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

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

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On Saturday, May 5, 2001, the steel-gray colt Monarchos won the Kentucky Derby for owner John Oxley, trainer John Ward, and jockey Jorge Chavez. It was a life-altering moment for breeder Squires, who narrates his five years or so of adventures at Two Bucks Farms prior to the 2001 Derby and his growing obsession with his first real Derby chance, the offspring of his mare Regal Band. Though the winner is known from the outset, Squires weaves a spellbinding tale of millionaire owners, trainers, and auction houses. He looks critically at all involved, including himself, with a good eye, a broad sense of humor, and sharp wit. It is a journey of great frustration, doubt, hope, and, more than anything, enormous good luck when a Derby prospect can be noticed, trained appropriately, and prevented from career-ending injury. Horse folks will love this, but they may need patience getting used to Squires's voice. The content from both producers looks and sounds identical. Recommended.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586481315
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: UNABRIDGED
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 2.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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