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Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy explores Barbaro's life, examines whether he was a great racehorse, why he was so inspirational, and details his legacy. More than 100 people were interviewed for the book, including Michael Matz and some of his team, Dr. Dean Richardson and some of the New Bolton Center team, media that cover our sport of horse racing, horsemen involved in the 2006 Triple Crown, and people that worked at the racetracks where Barbaro ran. Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his ...
Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy explores Barbaro's life, examines whether he was a great racehorse, why he was so inspirational, and details his legacy. More than 100 people were interviewed for the book, including Michael Matz and some of his team, Dr. Dean Richardson and some of the New Bolton Center team, media that cover our sport of horse racing, horsemen involved in the 2006 Triple Crown, and people that worked at the racetracks where Barbaro ran. Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy also includes 164 photographs in a photo essay that retells the entire story. ESPNs Jeannine Edwards wrote the foreword. Co-owner, Gretchen Jackson, wrote the afterword.
Posted February 6, 2012
Written by an author who was not only intimately familiar with Barbaro, but also very experienced and actively involved in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing, "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro And His Legacy" draws you in with many beautiful photos, and keeps you enthralled with the emotion-filled and beautifully written words that tell the inspirational story of Barbaro's life. The story is filled with much more than just photos. Stories of and from Jockeys, owners, veterinarians, grooms, race callers, etc., are included in the chapters of Barbaro's story, lending a rich insight to the passion and love for the horse and the industry. There's a wealth of information in this book that you will be fascinated by, and like me, you will be inspired by, and will learn something new from, this book every time you pick it up. A definite 'must have' book.
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Posted November 17, 2012
Alex Brown's book on Barbaro is a beautiful, inspirational book on a great racehorse whose life was cut too short, and on his legacy, which is helping to save many other horses.
The book has wonderful pictures, containing over 150 color photos. The author interviewed over 100 people involved in racing for this book. He is uniquely qualified to tell Barbaro's story. He is a true horseman, having worked in racing for over twenty years as an exercise rider as well as other capacities. It was Brown's web site that kept fans and the media informed of news on Barbaro and his condition during his struggle for life. The author had a number of personal interactions with Barbaro (the book includes a picture of him grazing Barbaro Christmas Day 2006 during his recovery at New Bolton).
This book has many facets; it tells the story of Barbaro and his development into a powerful racehorse, takes you through the story of his amazing journey, the tragic day of the Preakness, and the months of his gallant struggle for survival. The updates provided by the author of Barbaro's weekly condition during his struggle show this brilliant horse's courage, spirit and trust to go through what he did and survive for so long. He was definitely an inspiration, on the track and off.
This book takes another step and tells of the legacy Barbaro left, inspiring a renewed effort to help save many racehorses from slaughter and spurring increased research on a cure for laminitis. An internet community, Fans of Barbaro, grew out of the camaraderie of people following Barbaro's story on the author's website. This community, rather than disbanding after Barbaro's death, focused their efforts on supporting a main cause of Barbaro's owners: saving racehorses from slaughter.
I would strongly recommend anyone interested in horses, thoroughbred racing and the welfare of retired thoroughbreds to buy this book. For anyone who loves Barbaro, this is the one book about him that is a must have!
Posted August 29, 2012
Barbaro was a Kentucky Derby winner that caught the hearts of thousands, and his story is beautifully told in "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy." Alex Brown had the privilege of being a part of both Barbaro's story and his legacy. He gives firsthand accounts of stories about Barbaro from his birth to his untimely death. This knowledge and perspective is what makes this book so impressive.
The first part of the book tells Barbaro's story: how he developed in his training, how he won the fondness of those around him, how he never lost a race, his triumphant Kentucky Derby win to his disaster at the Preakness, and his fight for his life. Each word is perfectly crafted with beautiful illustrations that brings this magnificent horse to life. Barbaro was a fighter in life, and his legacy is still fighting for other horses today. Because he touched so many lives, other horses now have a better future, as was exemplified in the trust set up for laminitis research. His story will cause you to smile and to cry. It will inspire you. You will be better for having read this book.
The latter part of the book tells the story of Barbaro's legacy. His plight brought awareness to some very serious issues such as laminitis, Thoroughbred welfare, and horse slaughter. Alex Brown's research and personal experiences with these topics will make you think about it in a new way. His stories along with those of the Fans of Barbaro will make anyone want to do their part to help these beautiful racehorses and help ensure them a proper future after the track.
This book greatly inspired me. In one section, Alex Brown states to the effect of "you may not be able to save them all (horses) but you can make a difference to one." That had a profound affect on me. We may not be able to change the world of all the horses, but we all can change the world of one horse. I think that is something to take to heart and take action. I hope others will be as inspired by that thought as I have been. I can be of help in this call to action. I can do what I can to ensure a better future for these animals.
At the end of the book is a poem written by Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro's owner. I thought it was beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. "It is here in Kentucky I entered life, born in a stall at first light, days in the grass my mother nearby, it was here I raced and caught your eye. I've come full circle, back to the start, for here is my home, and here is my heart."
Barbaro's story is inspiring, valiant, and heartwarming. I hope he will touch you as he has me.
Posted February 5, 2012