The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse

The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse

by Lawrence Scanlan
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The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan

He was the perfect horse, it was said, "the horse God built."

Most of us know the legend of Secretariat, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honors runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse of the Year, in 1972; winner in 1973 of the Triple Crown, his times in all three races still unsurpassed; featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated; the only horse listed on ESPN's top fifty athletes of the twentieth century (ahead of Mickey Mantle). His final race at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack is a touchstone memory for horse lovers everywhere. Yet while Secretariat will be remembered forever, one man, Eddie "Shorty" Sweat, who was pivotal to the great horse's success, has been all but forgotten---until now.

In The Horse God Built, bestselling equestrian writer Lawrence Scanlan has written a tribute to an exceptional man that is also a backroads journey to a corner of the racing world rarely visited. As a young black man growing up in South Carolina, Eddie Sweat struggled at several occupations before settling on the job he was born for---groom to North America's finest racehorses. As Secretariat's groom, loyal friend, and protector, Eddie understood the horse far better than anyone else. A wildly generous man who could read a horse with his eyes, he shared in little of the financial success or glamour of Secretariat's wins on the track, but won the heart of Big Red with his soft words and relentless devotion.

In Scanlan's rich narrative, we get a groom's-eye view of the racing world and the vantage of a man who spent every possible moment with the horse he loved, yet who often basked in the horse's glory from the sidelines. More than anything else, The Horse God Built is a moving portrait of the powerful bond between human and horse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429968089
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 140,455
File size: 844 KB

About the Author

Lawrence Scanlan is the author of six bestselling books, including Wild About Horses and Little Horse of Iron. He is the coauthor, with Ian Millar, of Riding High, and has written three books for younger readers: Big Ben, Horses Forever, and The Horse's Shadow. Scanlan worked closely with Monty Roberts on his acclaimed book The Man Who Listens to Horses. Winner of three Canadian National Magazine Awards for his journalism, Scanlan lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Lawrence Scanlan is the author of six bestselling books, including Wild About Horses and Little Horse of Iron. He is the coauthor, with Ian Millar, of Riding High, and has written three books for younger readers: Big Ben, Horses Forever, and The Horse’s Shadow. Scanlan worked closely with Monty Roberts on his acclaimed book The Man Who Listens to Horses. Winner of three Canadian National Magazine Awards for his journalism, Scanlan lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
King_SolomonME More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was born after Secretariat ran his great races but this book helped me to understand what a great and magnificent horse he was. It also is a great read because it talks about all the wonderful and devoted people behind the scenes that don't get enough recognition and the helped lead Secretariat to his victories. I own horses and have a great love and respect for them. I recommend this book to all i know!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am personaly a huge fan of Secritariat, and for that matter any race horse who really put their heart into racing as Secritariat did. I enjoyed reading this book, but felt a little bit miss lead. I thought that I was going to be reading a book all about Secritariat's life and his victories and hardships, but instead the book focuses more on the grooms. The book seems to go off topic of Secritariat quite a bit and talks most about the lives of the grooms, and how little recognition they normally recieve for the hard work that they do (which I agree is true, but I want to know about Secritariat). If you are interested in the life of grooms on the backstretch, this book is for you, but if you are looking to seek more information about Secritariat you may want to look for a different book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all horses, especially chesnuts. It's like this book was made for me. I mean, I am shocked at some of the reviews on here. Seriously harsh. I think that the real message in this story is really good and smart. I mean, it's a really good story for horse-loving christians
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expecting to read a book about Secretariat? The front cover says "the untold story of Secretariat" so why wouldn’t you pick it up? Instead, author Lawrence Scanlan uses Secretariat to bait horse lovers into reading his liberal political views on racism and to promoted class warfare. Scanlan to the rescue of grooms. Not all grooms. Just black grooms. Eddie Sweat wasn’t complaining so why is Scanlan using Secretariat to bash Chenery ande others? “Scam-man” actually presents his own unsubstantiated assumptions and speculations in a manner intended to sway the political views of readers. I wanted to read about Secretariat, not liberal politics. For a non-fiction book that was promoted as the untold story of a beloved real life horse this cheesy tactic at political posturing is nothing less than disgraceful.
Macy Willcutt More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on intrigue from the title. I had not really research the best books on Secretariat. While this may be a nice supplement to other books. I do not recomend it for your first Secretariat read. I only made it about half way through when I decided I could no longer force myself to continue. It is written more like an encyclopedia or bibliograhy with a few good short stories and quotes. I felt like I had to sit through an entire chapter of references to be teased by a few morsels of exciting story only to start again with the references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Horse God Built, The Untold Story of Secretariat was nothing of the book I expected. It was mostly of the author and the different interviews he had done to find out about Eddie Sweat, Secretariat's groom. Lawrence Scanlan was a good writer for this book because he was enthusiastic about his findings in the horse world. He also was very appreciative of all the work these jockeys, grooms, and trainers put in to win a race, but mostly just the grooms. Scanlan went and explained horse terms that non- horse people wouldn't understand and even explained some race track slang. His enthusiasm for finding out as much as he could was very apparent. This book did not include much about Secretariat's life and how he came to be. I will admit I was expecting more when starting this book and thought we needed more background at first, but the more I read the more I got bored with the telling of Eddie Sweat from friends and acquaintances. This book explained the love of the horse and the relationship between human and horse. Everyone that Scanlan interviewed told him about the incredible love between Secretariat and Eddie Sweat. Secretariat would only let Eddie take care of him without trying to harm in some way. I would highly recommend seeing Secretariat the movie, as it is more about the horse and his wins and losses more than the people. This movie comes into theaters on October 8th , 2010.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative, but I didn't expect to read so much information about Secretariat's groom. I didn't think there was enough information about the horse himself. The book talks more about Secretariat's groom than Secretariat. Nonetheless, it was a great book and I enjoyed reading it very much.
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I was very dissapointed the book was a Christmas present to my husband that never came he is really interested in the true story of Secretariet. Linda
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to read the REAL story of the hero of 1973 that provided sonething to look forward to in tines of...well not so grea tines???? Get the book secretariat by willia nack. This....book...is a insukt to his memory and although it has a good title and picture, this book has almost bothung to do with the anazing horse. It is barely about Eddie sweat either. Dont waste your money. I bought this and highly regret it. I am a horse racing geek/fan and i had to put it down. IT IS NOT WORTH IT GO READ SECRETARIAT BY WILLIA NAVK NOT THIS THING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont forget about Ruffian
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Secretariat truly was the best racehorse that ever lived but not only the best racehorse the best horse!He was soooooo sweet and acted like my old horse that I loved SOOOOO much.Probly even more than I loved Secretariat!!! I woul allways Reccomend this book to EVERY pearson!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I thought that it was Abosultly enough information on Secrctariat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book i loved it highly recommened
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the people who want to know more about secratariate and not his divoted people read the book secratariate's medow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is true and great it blew me away it was so amazing so get this book don't be dum and not get it be smart and get the book two words for you amazing wow!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Accurate. A nice job recounting one of horse ravings all-time greats. Ranks up there with Bill Nacks book.
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Great book**
TGIFMH More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. But then I love any book about Secretariat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a well researched book and relatively well written, however,the author tended to bounce around quite a bit. There was not a whole lot written on Secretariat himself. This book is written more about his groom and life on the backstretch. This book is not ideal for a first reading on Secretariat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago