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The Big Horse

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"The big horse," in racing vernacular, is the animal that brings fame and fortune to a stable. He's the heavyweight champion, the All-American quarterback, the four-legged Michael Jordan of the barn. Seabiscuit was once Tom Smith's "big horse." A generation ago, Secretariat was Lucien Lauren's. In 2003, Funny Cide was Barclay Tagg's. In sixty years as a trainer, P. G. John...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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An oddly written book, although I understand what the author tried to do.

The book is written in chapters that bounce back and forth. One chapter deals with the present moments and the life and times of Volponi. Then the next chapter goes back in time to show moments of the horse's trainer and how his life influenced the present moments in the next chapter.

It was o.k.... and especially getting close to Derby time it was a good, and fairly quick read. I would recommend it for horse racing fans lo...more
If you want to know about the races since the 1920s, especially tose at Saratoga, or if you are interested in the life of PG Johnson, you will like this book. If you are interested in the horse, Volpini you won't find much here.

The writing is fragmented between parrts of the life of Joe McGinnis, the author, Johnson, and the racing industry - back and forth, back and forth.
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Joe McGinniss (born 1942) is an American author of nonfiction and novels. He first came to prominence with the best-selling The Selling of the President 1968 which described the marketing of then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and has authored 11 works since that time. His latest book is The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.
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