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Duel for the Crown

by Linda Carroll & David Rosner Gallery Books (April 22, 2014)

A gripping look at the great duel between Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crown--comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes--and his archrival, Alydar.

From the moment...

When Bobby Met Christy: The Story of Bobby Beasley and a Wayward Horse

by Declan Colley The Collins Press (October 03, 2010)

Bobby Beasley was a champion jockey. By 26, he had won a Cheltenham Gold Cup, a Champion Hurdle and a Grand National. But when he was 24, Bobby took his first drink and soon succumbed to alcoholism. He turned...

Churchill Downs

by Kimberly Gatto The History Press (March 19, 2010)

In the bustling city streets of late 18th century Louisville began a tradition of thoroughbred racing that has transcended centuries.

Follow author Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world's...

Kentucky's Saddlebred Heritage

by James Kemper Millard Arcadia Publishing (June 20, 2007)

Long associated with fine Thoroughbred horses, Kentucky's Bluegrass region is also home to America's oldest indigenous breed: the American Saddlebred horse.

A composite of several breeds, the Saddlebred was developed...

Best There Ever Was

by Sharon B. Smith Skyhorse (June 20, 2012)

His winning percentage was well above Jordan's shooting average or Woods's domination of golf tournaments. And he sold products and drew spectators like no one had ever done. He was hands-down the most famous...

Kentucky Horse Tales

by Ercel Ellis Jr., Michael Blowen - Old Friends & Robert W. Copelan Dvm The History Press (July 15, 2019)

Ercel Ellis Jr. was born into the Thoroughbred horse business and has worked in it for seventy-five years.

He has been an owner, breeder, trainer, writer and radio broadcaster. His radio show, Horse Tales, has...

150 Years of Racing in Saratoga

by Allan Carter & Mike Kane The History Press (June 04, 2013)

It may not be the Kentucky Derby, but Saratoga Springs went to the horses long before Churchill Downs.

Since the inaugural meeting of August 1863, Saratoga Springs is home to one of the oldest sports venues in...

Saratoga Race Course

by Kimberly Gatto The History Press (April 29, 2011)

In the early 1800s, Saratoga Springs was mostly a tourist destination because of its natural mineral waters and their healing powers.

But that changed in 1863 with the opening of the Saratoga Race Course. From...


by Melanie Greene The History Press (April 02, 2013)

Nasrullah arrived in Kentucky in 1950 and forever changed the modern American thoroughbred.

Bred in royalty by the Aga Kahn, Nasrullah's journey from Europe to America was one of glorious victories and grand...

Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky

by Foster Ockerman Jr. The History Press (March 25, 2019)

Untold tidbits of equine history is revealed by historian and seventh generation Kentuckian Foster Ockerman Jr.

Horse racing and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are synonymous. The equine industry in the state dates...

Cactus Jack

by Brad Smith Arcade (June 16, 2020)

** A delight from paddock to finish line." --Booklist (STARRED REVIEW) **

Brad Smith “rivals Elmore Leonard at his best” (Publishers Weekly). His latest novel, for fans of Richard Russo and Jane Smiley,...

Out of the Clouds

by Linda Carroll, David Rosner & Kevin T. Collins Hachette Book Group (May 29, 2018)

In the bestselling tradition ofthe The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt...

American Pharoah

by Joe Drape & Aaron Abano Hachette Books (April 26, 2016)

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on...

Headless Horsemen

by Jim Squires Times Books (April 26, 2010)

A pointed and irreverent critique of thoroughbred racing's breakdown, by a prominent journalist turned horse breeder

Jim Squires was in trouble. He had gone from one business seemingly intent on committing suicide...

Out of the Clouds

by Linda Carroll & David Rosner Hachette Books (May 28, 2018)

In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt...

American Pharoah

by Joe Drape Hachette Books (April 25, 2016)


History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has...


by Kieren Fallon & Frank Grimes Simon & Schuster Audio Uk (November 23, 2017)


Kieren Fallon was one of the world’s greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest...

