Books on horses and Race Horse History

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While chatting with another community member about Race Horse History he asked me if I knew of any Book titles, the only one I know is the book by Laura Hildenbrand who wrote "Seabiscuit, An American Legend".

My reason for starting this thread was to have members of the community submit titles of books on horses and horse racing history. I hope that some of you have some information to post on this thread on this subject regarding titles and authors of those books you may have in your library or those books you may know of and post that information on this thread. This will give the community members, horse enthusiast, an opportunity to try to find copies of the books and enjoy them.

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here are some historical

All are great reads in my opinion.

Not By A Longshot by T.D. Thornton

Man O War by Doroth Ours

Ruffian b Jane Schwartz

Funny Cide by the Funny Cide Team with Sally Jenkins

The Horse God Built by Lawrence Scanlan

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By one of the greatest

thoroughbred historians I've ever known of:
RACING THROUGH THE CENTURY by Mary Simon, formerly Mary Fleming

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Champions

Any hardcore racing fan would love the book "Champions".It is a book which tells the story of over 50 of the greatest horses of all time and even has every single one of their past performances listed in it including Man O War's!
Another book titled "Three strides before the wire" tells the tragic story of Chris Antley and Charasmatic...

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bill nack

"secretariat: the making of a champion" by bill nack was the best i've read.

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Big Red

Big Red of Meadow Stable by Bill Nack and Ruffian Blazing from the Start are two of the best books on racing I've ever read.
The best compilation I've ever read I bought at an auction about 15 years ago. It was a years worth of Turf and Sport Digest from 1948 and was bound in a hard back cover. In my mind I literally stole it for 20 bucks !!!
The stories about Citation are absolutely facinating as they cover his entire Triple Crown campaign. I wouldn't part with it for all the money in the world !!!!

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PHARLAP a true legend - i

PHARLAP a true legend - i havn't read it myself but friends highly recommend...smiles

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Books on Race Horses and their history

Here is a compiled list of books mentioned and researched with the names of the authors, most of the books can be found at your local internet book sites.

Seabiscuit, An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard Luck Horse Track by T. D. Thornton (Apr 2, 2007)
Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning by Dorothy Ours (May 1, 2007)
Funny Cide by Sally Jenkins (Apr 22, 2004)
A Horse Named Funny Cide by Funny Cide Team and Barry Moser (Apr 20, 2006)
John Henry by Steve Haskin (Aug 1, 2001)
The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan
RACING THROUGH THE CENTURY by Mary Simon, formerly Mary Fleming
Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing by Elizabeth Mitchell
Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of America's Greatest Thoroughbreds, Revised Edition by Daily Racing Form (Nov 29, 2005)
Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century (Dec 1999) Blood-Horse Inc. Editorial Staff (Compiler), William R. Nack (Foreword)
Secretariat: Racing's Greatest Triple Crown Winner (Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered)) by Timothy T. Capps
Secretariat's Meadow by Lou Ann Meadows Ladin, Leeanne Meadows Ladin and Kate Chenery Tweedy (Sep 10, 2010)
Secretariat, The making of a champion" by Bill Nack
Big Red of Meadow Stable by Bill Nack
Ruffian: Burning from the Start by Jane Schwartz
PHARLAP: A true legend by Michael Reason (Jul 10, 2006) Out of Print--Limited Availability
Man o' War (Thoroughbred Legends) by Edward L. Bowen
Man O' War by Walter Farley
War Admiral: Man O' War's Greatest Son (Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered)) by Edward L Bowen
Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy (Mainstream Sport) by Muriel Lennox (Sep 16, 2002)
Eclipse: The Horse That Changed Racing History Forever by Nicholas Clee (Release date: Mar 29, 2012)
The Most Glorious Crown: The Story of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds from Sir Barton to Affirmed [Hardcover] by Marvin Drager (Author)
Masters of the Turf: Ten Trainers Who Dominated Horse Racing's Golden Age by Edward L. Bowen (Jan 25, 2007)
Black Winning Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby by James Robert Saunders (Nov 20, 2002)
The Jockey Club's Illustrated History of Thoroughbred Racing in America by Edward L. Bowen (May 1994)
Australian Thoroughbred Racing Hall Of Fame Inductees, including: Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Better Loosen Up, Kingston Town, Vain (horse), Carbine ... (horse), Bernborough, Wakeful (horse) by Hephaestus Books (Sep 29, 2011)

Foundation Mares: How Outstanding Female Families Shaped America's Breeding Industry by John P. Sparkman (Jan 20, 2009)

Champion Thoroughbred Sires Of France, including: Danehill (horse), Sadler's Wells (horse), Tantieme, Montjeu, Djebel, Flying Fox (horse), Omnium Ii, ... Teddy (horse), Riverman, Green Dancer by Hephaestus Books (Aug 30, 2011)

Champion Thoroughbred Sires Of Australia, including: Vain (horse), Musket (horse), Sir Tristram, Heroic (horse), Danehill (horse), Star Kingdom, ... Chester (horse), Night Raid, Grand Flaneur by Hephaestus Books (Aug 30, 2011)

British Champion Thoroughbred Sires, including: Northern Dancer, Nijinsky Ii, Nearco, Ribot (horse), Mill Reef, Galileo (horse), Danehill (horse), St. ... (horse), Son-in-law, Never Bend, Tetratema by Hephaestus Books (Aug 30, 2011)

I have a PM request in to my buddy beefybruno who has a library on Horses and Horse Racing History, hopefully he will post the titles of books not already listed when he logs on again.

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THE CUP(THIERS A BOOK AND A MOVIE)

Its about Damien olivers great triumpth of winning the melbounre cup a week after his older brothers death .who died while training an unraced horse who broke his front to legs in a trial, True story. His father also died from a race fall. The horse he rode to victory was Meddia puzzle.

2002 mebourne cup . media puzzle

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Nice entry, here is the information on the book

The Cup : The Remarkable Story of the Melbourne Cup and Damien Oliver's Triumph on Media Puzzle by Eric O'Keefe (2009)

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My vast library

I started writing them down so I could put on this thread, then realised I have too many to include all. Sooo, here's but a handful, or two. I highly recommend, Jame's Quinn books if you want to know more about Class structure. He's an expert.
For you newbies (even advanced players)who know little, but want to learn more about this fascinating sport, I highly recommend, The History Of Thoroughbred Racing In America by Robertson. I told a few about this very large book and they bought it online. I think they found it on E-Bay. This should be required reading. has many pictures.

Class Of Th Field Jame's Quinn
High Tech Handicapping Jame's Quinn
The Handicappers Condition Book Jame's Quinn
Winning Thoroughbtred Strategies Dick Miitchell
Modern Pace Handicapping Tom Brohamer
The History Of Thoroughbred Racing In America Robertson
Seabiscuit L.H.
Secretariat William Nack
Whirlaway
Phar Lap
Ruffian
Swaps
Man O' War
Exterminator
Investing At The Racetrack Scott
Total Vicory At The Track William Scot
Dr. "Z"'s Beat The Racetrack Ziemba
Thoroughbred Handicapping William Quinn
Beyer On Speed Beyer
Picking Winners Beyer
Speed To Spare Joe Cardello
Black Maestro Joe Drape
The Untold Story Of Joe Hernadez Rudolph Alvarez


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