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Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown

Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813177168
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 04/22/2019
Series: Horses in History Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 272,550
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jennifer S. Kelly is a lifelong horse racing fan using her experience as a writing instructor and technical writer to chronicle and preserve the history of her favorite sport, especially the Triple Crown. Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown is her first book.

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"Over the years, the career of Sir Barton has been described, in part, within various books. Given that he was the first winner of what became revered as the Triple Crown, it certainly fills a void for this excellent book to have been devoted to his singular career. This is an important addition to the history of racing and to the tradition of excellent books on the sport." -- Edward L. Bowen, former editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse and author of twenty books on Thoroughbred racing

"More than a decade after Sir Barton swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont in 1919 -- an impressive winning streak in its own right -- the American Triple Crown was finally born. But it was too late for Sir Barton. Lacking contemporaneous recognition for a feat that years later would command worldwide attention every spring, Sir Barton today is remembered as much for losing a famous match race to Man o' War as for winning the first Triple Crown. Now, a century after Sir Barton's sweep of the classics, Kelly sets the record straight about a horse history has largely forgotten. Matching meticulous research with imminently readable prose, Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown finally establishes the horse's place in history." -- Milton C. Toby, author of Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing's Most Famous Cold Case

"It's a most timely work, coming on the heels of two recent Triple Crown winners. Jennifer Kelly has captured the enthusiasm of the racing world of that era and brought it to life, revealing the source of America's fascination with the accomplishment while providing inspiration to racing fans everywhere. I would consider Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown required reading for all Thoroughbred fans, especially those with an interest in the history of the sport." -- John Perrotta, author of Racetracker: Life with Grifters and Gamblers

"Jennifer Kelly's Sir Barton answers a key question: Who was the first Triple Crown winner? With terrific detail from Sir Barton's Kentucky beginnings to his Wyoming end, Kelly gives us a thorough life of this overshadowed champion. Here, finally, is the book this remarkable athlete deserves." -- Eliza McGraw, author of Here Comes Exterminator!