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Can Christina measure up?

Ever since Christina Reese won her very first race on Wonder's Star, she's been feeling pressure to live up to her mother's reputation as a great jockey. The racing press is full of articles with headlines such as "Like Mother, Like Daughter!" and "Winning Races Must Be in the Genes!"

But after a disappointing finish in her next race, Christina decides there is no way she can meet ...

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Overview

Can Christina measure up?

Ever since Christina Reese won her very first race on Wonder's Star, she's been feeling pressure to live up to her mother's reputation as a great jockey. The racing press is full of articles with headlines such as "Like Mother, Like Daughter!" and "Winning Races Must Be in the Genes!"

But after a disappointing finish in her next race, Christina decides there is no way she can meet such high expectations—she'll never be as good as Ashleigh. After only two starts, will Christina give up racing forever?

Read thoroughbred and experience the powerful bondbetween a determined girl and a very special colt if youlove horses, then you'll love these books!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061066337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #39
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Campbell appears here with her six-year-old Thoroughbred, Meyersville Magic, known around the barn as CC. He's a son of Horatius out of Northwich by Timothy's Champ and is owned by Cathy Day. Formerly trained for racing, he is now being trained for eventing. Last Year he was the Maine Entry Level Champion in Combined Training.

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Chapter One



Christina Reese dropped the brush in the aisle for thethird time that morning. When she picked it up, Wonder's Star, the big chestnut Thoroughbred who was hooked to crossties, turned his head to stare at her with curious brown eyes.

"All right. I'm clumsy, I know," Christina told the two-year-old colt as she finished brushing his silky neck. "I can't help it. I'm too nervous."

Star bobbed his head, the crossties jingling, as if he agreed with Christina. Except for one of the barn hands mucking stalls, the two were alone in the training barn at Whitebrook Farm, the Thoroughbred farm where Christina lived. The rest of the grooms and exercise riders had taken the other colts and fillies in training down to the practice track for their early morning workouts.

Christina was stalling.

"It's just that after your win in the Kentucky Stakes, everybody's going to be watching us," Christina explained to Star. "We can't make any mistakes."

It was Tuesday, and Brad and Lavinia Townsend had come to watch the colt's last workout at Whitebrook before Star's race on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The Townsends shared ownership of Star with Christina's mother and father, Ashleigh Griffen and Mike Reese. Christina and Star had won their first race two weeks earlier, but Brad and Lavinia still made her nervous. No matter how fast Star breezed, they always found fault with something.

"Well, I'd better tack you up before they wonder where we are." With a sigh, Christina dropped the brush in the grooming box.

A voice rang down the aisle. "Hey, Chris, did you fall asleep in here?" Christina's cousin, Melanie Graham, camestriding into the barn carrying a newspaper. "They're getting restless down there. Lavinia wanted to come in after you, but I told her I'd go and get you."

"Thanks for saving me." Christina hurried into the tack room to get a bridle and saddle. When she came Out, Melanie was standing at Star's head, holding up the front page of the sports section of the newspaper. Christina halted and read the headline out loud. -Will Wonder's Wonderful Colt win the spring Stakes?'"

"It's from this morning's paper," Melanie said, tapping the page. "It's all about you and Star and Your mom and Wonder I thought the headline was pretty clever. I'll save the article for you so you can add it to your scrapbook, okay?"

"Thanks." Christina had been flattered by all the publicity after Star's win. Already she had six articles in the scrapbook she'd started—a record of her and Star's racing career.

"Gee, I wish the newspaper wrote all those nice things about me," Melanie teased, although Christina knew her cousin wasn't really jealous. Melanie already had five wins under her belt, and she was a fearless "bug"—the common term for an apprentice Jockey.

Christina rolled her eyes as she put the pad and sadthe on Star's back. "You know the paper's making a big deal out of Star only because of Mom and Wonder " Ashleigh and Wonder had won the Kentucky Derby, among many other prestigious races. "I can't believe all this hype. I mean, Star and I won only one race," she scoffed. "It's like they've forgotten all about Star's first race, which was pretty memorable for how slow he went."

"But that's because you weren't riding him," Melanie pointed out as she took the bridle from Christina.

"True." Naomi Traeger, another jockey who often rode for Whitebrook, had ridden Star in his first race, and he'd been slow as a turtle.

