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Top 5 Famous Race Horse Biographies


Since the wild success of Seabiscuit, many other race horse biographies have been released over the past year. Here is a selection of some of the best ones.

1. Seabiscuit

by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of the great Thoroughbred Seabiscuit who was one of the best racers of the 1930's. Although he didn't look like much, he overcame the bias against west coast based horses to become Horse of the Year. A great book that broke the barrier with the general public and topped the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. Currently being made into a movie!
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2. Exterminator

by Eva Jolene Boyd. Exterminator, known affectionately as "Old Bones" is one of the great "iron horses" of all time. The Kentucky Derby winner of 1918, Exterminator carried weights as high as 140 pounds, over distances of up to 2 1/4 miles. Excellent biography of a grand old champion.

3. War Admiral

by Edward L. Bowen. This book is recommended for all racing fans who want to look back at the past. It is eye-opening to see how different racing was back then compared to today.

4. Three Strides Before the Wire

by Elizabeth Mitchell. A great new book about Charismatic's run for the Triple Crown. Gives you a look behind the scenes including biography info about his connections, especially about his ill-fated jockey Chris Antley.

5. Horse of a Different Color

"A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat" by Jim Squires. An entertaining account of the events that lead to Monarchos becoming the Kentucky Derby winner in 2001.
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