Thoroughbred #48: Cindy's Bold Start

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What will Cindy do now?

When Cindy McLean goes to Belmont to clean out her apartment, she finds her old diary and is taken back to the days when she started racing in New York, after she fled Dubai...

Find out what happened in Cindy's own words as she struggled to compete against the best male jockeys in the country. She was new to tough Belmont trainers and had trouble getting rides. But Cindy never stopped ...

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Overview

What will Cindy do now?

When Cindy McLean goes to Belmont to clean out her apartment, she finds her old diary and is taken back to the days when she started racing in New York, after she fled Dubai...

Find out what happened in Cindy's own words as she struggled to compete against the best male jockeys in the country. She was new to tough Belmont trainers and had trouble getting rides. But Cindy never stopped trying, and in time she was winning big races on a filly no one else thought could run.

Now that Cindy can't ride anymore, her life has changed drastically. She'll need to tap some of that old determination as she sets off boldly in a new direction.

"When Cindy McLean goes back to Belmont to clean out her apartment, she finds her old diary and is taken back to the days when she started racing in New York, after she fled Dubai..."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061068225
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #48
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Chapter One

"Sterling Sure Looks Good," Cindy Mclean Said, watching her sister, Samantha Nelson, take the gray Thoroughbred mare over a jump. Cindy was standing with Christina Reese near the arena fence at Whisperwood, the training facility owned by Samantha and her husband, Tor Nelson. As a jockey, Cindy knew very little about jumping and dressage, but she was impressed with how skillfully her sister handled the energetic mare.

Cindy shivered a little and shoved her hands deep into her pockets. The weather was pleasant for early February, but standing in the cool air didn't do much to keep her warm. She should be riding, too. But according to her doctor, Cindy wouldn't be getting back on a horse for several more weeks, and never again as a jockey. She'd better get used to watching other people do what she loved.

Beside Cindy, Christina Reese applauded when Samantha and Sterling completed another jump. Christina's parents, Ashleigh Griffen and Mike Reese, owned Whitebrook, the nearby Thoroughbred farm where both Cindy and Samantha had grown up. Cindy shot a glance at the seventeen-year-old. An avid three-day-event rider, Christina had surprised everyone when she turned her focus to racing and sold her eventing mare, Sterling Dream, to Samantha. Christina had gotten her jockey's license the previous spring and started working intensely with Wonder's Star, an outstanding three-year-old Thoroughbred that she owned with her parents.

"Sammy can sure make Sterling fly," Christina said, nodding in approval as the mare soared easily over a four-foot wall, making Samantha's long braid of red hairbounce when they landed.

Cindy reached up to touch her own close-cropped blond hair. Keeping it short had been convenient when she was a jockey. But now that her career had ended, she could let her hair grow as long as she wanted. She smiled thinly. That was one positive aspect of being unable to race anymore. There had to be some other good things, but Cindy hadn't discovered them yet.

Cindy turned away from the arena to look more closely at Christina. The girl had been just four when Cindy left Kentucky at eighteen, but now Christina was several inches taller than Cindy. Her strawberry blond hair had darkened to a red-brown color that reminded Cindy of a chestnut Thoroughbred's shiny coat. The cold air had reddened her cheeks, and she was smiling as she watched Samantha canter Sterling around the arena.

"Do you miss jumping like that?" Cindy asked her.

"Not at all," Christina said, shaking her head firmly. She swept a strand of loose hair away from her face with a gloved hand. "I love riding Star and being on the track. It would be horrible if I couldnt race." She snapped her mouth shut and gave Cindy an apologetic look. "Sorry," she said, biting at her lip. "I didn't mean..."

Cindy smiled and shrugged. "It's okay, Chris," she said, patting the girl's shoulder. "'I'm all right with it. I've had a good career as a jockey. It just ended a little sooner than I thought it would."

After years of repeated stress and injuries, surgery had failed to restore Cindy's damaged left shoulder to full use. Forced to accept the fact that she would never again be fit to race, Cindy had decided to put her experience to use as a racehorse trainer.

"When are you going to move over to Tall Oaks?"

Christina asked. Cindy had been staying at Whitebrook, where her stepfather, Ian McLean, worked as the head trainer. She had recently taken a job with Fredericka Graber, who had a breeding farm near Whitebrook.

