Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner since Secretariat

Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner since Secretariat

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Everybody in the thoroughbred horse business wants to win the Kentucky Derby, but the odds on making it to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs are about 35,000-to-1. How did a former Chicago newspaper editor bring together the stallion and mare and breed the winner of the world's most famous and important horserace?
Jim Squires's Horse of a Different

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Everybody in the thoroughbred horse business wants to win the Kentucky Derby, but the odds on making it to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs are about 35,000-to-1. How did a former Chicago newspaper editor bring together the stallion and mare and breed the winner of the world's most famous and important horserace?
Jim Squires's Horse of a Different Color tells the story of his wild ride from absurdity to glory at the pinnacle of horseracing success alongside Monarchos, the charismatic gray colt blessed with the extraordinary speed, poise, and stamina necessary to carry his motley band of human handlers to the highest level of their profession.
Squires takes you on an exciting journey through the close-knit and secretive world of horse breeders, buyers, sellers, owners, and trainers. And his hilarious tour of racehorse culture ends with a blazing sprint down the homestretch of the second fastest Derby in history in the company of a crowd of Kentuckians driven mad with "Derby Fever."

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A former Chicago Tribune editor and the breeder of Monarchos, the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, shares his perspective on the unpredictable world of horse breeding in Horse of a Different Color. Squires recounts the story of how he bred his champion and also provides fascinating details about what appears to be a labyrinthine network of veterinarians, breeders, pedigree specialists, and scores of others who play a part in the business of horse breeding. Fast-paced and entertaining, this horse tale is sure to please.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586481179
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Edition description:
One 16 Page Insert (b/w)
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author


Jim Squires has been breeding and raising horses in Kentucky since 1990. From 1981 to 1989, he was the editor of the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of two previous books. A Tennessee native, Squires lives with his wife Mary Anne at Two Bucks Farms in Versailles, Kentucky.

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Horse Of A Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Donegal_Bay More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely well written book that was a most enjoyable read. I'm a huge horse racing fan, but I don't think you necessarily need to be to enjoy this book. It provides an honest look into the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry from the point of view of someone who doesn't have endless wealth. Loved it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.