Legacy's Gift (Thoroughbred Series #72)

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Allie, now sixteen years old, is just one win away from becoming a full?fledged jockey. Everyone gathers at Tall Oaks to celebrate her achievement. At the festivities the jockeys and trainers reminisce about their favorite horses past and future. Inspired more than ever by their tales, Allie and her horse Wonder's Legacy set out for Whisper?wood to perfect their jumping skills and to look after a broodmare named Sterling Dream that is due to foal soon.

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Allie, now sixteen years old, is just one win away from becoming a full–fledged jockey. Everyone gathers at Tall Oaks to celebrate her achievement. At the festivities the jockeys and trainers reminisce about their favorite horses past and future. Inspired more than ever by their tales, Allie and her horse Wonder's Legacy set out for Whisper–wood to perfect their jumping skills and to look after a broodmare named Sterling Dream that is due to foal soon.

But a failed attempt at cross–country jumping forces Allie and Legacy to slow down. It's only when Sterling disappears that they get back on track. Will they be able to save the missing mare and her unborn foal in time? Be sure to celebrate the rich history of the Thoroughbred series with all your favorite characters in this spectacular concluding volume.

Ages 10+

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060781170
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Thoroughbred #72: Legacy's Gift


By Joanna Campbell

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Joanna Campbell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060781173

Chapter One

"Are you nervous?" Cindy McLean asked, looking up at sixteen-year-old Allison Avery. Allie was seated astride Charming Miss, a three-year-old bay Thoroughbred filly, in the viewing paddock at Kentucky's Keeneland racetrack. The cool October air was filled with the sounds of the fans at the track for a Saturday afternoon of racing.

Allie, proudly wearing Tall Oaks' green-and-purple racing silks, grinned down at her foster mother. "Just a little," she said in response to Cindy's question. "If Charming and I win this race, I'll have the forty-five wins I need to get rid of my bug, and Charming will break her maiden."

As an apprentice jockey, Allie's name on the racing program was marked with an asterisk, or "bug," to show that she wasn't a fully licensed jockey.

Cindy nodded thoughtfully. "Then you'll just need to have a complete year of racing behind you and you'll be a full-fledged jockey."

After becoming an apprentice jockey the day after her sixteenth birthday, Allie had enjoyed an impressive series of wins over the past three months. On this day, at the start of the fall meet at Keeneland, she was determined that she was going to have another successful race.

"Charming and I are going to tear up the track today." She patted the filly's sleek neck. "Aren't we, girl?"

From where she stood, holding Charming's lead while Allie finished a quick check of her equipment, Beckie Dauti, the Australian groom who worked as the filly's handler, nodded in agreement. "I know you two are going to give Tall Oaks a memorable win today, Allie. Get lucky, mate."

"Go get 'em, tiger," Cindy said, patting Allie's knee as Beckie led the prancing filly toward the track and the escort riders.

Allie saw several people she knew standing near the viewing paddock rail. Ashleigh Griffen, the famous jockey and a close family friend, stood beside Samantha Nelson, Cindy's older sister. Samantha had twenty-month-old Leah balanced on her hip. Leah had inherited her mother's thick red hair and blue eyes, and she waved a chubby hand excitedly at Allie. Beside Samantha, twenty-year-old Christina Reese, Ashleigh's daughter, held Leah's twin brother. Luke was a handsome blond, just like his father, Tor Nelson. Christina, an experienced jockey, grinned at Allie, who waved at the group. Nearby, Allie's best friend, Lila Wilson, was standing with her parents. Lila, who had helped prepare Charming for the race, was wearing jeans and paddock boots, but Senator Wilson, her father, was clad in a dark suit, looking very official. At the end of the race, the Wilsons would be in the winner's circle, as the senator had been asked to present the purse to the winning owner.

"Good luck!" Christina called out, waving with her free hand.

"See you in the winner's circle," Lila called, making a V for victory.

