The Bottom Line
- Human side of horseracing showcased
- Excellent tribute to his father, a man he both admired and reviled
- Father/Son and Man/Horse relationships failed to parallel as intended
- Having to switch between the two gave the impression of a lack of focus
- Often a dry read, not recommended for younger fans or bettors
- Segregation of rich and poor at the Derby: The poor in general admission heckle the rich VIP's
- Too much money and alcohol concentrated in the same place makes for a dangeous situation.
- The author was accosted by drunks while walking down the dark streets surrounding Churchill Downs.
- Sullivan does not shy away from revealing his father's many weaknesses.
- Excessive alcohol and tobacco use ultimately led to his death.
- During the book's timeframe, two Triple Crown near-misses are described, War Emblem and Funny Cide.
- Sullivan was one of the many horsemen stranded at the Keeneland sale on September 11, 2001.
Guide Review - Review: "Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son"
Extending his research beyond the confines of the racetrack, he also examines man's relationship and co-evolution with the horse, an animal simultaneously loved and hated, workshipped and killed.