Eclipse: The Horse that Changed Racing History Forever

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Overlook Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 343 pages
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A chestnut with a white blaze is scorching across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are "nowhere." Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel.

While O'Kelly is destined to remain an outcast to the racing establishment, his horse will go on to become the undisputed, undefeated champion of his sport. Eclipse's male-line descendants include Secretariat, Barbaro, and all but three of the Kentucky Derby winners of the past fifty years.

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User Review  - Amy Ford - Book Verdict

This is a highly entertaining account of one of the most famous racehorses in history. Eclipse (1764–89) was a legend in his time and, astonishingly, became the progenitor of all but three of the 50 ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

NICHOLAS CLEE is a journalist and racing enthusiast, and is also the author of a cookbook, Don't Sweat the Aubergine. Clee writes a weekly column in the Times and reviews in the Times Literary Supplement.

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