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Posted May 24, 2002
Newspaperman Turned Breeder Grabs the Roses
This is a well written and often humorous account of a retired newspaperman's decision to take a radical career turn and buy a Thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky. Thoroughbred breeding is a domain mostly reserved for the very rich, but Jim Squires wagers his nest egg on a business where, like the track, there are more losers than winners. He shares his experiences, including his mistakes, with honesty and warmth. You can learn a lot about the Sport of Kings from this book, from the breeding and foaling barns to the sales rings to the race tracks. The fact that this small time operator in the Thoroughbred horse world bred the horse that won the Kentucky Derby is just an extra layer of icing on what is already a pretty good cake.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2002
Story of an under dog!!!!
this book was very good. i think that if it was longer it would have been better. i wanted to know about regal band at the end in the afterwards part. i also like the idea of cigar being mentioned. cigar is the beat horse there is. but all in all if you truly enjoy horses and racing you will like this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2002
A story that will make you laugh and cry
What a thrilling story about a wonderful horse and the people around him. I particularly enjoyed the author's ability to make fun of himself. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys an 'insider's' point of view about a fascinating industry, the thoroughbred industry. In the same league as Seabiscuit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2010
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