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Thoroughbred Legends

 
Thoroughbred Legends series

With the addition of the biography of Bold Ruler, the Thoroughbred Legends series has grown to 24 volumes, each a profile of one of the many great racehorses of the 20th century.

Thoroughbred Legends #1: Man o'War by Edward L. Bowen1 Thoroughbred Legends #1: Man o'War by Edward L. Bowen

Acclaimed as the greatest racehorse of all time, and more than half a century after his death his legend continues to grow. Mentioned with the same reverence as Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and Red Grange. Winner of twenty races in twenty-one starts. His sons and daughters continue to influence the Thoroughbred breed today.

Thoroughbred Legends #2: Dr. Fager by Steve Haskin2 Thoroughbred Legends #2: Dr. Fager by Steve Haskin

One of the most versatile and talented racehorses of modern times. 1968's Horse of the Year, champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, and co-champion grass horse. First and only horse ever to win four titles in a single year. He remains one of the most popular racehorses of the modern era.

Thoroughbred Legends #3: Citation by Pohla Smith3 Thoroughbred Legends #3: Citation by Pohla Smith

1948 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner. Thoroughbred racing's first millionaire, setting the modern-day record of 16 straight victories. His trainer called him the best horse of the century.

Thoroughbred Legends #4: Go For Wand by Bill Heller4 Thoroughbred Legends #4: Go For Wand by Bill Heller

Like the great race mare Ruffian before her, Go for Wand was touched by both brilliance and tragedy. Award-winning writer Bill Heller recounts the life of the ill-fated filly whose accomplishments on the track engendered fierce devotion from her fans.

Thoroughbred Legends #5: Seattle Slew by Dan Mearns5 Thoroughbred Legends #5: Seattle Slew by Dan Mearns

Seattle Slew remains one of the most popular tourist attractions for racing fans who visit the Kentucky Bluegrass. Only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated. In retirement he has shone even brighter, with many of his offspring becoming champions on the racetrack.

Thoroughbred Legends #6: Forego by Bill Heller7 Thoroughbred Legends #6: Forego by Bill Heller

One of the most popular racehorses of the 1970s, Forego had legions of fans that thrilled to his grit and determination to win.

Thoroughbred Legends #7: Native Dancer by Eva Jolene Boyd6 Thoroughbred Legends #7: Native Dancer by Eva Jolene Boyd

Known as The Gray Ghost because of his color and his amazing ability on the racetrack, Native Dancer won all but one of his 22 starts. Boyd examines the human connections as well, including owner Alfred Vanderbilt, trainer William C. Winfrey, and jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Eric Guerin.

Thoroughbred Legends #8: Nashua by Edward L. Bowen8 Thoroughbred Legends #8: Nashua by Edward L. Bowen

Nashua, a popular racehorse of the 1950s and the first Thoroughbred syndicated for a million dollars made news both on and off the racetrack.

Thoroughbred Legends #9: Spectacular Bid by Timothy T. Capps9 Thoroughbred Legends #9: Spectacular Bid by Timothy T. Capps

Called the greatest horse ever to look through a bridle, Spectacular Bid achieved what few racehorses ever do--perfection--when he went undefeated in nine races at the age of four.

Thoroughbred Legends #10: John Henry by Steve Haskin10 Thoroughbred Legends #10: John Henry by Steve Haskin

John Henry was the horse nobody wanted. He was small, plain, bad tempered, and had bad knees. But on the racetrack, he outran his humble beginnings and through his great heart and courage, became on of horse racing's most beloved champions.

Thoroughbred Legends #11: Personal Ensign by Bill Heller12 Thoroughbred Legends #11: Personal Ensign by Bill Heller

Personal Ensign achieved that rarest of goals in horse racing--a perfect record.

