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Rowman & Littlefield, May 16, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 228 pages
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Accompanied by stunning photographs, here is the behind-the-scenes story of Secretariat--Horse of the Century. A coin toss determined ownership of the yet unborn foal that was to become the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years, breaking and still holding all three track records. The author, who was on personal terms with Secretariat's owner, trainers, grooms, and jockey and who photographed "Big Red" throughout his career, gives us this enthralling intimate portrait - the triumphs and disasters- of Secretariat's gallop to immortality. Secretariat was the best-known and most beloved race horse of the twentieth century. In 1973 his legacy as the greatest horse of all time was permanently etched into the consciousness of the world when he won theTriple Crown. Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. tells the story of Secretariat from the coin toss that sent him to Helen Chenery to his burial at Claiborne Farm. Complete with a glossary of horse-racing terms, a breakdown of Secretariat's bloodline, and a foreword byRonald Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey during his amazing 1973 campaign, this is the definitive volume for fans of the horse and the sport of horseracing.

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This book is more than just a wonderful trip down memory lane, though it certainly is that. It also gives all sorts of background on Secretariat's breeding, on the people who believed in him from the ... Read full review

Memories of a Great Horse

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Having seen the Belmont Stakes in person reading this book brought back alot of memories of a horse that truly was a superstar. The book was excellent and captured the spirit of those who associated themselves with the Great horse. Read full review

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Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. is a lifelong horseman. A professional steeplechase rider by the age of sixteen, he is now a licensed trainer, manager of horse farms. and designer of racecourses and thoroughbred facilities. He, lives near Charlottesville, Virginia

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