"I need to go up to Elmont and clean out my apartment," Cindy said. "When I get back from New York, I'll move all my stuff into Fredericka's guest house and start my new job."

"Would you like me to go to New York with you?" Christina offered. "I could miss a couple of days of school without any problem."

"That's really sweet of you, Chris," Cindy said, touched by the offer. Since her return to Lexington the previous fall, Cindy knew, she had been pretty hard to get along with. But in spite of her moodiness, her family and old friends had stood by her, and that meant a lot to Cindy. "I can't imagine you'd want to be stuck in the car for hours with an old grouch like me, though."

Christina laughed. "Every time I see you around the horses, I realize that the whole grouch thing is just an act. Underneath it all you're a big softie."

Cindy widened her eyes in mock alarm. "'You're not going to tell anyone, are you?"

"Your secret is safe with me," Christina said, pressing her finger to her lips. "But I'd still be happy to help you clean out your apartment."

"I really appreciate the offer, but I'll be fine,"' Cindy said. "I haven't got much stuff. It won't take long to get it all packed.""

She turned toward the arena again as Samantha stopped Sterling and hopped from the mare's back.

Samantha grinned at Cindy and Christina. "She's such a great horse," she said, petting the mare fondly.

"I know," Christina said, rubbing Sterling's nose.

Cindy watched them fuss over the mare, a tiny smile tugging at the corners of her mouth. She was more no-nonsense about horses than Samantha or Christina, but she understood how they felt. To have the trust of such a big, powerful animal was an incredible feeling.

Cindy thought back to the last several years, when she had been a jockey at the Belmont racetrack. She remembered riding a Whitebrook filly, Honor Bright, in the Gazelle at Belmont when she first got her jockey's license.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    LOVED IY :)!!!!!

    This was a really good book. I don't usally like some of the books about Cindy, but now that I've read this one, I changed my mind. The book were Cindy is most stubborn is in Cindy's Honor. She thinks that she is the only one who can ride Honor. She was right about Jeremy ( I think that's his name)though. Still, I recomend this book to all you horse freaks out there!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    okay

    This book was okay and cindy is my least favorite character. Like in Cindy`s Honor, she thinks that just because honor is high strung like Champion and she rides him, that she shoule be the one to exercise Honor. She makes me so mad when she falls in love with other horses that aren`t hers, and takes them away from the owners. What I think they should have done in Cindys Honor, is make cindy ride Lucky Chance or Fleet Street and Ashleigh ride honor. Then have ashleigh ride her even better than cindy can. I just hate that cindy thinks she can ride every horse that she tries to ride. And I also think that ciny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    I found this out about the book

    Continuing Cindy McLean's flashback story, she returns to New York from her trip to the United Arab Emirates and is more than ready to begin her racing career. But she is surprised to face some of the same challenges in the U.S. as she did overseas--such as her struggle to compete against the best male jockeys in the country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    A very Good book

    One of the best!And I really liked it,because even though the book talked about Cindy and Ben liking each other and all,that wasn't what the book was mainly about.It realy consentrated on the horses.It wasn't all about romance.It really stuck to the point about Cindy's struggle to become a top jockey.Yet I would still like to see her and Ben become more than just partners.In fact I've all ready read 51*Distance Runner,and they have been lightly hitting on Ben and Cindy.Anyway,I also liked the way they had Cindy really struggling.I mean, it made it really relasitc.Though I still say she should have used Whitebrook's name.It WOULD NOT have killed her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    Just What I Thought...

    I had a couple of different ideas about what this book was about, but I figured out that it was about Cindy's Second Diary, the one she started when she came back from overseas in New York City. It also gave you the clue at the end of #47, Cindy's Desert Adventure, when she was thinking about her other diary and debating wether to go back and get it or not. I agree with what paintedquarter@yahoo.com found out. Another clue to help you figure out what it's about is the star-like shape near the bottom-center of the front cover. It is just like the one on Cindy's Desert Adventure, and on #47, it says 'One of Two Lost Diary Specials'. But I do think they should get back to the main story. What about Perfect Image? What about Wonder's Star? What about the Triple Crown and maybe even the Triple Tiara? Who knows, I just hope they eventually go back to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    What I think this book is about.

