The Big Red Horse: The Story of Secretariat and the Loyal Groom Who Loved Him

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The world of horse racing is brought to life by Larry Scanlan, following the career of Secretariat and looking at the relationship between the horse and his beloved groom. Scanlan introduces young readers to the hierarchy of the track, from the hot walker to the owner to Secretariat, the fastest horse of the twentieth century.

Secretariat was good - and he knew it. He didn't tolerate fools, and his groom knew just how to handle him, with lots of love and a firm hand. Eddie Sweat...

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Overview

The world of horse racing is brought to life by Larry Scanlan, following the career of Secretariat and looking at the relationship between the horse and his beloved groom. Scanlan introduces young readers to the hierarchy of the track, from the hot walker to the owner to Secretariat, the fastest horse of the twentieth century.

Secretariat was good - and he knew it. He didn't tolerate fools, and his groom knew just how to handle him, with lots of love and a firm hand. Eddie Sweat loved that horse, knew every muscle in his body, knew how to calm him down, and knew when to hold firm. He drove him to races and flew with him to his ultimate home, the stud farm. Following Secretariat from the time he was born to the time he died, Scanlan presents a fascinating and engaging look at the partnership of Secretariat and Eddie Sweat - and at the racing world in general, complete with fun trivia facts about Secretariat.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This biography of the legendary racehorse provides many intimate details about his daily life and incredible prowess. His bloodlines were excellent and his owner, groom, trainer, and jockey all recognized that he was something special from the beginning. He did not disappoint them as his good looks and tremendous athletic ability enabled him to win the Triple Crown at a record-breaking pace and the hearts of the American people. Scanlan focuses on the special relationship between Secretariat and his groom, Eddie Sweat, who was with him throughout his racing career, ensuring that the horse performed at his best. Sweat chose to move on when Secretariat retired and, in later years, regretted leaving the great stallion even as Secretariat continued to live a good life at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout, and the author includes background information on the varied roles that humans play in the racehorse industry. This solid book will have special appeal for horse lovers.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062026699
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,455,874
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LAWRENCE SCANLAN, based in Kingston, Ontario, workedwith Monty Roberts on his New York Times bestseller, The ManWho Listens to Horses, and he is the author of nine booksabout horses, including The Horse God Built: The Untold Storyof Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2010

    Great!!!!!

    It was a great book about a man and his horse and they learn to love and care about each other like how a table needs legs they in the end needed each other. I love this book!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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