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Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
     

Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

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by William Nack
 

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In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until recent winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one

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In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until recent winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths. Now William Nack updates his acclaimed portrait with a new afterword that examines the legacy of one of ESPN's "100 Greatest Athletes of the Century": the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time , Newsweek , and Sports Illustrated all in the same week.

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Secretariat captured the public's attention from his remarkable season in 1973 to his 1989 death. Sports Illustrated writer Nack here updates his 1975 portrait of the Triple Crown-winning champion, whose records set at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes have yet to be broken. This edition includes a new preface, Secretariat's breeding history and race chart, and an account of his death Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306811333
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/14/2002
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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William Nack recently retired from Sports Illustrated, but still contributes to GQ and Sports Illustrated, among other publications. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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Secretariat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 232 reviews.
J-Razz More than 1 year ago
Researched and put together very well. I learned much about the careful planning it takes to breed and raise a thoroughbred. Learned a lot about racing too, almost know what it is like to ride a race horse on the race track, what it takes to inspire a horse to run, and the ups and downs of owning a race horse, lastly, the responsibility, dedication, and compassion of managing the career of a Thoroughbred. I looked up most of the actual races on you tube and was able to watch them as I read. It brought the book to life! Secretariat Is now a part of my heart. May the memory of that big red horse live on!
CatheyTruth More than 1 year ago
I have been a horse lover all of my life and naturally think that Secretariat was/is the greatest race horse of all time. I cannot watch his Belmont without getting choked up with tears in my eyes. No horse can compare to Big Red. I liked the book because it told me things I never knew: Penny always preferred Riva Ridge (how is that possible?) and Secretariat's trainer ran him knowing that he was suffering a serious mouth infection, and didn't even share this important info with the jockey.(this fact was never explained) I learned many things I had never known about Secretariat, how he broke from the gate, how he pretty much ran his own race, etc. Recommend this book to any horse lover and especially those interested in learning about Big Red. I wish I had visited Kentucky to see him in person, or should I say 'in horse'?
ladyhawke28 More than 1 year ago
I have alwasy been a fan of the horse Secretariat and used to follow horse racing relatively closely. I did enjoy reading the history of racing and about the bloodlines. It is hard to follow because there are so many names of horses given. If you are a fan of horse racing you'll get through it. Once you get to Secretariat's training and races the book starts to pick up the pace. Although, it is part of horse racing and was part of Secretariat's life, I was sickened by how all these individuals were so greedy and how hard some of these horses are pushed just so they can get the publicity and status. This was the first time I read much about Penny Tweedy and never thought bad of her. I do believe the author was giving very honest information and I felt disappointed that Mrs. Tweedy seemed arrogant, snobbish, and money hungry just like the rest of them. Just be aware, as usual, Disney fluffed up the story in their movie. Mrs. Tweedy was not the woman they portrayed in the movie at all. All in all, it was a good read. You just have to get through the first few chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will really help you look at not just the scene of the race track but also mentions almost every significant race horse that ever contributed to the breed. It starts when 'Big Red' was born and leads colorfully down to his poignant end. If you understand the basics of horses you'll will enjoy this book. It aims to be an imformational read but ends up being more like a Walter Farley creation in the fictional respect. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book and movie was a Christmas gift. The recipient was thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love ap and secretariat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, and is a tue story out a very fast brave,and hard working horse who wins the triple crown!!!!! And is my favorite race horse of all time!!!!!!
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I thought this was a pretty good book that tied closely to the movie, but not in all aspects. At the very beginning, the story talks a lot about the family history of the horse farm in which Big Red was born. This goes all the way back to the mid 1800's which gives the reader a nice prerview of how the Chenery family got involved with horses to begin with. I would definitely side with the saying "the book is always better than the movie" due to the mvoie leaving out so many characters. The book goes so much in depth with the hardship Penny, her family, and friends had to go through in order to turn Big Red into the record breaking race horse he became. I was however a little surprised about how different Penny was portrayed in the movie compared to the book. The book describes her as being tough, arrogant, and even cocky to the point where I had to put the book down a few times and think about if I was reading the book right! I guess thats what you get from watching the movie then reading the book. All in all it was a great book that seems to be honest and heart felt. Although I found it confusing at some points because of all the technical horse breeding and money involved. I found out some very cool things I didnt know about Secretariat and found the book to be pretty interesting.
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Kathy3KL More than 1 year ago
This is very entertaining as well as an educational book. I knew some of the events and history of horse breeding; however, this story sets it forth in an enjoyable manner.
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I think this book is defenitly the best book I have ever read for a horse story. It tells a great story of a young women who is loosing her family's farm. She finds a colt that is born and finds it is a racing horse. She trains it and soon it could outrun any horse. She enters it in in a race and soon grows stron g in the horse. She predicts that it can win the triple crown and beat all the records. Can Secratariot do it all?
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Best movie I ever saw. Now I would like to read this magnificent book.
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This is a great book for people who love racing... i could really xinnect because i have a horse at my farm that is actually related to Secretariat. He is her great grandfather and has the spirir and willingness of him too
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I have seen the movie and loved it watching it several times. What i looved most was pennys love of this horse, i get that movies do have to chage things to make then work however the book shows a very different person. I was saddened to relize she had no great personal or heartfelt feelings or interest in him at all. Other then the bottom line he could bring her wwas her only passion fof him. There is never a mention of her so much as petting him or giving him the time of day. If your a big fan of this hourse as i am then you will love the book. Its all in there, he was the best race horse ever, second to none and love by all. This book takes you through his life and the people who truly loved him. It can be envolved at times and long on detales of breeding but it is a great book, you get such a sence of how the world was blessed to have had him and you will love him even more. Go red.