The Black Stallion's Filly (The Black Stallion, #8)
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The Black Stallion's Filly (The Black Stallion #8)

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"She’ll never be a racehorse,” murmurs the crowd as Black Minx is led into the sales ring. But Alec Ramsay thinks differently and buys the Black’s first filly to train her for the Kentucky Derby. But Black Minx, like her sire, has a mind of her own. This fast-paced racing story follows a great horse’s journey through training and preliminary races to the opening gate at Am...more
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Published (first published 1952)
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Gerri Leen
This was my absolute favorite of all the Black Stallion books (my second favorite would be The Black Stallion's Courage, which not coincidentally also involves the filly from this book but also has an amazing look at The Black, as well). Walter Farley was my favorite horse writer growing up, and I snarfed down these books like they were candy--and I'm old enough that they were still coming out new when I was reading them, and the wait often felt interminable. I didn't enjoy the Island Stallion s...more
Aug 29, 2007 Swaps55 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse lovers
Shelves: young-adult
Next to the Black Stallion itself, this is my favorite book of the series. How can you not adore Black Minx, this spunky, contrary filly who takes on the task of all tasks? Again, Farley's ability to capture the thrill of a race and still meet the suspenion-of-disbelief limits of an actual racing fan is superb. He puts you right in the middle of the action and gives you a thrill that's as legit as watching the real thing. When I was a kid, I used to corrall my friends into pretending to be all t...more
The next instalment in the series finds Alec running Hopeful farm, where he's breeding a string of potential racehorses from the Black. And when Satan is injured on the track, he joins them at the farm too. For Alec, it is more than he dreamed for, but Henry is bored, wanting to train. So he tracks down one of the Black's early foals, a filly called Black Minx, and buys her. Like all of the Black's family, she isn't easy and soon the two of them have their work cut out fooling her into becoming...more
Another Farley favorite from my childhood. I still remember the hot potato trick to cure Black Minx's biting, and wondering if that would actually work! I also remember reading that in this book, Regret was the only filly who had ever won the Derby (1915), and being amazed that the book was written long before Genuine Risk (1980) or Winning Colors (1988) won.
Farley waxes pretty philosophical in this book about Black Minx, a filly owned by Henry Dailey. There's a lot here about heart, about gameness, about the will to win, and a fair bit about how being up on a horse in the Kentucky Derby will turn a boy into a man. I wonder how all those jockeys who never rode the Derby got to be men? Farley doesn't address that- some things are too deep even for an old horseman to touch.

Solid, engaging, and as ever, Farley's race scenes are pulse-poundingly excitin...more
This book is Walter Farley at his best-- believable, drawing, captivating. As the reader, I was drawn into every hoof beat, every struggle, every moment of Black Minx and her journey into becoming the first filly sired by the great Black Stallion.

In my opinion, Walter Farley was *the* horse author for children. There has never been anyone quite like him, especially for boys. His horses are majestic creatures who can only be tamed by the force of love... quite a beautiful theme that runs through...more
I always enjoy a horse story written by someone who actually has experience with horses. No ridiculous situations that could never happen, or anthropomorphic behavior from the horse. Lots of tension building up to the big race, and he makes you nervous about the outcome even though you really know how it is going to turn out. Farley keeps you in doubt just the same. Only truly great storytelling can keep you engaged and guessing all the way. An enjoyable read with the message not to make assumpt...more
Brenda Cobbs
The Black Minx is one of my all time favorite characters. It's great to see this type of personality in books or movies, and I wish we could get more like her, in any species or format.

The Black Minx has her own mind and way of doing things, and she's not going to let any slow human tell her what to do. Until Alec Ramsey and his mentor Henry find a way to unlock the puzzle of what she wants. It's the Minx who drives this story, not the humans. And that's one of my favorite things about how Farle...more
This and The Black Stallion's Blood Bay Colt were my favorites of the series. I liked both Black Minx and her boyfriend horse. ;)

The fact that Alec and Henry had to get so creative was interesting and entertaining, and while she was definitely a diva, I very much enjoyed Black Minx and her antics. This was just fun.
The filly who didn't want to race/win. Black Minx definitely had her own personality and even had a distinct tail- one made up of hairs from other horses. Genuine Risk was the next filly to win the Kentucky Derby in 1980. After that it was Winning Colors in 1988. WC finished third in the Preakness like Black Minx did.
In The Black Stallion's Filly, Alec and his trainer Henry work together on Alec's family farm. When Henry buys Black's daughter, he has a few querks to get out of her. One is she won't run, above a gallop. Can Alec and Henry get Black Minx to run for them Before they go for the Centuky Derby?
Maya Rock
OK, this is my last review of the day.
Obviously I was ecstatic to be reading about a female horse. Black Minx is a filly and then she, if my recollection is correct, wins the Kentucky Derby. I don't know if she is the first filly to do so but it is, I believe extremely rare.
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.
Overly long, felt unrealistic. Good to see the underdog win. Liked the exploration of Alec & Henry's relationship but there was lots of telling, not enough showing. It's interesting re-reading these as an adult.
The Black Stallion's Filly and The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley - Two of the ones I actually liked again, after a streak of books in the series that I found I didn't care much for as an adult.
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.
One of my top five favorite books of all time. You don't have to be a female HUMAN to be a bad ass female. Seriously. Love this book. I re-read this at least once a year.
Lynne Stringer
I like the temperamental Black Minx a lot and enjoyed reading about her training and the frustrations that went along with it. It was an entertaining story.
Jackie Krasuski
There was not a Black Stallion book that I could ever put down. The stories are the best.
I'm so glad Black Minx won the Kentucky Derby. That was really exciting.
I promised myself that one day I would own a horse named "Black Minx".
One of my favorites. I swore I would one day own a horse called Black Minx.
Travis E
This book is very good i think horses are absoulutly bellisimo!!!!!!!
Certainly readable, but not one of the stronger books in the series.
Nov 19, 2010 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horse lovers
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
This was a great book. I really enjoyed it.
Yay for girl horses too!
Oct 05, 2010 Aisha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i like it alot
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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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