Come On Seabiscuit!

by Ralph Moody & Jim Weiss Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

Who would have believed that a knobby-kneed little colt named Seabiscuit would become one of the most celebrated racehorses of all time? Although Seabiscuit was the grandson of the legendary Man O' War, he was...


by Nicholas Clee Abrams Press (March 28, 2012)

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 a known companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel. Under O'Kelly's...

The Sporting Life

by Bill Barich Skyhorse (July 19, 2016)

Bill Barich's widely praised work is at its peak in these intimate glimpses into the stories behind the stories, the real people behind the public façade of the athletic realm. In this collection, Barich takes...

Small Track Betting

by C. N. Richardson Skyhorse (October 17, 2007)

This authoritative guide will make horseplayers a lot of money.  Respected racing author C.N. Richardson takes would-be winners through his eight-point system for betting.  Most important, by working his strategy...

Regulating Sport for the Non-Human Athlete

by Jonathan G. Merritt Lexington Books (November 01, 2018)

This book evaluates the status quo of integrity management within sports that involve horses worldwide. Sports governing bodies and international sports federations are very powerful organisations within their...

The Rider's Balance

by SYLVIA LOCH, Charlotte Dujardin & Anthony Osmond-Evans Kenilworth Press (August 24, 2018)

This book is designed for all riders from the very novice to the most advanced. Sylvia Loch teaches through illustrations and photos how each tiny shift of the rider’s weight will affect the horse’s balance....

Guide to Race-Going

by Martin Diggle J.A. Allen (September 23, 2018)

Horseracing is the second-biggest spectator sport in Britain but, while it is widely viewed as 'a good day out', many people who enjoy the experience also admit to being rather baffled by much of what goes on....

Taking Shergar

by Milton C. Toby The University Press of Kentucky (August 15, 2018)

It was a cold and foggy February night in 1983 when a group of armed thieves crept onto Ballymany Stud, near The Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland, to steal Shergar, one of the Thoroughbred industry's most...

52 positive thoughts To Become An Elite Athlete

by Alain Ruiz & Agnès Ruiz Arra Editions (December 18, 2018)

Citius, Altius, Fortius , in other words, "Faster, Higher, Stronger" Positive thoughts are essential to succeed in high-level sport. This guide is there to help you on a daily basis to surpass you, to give...

The Scots & The Turf

by Alan Yuill Walker Black & White Publishing (November 25, 2017)

The Scots & The Turf tells the story of the great contribution made to the world of Thoroughbred horse racing by the Scots and those of Scottish ancestry, past and present, culminating with the 2017 Grand National...

Out of the Clouds

by Linda Carroll & David Rosner Hachette Books (May 29, 2018)

In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cindarella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt...

Sport Horse Soundness and Performance

by Cecilia Lönnell & George H. Morris Kenilworth Press (November 07, 2017)

THERE ARE MANY BOOKS AND DVDS devoted to the technical training of horse and rider – how to perform movements correctly, clear obstacles, communicate efficiently, and in other ways attain the idealized image...

Festival Fever

by Anne Holland The O'Brien Press (October 09, 2017)

It is said the land level of Ireland rises a few feet every March because so many people have left for the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham.

English-Irish rivalry at this pinnacle of jump racing has always...

Horse Racing's Strangest Tales

by Andrew Ward Pavillion Books (February 16, 2017)

Extraordinary but true stories from over 150 years of racing. This hilarious, sideways look at horse racing vividly recounts many of the strangest moments and oddest incidents from over 150 years of the sport's...

The Difference Between Horses, Donkeys and Mules | Children's Science & Nature

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Horses, donkeys and mules all look the same, right? But they're different. They have distinguishing characteristics that would set each apart from the other. Make sure that your child names a horse a horse,...

