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Thoroughbred Racing Biographies and Research Sources

Champions Daily Racing FormI'd just say 'wow' but that wouldn't be very imformative. Complete past performance charts for one hundred years worth of thoroughbred champions. Pictures galore. Wonderful.cover
Thoroughbred Champions:
Top 100
of the
20th Century
Blood-HorseThis is a great read. You're bound to learn something as you relive the highlights of these great careers.cover
Man O' War
Thoroughbred Legends #1
Edward L. BowenA detailed look at the greatest American racehorse of all time.cover
DynastiesEdward L. BowenThis is a great study of the most influential sires of the thoroughbred. I couldn't put it down.cover
MatriarchsEdward L. BowenLet's give those broodmares some credit. This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long long time. Thank you Mr. Bowen. cover
Seattle Slew Dan Mearns Seattle Slew was my favorite racehorse. This is his story.cover
Citation P. SmithThe story of the 1948 Triple Crown winner and first equine millionaire.cover
Native Dancer Eva Jolene Boyd Does the Grey Ghost haunt Churchill Downs? His progeny have certainly made their mark upon it.cover
Forego Bill Heller The career of three time Horse of the Year Forego.cover
Dr. Fager Steve HaskinThe best miler in American racing history.cover
Go for Wand Bill Heller The story of a filly that shouldn't be forgotten.cover
Personal Ensign Bill HellerAn undefeated champion, Personal Ensign was the winner of one of the greatest races in racing history.cover
John Henry Steve Haskin Follow the career of the Horse of Steel, the great gelding John Henry.cover
Spectacular BidTimothy T. Capps If not for a stray bandage pin, there might have been another Triple Crown winner in the 1970's.cover
Nashua Edward L. BowenA son of Nasrullah and duel classic winner, Nashua was one of the greatest racehorses of the twentieth century.cover
Sunday Silence Ray Paulick
Raymond S. Paulick
The story of the Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year.cover
Swaps Barry IrwinHe came from California to win the Kentucky Derby, and set a number of blistering track records on his way to Horse of the Year honors.cover
Round TableJohn McEvoy Best turf horse of his generation, Round Table exchanged blows with some of the finest horses in historycover
War Admiral Edward L. BowenMan o' War's greatest son and winner of the 1937 Triple Crown.cover
Affirmed and Alydar Timothy T. Capps The stories of these two great horses cannot be told seperately.cover
Thoroughbred Legends #13
Milton C. TobyA tearjerker, this one. My favorite of the two Ruffian books.cover
Burning from the Start
Jane SchwartzAn earlier version of the same heartbreaking story, with a bit too much of the tragedy as the focus.cover
Thoroughbred Legends
Timothy T. CappsThe story of Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year.cover
The Making of a Champion
William NackHardcover title Big Red of the Meadow. This is not only the story of a great horse, but the story of racing. The history of Claiborne Farm and the history of the Meadow Stables in Virginia. A must read for racing fans.cover
An American Legend
Laura HillenbrandOne of the greatest stories in racing, told skillfully. How can you go wrong?cover
America's Horse
Jay Hovdey Learn how Cigar became the all time leading money winner and equalled Citation's record winning streak.cover
Northern Dancer Muriel Lennox The life of Canada's super horse and one of the most successful sires in the world.cover
Dirt Road to the DerbyBob Baffert
Steve Haskin
A great success story with some lovely pictures of Silver Charm and Real Quiet.cover
Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day Jay Privman
Bill Shoemaker
A very well illustrated history of the Breeders Cup, although some might find it light on text. Published January 2001cover
Saratoga DaysSean ClancyI haven't read it yet myself, but this book comes highly recommended by a close friend.cover
A Kingdom for the Horse : The Legacy of R.A. Alexander and Woodburn Farms William Preston MangumI haven't read this one either but I want it for Christmas so here it is; recommended by sources I consider reliable.cover
At the Wire: Horse Racing's Greatest MomentsEdward L. BowenI don't have to have read this to recommend it. One of my favorite writers, and the subject matter is certainly to my liking. I'm really hoping for this one for Christmas, too.cover
Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred RacingTom AinslieSimply the best handicapping book ever written. If you buy any handicapping book within your lifetime, this should be the one. There's also plenty here for the new racing fan, even if gambling isn't of interest. Racing terms, how to read the Form, and how to enjoy a day at the races.cover