About a month earlier, Christina had passed her test to become an apprentice jockey. Since the stewards had given her only conditional approval, they were going to review her next two races. She'd ridden Star in the Kentucky Stakes and won, which counted for one race. She'd have to prove herself this Saturday before she could be confident that she had her apprentice license for sure.

Melanie unhooked the crossties and began to bridle Star. "This guy will run his heart out for you, so don't let the Townsends psych you out."

"You're right. Its just that with all that's happened..." Christina's voice trailed off as she thought back to a year before, when Star was being trained at Townsend Acres. She'd had a terrible time convincing Brad that his training methods were only making Star fearful and aggressive. Luckily, her parents had finally seen her side of things and decided to bring Star back to Whitebrook.

But Brad still had the last word. He'd strongly opposed having Christina jockey Star in the Kentucky Stakes, since it was her first race. Melanie had been scheduled to ride the colt, but at the last minute she faked a sprained wrist so Christina could ride him instead. If they had lost, Christina knew, Brad would have been furious enough to insist that Star go back to Townsend Acres.

The thought made Christina shudder That was the last thing she wanted. Ever since Wonder—Star's damhad died and Christina had nursed the little orphaned colt, she had felt a special bond with Star. In the past year, as they trained for and won their first race together, their bond had grown even stronger.

Christina was so committed to Star that she had sold her eventing horse, Sterling Dream, to Tor and Samantha Nelson, her former trainers. Samantha had leased Sterling to Kaitlin Boyce, who was sixteen, too, and as horse-crazy as Christina. The Nelsons' farm, Whisperwood, was just down the road, so Christina could still visit the mare whenever she wanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    I can't wait

    Hey everyone i have writen some of these reviews and i hope some off the people who are putting Joanna Campbell down are really mean maybe she had a good reason not to writing anymore! Every think of that i mean i would love for her to start writing the books again. And i like Parker in the books Dylan was kind of boring Parker is more exiting and they tell you in the books as they go one basicly they arn't going out anymore and Christina is now going with Parker duh!!! I like all off the books i think there great. What will happen when the Wonders Legacy books end will the whole series go to smoke? I hope not. I like them alot. Oh yeah have any of you guys noticed that the latest book is more up to date with the real world i mean Ashleigh and Samantha were kind off goody to shoes but i liked them anyway. And Chrsitina is wearing flares in star in danger. Well i have to now i.I wasn't trying to be mean about the critisizim thats what i think so buh-bye

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    I Love TB books!!!

    I love the other TB books,but the first one's were the best.What happened to Sterling ,has Christia totally droped her now like she did Trib,her pony.And Where is Dylan?I don't think the author should totally drop all the author characters,and horses.Like when Wonder's Champion was in two or three books,maybe more,where did he go.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Well This is going downhill

    First of all where did Dylan go I know he would dissapear but the idea of Parker and Christina is ridicoulus forgive me for saying that some people like him but I think Christina should stick to eventing Dylan and sterling she gave Legacy for Sterling thats hilarious and she still sold him to Samantha. But it still was a good book though it is dissapointing I had looked forward to reading it but anyways 1 more thing where did Cassidy And Katie go? And Cindy and Glory and Pride and Princess and I never thought Brad could be nice to Whitebrook. And Champion and Fleet Goddes and Limitless I might have missed them somewhere but there are a lot of things I missed that I cant pay attention to all of them and I keep putting my book down and thinking what happened to them See I keep losing consentration if its too confusing Please email me if you know something I dont know or if youre interested in discussing it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    if you love horses, you'll love this book!

    i loved this book. i really like that she is into racing now, instead of eventing. i think it is more exciting. i want to get ALL OF THESE BOOKS! i just think joanna should go back to writing them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    It was ok

    I think that these books are becoming confusing. In the beginning of the series Ashleigh is like 12 years old and its probably 1990, in this book ashleigh is like 40 and it's only y2k. How does this happen??? Also Cristina just gets old so fast and all the characters disappeared. What happened to Cindy? I really think also that the earlier books are discouraging to young people who want to become jockeys because the author basically says that if you are over 5'4' you can't be one, but Jerry Bailey is 5'5' and I know a good jockey who's 5'8'. Maybe the writers should do some more research on this subject- also you can't even get a license till you're 16! Joanna needs to come back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    ANOTHER GREAT BOOK!!!

    I thought it was the one of the best! I LOVED it! I read it in 2 days between school and sleeping. I havnt read # 40 yet but I bet it will be just as good as the other 39. But this really was the best one so far. They just keep gettin better and better! cant wait till number 41!!!!!(but it is sad that chris gave up eventing for racing, but thats what makes it great!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Hey I think this book was really good

    Hi everyone, I think this book was a really well written book. I think this book is a great book because it tested Ashleigh's and Christinas realtionship. Um were did the other characters go??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Living Legend (Thoroughbred Series #39)

    i still love this series, but I think too many changes have been made. For one thing, I know most people think this doesn't matter, but on each book cover Christina looks different. And there is a big jump in christina's age. she went from 2 to 12 to 16. That really leaves you hanging. Also, I really liked the books when Chris was into eventing with Sterling and was with Katie and Dylan. What happened to them? Did they just disappear?? I still love the books, but I think the authors need to be more organized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Living Legend (Thoroughbred Series #39)

    I thought this was a very good book, but some of the characters are disappearing.... what happened to Dylan? all of the sudden Parker comes into the series and dylan disappears from Christina's life. Also, Christina was so into eventing..... now she's a racing fanatic - how come it keeps changing from racing to eventing and back to racing again? I wish Joanna would write the series again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    great, But........

    it was a good book but where have all the charactors gone?????? Joanna needs to rethink what she writes But..... ii still love the Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    Living Legend!

    This, I thought was a great book, but it kind of left you. I mean, Melanie was almost killed, and they dont say anything else about the matter. I think they need to focus a little more on all the characters than just on Christina. And Christina shouldn't be so sensitive all the time. But i was a good book, and Joanna doesn't write these anymore. Did you ever think maybe she got fed up with writing the series? Or amybe she didn't like the deadlines of the series? Maybe some of you though should think about writing the series from the authors. I know some of the other writers are forgetting stuff, but it's still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2000

    Going downhill?

    I love the Thoroughbred series, but i think they are going down hill. Whatever happening to Samantha, Ashleigh, Mike etc. They are barely ever mensioned anymore. Why are the authors switching? That has stopped my from buying these books.I think Joanna Campbell should start over like another reader has said! don't like the way the covers have changed and how the authors are always different!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Pretty Good!

    I thought this book was really good, but they are getting kinda confusing with the characters. What happened to Dylan? But I'm still a loyal reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    what happened to the other characters?

    i thought it was a okay book but, what happened to dylan, katie, and cassidy? and trib hasn't been mentioned in a while. cindy, glory, champion, and pride, did they just disappear? over all i thought it was a pretty good book. why so many authors though? i wish Joanna would write again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    a magnificent book!!

    This is a really great book. One of my friends loned it to me to read and now I just HAVE to read the rest of them. If you've ever read any of these books before you'll know exactly how I feel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Great Book!

    I know others dont agree but I think the newer books are BETTER than the old books. Okay,so the authors make some pickey mistakes. But if the books are good, who cares? I like eventing, too so I hope Sterling doesn't just disappear like some of hte other charcaters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    It was ok but what happened to the other characters?

    This book was ok they are sort of improving because it is back to racing but what happened to Cassidy and Katie and Dylan did they all dissapear? What about Glory and Champion and Cindy? They haven't been mentioned in ages either. They keep switching authors too many times and now everything is all mixed up. Joanna should start writing the books again, they are going downhill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    WONDERS STAR!!!!!!!!!!

    This bok is great!Star is a wonderful horse to read about!A great race horse for Christina,but also good for Ashleigh.I think Christina and Star are ment to but together,they were made for gachother!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Stop whining!!

    I loved this book! Some people are complaining about age changes, but Ashleigh, Sam, and Cindy all got older. Have you guys heard of hair dye? That may be one reason Christina's hair has changed. Her height doesnt really matter. I have heard of jockeys being 6 feet tall. I also want to hear what happened to the other horses. But they might have been sold or died. If feel like talking about this series email me. I have loved them since they were firse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Living Legend (Thoroughbred Series #39)

    I am yet to read 'Living Legand' but I'm sure that I'll love it as much as I love all the rest of the Thoroughbred books. I have read a lot of the reviews on these books, and here's what I think: I'll admit that there are a few errors, such as hair color and things happening too fast, but who really cares? I mean, come on. They're just books... great ones, in fact. I love them and can't seem to put them down once I start to read. I recommend the Thoroughbred books to every horseperson.

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