Thoroughbred Legends #12: Sunday Silence by Ray Paulick13 Thoroughbred Legends #12: Sunday Silence by Ray Paulick

Sunday Silence was like a scrappy kid from the other side of the tracks who wouldn't go down without a fight. Sold to Japan after Kentucky breeders ignored him, Sunday Silence, a former Horse of the Year, became the most successful stallion in history. His story is interwoven with those of his owner, Arthur Hancock, trainer Charlie Whittingham, and jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

Thoroughbred Legends #13: Ruffian by Milton Toby11 Thoroughbred Legends #13: Ruffian by Milton Toby

Ruffian's tragic story still has a powerful hold over horse racing enthusiasts. The big, almost-black filly so dominated her peers that none could get near her on the racetrack. Then came the fateful match against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure--the race in which she lost her life.

Thoroughbred Legends #14: Swaps by Barry Irwin14 Thoroughbred Legends #14: Swaps by Barry Irwin

Swaps possessed true star quality. The strikingly handsome horse devastated his competition with his brilliant speed, and delighted his throng of fans.

Thoroughbred Legends #15: Affirmed and Alydar by Timothy T. Capps16 Thoroughbred Legends #15: Affirmed and Alydar by Timothy T. Capps

Affirmed and Alydar's rivalry is considered by many to be the greatest in Thoroughbred racing's history and one of the most riveting in all of sports.

Thoroughbred Legends #16: Round Table by John McEvoy15 Thoroughbred Legends #16: Round Table by John McEvoy

Author John McEvoy chronicles Round Table from his birth at legendary Claiborne Farm to his transcontinental treks to his distinguished stud career.

Thoroughbred Legends #17: War Admiral by Edward L. Bowen17 Thoroughbred Legends #17: War Admiral by Edward L. Bowen

War Admiral's outstanding three-year-old season earned him a championship and the Horse of the Year title. He raced brilliantly at four despite his loss to Seabiscuit in the Pimlico Special. At stud, War Admiral was again his father's best son, siring an impressive forty stakes winners.

Thoroughbred Legends #18: Exterminator by Eva Jolene Boyd18 Thoroughbred Legends #18: Exterminator by Eva Jolene Boyd

Exterminator captures the public's imagination from the start. The rangy gelding went from work horse to Kentucky Derby winner to durable campaigner during his eight years on the track.

Thoroughbred Legends #19: Secretariat by Timothy T. Capps19 Thoroughbred Legends #19: Secretariat by Timothy T. Capps

This book honors the great racehorse who ran with such breathtaking speed, beauty, and power.

Thoroughbred Legends #20: Genuine Risk by Hallie McEvoy20 Thoroughbred Legends #20: Genuine Risk by Hallie McEvoy

The author delivers an engrossing tale of a champion racehorse who inspired legions of female fans and proved her toughness both on and off the track.

Thoroughbred Legends #21: Kelso by Steve Haskin21 Thoroughbred Legends #21: Kelso by Steve Haskin

No racehorse of modern times was so good for so long. Racing until the age of nine, Kelso won thirty-nine of sixty-three races. Much like Seabiscuit thirty years earlier, Kelso kept getting better as he got older, earning legions of fans with every passing year.

Thoroughbred Legends #22: Damascus by Lucy Heckman23 Thoroughbred Legends #22: Damascus by Lucy Heckman

Damascus ranked as one of the superstars of the memorable era of horse racing in the late 1960s. He thrilled fans with his trademark sweeping move on the far turn and relentless stretch run that left his opponents floundering. Trained by the legendary Frank Whiteley and ridden regularly by Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker, Damascus earned his place in history by defeating champions Dr. Fager and Buckpasser in the 1967 Woodward Stakes, known as the Race of the Century.

Thoroughbred Legends #23: Assault by Eva Jolene Boyd22 Thoroughbred Legends #23: Assault by Eva Jolene Boyd

The story of the Texas-bred horse who became a racing star in 1946, the year of his Triple Crown win. Injured as a baby, Assault walked with a limp for the rest of his life, but when he ran he was pure speed and grace.

Thoroughbred Legends #24: Bold Ruler by Edward L. Bowen24 Thoroughbred Legends #24: Bold Ruler by Edward L. Bowen

A champion racehorse, Bold Ruler thrilled fans with his speed and courage. But as a sire of runners, Bold Ruler truly reigned. He was America's leading sire a record eight years, with his best offspring being the immortal Secretariat.

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