Thoroughbred #45: Star's Chance

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At last, Wonder's Star has begun to recover from the illness that halted his promising racing career so suddenly. The vet says he'll be back on the track in no time. But Christina Reese is convinced the colt has lost his spirit. She can't seem to communicate with him like she used to. Christina needs help.

When Lyssa Hynde offers to work her magic with Star, Christina takes the colt to Lyssa's ranch in Montana to rehabilitate. But Montana is worlds away from the track, and ...

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Overview

At last, Wonder's Star has begun to recover from the illness that halted his promising racing career so suddenly. The vet says he'll be back on the track in no time. But Christina Reese is convinced the colt has lost his spirit. She can't seem to communicate with him like she used to. Christina needs help.

When Lyssa Hynde offers to work her magic with Star, Christina takes the colt to Lyssa's ranch in Montana to rehabilitate. But Montana is worlds away from the track, and Christina and Star are lost there. Will Christina and Star learn to take risks and trust each other again?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061066696
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #45
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Chapter One



"Ms. McLean, I'm afraid you'll never race again." The doctor's devastating words echoed in Cindy McLean's head as she left the downtown Lexington medical clinic. Never race again. Cindy made it out the door and then leaned against the clinic's rough brick wall, not trusting her legs to carry her to her car.

An icy gust of January wind swept over her, ruffling her short blond hair. Cindy automatically pulled her coat closed, feeling a twinge of pain as she shifted her left shoulder. At least her recent shoulder surgery had taken care of the constant ache that had tormented her for the last few years. That was something to be thankful for, she reminded herself. But at the moment she didn't feel very grateful.

A group of teenage girls walked by, carrying brightly colored shopping bags from a downtown department store. Still numb with shock over the doctor's grim words, Cindy listened to them laugh and talk as they crossed the busy street. Itseemed strange to see people go on about their business when her life had suddenly been turned upside down.

A second gust of wind sent a scrap of paper tumbling along the sidewalk. It reminded Cindy of the video clip she had watched of one of her more spectacular accidents on the racetrack.

It had been near the end of the Riva Ridge Stakes, and she was galloping her colt into the final stretch, sure they were going to pull off a win. She had eased the Thoroughbred she was riding into a space between the lead horse and the rail. When the outside horse swerved toward her, Cindy's horse slammed into therail. He flipped, sending her flying into the middle of the track and into the path of the rest of the field of racehorses.

In the video she had looked like a rag doll, rolling and flopping under the churning hooves of the ten Thoroughbreds running that day She shuddered slightly at the memory and shook her head. But wrecks were what came with racing horses; she knew that. And she was willing to take the risks, if only she could race again.

Another blast of wind cut through her coat, forcing her to move. Cindy felt like a robot as she walked stiffly to her car. She slid behind the wheel and started the engine to let it warm up. The numbness surrounding her slowly faded, only to be replaced by a terrible, aching emptiness. Cindy clenched her fists and focused on breathing steadily.

Rotator cuff surgery was supposed to have repaired the damage her shoulder had sustained over the years. When Cindy had decided to have the surgery, she had planned to take a few months off to recover, and then return to the track as soon as possible. She had been certain her leave from racing was temporary. But according to the surgeon, repeated abuse had made the joint weak. If she reinjured it, she might never regain full use of her arm. Unless she was willing to take that risk each time she went into the gate, Cindy would never race again.

For the last sixteen years racing Thoroughbreds had been her life. But now any hope that she might return to the track as a jockey had been ripped away with a few words from the surgeon.

A sob caught in her throat, but Cindy gritted her teeth and forced it down. One thing she had learned as a jockey was that if you got knocked down, you got right back up and kept going. The world didn't wait for quitters. And Cindy McLean was no quitter.

Her gaze settled on a sun-bleached parking pass from Belmont sitting on the dashboard. Cindy had spent the last twelve years at the famous New York track, earning a reputation as one of the best women jockeys, and one of the top all-around jockeys, on the East Coast.