Horses: 101 Super Fun Facts and Amazing Pictures (Featuring The World's Top 18 Horse Breeds)

by Janet Evans Baby Professor (September 15, 2013)

HORSES: 101 SUPER FUN FACTS AND AMAZING PICTURES ( FEATURING THE WORLD's TOP 18 HORSE BREEDS) This book depicts the wonder of the world of Horses. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of this magnificent...

My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings

by Kevin Chong Greystone Books (March 02, 2012)

Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted—and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Things like settling down and...

Bred To Run

by Mike Helm Henry Holt and Co. (August 04, 2014)

Bred to Run: The Making of a Thoroughbred is a book by Mike Helm, providing insights about horse breeding and the horse-racing industry gathered from Helm's time spent at Claiborne Farm.

Kentucky Derby Dreams

by Susan Nusser Thomas Dunne Books (April 23, 2012)

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....

A Breed Apart

by Mike Helm Henry Holt and Co. (June 22, 2015)

This entertaining behind-the-scenes study takes the dedicated horse-player to California's tracks to meet Jack Kaenel, who booted Aloma's Ruler to victory in the Preakness, and Chuck Jenda, who trained Brown...

Man o' War

by Dorothy Ours St. Martin's Press (March 31, 2007)

His trainer said that managing him was like holding a tiger by the tail. His owner compared him to "chain lightning." His jockeys found their lives transformed by him, in triumphant and distressing ways. All...


by Lou Sahadi & Steve Cauthen Thomas Dunne Books (March 28, 2011)

In 1978, racing fans witnessed a rivalry for the ages when a horse hailing from Harbor View Farm named Affirmed and an eighteen-year-old jockey dubbed "Stevie Wonder" faced off against the celebrated Alydar...

Horse Trader: Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings

by Patrick Robinson & Nick Robinson HarperCollins (June 30, 2016)

During the boom years of the 1980s, the massed oil wealth of the princes of Dubai and Saudi Arabia were pitted against British millionaire Robert Sangster in a battle for control of one of the world’s rarest,...

Crazy Good

by Charles Leerhsen Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2008)

A hundred years ago, the most famous athlete in America was a horse. But Dan Patch was more than a sports star; he was a cultural icon in the days before the automobile. Born crippled and unable to stand, he...

The Big Horse

by Joe McGinniss Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

"The big horse," in racing vernacular, is the animal that brings fame and fortune to a stable. He's the heavyweight champion, the All-American quarterback, the four-legged Michael Jordan of the barn. Seabiscuit...

Gender, Work, and Harness Racing: Fast Horses and Strong Women in Southwestern Pennsylvania

by Elizabeth Anne Larsen Lexington Books (November 19, 2014)

Elizabeth Anne Larsen explores how harness horse racing has resisted gender equalization and excluded women from key roles. With stirring accounts of the strong women who are surviving and succeeding in this...

Native Dancer

by John Eisenberg Grand Central Publishing (April 30, 2003)

In the early 1950s, a rising star flickered across millions of black-and-white TV sets.

A Fine Place to Daydream

by Bill Barich Skyhorse (October 27, 2015)

Twenty-five years after his racetrack classic Laughing in the Hills, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with...

Laughing in the Hills

by Bill Barich Skyhorse (October 20, 2015)

Bill Barich burst onto the literary scene more than twenty-five years ago with this remarkable account of racetrack life. Holed up in a cheap motel in Albany, California, only a few miles from Golden Gate Fields,...


by Robyn Mary McSweeney Robyn McSweeney (August 31, 2015)

This is the amazing story of my great grandfather Albert Edmund Cockram who was, in his time, was the largest importer of Thoroughbred Racehorses into Australia from Europe and New Zealand.  The best blood...


by Pamela K. Brodowsky & Tom Philbin HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

This up-to-minute book follows the story of Barbaro, the Triple Crown contender whose unlikely fight back from almost certain death from a shattered leg and ensuing complications captured the hearts of a nation...