Sham: Great Was Second Best

Sham: Great Was Second Best

by Phil Dandrea

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Sham was a horse that seemed destined for greatness. He boasted a winning pedigree, a sleek and muscular frame, experienced trainers, and talented jockeys. Early races validated his potential, as he ran to victories by as many as fifteen lengths. After he defeated the mighty Secretariat in the Wood Memorial, many turf writers were touting Sham as the Kentucky Derby favorite. The stage was set for Sham-mania to sweep the country at a time when the nation needed a hero. But it was Secretariat who won over the nation. Despite impressive victories and record-breaking performances, Sham's popularity paled in comparison. If Secretariat was America's horse, Sham might well have been everyman's horse, a working-class hero who couldn't get the recognition he deserved. This is the other side of the story of Secretariat's famous Triple Crown season and of his remarkable challenger who found that great was only second best.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014573122
Publisher: Acanthus Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 414
Sales rank: 706,316
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Phil Dandrea can recall seeing his first Kentucky Derby on TV as a boy, when he watched Riva Ridge take the Run for the Roses in 1972. He has since traveled across the country to see the sport at all levels and from various vantage points, from the box seats at Triple Crown events to the mucked stables behind the scenes. He is a member of both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the ownership group IEAH Stables, whose colt Big Brown won the Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Haskell Invitational Handicap. The author resides in Massachusetts.

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Sham Great Was Second Best 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not like sham, so sorry all you sham lovers out there. I really dont think a book needed to be written about "how unfair it is that secretariat won the triple crown."