colts have swept the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes to earn the Triple Crown?the grand slam of Thoroughbred racing. These 11 were more than just magnificent Thoroughbreds?they were stars, and their stories are full of the drama, passion, and courage associated with stardom. These champions? stories are found in The Most Glorious Crown, the most entertaining and comprehensive work on the Triple Crown winners ever assembled.

Dream Race: The Search for the Greatest Thoroughbred Race Horse of All-Time by Robert Clark Dream Race: The Search for the Greatest Thoroughbred Race Horse of All-Time by Robert Clark

Dream Race is a historical novel built from in-depth research of racing history. What separates Dream Race from other pieces of literature is the 12 full color illustrations painted by the author, Robert Clark, and shows a dozen imaginary races and offers facts on nearly a hundred of the top race horses nationally and internationally.

Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of the 20th Century's Greatest Thoroughbreds by The Daily Racing Form Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of the 20th Century's Greatest Thoroughbreds by The Daily Racing Form

Man o' War, Whirlaway, Secretariat, and hundreds of other racing immortals come to life as never before in Champions, a ground-breaking and encyclopedic compendium of the greatest racehorses of the last 100 years.

Women of the Year : Ten Fillies who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor Women of the Year : Ten Fillies who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor

Women of the Year profiles the ten fillies and mares that have earned Horse of the Year honors in American racing.

Thoroughbred Champions : Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century Thoroughbred Champions : Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century

Follows 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.

Thoroughbred Biographies

For a more in-depth look at these horses, take a look at the books below. Each biography details the lives and accomplishments of a great racehorse and the people that shared their lives. These books cover the classic greats like Seabiscuit, Man O' War, Citation, Northern Dancer and Native Dancer to champions in the modern era like Secretariat, Cigar and Ruffian to current favorites like Funny Cide and Smarty Jones.

Many more thoroughbred racehorse biographies are available in the Thoroughbred Legends series,

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Great Breeders and their Methods - Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man o'War by Rommy Faversham
Great Breeders and their Methods - Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man o'War by Rommy Faversham

Can a Thoroughbred sire with 64 stakes winners from 381 foals - nearly 17 percent - be considered a failure? Or is such a claim no more than the rumblings of a jealous racing society?

So it is with the great Man o' War. Despite reshaping Thoroughbred pedigrees for decades to come, Samuel Riddle and his partner, Walter Jeffords, have long been accused of ruining the breeding efforts of the 20th Century's greatest runner.

Now, author and pedigree analyst Rommy Faversham dispels the myths surrounding Riddle, Jeffords, and this legendary horse. He shows the careful design of Man o' War's racing and breeding career and details the pedigrees of the horse's ancestors, mates and progeny. Throughout this analysis, Faversham weaves the tale of an American landscape forever changed by "Big Red" and his thousands of fans.

It's a story that proves method - and not just luck - is what makes a great Thoroughbred breeder.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit?s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age by John Eisenberg Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age by John Eisenberg

The remarkable story of Native Dancer, one of the most celebrated thorough-bred racehorses of all time, will captivate the same readers who made Seabiscuit a #1 New York Times bestseller. In the early 1950s, a rising star flickered across millions of black-and-white TV sets. Nick-named 'The Grey Ghost,' Native Dancer was a blue-blood thoroughbred with a taste for drama, courtesy of his come-from-behind running style, and impressive credits: He finished first in 21 of his 22 career starts, his only loss by a nose in the 1953 Kentucky Derby; was named Horse of the Year--twice; and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. His popularity was so great, Time(r) magazine put him on its cover, and TV Guide named him one of America's top three TV stars, along with Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey. Legend says his ghost haunts Churchill Downs. Set against the nostalgic events of an America long past, NATIVE DANCER is the definitive account of one of the greatest champions of horse racing's golden age.

Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until last year's winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths. Now William Nack updates his acclaimed portrait with a new afterword that examines the legacy of one of ESPN's '100 Greatest Athletes of the Century,' and the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated all in the same week.

Smarty Jones: America's Horse Smarty Jones: America's Horse

Smarty Jones: America's Horse is in the tradition of similar instant books celebrating the achievements of championship teams and individuals, including Top Dogs: UConn?s 2003-04 Men?s Championship Season with the Hartford Courant and 2004 NFL Champions: New England Patriots with the Boston Herald. Sports Publishing presents the first title to be available on the market to salute the tremendous racing season of the horse that captured America's imagination, Smarty Jones. The book promises to tell the complete story of Smarty?s amazing season through action-packed articles, columns, and photos from the Associated Press.

