Great Breeders and Their Methods: Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man O’ War

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man O’ War 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…

Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat

Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat Everybody in the thoroughbred horse business wants to win the Kentucky Derby, but the odds on making it to the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs are about 35,000-to-1. How did a…

The Blue Collar Thoroughbred: An Inside Account of the Real World of Racing

The Blue Collar Thoroughbred: An Inside Account of the Real World of Racing The world of Thoroughbred horse racing is much more than the glitz-and-glamour Saturday races shown on TV. From Sunday through Friday, there are a myriad of horses who run, not for million dollar purses, but in the…

Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions Author Susan Nusser takes readers inside the excitement and suspense at one of Kentucky’s biggest breeding farms. Every year, two hundred broodmares in the farm’s barns give birth to the next generation of racehorses. In the eighteen months following their births, those…

Horse People: Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket

Horse People: Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket The world of Thoroughbred racing is glamorous, secretive, dangerous, and seductive — the sport of kings and the poor man’s obsession. While the spectacle of racing stirs the imagination, it belies the ruthless business that lies beneath. This engaging original study demystifies…