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Secretariat by William Nack
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Aug 19, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, biography, 2012, animals, reviewed
Read in March, 2012

This story of 1973 triple crown winner Secretariat is packed with statistics on blood lines & racing stats; William Nack really knows his stuff. However, it is not a dry read at all. His behind the scenes look at the world of horse breeders is fascinating. I particularly liked his spin on the owner Helen Tweedy (aka Penny Chenery), and thought it pretty cool that both the jockey & trainer were Canadians. Now I know what “going the distance” really means, and it’s got nothing to do with Field Of Dreams. This book is worth reading just for the chapter describing his Belmont Stakes record-breaking thirty-one length win, the author puts you in the stands yelling & cheering at probably the most exciting race in track history. William Nack’s love of this horse he spent a lifetime following comes through loud & clear. Just a great, inspirational story.
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