THE KENTUCKY DERBY: The First 100 Years by Peter Chew

THE KENTUCKY DERBY: The First 100 Years

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Well almost -- this ""oldest continuously run classic"" has been in motion since 1875, and in the Appendix you'll find the 99 year race charts. Before that, an (oops) running account of the Derby and its Kentucky Colonels, judges, breeders, bookmakers, gamblers, trainers, jockeys and of course the horses -- ""de mostest hoss"" Lexington who sired 600 (interestingly enough he came via an English horse who first ran in 1780 and at the age of 21 was dumped on the U.S. market as a stud to found a dynasty), Black Gold, Whirlaway, Man O' War, Citation, and of course the prodigious Secretariat in whom 32 owners invested $6,080,000. Pleasantly anecdotal and the close to 200 photographs -- some full spread -- which interlace the history should take this right into the home stretch on the coffee table.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1974
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin