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Accompanied by stunning photographs, here is the behind-the-scenes story of Secretariat—Horse of the Century. A coin toss determined ownership of the yet unborn foal that was to become the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years, breaking and still holding all three track records. The author, who was on personal terms with Secretariat's owner, trainers, grooms, and jockey and who photographed "Big Red" throughout his career, gives us this enthralling intimate portrait - the triumphs and disasters - of ...
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Overview

Accompanied by stunning photographs, here is the behind-the-scenes story of Secretariat—Horse of the Century. A coin toss determined ownership of the yet unborn foal that was to become the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years, breaking and still holding all three track records. The author, who was on personal terms with Secretariat's owner, trainers, grooms, and jockey and who photographed "Big Red" throughout his career, gives us this enthralling intimate portrait - the triumphs and disasters - of Secretariat's gallop to immortality.

Secretariat was the best-known and most beloved race horse of the twentieth century. In 1973 his legacy as the greatest horse of all time was permanently etched into the consciousness of the world when he won the Triple Crown. Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. tells the story of Secretariat from the coin toss that sent him to Helen Chenery to his burial at Claiborne Farm. Complete with a glossary of horse-racing terms, a breakdown of Secretariat's bloodline, and a foreword by Ronald Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey during his amazing 1973 campaign, this is the definitive volume for fans of the horse and the sport of horseracing.

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Editorial Reviews

In and Around Horse Country
It's a knockout of a racing story, with many photos by the author and a new foreword by Ron Turcotte.
The New Yorker
a delight—either to read or just to look at the pictures.
Daily Racing Form - Joe Hirsch
If you have taste for a beautiful book, this one's for you.
Roger Caras
A first-rate gift book for anyone who loves horses, anyone who loves racing and for sports fans generally.
Dick Francis
Absolutely beautiful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586670672
  • Publisher: Derrydale Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. is a photojournalist, licensed trainer, manager of horse farms, and designer of racecourses and thoroughbred training facilities. At the age of sixteen, he became the youngest professional steeplechase jockey. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    The greatest racehorse to step foot on a track

    This big beautiful book brings back the magnificence of Big Red like no other. Crammed with photos of everything from the his Jockey Club ID photo as a foal, to workouts and races, grooming and bathing, and of the people around him - Penny (Tweedy) Chenery, Lucian Lauren, Eddie Sweat, Ron Turcotte and others - these alone are worth the price of admission. The photo of him and Turcotte taking off in the Preakness is as close to a flying horse as you'll ever see. The text is an engaging biography from Secretariat's earliest days at Meadow Farm, to his record shattering, history making races, to his success in the breeding barn - including photos and deeds of a few of his most accomplished get - and ends with his untimely death at only 19 years. It's chock full of the history of, and interviews with, those who surrounded this great horse, and well known racing people who witnessed him run. As a horse loving 12 year old I watched history being made in 1973 - though it was only on the television - and knew even in my youth and naivete that I would never see a feat that magnificent again. This book is a must have for those who loved, and still love, this horse and racing. And for those who doubt - read the book. You will doubt no more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    The best horse ever!!!

    when I read this book, I thought that it was going to be a boring biography, but its not!!! IT is very interesting, it talks about Secretariat growing into a handsome colt, and the people who were involved in his life.Don't forget about all of his incredible races! This is probably one of the greatest books on Secretariat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly recommended. Great pictures.

    I am not very well versed in horse racing, but this book was captivating. I learned a great
    deal about the racing world and about horses in general. There is a mystique about this
    horse & this book helps to extend it. A very enjoyable read.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Wonderful photos!

    Great book by the photographer Raymie Woolfe, who photographed Secretariat throughout his racing career and beyond. Beautiful photos and narration. Great book on a great horse!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

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    Secretariat the Legend lives on

    An interesting and comprehensive account of the great red race horse's track record and the people who helped it all happen.

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