Allie touched her hand to her riding helmet in a brief salute, then she and Charming Miss headed onto the track, jogging past the grandstand in the pre-race warm-up and post parade. She watched the four fillies in line in front of them, all fit and energetic, and she leaned forward in the saddle. "They're going to be watching your tail in a minute or two," she murmured to Charming. The filly flicked her ears back in response to the sound of Allie's voice, and as if she understood, she pranced a little more, tugging at the hold the pony rider had on her lead.

It hardly felt like two years had passed since Allie, as a fourteen-year-old orphan, had left California for Kentucky and life at Tall Oaks, the prestigious Thoroughbred farm that Cindy owned with her husband, Ben al-Rihani. But Allie had soon adjusted to the changes the move had brought, and time seemed to fly by. All of the memories Allie had collected during the last couple of years were good ones.

Beneath her, she felt Charming tense up and give a little kick with her hind legs. Allie stroked the filly's neck, letting the racehorse break into a collected canter next to the trotting quarter horse the pony rider was on. "Save your best for the race, girl," Allie admonished the filly, who tossed her head defiantly as they followed the lead horses behind the starting gate.

Allie glanced around at the rest of the Thoroughbreds listed on the race program, watching their attitudes and behavior as they milled around behind the gate, waiting for their turn to be loaded. The number three horse was fighting the gate crew, balking about entering the tiny chute. Two burly crew members locked their hands behind the filly's hindquarters and forced her into the box. Allie exhaled with relief when the filly didn't rear up or flip over to keep from going in. She and Cindy had put a lot of time into Charming's training, getting the filly comfortable with loading into the gate easily, but Allie knew some trainers didn't put a lot of effort into that part of racing. What was most important to them was just getting the high-strung horse onto the track so it could run.

Cindy had learned to handle Thoroughbreds as a youngster when she was living at Whitebrook, the Thoroughbred farm owned by Ashleigh Griffen and her husband, Mike Reese. Like Mike and Ashleigh, she believed that the less stressful the minutes before the race were, the more focus and energy the horse would have on the track. So far that attitude had worked well for the horses at both Whitebrook and Tall Oaks. As proud as she was to be riding for Tall Oaks, Allie was equally happy to wear Whitebrook's blue-and-white silks when she rode for the other farm.

Soon she and Charming were in their chute, waiting for the rest of the eleven fillies to load so that the race could begin. The murmured voices of the jockeys on either side of her carried over the sound of the nervous racehorses, who shifted and stomped in the tight confines of their gates, waiting impatiently to burst onto the track. Beneath Allie, Charming pawed a furrow into the footing and took in a long, snorting breath. "Easy, girl," Allie said quietly. "Any minute now."

Continues...


Excerpted from Thoroughbred #72: Legacy's Gift by Joanna Campbell Copyright © 2005 by Joanna Campbell. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2010

    Not Consistent!

    I really loved the beginning of this series and all the stories and characters, but as I continued to read them a lot of the things about the series changed. All the cover art started to become different, and even more importantly the facts did NOT match up with what had been previously written in the stories beforehand. The races that horses like Wonder and Wonder's Pride etc. won didn't stay consistent and nor did the jockeys who rode them to those victories. It was just upsetting to see such a wonderful series decline...

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome book every

    I luv this series sooo much!!!!! I wish they never end. Really they should make more to find out want happens to Chris and Parker and Sterling's foal. I cried in some of the books in this series. I wish they would write more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    so annoying!

    ok these books were AMAZING when they were first being written-but then they changed. i've stuck with them for five long years and they just got worse and worse!i used to really like star and chris but i started to really just hate them!i still wanted chris and parker to marry and for parker to get to the olympics! and i hate jazz now!what happened to Dylan too?????these series just declined a lot!and they totally messed up Cindy!she had always been my fave character but they destroyed her!and mel-i mean she claims that she loves Image but then Image gets hurt,melanie waits about a month,then she goes and gets Jinx!!!!!my fave of the books was Cindy's Heartbreak-it was sad!i just have to say that these books have fallen so far-and they are very unrealistic. I mean come on!practically none of the horses ever get hurt or die!i used to love them,but just as they started picking up with Allie and Legacy,they end the series!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!agh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cindy did not RIDE WONDER IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY!!! Listen, this is what it says:Allie heard the story dozens of times from Cindy, who had ridden Wonder to a win in the Kentuky Derby. End of quote. I think what Mary Newhall Anderson meant was she heard it many times from her mother, Jilly, who did actually win the Kentucky Derby with wonder. But it is still infuriating that they would write that spoiled Cindy would ride such a great horse in such a great race. For one, Cindy would have only been (calculating from when it says that ashleigh was 26 in Champions Spirit, when Cindy was 14 which was 11 years after wonder was born) only three!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Good

