As the classic girl who wanted a pony, and a long time horse racing enthusiast, Farley creates with these stories the perfect union of the ultimate fantasy with the reality of horse racing in the 40s, perhaps one of the greatest decades from the sport. Anyone who's been involved with racing on some level can immediately see that Farley is writing about what he knows. The horses are so real, and the racing world is brilliantly brought to life. But in these books he looks through the eyes of youth, and renders their hope, fantasy and enthusiasm in a way I don't think I have ever seen accomplished before. For any horse lover looing for a good book, pick up this series before you touch any others. Nothing else will be as good.