Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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His trainer said that managing him was like holding a tiger by the tail. His owner compared him to “chain lightning.” His jockeys found their lives transformed by him, in triumphant and distressing ways. All of them became caught in a battle for honesty.
Born in 1917, Man o’ War grew from a rebellious youngster into perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time. He set such astonishing speed records that The New York Times called him a “Speed Miracle.” Often he won with so much energy in reserve that experts wondered how much faster he could have gone. Over the years, this and other mysteries would envelop the great Man o’ War.
The truth remained problematic. Even as Man o’ War---known as “Big Red”---came to power, attracting record crowds and rave publicity, the colorful sport of Thoroughbred racing struggled for integrity. His lone defeat, suffered a few weeks before gamblers fixed the 1919 World Series, spawned lasting rumors that he, too, had been the victim of a fix.
Tackling old beliefs with newly uncovered evidence, Man o’ War: A Legend Like Lightning shows how human pressures collided with a natural phenomenon and brings new life to an American icon. The genuine courage of Man o’ War, tribulations of his archrival, Sir Barton (America’s first Triple Crown winner), and temptations of their Hall of Fame jockeys and trainers reveal a long-hidden tale of grace, disgrace, and elusive redemption.
 
  

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Review: Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning

User Review  - Brynn - Goodreads

Dorothy Ours does a fantastic job introducing the nuances of horse racing while layering together a tale that had me hooked immediately. I appreciated that her meticulous research gave fair treatment ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alger - Goodreads

I went into this book with lowered expectations, that somehow Ours managed to undershoot. On the upside, this really is a learned and completed guide to the life and career of Man o' War. Ours' is ... Read full review

Contents

The Legend of Man o War
1
1 TWO WARS BEGIN
3
2 AUCTION AT SARATOGA
17
3 LICENSE TO FLY
32
4 WAKE UP SHAKE UP
45
5 LAUNCHED
60
6 PRICKLY HEAT
74
7 RUNNIN FOOLS
87
15 CRUCIBLE
178
16 ALIGHT IN AUGUST
190
17 REALIZATION
207
18 RIVER OF DREAMS
221
19 LIGHTING A MATCH
228
20 BLOW
243
21 SETTLEMENTS
260
22 EBB TIDE
273

8 THE SANFORD
99
9 BUTTERFLIES
110
10 RIGHT WAY WRONG WAY
120
11 DONE WITH MIRRORS
128
12 UP FOR GRABS
141
13 SPEED MIRACLES BEGIN
157
14 BREATHER
172
Additional Resources
275
Comparing Man o War with Other Greats
283
Notes
285
Acknowledgments
327
Index
331
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About the author (2007)

A lifelong horse enthusiast, Dorothy Ours grew up in the history-rich states of Virginia and West Virginia. She worked for seven years at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, while researching Man o' War and has been cited for research contributions to several books on Thoroughbred racehorses. Her other fascinations include music, art, and ghost stories.

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