Wonder's Victory (Thoroughbred Series #4)

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Ashleigh's determined to make her dreams come true...

In her second year of racing, Wonder, the Thoroughbred filly Ashleigh Griffen has helped raise, is the star of Townsend Acres Stables — until the worst happens.

Just as Wonder is about to start training for the important Breeder's Cup race, Ally, Wonder's regular jockey, is injured and can't ride. Wonder doesn't like any other jockey, and she won't perform....

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Overview

Ashleigh's determined to make her dreams come true...

In her second year of racing, Wonder, the Thoroughbred filly Ashleigh Griffen has helped raise, is the star of Townsend Acres Stables — until the worst happens.

Just as Wonder is about to start training for the important Breeder's Cup race, Ally, Wonder's regular jockey, is injured and can't ride. Wonder doesn't like any other jockey, and she won't perform.

Only one person can ride Wonder now, and that's Ashleigh. She's never ridden in a race, but she's Townsend Acres' only hope. Can Ashleigh's dreams and Wonder's trust carry these two unlikely contestants into the winner's circle?

Read Thoroughbred and experience the love and friendship between a determined girl and a very special filly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061060830
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Chapter One

Dew still clung to the grass surrounding the training oval at Townsend Acres as Ashleigh Griffen steadied the elegant Thoroughbred beneath her. The filly's muscles rippled under her gleaming copper coat, and her snorted breaths misted in the morning air. Ashleigh looked over to the old trainer standing nearby.

Charlie Burke nodded briskly. "Okay, take her out."

Gathering the reins, Ashleigh urged Wonder forward through the gap and onto the harrowed dirt of the track.

Several of the other horses being trained at the famous racing farm waited with their exercise riders for their turn to work on the mile track. Ken Maddock and Jim Jennings, head and assistant trainers, gave last-minute instructions. From the comer of her eye, Ashleigh saw the owner's son, Brad Townsend, dark haired and good-looking, holding the reins of his own colt, Townsend Prince.

Ashleigh knew Brad would be watching Wonder's workout critically, looking for even the slightest flaws. He was still ticked off about Townsend Prince's defeat in the Kentucky Derby nearly two weeks before. Especially because the Prince had been beaten by Wonder, his own half sister, whom Brad had always considered a loser. Until the Derby, Brad's colt had been the star three-year-old on the farm. People were looking at the two horses in a different light now, and with the Preakness less than a week ahead, on the third Saturday in May, the challenge was on.

Ashleigh could feel the watching eyes as she moved Wonder up the track at an easy trot. The filly seemed to know she was in the spotlight. She sidestepped across the dirt, tossing her head and sending the silky strands of hermane flying. Ashleigh kept a firm grip on the reins and proceeded with Wonder's warm-up, knowing the filly was ready to go at the first encouragement.

Charlie had his stopwatch in hand. As she and Wonder came off the far turn, Ashleigh prepared herself for the gallop. She saw Charlie lower his hand, and immediately she dropped into a crouch over the filly's withers, giving Wonder rein.

Wonder exploded forward, stretching her legs and lengthening her stride. Her mane whipped back into Ashleigh's face. White railing posts flashed by Ashleigh's eyes in a blur. The sounds of Wonder's pounding hoofbeats and steady, snorted breaths echoed in her ears.

Ashleigh held the filly in a collected gallop as they flew along the inside rail, off the turn, into the backstretch. Charlie's instructions were to gallop Wonder for the first half mile, then breeze her flat out through another half mile. Ashleigh watched the marking poles, ready to further ease her hold on the reins and let the filly all the way out.

At the half-mile pole, Ashleigh dropped lower in her crouch, kneaded her hands along Wonder's neck, and cried, "Go!" Wonder instantly changed gears, lengthening her stride, and increasing her already rapid pace. They were flying; the filly was performing at her peak. Ashleigh didn't need a stopwatch to know Wonder was covering the ground in impressive time and doing it easily. A half-mile breeze was nothing to her.

They pounded off the far turn and down the stretch. As they streaked past Charlie in a copper blur, Ashleigh drew back on the reins and. stood up in the stirrups. Wonder obediently dropped down from a gallop to a canter.