Then, last fall, she had wrenched her shoulder so badly that she had been unable to use it for several weeks. She had forced herself to ignore the pain, but it didn't take long for the trainers and track officials to order her off the track until she had a doctor's clearance.

So Cindy had come home to Whitebrook, the Kentucky breeding and training farm where her father, Ian McLean, worked as the head trainer. As a young orphan who had run away from an unhappy foster home, Cindy had been drawn to Whitebrook by the horses. Ian and Beth McLean had adopted her, and she had grown up working with the Thoroughbreds there, riding and helping to train the high-strung racehorses.

Ashleigh Griffen, a highly acclaimed jockey, owned Whitebrook with her husband, Mike Reese. Ashleigh had helped Cindy fulfill her dream of becoming a jockey Ashleigh knew how hard a woman had to work to succeed as a jockey, and Cindy had been determined to make Ashleigh proud of her. Cindy sighed. For all her dreams of coming back to Whitebrook a proud success, she sure had been humbled.

She put the car into gear and merged with the traffic. It took only a few minutes to get out of downtown Lexington, and soon she was in farm country. She drove past small farms with simple homes and barns, and large estates with long curving drives that led to stately brick mansions and sprawling barns. Rail fences divided rolling fields of Kentucky bluegrass.

Near many of the barns, large paddocks held young Thoroughbreds of every color, from dappled gray to gleaming black. Groups of yearlings stood together, grazing or staging mock battles with each other. Too young to be raced and too old to be with their dams, the colts and fillies would soon be trained to accept the weight of a rider on their backs, and in another year they would begin their racing careers...

Thoroughbred #45: Star's Chance. Copyright © by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    a reveier

    i HATED this book!!!!!!!!!!i LOVED ``star in danger``,but HATE this one!All christina thinks about isstar,star,star!!!!!and chris was a SNOB!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    Star: Back in the Game???

    This book is sooooo good!! it is about star, christina, and lyssa. hopefully star will get better!!!!!!!!!!......... GO JOANNA CAMPBELL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    A Great Book!

    This book was very good. Everyone says that it was predictable, but if you're smart, you can predict most of the books. But even so they are all GREAT books. I am so happy for Star and Christina. Even though I think she could have been nicer to Lyssa in the beginning. However I do agree, they should have spent more time at Whitebrook. Well Star, I hope you win the Triple Crown!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    star's back

    star's back well not quite yet i really think that there should of been more trouble for chris and star and she was kinda a snob about him but it was a good book and i do rcommend it it's just not as exciting when there is racing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    The Horse Whisper

    If you have ever seen the movie 'The Horse Whisper' this book has almost the exact same storyline. I found it to be very predictable. I wish that wold have spent less time at the ranch and more time at Whitebrook. It seemed to be very dragged out. I don't think that I wold recommend this to anyone that isn't an avid Thouroughbred reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Star's Chance

    I honestly love all of the Thoroughbred books, however I'm sorry to say that this has been my least favorite. I think that the writer did her best in being creative, however I found that the plot was unique but not very well developed. There wasn't quite enough to make me laugh, cry, or wonder what's going to happen next (as all the rest of these wonderful books have done). Still, I highly recomend that you read Star's Chance, and (as usual) I can't wait for the next one, Racing Image, to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    Thoroughbred #45: Star's Chance

    When I finished this book all I could say was WOW! This book was well written and deserves five stars, I wish they would write some books about Lyssa. But anyway, this story was predictable, BUT it was REALLY good. I think everyone should read this book. Also were Joanna Campbell go? They dont even show her in the back of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    WHAT HAPPENED?

    A couple of years ago these books were great. But what happened? Johanna campbell no longer writes the books, and the story lines are always so predictable. The only time i liked the new books was when Christina was into Eventing. Enough with repeating the same story lines. when will someone write a good book about horses?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    YO, YO, YO!

    I LOVE the Thoroughbred series! I love Star and Christina! There SOOOOOOOOOO Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    You Go, Star!

