Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

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Macmillan, Apr 24, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Author Susan Nusser takes readers inside the excitement and suspense at one of Kentucky’s biggest breeding farms. Every year, two hundred broodmares in the farm’s barns give birth to the next generation of racehorses.  In the eighteen months following their births, those foals will meet the world’s most skilled and knowledgeable horsemen — from grooms to veterinary orthopedists — who will shape them in to the kinds of yearlings that attract the attention of the sheikhs, moguls, and magnates who prowl the yearling sales, hunting for their next Derby winner.

 

From the carefully calculated birth of the new crop of foals to the horses' debut at the world’s premier yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky, this is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the vets, the surgeries, the long hours, and the hard work that it takes to breed a Derby hopeful. Kentucky Derby Dreams follows the lives of foals born during the 2009 foaling season and uncovers the inside drama and heartache that accompany these potential champions from the foaling barn to the sales ring.  Compelling, fascinating, and fast-paced, this is a must read for anyone who’s ever watched the Kentucky Derby.

  

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User Review  - Linda Hunt - Goodreads

The research on this book was thorough. The author spent a lot of time in the stables, and saw first-hand how racehorses are trained. There is a lot of detailed info, and if someone were writing a ... Read full review

Review: Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

User Review  - Martha - Goodreads

This book was a walk down memory lane for me. I was in the thoroughbred business for a long time, starting as a hotwalker and groom at the racetrack; later my husband and I owned a farm. I found it ... Read full review

Contents

February 2009
3
Early Spring 2009
31
Summer 2009
48
September 2009
69
Christmas 2009
91
March 2010
124
July 2010
135
Kenneland September 2010
217
Glossary
249
Where Are They Now?
259
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About the author (2012)

SUSAN NUSSER is the author of In Service to the Horse, which explored the bond that develops between one of Kentucky's most valuable stallions and his groom and between other competition horses and their grooms. She teaches writing at Carroll University and lives in Milwaukee with her husband, daughters, cats and a pit bull.

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