"That's my girl!" Ashleigh praised, firmly patting Wonder's arched neck. "Good job. Charlie ought to be happy with that!"

Wonder's steps were full of spring as Ashleigh turned her and headed her back toward the entrance gap. There was barely any sweat on her copper coat. The workout hadn't taken much out of the filly at all.

Charlie strode toward them as Ashleigh rode off the oval. The old trainer wasn't one to show his feelings, but Ashleigh saw the twinkle in his blue eyes. She noticed the other trainers and riders were watching them intently, too.

"Not bad," Charlie said.

Ashleigh grinned down at him. "And what does that mean? What was our time?"

"She galloped the mile in one-thirty-nine, and did the last half in a shade under forty-six -- just about where I wanted her to work. How did she feel?"

"Great, and she was listening. I didn't have any trouble with her." Ashleigh threw her leg over the saddle and jumped to the ground. As she did, Wonder butted her head forward to catch Charlie. firmly and affectionately in the shoulder.

"You know you did okay, don't ya, little lady?" Charlie rubbed Wonder's velvet nose. "Just don't get too cocky. You'll have your work cut out for you this weekend."

Ashleigh removed her helmet, and her dark hair cascaded down to her shoulders. She shook it from her eyes. At fifteen, she was five foot three, slim and athletic. That's the way she needed to be if she was going to fulfill her dream of being a jockey.

"Okay," Charlie said after he'd checked the filly over, "get her cooled out and in her stall. I'm going to hang around here and watch a couple of workouts." He shuffled back to the rail, and Ashleigh led Wonder toward the huge, immaculate barn complex and tree-shaded stable yard. She waved and answered the greetings of the grooms leading horses to and from the stables, then untacked the filly and took her for a walk under the trees.

Jilly Gordon joined Ashleigh as she was finishing Wonder's walk. Petite, fair-haired, and twenty-three, Jilly was Wonder's jockey and rode some of the other Townsend Acres horses as well. "Nice workout," Jilly beamed. "Hope she does that well for me at Pimlico, for the Preakness."

"You know she will," Ashleigh said with a laugh. Which was true. Jilly had exactly the right touch for the filly -- a light hand and gentle manner. She used her voice to get results, not heavy handling...Thoroughbred #04: Wonder's Victory. Copyright © by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Ah! I enjoyed this book in the Thoroughbred series. Really good!

    Ah! I enjoyed this book in the Thoroughbred series. Really good! Ashleigh becomes more involved than ever in Wonder's life, taking it a step further. I quite enjoyed the descriptions of the racing, and I learned new things about jockeys. It's quite interesting, both the true horse facts, and the fictional story. I was on the edge of my seat during the climax of the plot! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    *WONDER*FUL

    This book was sooo good... my favorite Thoroughbred book so far! You should totally read it. This book is heartwarming, sad, and joyful. Get Wonder's Victory today!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    Ok, I love this series. It is amazing. I cried when Jilly fell, but it was all good when Ash was able to Ride Wonder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    Left me kind of hanging there . . .

    Overall, it was a good book, but, if you noticed, in book #6. Wonder's Yearling, it states that 'Wonder would have kept racing if she hadn't broken her cannon bone'. And then in book 4 - 5, it says nothing about Wonder breaking her cannon bone. Why didn't they state that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Read This Book!

    I loved this book! If you love reading the thoroughbred series this book is great to read to anyone who loves horses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Wonderful

    I love this book so much!!! I think it's heartbreaking when Jilly gets in the accident. I really think it's evil of that one guy to pay that man to spook wonder. My two most favorite parts are when Ashlie rases and when townsand gives her half interest. I have all the books up to around 58 and I love them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    a GOOD book

    It's a really good book.I love how Wonder is so fast and that makes a winner out of her.If you are a horse lover,read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Incredible!

