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Secretariat [Kindle Edition]

William Nack
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The remarkable true story of one of America’s finest racehorses.

When her beloved Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father’s illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over. Despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge she calls in assistance from trainer Lucien Laurin and a host of successful jockeys.

Pitted against the Phipps’ racing dynasty, Penny takes the decision to breed her mare Somethingroyal to the Phipps’ Bold Ruler, the nation’s favourite stallion. With the toss of a coin it is agreed that one family will take Somethingroyal’s first foal with the losing stable taking the colt out of Hasty Matelda and Somethingroyal’s second foal. Penny loses the toss, but the wait for the unborn foal proves fortuitous when a bright red chestnut colt is born, Secretariat. Nicknamed “Big Red,” with Laurin’s guidance, Penny manages to navigate the male-dominated business of horse racing, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Now, more than 30 years after its initial publication, the story of "Big Red" continues to be a classic. Secretariat is the tale of a great racehorse but also a testimony to the dedication of Penny Chenery. Following her triumph with Secretariat she was elected as the first female member of The Jockey Club, changing the face of American horse racing forever.

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"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand." Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit


"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand." Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0306811332
  • Publisher: Blue Door (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457WT8U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. Like me, you don't have to be very knowledgeable of the horseracing world--this book will give you a lot of insight in words you'll understand. And it doesn't matter that you already know Secretariat won the Triple Crown--the trip there is an awesome one. You don't just read this book, you become part of it. I laughed, cried, got nervous, got frustrated, felt anticipation, and at times even found myself talking to the people in the book, who you'll get to know as if you've known them all your life. This book is for everyone, whether you're into horseracing or not. It's a story of love, faith, perseverence, patience, and trust. In essence, it is a love story, and I guarantee you'll fall in love also. William Nack has done great justice to Secretariat and the people who were a part of his life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Nack has done a wonderful job telling Secretariat's story, and what a story it is. I have allways loved Secretariat, but Mr. Nack has taught me about things such as running a "twelve clip" and changing leading legs in the turns and about lineage and people as well. But beyond that, it's great to read something about Secretariat that reaffirms how so many felt about the greatest horse of all time. I'm glad Mr. Nack loved that horse as so many of us did. He has written it into his book and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to run right out and find more books on Secretariat. Thank you Mr. Nack!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of the greatest racehorse ever 20 Jan. 2003
By A Customer
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Secretariat,without doubt the greatest thoroughbred ever to set foot on the track.This book however does not do the horse justice.Quiet long winded at times,the book only comes to life on racedays,there are far to many boring details on syndicate members,and the owners family history is detailed in mind numbing fashion.The lack of photographs,only a few grainy black and white ones,also detract from the book.The final chapter "pure heart" is though, written with great feeling.overall this book should have been so much better,the horse should have been the focus of the writing,but at times the author seems to get sidetracked.I would recommend you try Secretariat by R.Woolfe,worth the money for the pictures alone,but a far more definitive record of "the big reds" career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secretariat: The Making of a Champion 13 Aug. 1997
By A Customer
It's original title used to be "Big Red of Meadow Stable" which gives you a clue that this book needed a little flash from the marketing department to get it to sell. For Secretariat fans, it's a must simply because it is about the only book devoted to Big Red out there, definately the only one still in print. This was originally published in 1975 and the rerelease did NOT include any updates, most notably the great horses he's sired and art he has inspired. This book, lacking material, goes into excruciating detail of Secretariat's owners' past, his workout times, and about each and every owner of his thirty-odd person syndicate. The book only shines when focusing on the horse himself--as brilliant and as compelling as any actor who ever walked a stage. And reliving the Triple Crown win to end all Triple Crown wins makes it seem as if it just happened yesterday. There are a few black and white photos, not many of Big Red.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a legend is born... 31 July 2012
By Lucinda
A legend is born...

A true story of a remarkable Thoroughbred racehorse that has now also been made into a film for the big screen, Secretariat has to be one of my favorite books on racing ever written. Equivalent to works such as Seabiscuit, Arle and Red Rum this racehorse's story is one that is heartwarming, magical and truly inspirational proving that the sky is the limit. Fast-paced at a thrilling gallop this story maintains its momentum throughout, where you ultimately loose yourself within the melee of thundering hooves and the scattering of dirt whilst a commentary thunders in the background. Here is living proof that ones dream can turn into reality as long as one possesses the determination, drive and will to succeed that you can do anything. Penny Chenery is such a woman with a dream who is not afraid to stand out within the male dominated world of the racing game, where she must fight her way to the top. She is a heroine for all women who aspire to living their dream and making the impossible possible, with much courage and strength of character.

As her world is turned upside down with the death of her father Penny has to make a decision on whether to sell or keep her father's beloved farm Meadow Stables, and it is this crucial choice that sets in motion the course of her future. Things are never the same again once she takes the reins and breathes life into this failing, run-down yard that is balancing on a knife's edge giving all those that surround her a sense of hope and optimism for the future. With the aid of the outlandish but charismatic Lucien Laurin and a blazing, bright chestnut colt called Secretariat, Penny travels on the most exhilarating rollercoaster of a ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fact filled 1 Jan. 1999
By A Customer
This book is a must for Secretariat fans. I agree that the author has more material for a follow up book in covering Secretariat's offspring - of which he sired over 40 stakes winners. The main problem in Secreatriat's sire career was that people held the unfair and unrealistic expectation for him to reproduce himself. He remained the main attraction at Claiborne Farms in Paris, KY until his death. I had the fortune to meet him there where one of the employees combed out a lock of his mane and handed it to me in 1984 - which I still have. There are not a lot of books on Secretariat so this one is a must.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
A very disappointing book. If I took the Racing Post it is what I imagine a copy of that to be like, it just reads like a list of breeding data and races won. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kevin Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Secretariat
I loved reading this book as Secretariat is my thoroughbred's great, great grandfather. So many mannerisms, and markings. Great read
Published on 28 May 2013 by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Imersing story of a great horse.
Great detail on the origins of Secretariat and the circle of people involved with him. Had me engrossed from the beginning :)
Published on 27 May 2013 by mt
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot to plough through.
Not as many photo`s as i would have liked, a hell of a lot to plough through, Great horse, now a great book.
Published on 26 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. C. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!
Absolutely fantastic read! Really enjoyed it and could not put it down, great value buy and arrived on time in perfect condition!
Published on 17 Sept. 2012 by CLW10
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
a top book good to read and understand. a well docamented story done very well a recamended for all readers of good horses.
Published on 6 Nov. 2011 by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Love all horsey things but this book its just incredible. So much detail about the races and the people involved. More than i expected
Published on 9 Jan. 2011 by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to capture the legend of Secretariat
Secretariat was a giant of a horse in so many ways. His heart and his girth far surpassed that of ordinary thoroughbreds, but there was much more to him than that. Read more
Published on 25 April 2007 by LeeAnn Day
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Biography
Few people can write with such eloquence as Bill Nack. He found the perfect subject in Secretariat. Read more
Published on 22 May 1999
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