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Happy Birthday, Secretariat!

Cover to Secretariat's Meadow

It’s been almost forty years since Secretariat made horse-racing history, winning his Triple Crown races with record times. Born March 30, 1970, at Meadow Farm in nearby Caroline County, Virginia, “Big Red’s” driving runs to the finish, “like a tremendous machine,” as one sportscaster phrased it, caught the country’s imagination in a decade of woes from Watergate to the Energy Crisis.

Check out the official Web site devoted to this incredible horse, and check out books from our list, And, They’re Off: Books About Thoroughbreds and Their People.

Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses

By Lynn Reardon

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"Racehorses that are not great money winners, or who suffer career-ending injuries, are frequently relegated to lives of neglect, abuse, or demise. Lynn Reardon founded Lonestar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) to give these also-ran horses a second chance at a decent life. This book documents her experiences, challenges, and triumphs through personal anecdotes."
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Secretariat

By William Nack

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"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand." Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit

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Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance

By William Nack

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"As a young boy in Illinois, William Nack carried in his pocket a trading card of his hero, Swaps, winner of the 1955 Kentucky Derby. As a young an adult, he climbed on a table at an office party and rattled off from memory the names of every horse who had ever won America's premiere race. Newsday promptly promoted him to the paper's turfbeat. Weeks later, Nack began an unprecedented streak of good fortune at Belmont Racetrack. He met a young colt named Secretariat and found himself writing an equine biography, 'the gold standard of horse books,' according to Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.

"Upon publication, Nack returned to the track to meet Ruffian, a daring filly who endeared herself to a generation of fathers and daughters with a magnificently inspiring, ten-race winning streak. On July 6, 1975, she was leading the colt Foolish Pleasure in a nationally-televised match race when her luck ran out. She shattered her ankle and had to be taken from the track by ambulance. After a heroic attempt to mend her leg with surgery, Ruffian was put down later that evening. In this moving, lyrical memoir, Nack chronicles his real-life romance with the sport's most famous filly and the tragic afternoon that forever changed his love affair with the track."

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