    This book is so awesome! I could not put the book down when i started reading it. I hope that Joanna Cambell continues to write more of these Thoroughbred Series! Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    Wonder in glory

    I cried once Wonder won the classic. If I was there, nothin would stop me from going down and get to meet my star. Wonder is a fantastic horse and I would not through that much love to another horse. All Wonder needed to be a champion was love, courage, care, and patience to lead up to a true champion like Wonder. I just love it when Wonder ran in her races and gave every ounce of heart to win and please her rider Ashliegh. Now I look up to Wonder as a lengend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    Duh, she won the race

    These books are good, but hardly realistic. Anyone who knows anything about racing will have realized what is wrong with Ashleigh and Wonder's story. But they are nice books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    WONDER ful

    i would have given this book more stars... 5 was the limit it is really good. how good? Then, suddenly, everything fell apart. Ashleigh gasped as Wonder swerved out and reared. Caught unaware, Jilly went flying head over heels to land in the dirt, and Wonder shot off out of control, reins flapping, up the track. It all happened so fast, for an instant, Ashleigh Charlie and Mike just stared. 'Oh my God,' Ashleigh breathed. The rest of the field swept into the stretch. Jilly's small form was sprawled, unmoving near the outside rail. Wonder was racing along, riderless, toward the finish line. 'Jilly,' Ashleigh whispered, clutching Mike's hand with white knuckles......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    In love w/ this book...

    I loved it!!!!! It's so one of the best, because Ashleigh and Wonder are the main characters, and just for the record, I MISS YOU GUYS, and I LOVE YOU!!!!! You should totally read this book, if you like racing, and even if you don't it's still 'WONDER' ful!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    W*O*N*D*E*R - FUL!!

    This was a AWSOME BOOK!! Ashleigh got to ride the horse she loves and Wonder got the perfect jockey.I am now on book #45....And I loved Wonder's Victory. It was one of my favorite...Ashleigh and Wonder have a perfect bond and it's about time they got to really use it! (In the race) I loved how Mr.Townsend gave Ashleigh half interest in Wonder and her foals...This book ended W*O*N*D*E*R-FUL!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    A Great Book!

    I think this book was great! It was so cool when Ashleigh got to ride Wonder. Reading it truely inspired me to read the rest of the series!(I'm still working on it)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Thoroughbred Is the Best!!!!

    I love the thoroughbred series! I'm a big horse fan and these are the perfect books! Ashleigh has always been my favorite Character and Wonder is my favorite horse! I think Asheigh and Mike make a perfect couple. I was in tears when Charlie died. These books have inspired me to work with horses when i grow up! I hope to become a trainer for racehorses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    ABSOLOUTE BEST BOOK!!!

    This book is sooooooooooo cool! I think it should win the Newbury award. Joanna Campbell did a great job. I love all her books. It's so cool that Ashleigh gets to ride Wonder. It's absoloutely touching the way they bond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    A*W*S*O*M*E

    THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIVE*****!!!!! I WISH THAT I STARTED READING THESE BOOKS EARLY!!! CAUSE I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE TO READBEFORE NOW I LOVE TO READ NOW THAT I HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT THESE BOOKS COULDN'T STOP READING THESE BOOKS. ALMOST FROM ALL THE BOOKS I READ FROM THIS SERIES THIS BOOK IS THE BEST OF ALL. IT IS HEART WARMING. ALSO SHOWS FRIENDSHIP AND THE BOND BETWEEN A HORSE AND THE TRAINER.THE STONGEST BOND IS FRIENDSHIP IT CAN NEVER BREAK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    This Book is sooooo cool

    I am a 11 year old horse lover. I absolutly loved this book I love the way Ashleigh and Wonder Bond. I was so happy Ashleigh got half ownership of Wonder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    The best book of the series!

    This book is the best book. I am currently reading Thoroughbred #27 and this is so far the best book of them all. Ashleigh has a lot of courage and so does Wonder. This book has a spectacular ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    - the best books i've ever read!!!!-

    Wonder's Victory is an awsome book! especially if you have read all the Thoroughbred books before this one. It is about a horse loving girl who wants more than anyrthing for her horse Wonder to be a winner. If you luv horse racing or just horses this is the series for u!!!!!!!!!

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