    I think that in this book, Cindy, in her Diary , goes back to NY to race again. Then later she hooks up with Ben and she goes back to Dubai to work for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    I THINK THE BOOK IS ABOUT.......

    In Cindy's Bold Start I think she go's back to NewYork finds her other diary and reread's about her life when she left Dubia and started her jockey career in NewYork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    Cindy's Back????

    I also read the TB series in order, from #1 to the latest, and it's an awesome series. Finally we get a horse series that talks mostly about horse-related problems...not the characters private lives. My favorite charachter is Christina. She has so much potential. But in this book, it's Cindy who comes back...again. I thought Cindy was kinda gone, and she wasn't my favorite character anywayz, but I did want to know what happenened to her, which I guess is what these lost diaries do. I think she'll meet up with Ben again. I'm glad TB comes back to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2001

    Cindy

    If you don't wanna know the whole book don't read S P O I L E R S I repete DO NOT read this If you want to find in the accual book S P O I L E R S Ok, In her diary: cindy goes to Belmont and starts working for matt mcgrady, just as a groom, she's not using any Whitebrook references. She starts working with a horse named Pheonix, she's unsound and her trainer's given up on her. But Cindy works on muscle exercisies and soon has her ready for the track. After two bad races in which she's boxed in on Pheonix, and is thrown on a horse named Glitz (Possibly the horse on the cover) her shoulder's hurt badly and she can't ride for a month. She gets a second chance on Pheonix in a claiming race and gets second place to her friend Rachel. The original owner of Pheonix's granddaughter buys her and Cindy is happy. That's where the diary ends. After packing all her things, Cindy goes home to Tall Oaks where she got a job as the new manager, to find that Fredericka sold it and is moving to California, then it turns out that Ben al-Rihani bought Tall Oaks, is brining Champion back, and wants Cindy to be his partner in running it. If you have any questions Email me at WoodyFoal@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    Haven't read it yet. But can't wait to read it

    Atleast i know know why they jumped a couple of years when i read #23 when cindy broke her arm and in #24 it jumped 9 years to when christina was 12. #46 explains it all. Also can't wait to read Rising Star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    duh

    It clearly says that she is going to go back to NY. So of coarce the book is going to be about Cindy in NY. ::rolls eyes:: and they say that Cindy's Bold Start is one of the two diary specials. (all said in sarcasam)I don't know how some people cant know what it is about. If you have comments for me email me dont post it. WoodyFoal@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2001

    Great Book!!

    Finally, the missing years are revealed. I know I've always wondered what happened to Cindy, Champion, Ashleigh's baby, etc. I glad someone finally decided to fill in the missing years. I love all these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    my thought

    i think cindy will find her second diary, the one she wrote in NY. just like the first book, it will tell a story. except this one will be about her in NY racing instead of in duabi. ::slaps forhead:: i have read the hole thoroughbred series in order, #1 all the way through to the last published book in the series and im waiting to see Wonders Star back on the race track. i have a feeling he will win the next triple crown. also what happened to Melinie, Christina, Ashley, Mike, Keven, Perfect Image (who was just starting to prove herself on the track) and all the other charters? even though these two books tell about what happened to cindy while she wasnt in the main story, they should be extras. well gtg to a party. thanx for readen my thought! Ps, please e-mail me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    What I Think This Story Is About

    I think that Cindy's Bold Start is about how Cindy gets over her slump, heads to New York, and totally kicks BUTT!! Seriously though, I mean that. But I do hope that Cindy will get over her problems with that Ben al-Rihani. But I ask all fellow readers out there who read this review and who have read #48, to email me on what it's about. Thankyou

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    What I think the story will be about.

    I think this book will be aabout when Cindy goes to New York and starts her life there as a jockey.Then at the end of the book she decides to go back to New York and begin life there again.this is what I think will happen in Cindy's Bold Start. Sara

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2001

    What I think the story will be about.

    I think Cindy's Bold Start is about, Cindy going back to New York to start a new life. Also she is trying to get into racing and then she is going to race agenst one of al-Rihani's horses and win it!

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