John Henry: Racing's Grand Old Man

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Now in paperback, John Henry continues to entertain horse racing and sports fans with its true rags to riches tale. A plain brown, small, bad-tempered animal, John Henry was the horse no one wanted until he was purchased sight unseen for $25,000 by Sam Rubin, a man who knew nothing about horses, except which end bit and which end kicked. Entrusted to California-based trainer Ron McAnally, John Henry blossomed into a star. Named Horse of the Year in 1981 as a six years old - an age when most racehorses are enjoying retirement - John Henry continued to race at the top level of the sport through the age of nine, when he was voted Horse of the Year for the second time. He retired as all-time leading money earner in 1984 with more than $6 million and today lives a life of luxury at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581501506
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered) Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Against All Odds 6
Chapter 1 Chance Of A Lifetime 14
Chapter 2 Doesn't Anyone Want This Horse? 28
Chapter 3 Cajun Days 36
Chapter 4 "What color is a gelding?" 50
Chapter 5 Greener Pastures 60
Chapter 6 Meet John Henry 72
Chapter 7 How The West Was Won 82
Chapter 8 The Road To Stardom 98
Chapter 9 One In A Million 110
Chapter 10 Derailed On The Orient Express 120
Chapter 11 Eight Is Not Enough 134
Chapter 12 Closing Night 146
Chapter 13 Saying Goodbye 164
Chapter 14 Out Of Mothballs 174
Epilogue: Living Legend 182
Pedigree 194
Past Performances 195
Index 198
Photo Credits 202
About the Author 203
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