John Henry: Racing's Grand Old Man

John Henry: Racing's Grand Old Man

by Steve Haskin
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Eclipse Press

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John Henry: Racing's Grand Old Man

Now in paperback, John Henry continues to entertain horse racing and sports fans with its true rags to riches tale. A plain brown, small, bad-tempered animal, John Henry was the horse no one wanted until he was purchased sight unseen for $25,000 by Sam Rubin, a man who knew nothing about horses, except which end bit and which end kicked. Entrusted to California-based trainer Ron McAnally, John Henry blossomed into a star. Named Horse of the Year in 1981 as a six years old - an age when most racehorses are enjoying retirement - John Henry continued to race at the top level of the sport through the age of nine, when he was voted Horse of the Year for the second time. He retired as all-time leading money earner in 1984 with more than $6 million and today lives a life of luxury at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

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ISBN-13: 9781581501506
Publisher: Eclipse Press
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Series: Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered) Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Against All Odds6
Chapter 1Chance Of A Lifetime14
Chapter 2Doesn't Anyone Want This Horse?28
Chapter 3Cajun Days36
Chapter 4"What color is a gelding?"50
Chapter 5Greener Pastures60
Chapter 6Meet John Henry72
Chapter 7How The West Was Won82
Chapter 8The Road To Stardom98
Chapter 9One In A Million110
Chapter 10Derailed On The Orient Express120
Chapter 11Eight Is Not Enough134
Chapter 12Closing Night146
Chapter 13Saying Goodbye164
Chapter 14Out Of Mothballs174
Epilogue: Living Legend182
Past Performances195
Photo Credits202
About the Author203

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