Kelso: The Horse of Gold

Kelso: The Horse of Gold

by Linda Kennedy
     
 

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The Inspiring True Story of One of the Most Successful and Beloved Thoroughbreds in Racing History
Praise for Kelso: The Horse of Gold:
“Ms. Kennedy has captured the grandeur of the horse in a simple, straightforward way that will charm and excite those who saw Kelso run and remember his stirring deeds. . . . Kelso's racing recordSee more details below

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The Inspiring True Story of One of the Most Successful and Beloved Thoroughbreds in Racing History
Praise for Kelso: The Horse of Gold:
“Ms. Kennedy has captured the grandeur of the horse in a simple, straightforward way that will charm and excite those who saw Kelso run and remember his stirring deeds. . . . Kelso's racing record through eight seasons is simply breathtaking.”—Wall Street Journal
“In this concise, entertaining account, Kennedy tells the story of Kelso, a scrawny ungainly gelding who just happened to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds that ever lived.”—Publishers Weekly
“An excellent portrayal... so intense that one has the sensation of being right there with the crowd and cheering Kelso on.”—Tom Trotter, Former New York Racing Secretary
“He was the greatest horse I ever rode.”—Eddie Arcaro, rider of Triple Crown champions Whirlaway, Assault, and Citation
At his three-year debut in June 1960, no one could know that Mrs. Allaire DuPont’s small, deerlike gelding named Kelso would come to dominate American racing like no other horse before or since. For five unprecedented years, he would reign as Horse of the Year, setting records and endearing himself to millions of fans. Always considered among the top four horses of all time—with Man O' War, Secretariat, and Citation—for many, Kelso is the greatest racehorse, since he won at sprints and endurance races, won on turf and dirt, carried unprecedented handicap weights, and raced both foreign and national thoroughbreds. Kelso was crowned champion of the Jockey Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious racing events, an astounding five straight times. Like Seabiscuit, Kelso was not earmarked as a contender and missed the Triple Crown races. But Kelso's greatness was decisive: he regularly defeated Triple Crown race winners. In Kelso: The Horse of Gold, Linda Kennedy tells the remarkable story of one of the greatest athletes of the ages, recreating the excitement of "Kelly's" unique and brilliant career while placing his unparalleled achievements in the context of racing history.

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Publishers Weekly
In this concise, entertaining account, first-time author Kennedy tells the story of Kelso, a scrawny, ungainly gelding who just happened to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds that ever lived. While Kelso is certainly not unknown to horse race fans, his accomplishments throughout the 1960s have been underappreciated in comparison to those of Secretariat or Man O' War, in large part because Kelso was a late bloomer who didn't run in the Triple Crown as a three-year old. Yet Kelso's achievements include winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup five times-the only horse in history to take a major stakes race five times consecutively-and being named "Horse of the Year" five successive times (again, the only horse to receive such an honor). Kennedy also enlivens the narrative with her own memories of seeing Kelso run in the flesh as a horse-loving girl. Although her research is impeccable, Kennedy seems to have relied on secondary sources for the most part, which detracts from the drama. Still, she makes a compelling argument for the historical stature of her childhood hero. (June)

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“Ms. Kennedy has captured the grandeur of the horse in a simple, straightforward way that will charm and excite those who saw Kelso run and remember his stirring deeds. . . . Kelso's racing record through eight seasons is simply breathtaking.” —Wall Street Journal

“In this concise, entertaining account, Kennedy tells the story of Kelso, a scrawny ungainly gelding who just happened to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds that ever lived.”—Publishers Weekly 

“He is unique... an athlete like Babe Ruth and Bobby Jones.” —Sports Illustrated

“An excellent portrayal... so intense that one has the sensation of being right there with the crowd and cheering Kelso on.”—Tom Trotter, Former New York Racing Secretary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594160431
Publisher:
Westholme Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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