Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing
Now in paperback, reporter Elizabeth Mitchell introduces her readers to the mysterious, mercurial world of horse racing in a book that's as fast-paced and colorful as a day at the track. Focusing on the 1999 Derby winner Charismatic, Mitchell traces this horse's amazing and ultimately tragic story, from the birth of a foal through its surprising rise to fame. Mitchell also follows the major players in Charismatic's life, including the family who bred him, the trainer, the owners, and the famed jockey Chris Antley, whose own story is more tragic than that of his horse. Through these interlocking stories a sense of familiarity with the key players in the industry evolves, as well as a greater understanding of the heart and soul of a sport that has fascinated human beings for centuries.
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Three strides before the wire: the dark and beautiful world of horse racingUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Though nonfiction, this book reads like a novel one that includes stories within stories. One is the author's own love story; another is the tale of 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic, a slow ... Read full review
Review: Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse RacingUser Review - MA Hodgkin - Goodreads
A great account of the tragic jockey Chris Antley's quest for the Triple Crown aboard Charismatic. A good read for someone interested in learning about the world of horse-racing. Read full review