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by the Editors of Daily Racing Form
(Hardcover -- July 24, )
Citation: In a Class by Himself
by Phil Georgeff, Tommy Trotter, Elmer Polzin
Hardcover from Taylor Pub
Hidden Probabilities: Hard-Core Research for X-Rated Horseplayers
by Mark Cramer
Paperback from Cynthia Pub Co

My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track
by Nan Mooney
(Hardcover -- April 16, )

Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat
by Jim Squires
(Hardcover -- April 2, )

by Steve Haskin
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age
Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age
by John Eisenberg
Hardcover from Warner Books
Old Friends: Visits With My Favorite Thoroughbreds
by Barbara D. Livingston
Hardcover: 200 pages
Eclipse Press; ISBN: 1581500831;

Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide
by Andrew Beyer
Paperback: Mariner Books; ISBN: 0395701325; Reissue edition

Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand
He didn't look like much. With his smallish stature, knobby knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a cow pony than a thoroughbred. But looks aren't everything; his quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart." Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon in Seabiscuit: An American Legend.

Seabiscuit rose to prominence with the help of an unlikely triumvirate: owner Charles Howard, an automobile baron who once declared that "the day of the horse is past"; trainer Tom Smith, a man who "had cultivated an almost mystical communication with horses"; and jockey Red Pollard, who was down on his luck when he charmed a then-surly horse with his calm demeanor and a sugar cube. Hillenbrand details the ups and downs of "team Seabiscuit," from early training sessions to record-breaking victories, and from serious injury to "Horse of the Year"--as well as the Biscuit's fabled rivalry with War Admiral. She also describes the world of horseracing in the 1930s, from the snobbery of Eastern journalists regarding Western horses and public fascination with the great thoroughbreds to the jockeys' torturous weight-loss regimens, including saunas in rubber suits, strong purgatives, even tapeworms.

Along the way, Hillenbrand paints wonderful images: tears in Tom Smith's eyes as his hero, legendary trainer James Fitzsimmons, asked to hold Seabiscuit's bridle while the horse was saddled; critically injured Red Pollard, whose chest was crushed in a racing accident a few weeks before, listening to the San Antonio Handicap from his hospital bed, cheering "Get going, Biscuit! Get 'em, you old devil!"; Seabiscuit happily posing for photographers for several minutes on end; other horses refusing to work out with Seabiscuit because he teased and taunted them with his blistering speed.

Though sometimes her prose takes on a distinctly purple hue ("His history had the ethereal quality of hoofprints in windblown snow"; "The California sunlight had the pewter cast of a declining season"), Hillenbrand has crafted a delightful book. Wire to wire, Seabiscuit is a winner. Highly recommended. --Sunny Delaney -
Paperback: 432 pages
Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0449005615; 1st Trade edition (March 26, )

Handicapping Magic
by Michael Pizzolla
(Paperback -- August 8, )

Racing Through the Century: The Story of Thoroughbred Racing in America
Racing Through the Century: The Story of Thoroughbred Racing in America
by Mary Simon, Mark Simon
Hardcover from Bowtie Press
Stud: Adventures in Breeding
by Kevin Conley
(Hardcover -- March )

Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
by William Nack (Afterword)
(Paperback -- April 2, )

Royal Racing: The Queen and Queen Mother's Sporting Life
by Sean Smith
Listed under Queen Elizabeth II

Ruffian: Burning from the Start
by Jane Schwartz
(Paperback -- April 30, )

Lightning in a Jar
by W. Cothran Campbell, D. Wayne Lukas
Book Description: The basics of owning a thoroughbred racehorse are demystified in this unique newcomer's guide. Subjects covered include ownership options, business planning, risks and rewards, and the language of racing. Interspersed throughout are entertaining stories about the evolution of the author's Thoroughbred stable, as well as lessons learned from its successes and disappointments. This informed look at the business of Thoroughbred racing is indispensable for beginning owners and is not to be missed by those with years of experience.
(Hardcover -- November )

The Winning Horseplayer: A Revolutionary Approach to Thoroughbred Handicapping and Betting
by Andrew Beyer
(Paperback -- May )

Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing
by Tom Ainslie
(Paperback -- March 1988)

Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century
by Staff of the Blood-Horse (Editor), Inc Staff Blood-Horse
(Paperback -- December )

The Perfect Ride
by Gary Stevens, et al
(Hardcover -- May )

Modern Pace Handicapping
by Tom Brohamer, Howard Sartin (Preface)
(Hardcover -- December 15, )

Make Money With Horses: You Can Do It
by Don Blazer, Meribah Small (Editor)
(Paperback -- February )

Phar Lap
by Geoff Armstrong, Peter Thompson
Book Description: A chronicle of the impact of a much loved and much lauded horse racing icon, this is a complete account of Phar Lap's life. It details the many mysteries of his career, from his purchase as a gangly gelding bought cheaply in New Zealand to the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and his previously unexplained death in North America. Bringing to life the characters of the racetrack, this book also examines the way media played a part in building the legend. Beautifully presented with archival photographs, newspaper articles, and racing memorabilia, this is a handsome commemorative of one of the best race horses there ever was.
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Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing
by Elizabeth Mitchell
(Hardcover -- June 5, )

Man O' War (Thoroughbred Legends, No. 1)
by Edward L. Bowen
Hardcover from National Book Network
War Admiral: Thoroughbred Legends (Thoroughbred Legends, No. 17)
by Edward L. Bowen
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Round Table (Thoroughbred Legends Number 16)
by John McEvoy
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Swaps (Thoroughbred Legends, Number 14)
by Barry Irwin
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Secretariat (Thoroughbred Legends No. 19)
by Timothy T. Capps
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Assault: Thoroughbred Legends
Assault: Thoroughbred Legends
by Eva Jolene Boyd
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Damascus: Thoroughbred Legends
by Lucy Heckman
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Affirmed and Alydar: Thoroughbred Legends (Thoroughbred Legends, No. 15)
by Timothy T. Capps
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Ruffian (Thoroughbred Legends, Number 13)
by Milton C. Toby
Hardcover from Eclipse Press
Extra sugar for Kelso : true stories of Saratoga thoroughbred racing in the great decades of the 1960's and 1970's
by Landon Manning
Unknown Binding from L. Manning
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