I just loved Seabiscuit, both the movie and the book, and have watched/read them manyy times. When I come across a good book or a movie, I love to enjoy them over and over. I recently saw the "calumet farm" thread, wherein someone mentioned a book written about the farm and its history, called "Wild Ride". I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like its right up my alley, and I'm going to get that book. I also really liked Jane Smiley's book Horse Heaven
I would like to know more, other great books about thoroughbred racing, about specific horses, or trainers, or breeders, or farms, or episodes in history. Any sort of book, whether a story or a good coffee table book, and if you know of any, would you write your review and name the book, and why you love it or recommend it in a post here?
I'd like to keep this about Thoroughbred racing, and about books and movies that are really great, outstanding, and worth hunting down. If you have a book or movie about some other branch of horse sport, which is really good and compelling, well I guess we'll just have to "suffer" through your posting of it, and I am being sarcastic because any good book about horses is a treasure. But the utmost requirement is that the book has to be compelling. That's my request.
Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.
I just finished "Beyond the Homestretch" by Lynn Reardon, the program director for LOPE Texas (TB placement program like CANTER). It's a good read, and more accurate about the track and backside aspects then many reads since she's telling the stories of the horses as they happened. There are a bunch of reviews on Amazon to help you decide if this is of interest, but I must say I enjoyed the individual stories of the horses and how Lynn grows in her new role with placing them in new careers.
I just love a book I have called "Right from the Horse's Mouth" by John Devaney and Howard Liss. It is written from the horses' perspectives and is a fun read. There are also lots of cool old pictures of these great racehorses. It includes the following horses stories:
Spend a Buck
The stories are based on notes that a man named Eddie "Slips" Madigan made of a number of years. From the authors' notes, he was quite the railbird and wrote a twice weekly racing column for some mid-western papers and upon his passing, his niece contacted the authors and gave them shoe boxes full of his notes taken over the years. I believe the copyright on the book is from 1987
Seconding the recommendations for Man O'War and Not By A Long Shot. Both very well written and readable.
I also really enjoyed Stud, by Kevin Conley. An interesting look into the lives of stallions from all walks, from harness racers to Storm Cat. Horse of a Different Color was interesting as well. James Squires has some pretty strong opinions about racing.
I've yet to read an autobiography/biography that I really enjoyed by a jockey; a lot of them are pretty poorly written.