    Hey, everyone! I'm so exited about # 45- Star's Chance. One of the big issues I've heard alot is the one about Star standing in the sand. But, if you really look, you can see that it's not sand that Star is standing on, it's just dry dirt. But, I thought at first Star was standing on sand, too! But,any way, i'm so thrilled that Star is able to race again. Whatch out, Derby contenders! Here come Wonder's Star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    Thoroughbred #45: Star's Chance

    This book looks great, I know why Stars in sand because hes in MONTANA where Lyssa lives the even said it in the beginng. Many people might say 'all the Main horses are being hurt always sick and the other horses arent.' well in case you havent noticed ALL racehorses get hurt and since the main get sick and get hurt alot is because it happens they dont say this and this horse got hurt because they are not the main horses! Sorry to the people who have noticed but there is Horse Senseless people that read these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    who wrote it?..... not create not created it....

    hey im 14 and ive bee reading these books forever and i can never wait for the next one to come out but i think it would be a whole lot better if joannna campbell went back to writeing them becuse they were the best when she did them herself!!!! with her switchin authors all the time it gets old becuase some can right good some cant but the books are asoume u should read all of them!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    Star or Image?

    I have always been a Melanie fan. I'm from New York City and can relate to her. I never really liked Chris. Even though she and Star has come through alot, Melanie trained Image herself. I much rather see Perfect Image be the first filly to win the triple crown with Melanie Graham as winning jockey. There has been too much focus on Star. Any other Melanie fans feel free to e-mail me. I'm bored waiting for other people to write TB books so I started my own that I hope to publish-eventually.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Sooooo cool!!!!

    hey this book is totally cool. I agree with you, some people who read these books are really sensless about horses. anyway, as i was saying, this book rules. CHECK IT OUT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    Whoa! Is anybody seeing what I'm seeing?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm seeing Star standing on SAND! Okay, so I know I sound really weird but Star must be going to a place OUT OF the COUNTRY to race. In Arabian Summer, I believe, it says that the Dubai Racetrack is all SAND so what I'm thinking is that Star is going to INDIA. But I might be wrong. But where else can you just find SAND DUNES! Well, if anybody wants to email me go ahead. Other than that this book sounds like Star is recovering. It sounds really good and I can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    HELLO?

    Yeah, I love cindy as a character and everything, but when she just ignored Glory in Fallen Star, that's wrong. And what happened to Mr. Wonderful, Honor Bright, Shining, Champion and Townsend Princess? I mean, come on. But I do love all the book, but more could have been explained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    wow?!

    ok i mean it looks like star is gonna race again and i cant wait and one thing who cares what happen to mr wonderful and all the other horses im pretty sure there all perfectly fine i mean just read the end of the book were mr wonderful is mentined last notin bad happens to him or any of the other orses who just arent in the books anymore. i love horses draely im crazy about them and i think cindy is way to snobby i mean she doesnt even say hi to glory i dont think she really likes horse at all she just likes riding them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    You're Right!

    kiana@hotmail.com is absoluly right! What is Star doing in the sand? I mean it isn't like there are sand dunes in Kentucky! The book, though, looks great, like all thoroughbred books, and i'll be getting it on Jan 4th, The day it comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2000

    Star has a Chance

    I hope this book is good. It sounds really exciting for Star's chances of returning to the racetrack. Here's what the publishers say about the book summary: Wonder's Star is recovering from the illness that halted his racing career. The vet tells Christina Reese he'll be back on track in no time. But Star has changed. When her friend, Lyssa, a cowgirl in Montana, offers to work with Star, Christina takes her colt out west. But Star doesn't seem to want to improve. Christina is determined to do everything she can to make Star well. I hope they can get through to Star! I feel he's a very special horse and Christina is definitely his person. I hope he makes it to the Triple Crown. I also thought the last book Perfect Image was well written. I'm glad the series is heading in a positive direction! Keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    cool

    ok, first of all, star goes out west to montana. cristina and lyssa are going to work with him. i think this is going to be an awesome book

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