Best of Talkin’ Horses features provocative “chats” with some of Thoroughbred racing’s most prominent names. Adapted from “Talkin’ Horses,” the popular weekly online chat series hosted by Bloodhorse.com, this edited collection provides additional insights by Ron Mitchell, editor and moderator of “Talkin’ Horses." Those interviewed include: Trainers Bob Baffert Rick Dutrow Jr. Larry Jones Carl Nafgzer Todd Pletcher Tim Ritchey John Veitch Nick Zito Jockeys Jerry Bailey Russell Baze Pat Day Garrett Gomez Chris McCarron Mike Smith Gary Stevens Owners/Breeders Cot Campbell Alice Chandler Penny Chenery Click Here to Read her Sample Chapter Terry Finley Maggi Moss Josh Pons J. Paul Reddam Racing Officials & Others Rogers Beasley Michael Blowen Ed Bowen Larry Bramlage, DVM Trevor Denman Tom Durkin Robert L. Evans Tom Hammond Steve Haskin Sandy Hatfield Avalyn Hunter Dan Liebman Barbara D. Livingston Randy Moss Bill Nack Alan Porter Dr. Dean Richardson Steve Roman Geoffrey Russell Ric Waldman
Forego tells the story of the great gelding whose grit and determination on the racetrack captured the hearts of racing fans across the country. Forego raced from the age of three through age eight, winning 34 of his 57 career starts. He earned a record eight Eclipse Awards, the highest honor in horse racing, including three Horse of the Year titles from 1974 to 1976. During his Horse of the Year seasons, Forego became renowned for carrying heavy weights in races, carrying 130 pounds or more in 24 stakes or top-class races. He was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 1979. Forego follows the gelding from his beginnings, through his early years on the track, including his effort in Secretariat's Kentucky Derby, and on to stardom. The book looks at Forego's retirement from racing and his life at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, where fans could visit him until his death in 1997. Author Bill Heller also weaves in the stories of Forego's owner, Martha Gerry, and his primary trainers Sherrill Ward and Frank Y. Whiteley, both of whom were inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.
Like the great race mare Ruffian before her, Go for Wand was touched by both brilliance and tragedy. In his new book Go for Wand, part of the Thoroughbred Legend series from Eclipse Press, award-winning writer Bill Heller recounts the life of the ill-fated filly whose accomplishments on the track engendered fierce devotion from her fans. Readers will learn about Go for Wand's special relationship with her exercise rider, Rose Badgett, wife of the filly's trainer, Billy Badgett. In addition, Heller tells how hard-luck jockey Randy Romero became the only race rider Go for Wand had throughout her career, and how her owner, Mrs. Jane du Pont Lunger, came up with the filly's unusual name. On the racetrack, Go for Wand was an immediate force to be reckoned with, demolishing her fields and using her brilliant speed to propel her to victory. She was a champion at two, then at three was even better, besting her peers as well as older mares. However, it is her devastating breakdown in front of a national television audience in the 1990 Breeders' Cup that most people remember. But Go for Wand, while remembering tragedy, celebrates the brilliant filly, the one who, according to Mrs. Lunger, "raced with such joy and abandon."
On August 29, 2005, the United States suffered one of the nation’s worst natural disasters when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. In the midst of the uncertainty and chaos was born the largest equine rescue ever. Horses of the Storm is an inspiring and gripping first-hand account of how the Louisiana State University’s Equine Rescue Team saved hundreds of horses and other animals in southern Louisiana from the devastation following Hurricane Katrina. Includes Emergency Preparedness Guide A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every book benefits the LSU Equine Health Studies Program.
Matriarchs, Volume II: More Great Mares of Modern Times is another, completely new book that continues the same focus as the out-of-print previous title, Matriarchs: Great Mares of the 20th Century. Matriarchs, Volume II features all-new profiles of 22 great mares that have had a profound impact on American Thoroughbred racing. Their offspring include Kentucky Derby winners Funny Cide and Fusaichi Pegasus as well as numerous international champions.
Round Table was an everyman's horse. In an era when larger-than-life racehorses such as Native Dancer, Swaps, and Nashua became national heroes, Round Table quietly and steadily racked up victories. In Round Table: Thoroughbred Legends #16, longtime editor and writer John McEvoy tells the inspirational story of the horse who gave his all every time. In a career spanning four years, from 1956 to 1959, Round Table raced an amazing sixty-six times, winning forty-three races. He did everything asked of him: he traveled coast to coast, carried weight, stayed, sprinted. He was a Horse of the Year, a handicap champion, and a turf champion. Like a little machine, Round Table would not quit. Although a small, unassuming brown horse, Round Table was regally bred by Kentucky's famed Claiborne Farm. With the death of Claiborne founder A.B. Hancock Sr., Round Table was sold to help pay estate taxes, in essence saving the farm. Under his new owner, Travis M. Kerr, and trainer William Molter, Round Table came into his own, winning races left and right, on dirt or on turf. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest turf runners in the history of the sport.
“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.” —Dr. Nick Trout New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming—and sometimes heartrending—world of veterinary medicine. In Ever By My Side, Nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, moving, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, father, and doctor he is today. Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he’s learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds. Nick waxes nostalgic about his boyhood in a working-class British suburb, where a large German shepherd named Patch was the perfect companion to a scrawny, bookish boy in a neighborhood full of bullies. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick’s dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn’t have imagined the career would lead his only son 3,000 miles away. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and (perhaps most difficult of all) their ornery cat. And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter’s devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. Alongside Nick’s warm reflections, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, guidance, and abiding affection.Tender, wry, and ruminative, Ever By My Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.To read more about Ever by My Side or Nick Trout please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.