    So, the series is over. Maybe one or two of the older thoroughbred lovers could come up with a series that comes after this whenever they are old enough. I think that it would be pretty cool.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    What happened

    What happened to all the other people wheres Rory and Caroline.How did Craig and Jilly die??OMG i basicalyy have been reading these books for like ever and now their ending!!!And Chris just has to marry Parker and Parker and the Olympic and Mel and Kevin i dont lik Jazz!!!Tell me wat happened to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Such a great series

    I loved the book. I only wish they would have continued so we could find out if Melanie, Parker, Kevin, Allie, Wonder's Legacy and Sterling Dreams foal found their niche in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    AHHH

    I adore this series and yes, Parker and Christina, Melanie and Kevin, everyone needs to get married! And it would be awesome if Christina wound up running Townsend Acres with Parker. I can't believe it's ending. They are awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Just one moment. . .

    What about Parker? The series can't just go off without finishing what it started! Parker has to have a book about him in the Olymics! And him and Christia have to get married and he has to work things out with his dad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    omg noooooooo

    omg...this book was awesum....i cant blieve they're ending! i don't want them to end! they're soo good....it wuznt as good in da middle but now they're rilly rilly rilly good!....i wish they would keep riting...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    NOOOOO!!!!

    How can this happen???? it's suppost to end with Christine and Parker getting married!!! and the two families come to a truce...not with Legacy jumping a fence with ally (i think that's who it is) on his back!! but it is good that she is having a family with ben and cindy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    They need to write more books

    i think that they need to write more books because these books made me love reading i now love books well animal books. please wrote more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    I can't beleive this is the LAST book!!!!!!!!!!

    That is sooooooooo sad. I mean..... Though the series almost went bad, it came back, and I still love these books. I cannot beleive that is that last book!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Horse Lover, soon to be vet,olympic rider, and Why?

    I think that they need to keep going. I mean Sam had her twins and Cindy and Ben got married and Cris and Parker seem to be getting closer to marring every day! And what about Parker and his dad working things out? :/ Parkers dream to the olypmics may never happen!:( keep writing the books! Keep writing the books NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Great Read For Horse Lovers

    The Thoughbred Series finally ends. It was ok, if you read the books in the series you might find this a better read. I can't belive they ended without 'wraping-up' the loose ends. Like, Chris getting married with Parker, Mel getting married with Jazz or Kevin. Sterling foal winning the triple crown, and Parker winning the Olympics. Maybe Campbell will bring a 'new' series to include that. As I said it is a good read to a young horse lover, but to a older horse crazy it is a little off. It is really to old for the reading age(5th Grade) when the people the mention are 20 and older. I am not saying that it is a bad book. But I do recommend you read #1 though #71 before you read this one, you will enjoy it alot better. From Rachael, 14 year old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    How can this happen????????

    this is my favorite series!!!! i think the writer should write more because it leaves you off wondering what samantha's twins will do or if tors dad will get better!? will christina and parker get married??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Great Ending

    The end was great because it went back a little to the beginning. I was hopeing that we would get to go on and learn more about Luke and Leah as they got older and I wish they wouldn't have skipped two years so that we could have gone through Allie getting her Jockey's license, and Sterling's breeding. It was great any ways though. I'll miss reading the books horribly!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2005

    keep writting

    this book is really good i agree it should end with parker and christina geting married. i also agree with most reveiws the publisher should stick with the series. i just got into them and there all realy good and should keep going.because toward the end of the series it gets better.

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