Funny Cide: How a horse, a trainer, a jockey, and a bunch of high school buddies took on the sheiks and blue bloods ... and won Funny Cide: How a horse, a trainer, a jockey, and a bunch of high school buddies took on the sheiks and blue bloods ... and won.

In 2003, he became 'the people's horse,' the unheralded New York-bred gelding who-in a time of war and economic jitters-inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their multimillionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown. Trained by a journeyman who had been knocking around racing for more than thirty years, ridden by a hard-luck jockey, and owned by a tiny stable founded by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor, NY (pop: 1,386), who tossed in a few thousand dollars each and decided to follow their dream, Funny Cide became a blue-collar hero with a bit, his story crammed with colorful characters-only one of which happened to be a horse. Written with Sally Jenkins, coauthor of Lance Armstrong's number-one bestseller It's Not About the Bike, Funny Cide tells the whole story-the parts we know and the parts we never suspected-as it follows the group's emotional ups and downs against overwhelming odds, illness, and even scandal, to capture the imagination of millions. It is a book for the underdog in all of us-a new American classic.

Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy by Muriel Anne Lennox Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy by Muriel Anne Lennox
Man O'War by Walter Farley Man O'War by Walter Farley
Secretariat by Raymond G. Woolfe Secretariat by Raymond G. Woolfe

Based on interviews, race histories and Woolfe's writings, Secretariat is a behind the scenes look at the famous horse.

Citation : In a Class by Himself by Phil Georgeff Citation : In a Class by Himself by Phil Georgeff

Based on interviews from those who knew the thoroughbred, including famed jockey Eddie Arcaro, this book is the full story of the greatest sports figure in the history of horseracing, a champion who won or placed in thirty different contests in his career and whose spirit continues to captivate the American public.

Cigar: America's Horse by Jay Hovday Cigar: America's Horse by Jay Hovday

The fascinating story of the most talked about Thoroughbred since Secretariat. Chronicled from birth through an illustrious racing career to his subsequent retirement at The Kentucky Horse Park. Winner of publishing's Benjamin Franklin Award!

Ruffian : Burning From the Start by Jane Schwartz Ruffian : Burning From the Start by Jane Schwartz

During two short seasons at the track, Ruffian was hailed as the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time. Unbeaten in her first ten starts, she shattered one record after another, dazzling crowds with both her beauty and her brilliant speed. Then tragedy struck on the afternoon of July 6, 1975. Ruffian broke down?on the lead?in the middle of a match race at Belmont Park. Later that night she had to be destroyed. Ruffian: Burning from the Start is the story of this exceptional filly, a horse so dominating, so powerful, that writer Walter Farley once suggested she was more like the fictional legend, the Black Stallion, than any colt he had ever seen. Beginning with her earliest days in Kentucky, the book follows Ruffian at every stage of her career and through the agony of her final hours? venturing behind the scenes of the racing world and exploring the politics and personalities that came together to shape this extraordinary filly?s fate.

Man O'War by Page Cooper Man O'War by Page Cooper

Man O'War, or 'Big Red' as he was affectionately called, was the greatest racehorse that ever lived. In 1919 and 1920, he won 20 of 21 starts and set eight records, including three world records, while conceding as much as 30 pounds to his rivals and still beating them by large margins. His time in the Belmont Stakes stood for an incredible 50 years. Man O? War?s last contest, and greatest achievement, was a match race against Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, where he vanquished the Canadian horse by seven lengths. He was sire to War Admiral, Crusader, and Battleship, and was grandsire to Seabiscuit, who perhaps most of all inherited the indomitable spirit and great heart of the champion. With his distinctive blazing white star on his forehead and deep red coat, Man O? War was a major star in the first half of the twentieth century, and his popularity is credited with reviving the scandal-ridden sport of horseracing. Bought for $5,000 by Pennsylvania horseman Samuel Riddle, Man O? War ended up winning more money than any horse up to that time. He lost only once, in a controversial race, and was so good that his odds of losing races reached an astronomical 100-1, even though he was heavily handicapped with more weight than any of his challengers. Rather than jeopardize the health of his horse under such enormous weights, Riddle retired him at the age of three. Man O? War lived for 27 more years and sired 379 foals, 61 of which were stakes winners. He became a legend in his lifetime, retired to Kentucky, cared for by his groom, Will Harbut, and visited by millions. In Man O? War, the classic biography by Page Cooper and Roger L. Treat, Big Red emerges as an unforgettable animal full of personality, good looks, and blazing speed. It is a dramatic story, as in race after race, other stables try to beat the magnificent horse with the tremendous stride and determine just how fast he can really run. Page and Cooper present Man O? War vividly and authentically, as he was seen by those who trained and loved him, and whose hearts rode with him as he raced to victory.

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