Secretariat: The Making Of A Champion
The remarkable true story of one of America’s finest racehorses.
When her beloved Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father’s illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over. Despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge she calls in assistance from trainer Lucien Laurin and a host of successful jockeys.
Pitted against the Phipps’ racing dynasty,...more
A true story of a remarkable Thoroughbred racehorse that has now also been made into a film for the big screen, Secretariat has to be one of my favorite books on racing ever written. Equivalent to works such as Seabiscuit, Arle and Red Rum this racehorse’s story is one that is heartwarming, magical and truly inspirational proving that the sky is the limit. Fast-paced at a thrilling gallop this story maintains its momentum throughout, where you ultimately loose yourself within th ...more
Therefore, this book starts with the history of the major players in Secretariat's life. The Chenery family, and how The Mea ...more
Secretariat begins slowly. You begin with a thorough foundation of lineage. At first that put me off. Why do I care about horse ...more
Maybe it's not fair to compare Secretariat to Seabiscuit, but here I go. While I can't judge who would have won in a race between the two horses, one's story is far superior, and that is Seabiscuit's.
Secretariat came from basically a royal bloodline, he was big and beautiful and upon his death was discovered to have an enlarged heart which may have been what helped him run so fast. I can appreciate that he was quite an amazing animal and probably pretty wonderful to watch (I haven't actuall ...more
I had to laugh at the thought of the horse raking after watching one of the grooms raking. It made me laugh out loud.
Published 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published 1975)
Original title: Big Red of Meadow Stable
I did not read this book, but I saw the movie:
MOVIE: "Secretariat" (2010)
Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Margo Martindale
"Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the ...more
It was a quick read, and Nack's descriptions of the races almost feels like he puts you at the racetrack. Nack's writing style, however, put me off right from the prologue. I found myself rereading sentences that were arranged in strange ways or getting disrupted by new paragraphs that seemed out of context. I was also often frustrated by the lack of explanation for racing and breeding jargon ...more
This biography is written in a narrative form which is very compelling and was difficult for me to put down. The skill and knowledge of this writer is such that despite knowing the outcome of most of the races, I was so wrapped up in the story that I felt suspense and concern over how Secretariat would place. Somehow, this was especially the case for the Triple Crown series, which of course is his claim to fame!
I would not say that this is necessarily better, but it is real. I don't think I would have been able to get through thi ...more
But "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" is also about a woman who became a champion. Penny Chenery Tweedy was a wife and mother during the early years of women's liberation. She left her family to help her father run the horse farm.
Chenery took risks, like the fam ...more
I loved his adding every bit of notes he took and remembrances of conversations and comments about this great horse.
My husband and I watched the triple crown races knowing we were watching something rare and unlikely to be seen again in our lifetim ...more
The first 3rd of this book was all about the background of the breeding operations - the horses themselves and the farms & families who bred them - that culminated in the big red colt. It kind of boils down to his sire, Bold Ruler who brought the speed, and his dam, Somethingroyal who brought the stamina, but it takes 100 pages to get there.
Then we go into Se ...more
This is a very well written story with far more history in it than one would expect. The breeding lines and heritage that led to Secretariat summoned up the great ones from the history of the American Bloodhorse.
If you have ever seen that run for the roses (i.e. the Kentucky Derby) where this horse did something never done before or since, or that legendary day at Belmont where the rest of the horses ap ...more
Like Seabiscuit, the story of Secretariat is really quite amazing. Nack devotes a good chapter or so to Secretariat's lineage, which is quite important if you spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a thoroughbred. There was a little too much inform ...more
He does have an insider look, having pretty much stalked Secretariat during his career and haranguing the people around him into talking about 'Big Red'. The reader is the one who bene ...more
The Disney movie Secretariat has been highly with a star studded cast including Diane Lane and John Malkovich. This movie was inspired by the book with the same name by author William Nack. It is entirely non-fiction taking actual conversations, press articles, and horse races.
A reader can easily tell what this book is about, unless they are unfamiliar with horse racing. Spoiler alert, the horse’s name is Secretariat. It tells of the horses racing career and ends with the bigge ...more
Since leaving S.I. in 2001, Nack has freelanced for numerous publications, including GQ and ESPN.com. He also served as an adviser on the made-for-TV-movie Ruffia ...more