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Thoroughbred #01 A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell4 Thoroughbred #01 A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell

Ashleigh Griffen swore she'd never give her heart to another horse -- not after a terrible disease wiped out her family's breeding farm, along with Ashleigh's favorite mare, Stardust.

Now the Griffens are starting over as breeding managers at Townsend Acres, and Ashleigh's sure she is going to hate living there.

Then a small, sickly foal is born -- a beautiful copper filly that looks like Stardust. No one thinks the foal will live or that it's worth trying to save. No one but Ashleigh.

Can one girl's love alone work miracles?

Read Thoroughbred and experience the love and friendship between a determined girl and a very special filly.

Thoroughbred #02 Wonder's Promise by Joanna Campbell3 Thoroughbred #02 Wonder's Promise by Joanna Campbell

Ashleigh Griffen is thrilled when the owner of the horse farm where she lives puts her favorite horse, Wonder, into training as a Thoroughbred racer. Ashleigh has spent the past year turning the sickly filly into a beautiful, healthy yearling. Ashleigh knows Wonder could be great, but Wonder dislikes her harsh new trainer. Soon she's bucking and disobeying all his commands. Ashleigh is heartbroken when the trainer says Wonder is untrainable...useless. Even worse, Wonder doesn't seem to know Ashleigh anymore. One day after Wonder fiercely throws her, Ashleigh becomes afraid of her own horse. Maybe the trainer was right after all-maybe it's time to give up on Wonder.

Thoroughbred #03 Wonder's First Race by Joanna Campbell1 Thoroughbred #03 Wonder's First Race by Joanna Campbell

Against all odds, Ashleigh Griffen's favorite racehorse, Wonder, has come through training with flying colors. Now Ashleigh and Wonder's trainer, Charlie, are putting everything they have into getting Wonder ready for the biggest race of her career: The Kentucky Derby. Then disaster strikes. Brad Townsend, the son of Wonder's owner, insists on working Wonder one icy winter day. As Ashleigh and Charlie watch in horror, Brad gallops Wonder too fast, and the filly stumbles on the frozen track, badly injuring her shoulder. After two years of hard work, have Wonder's chances been ruined in a split second?

Thoroughbred #04 Wonder's Victory by Joanna Campbell2 Thoroughbred #04 Wonder's Victory by Joanna Campbell

In her second year of racing, Wonder, the Thoroughbred filly Ashleigh Griffen has helped raise, is the star of Townsend Acres Stables -- until the worst happens. Just as Wonder is about to start training for the important Breeder's Cup race, Ally, Wonder's regular jockey, is injured and can't ride. Wonder doesn't like any other jockey, and she won't perform. Only one person can ride Wonder now, and that's Ashleigh. She's never ridden in a race, but she's Townsend Acres' only hope. Can Ashleigh's dreams and Wonder's trust carry these two unlikely contestants into the winner's circle?

Thoroughbred #05 Ashleigh's Dream by Joanna Campbell16 Thoroughbred #05 Ashleigh's Dream by Joanna Campbell

When Ashleigh's horse, Wonder, gives birth to a beautiful foal, Ashleigh is thrilled. She's raising Wonder's colt, racing as an apprentice jockey, and she's even looking out for young Samantha McLean. Samantha moved to Townsend Acres with her father after her mother died in a riding accident. When Ashleigh buys a filly named Fleet Goddess, Samantha helps train the horse. Samantha loves horses, but since her mother's death, her father has forbidden her to ride. Then Ashleigh is injured, and Fleet Goddess can't train. Samantha is desperate to take over. Is there any way she can convince her father to let her risk riding again?

Thoroughbred #06 Wonder's Yearling by Joanna Campbell17 Thoroughbred #06 Wonder's Yearling by Joanna Campbell

When Samantha McLean hears that her beloved horse, Wonder's Pride, is about to be sold by the owner of the farm where Samantha lives, she thinks her heart will break. But Samantha knows she has to be strong if she's going to save Wonder's Pride from the auction block. The more Samantha finds out, the more hopeless the situation seems. It's not just Wonder's Pride, but all of the Townsend Acres breeding farm that's in danger of destruction. Time is growing desperately short when Samantha turns to her friend Ashleigh Griffen, a legend in the Townsend Acres stables. Ashleigh is eager to help, but what can two young girls do to save an entire farm?

Thoroughbred #07 Samantha's Pride by Joanna Campbell5 Thoroughbred #07 Samantha's Pride by Joanna Campbell

A crowd of reporters surged around Samantha McLean as she led Wonder's Pride away from the winner's circle.

Thoroughbred #08 Sierra's Steeplechase by Joanna Campbell6 Thoroughbred #08 Sierra's Steeplechase by Joanna Campbell

It's going to be another one of those workouts, Samantha McLean thought grimly as she rode Sierra onto the training oval at Whitebrook.

Thoroughbred #09 Pride's Challenge by Joanna Campbell7 Thoroughbred #09 Pride's Challenge by Joanna Campbell

'ALL RIGHT!'

Thoroughbred #10 Pride's Last Race by Joanna Campbell18 Thoroughbred #10 Pride's Last Race by Joanna Campbell

Samantha McLean brushed damp tendrils of red hair off her face and chewed her lip worriedly as she glanced down the row of stabling at Saratoga Race Course.

Thoroughbred #11 Wonder's Sister by Joanna Campbell8 Thoroughbred #11 Wonder's Sister by Joanna Campbell

On a cold January morning, Samantha McLean hoisted a pitchfork of soiled bedding into a wheelbarrow, then turned to the beautiful chestnut mare occupying one of the stalls at Whitebrook Farm.

Thoroughbred #12 Shining's Orphan by Joanna Campbell10 Thoroughbred #12 Shining's Orphan by Joanna Campbell

'Well, we did it,' crowed Samantha McLean's best friend, Yvonne Ortez, as they pulled up the long gravel drive of Whitebrook Farm, the Thoroughbred breeding and training farm where Samantha lived.

Thoroughbred #13 Cindy's Runaway Colt by Joanna Campbell11 Thoroughbred #13 Cindy's Runaway Colt by Joanna Campbell

Cindy Blake closed her eyes and breathed deeply, inhaling the wonderful smells of Whitebrook Farm: freshly mown grass, polished leather and, best of all, horses.

Thoroughbred #14 Cindy's Glory by Joanna Campbell12 Thoroughbred #14 Cindy's Glory by Joanna Campbell

'I'll see you later Glory,' Cindy Blake murmered.

Thoroughbred #15 Glory's Triumph by Joanna Campbell9 Thoroughbred #15 Glory's Triumph by Joanna Campbell

Cindy is happy to be a part of the McLean family, and is thrilled to travel with them to California to watch Samantha ride in a competition. One day she'll compete, too--when she convinces them all that her horse Glory has what it takes to be a champion.

Thoroughbred #16 Glory in Danger by Joanna Campbell13 Thoroughbred #16 Glory in Danger by Joanna Campbell

'Where is everybody?' Cindy McLean wondered as she walked up the gravel drive to Whitebrook, the Thoroughbred training and breeding farm where she lived.

Thoroughbred #17 Ashleigh's Farewell by Joanna Campbell14 Thoroughbred #17 Ashleigh's Farewell by Joanna Campbell

Glory is facing the biggest race of his career, and his jockey, Ashleigh Griffen, won't be riding him because she's going to have a baby. Cindy Blake, who's family owes Glory, hopes they can find a new jockey fast.

Thoroughbred #18 Glory's Rival by Joanna Campbell15 Thoroughbred #18 Glory's Rival by Joanna Campbell

When Cindy discovers that Samantha is also entering her horse the Breeders' Cup Classic, she must decide if keeping a friendship is more important than winning the biggest race ever.

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