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The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt (The Black Stallion #10)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,140 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Bonfire, the Black Stallion’s colt who is a champion harness racer, is in training for the biggest race of his career: the Hambletonian. But a routine practice race turns disastrous in a collision of wood, metal, horses, and jockeys. Bonfire escapes unharmed, but is spooked and refuses to race. Alec Ramsey, the owner of the Black, witnesses the crash and is determined to s ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 12th 1978 by Yearling (first published 1954)
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It is really embarrassing that I read this entire book without realizing the colt was not in a bad mood but was, in fact, being trained for harness racing.

In my defense, I do recall that it was skittish and didn't want to race so probably *was* quite cranky.
Kensie Linton
Nov 12, 2014 Kensie Linton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters are Alec Ramsay and Bonfire. Bonfire is a blood bay colt. Alec is a tall thin jockey that is driving Bonfire throughout the book because of what happened to Tom Messenger, Bonfire's original jockey and trainer. Most of this book takes place in Goshen, NY. The beginning of this book takes place at Roosevelt Raceway. The problem begins when Tom and Alec are doing their morning workout, when all of a sudden Bonfire swerves and throws Tom onto the track. Alec tried so hard to avo ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses-fiction
The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt...I enjoyed seeing Bonfire, Jimmy Creech, George and Tom again, but I knew before opening the thing that if Henry and Alec showed up, there would be conflict. Just as I dreaded, there was. Apparently, Henry and Alec can do absolutely no wrong. I was okay with them being right about a few things, but why did they have to take over the whole show? And why did there have to be in-fighting? I would have enjoyed it a lot more if all of them had just worked together to ...more
Tanja Berg
Sep 02, 2012 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses
Loved everything Black Stallion when I was a kid, but I read the books in Swedish so it's not always easy to know what they were in English. I particularly enjoyed this book - which I have read multiple times - when I a few years later became involved in the "trotting" world. For about ten years of my life I lived and breathed for everything "horse". Eventually I decided that I was better cut out for a desk job and went to college to get a business degree. Working with horses as a professional u ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old men. This book is mostly about old men. Also horses, of course, and racing. But the heart of it is the old men who know the way things are done, and old men in opposition to one another, and old men trying to help young men despite the young men being kinda jerks. I love Henry Dailey, the irascible old git. The moment when Si takes his teeth out is pure gold. And of course Bonfire is a dream colt. Alec's not perfect here, and he learns some things- though I'm not sure I've ever met a young m ...more
Rena Sherwood
This is one of the more enjoyable books in the series, although the Black does not appear. I liked Alec as a character better than Bonfire's boy, so I liked that Alec took over Bonfire's training and handling. I also appreciated some of the clashes of horse care in walking hot horses (or not) after I worked for a Standardbred racing stable for a horrible six-seven months. Unlike Alec, I couldn't make any changes to better the horses' lives. Although this is a great fantasy, there are many real-w ...more
Oct 23, 2015 VeeDawn rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I was young. When I finished it I remember showing it to my Dad and saying how good it was, raving on and on about it. So that evening Dad started reading it and stayed up late into the night, until he had finished it. (Which was a big deal because he had to get up very early to milk cows.) I was so thrilled that he had read and enjoyed the book I recommended. I should really give it 5 stars just for the memories!
Jul 26, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt
The Island Stallion Races
The Black Stallion's Courage
The Black Stallion Mystery
The Horse-Tamer (all by Walter Farley)

I stepped away from my re-read of this series as I just knew the two books listed first were coming up. Even as a child I never cared for the books without Alec and the Black. These two (Sulky Colt and Island Stallion Races) were even worse than I remembered. I wonder if The Island Stallion Races is what turned me off of sci-fi. The Black Stalli
Jun 25, 2014 Leaflet rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
With Jimmy in the background, and Tom and George out of the way, Alec and Henry come to the rescue in the nick of time to give Bonfire the chance he deserves at the Hambletonian.
Jan 31, 2016 Wit rated it really liked it
Aside from 'The Black Stallion Revolts' this one was my next favorite of the Black Stallion books.
Probably my favorite
Jun 06, 2016 Tania rated it really liked it
Another great adventure with Henry Daily and Alec Ramsay - this time they stray into harness racing to help an old friend and a son of The Black. The racing scenes are exciting and Alec has retained his big heart even with all he's been through in his relatively short life. This book fits in well with the series as a whole, and hasn't lost any of its magic through the years since it was released. It only loses one star from me for some of the conflict between characters which feels a little heav ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
May 10, 2008 Cyndy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cyndy by: my sixth grade teacher
Shelves: read-when-young
This was the first book I read in the Black Stallion series. It got me hooked and I read almost all of the books in the series. I remember I read it in 6th grade for one of those reading programs (like Reading Is Fundamental or something like that).
Jan 09, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood, horses
I raced through this series as a child. Of course, "The Black Stallion" was my favorite, and I read it a few times, but I waited eagerly for any of the books to return to my branch of the library so I could snap them up.
Mar 04, 2011 Lori rated it it was ok
The first book was the story of a boy and a horse, but the series grows with books on similar themes of overcoming adversity and animal/human bonding. Loved them as a kid.
April Helms
Jan 16, 2008 April Helms rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrens, fiction
I remember enjoying all of the Black Stallion books as a child. I don't recall much about this one, but if memory serves, Bonfire, a pacer, is injured and is afraid to race.
Jackie Krasuski
There was not a Black Stallion book that I could ever put down. The stories are the best.
Mar 09, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one, which was about trotting, and dealing with a spooked horse.
Dec 31, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horse lovers
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Okay, maybe this is the one I own... I'll have to check...
Aug 11, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
It is an OK book. I sort of liked it.
May 04, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
i loved this book!!!!!
Jul 29, 2015 Karalynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Good story.
Oct 05, 2010 Aisha marked it as to-read
i like it alot
Jun 19, 2008 Jacqueline rated it liked it
Extra 1/2 star.
Kristin Kim
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Jun 25, 2016
Lynda Roberts
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Jun 19, 2016
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Walter Farley's love for horses began when he was a small boy living in Syracuse, New York, and continued as he grew up in New York City, where his family moved. Young Walter never owned a horse. But unlike most city children, he had little trouble gaining firsthand experience with horses-his uncle was a professional horseman, and Walter spent much of his time at the stables with him.

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