Race Horses

Race Horses

by Michael Sandler
     
 

And they're off! It was the start of the 2006 Preakness. All eyes were on a big chestnut-colored colt named Barbaro. Weeks earlier, he had shown off his talents and won the world's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness was almost as big a race as the Derby. Would Barbaro be able to gallop toward victory again?

Horse racing is one of the world's

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And they're off! It was the start of the 2006 Preakness. All eyes were on a big chestnut-colored colt named Barbaro. Weeks earlier, he had shown off his talents and won the world's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness was almost as big a race as the Derby. Would Barbaro be able to gallop toward victory again?

Horse racing is one of the world's oldest sports. Look inside to learn what it takes to become a racehorse and how these incredible animals risk their lives to become champions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Horses have always had a special relationship with people. This attractive "Horsepower" series from Bearport should find avid readers among young horse-lovers whether they are interested in history, racing, police and military mounts, or learning to ride and show. Each book defines the work done by certain breeds, explains their training, and offers many examples of outstanding horses and riders, both present and historical. Among breeds pictured in Race Horses are Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Quarter Horse. Equine enthusiasts will discover that horse racing is one of the oldest sports, going back to the Romans; today it takes the form of thoroughbred racing, steeplechasing, and harness racing. Text and pictures show the year-long training of a young racehorse and focus on the sad story of the almost-champion Barbaro (though not his death). Older photographs let racing fans see former super horses Seattle Slew, Citation, Secretariat, and Man O'War with their jockeys. Each spread introduces new information, a sidebar with a related fact, and two well-chosen illustrations—from eye-catching color photos to prints and sepia and black-and-white photographs. Especially effective in this title are a painting of history-making Secretariat on a celebratory TIME cover, and a touching view of Barbaro's devoted jockey Edgar Prado visiting the injured horse in the hospital. Designed to engage readers at various skill levels, this well-produced series emphasizes the age-old bond between humans and the loyal, intelligent, often heroic horse. Included are a glossary, a bibliography, and a "Just the Facts" page.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597163989
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Horse Power Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
IG760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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