Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 367 pages
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In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until recent winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths. Now William Nack updates his acclaimed portrait with a new afterword that examines the legacy of one of ESPN's "100 Greatest Athletes of the Century": the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated all in the same week.

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Review: Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Although this book was not as well-written as Seabiscuit, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Nack is a very good writer and has a way of interweaving race statistics with narrative so that the ... Read full review

Review: Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

User Review  - GG - Goodreads

In 1973 a horse named Secretariat won the Triple Crown by 31 lengths! No horse had ever done that nor has one since. It's possible it may never happen again. For a look at the race check out: http ... Read full review

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The Making of a Champion
Authors Note to the 2OO2 Edition
Pure Heart
Secretariat at Stud
Secretariat Racing Record

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About the author (2002)

William Nack recently retired from Sports Illustrated, but still contributes to GQ and Sports Illustrated, among other publications. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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