Accompanied by stunning photographs, here is the behind-the-scenes story of Secretariat: Horse of the Century. A coin toss determined ownership of the yet unborn foal that was to become the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years, breaking and still holding all three track records. The author, who was on personal terms with Secretariat's owner, trainers, grooms, and jockey and who photographed "Big Red" throughout his career, gives us this enthralling intimate portrait—the triumphs and disasters—of Secretariat's gallop to immortality.Secretariat was the best-known and most beloved race horse of the twentieth century. In 1973 his legacy as the greatest horse of all time was permanently etched into the consciousness of the world when he won the Triple Crown. Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. tells the story of Secretariat from the coin toss that sent him to Helen Chenery to his burial at Claiborne Farm. Complete with a glossary of horse-racing terms, a breakdown of Secretariat's bloodline, and a foreword by Ronald Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey during his amazing 1973 campaign, this is the definitive volume for fans of the horse and the sport of horseracing.
Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. was a photojournalist, licensed trainer, manager of horse farms, and designer of racecourses and Thoroughbred training facilities. At the age of sixteen, he became the youngest professional steeplechase jockey. He lived in Charlottesville, Virginia.
It's a knockout of a racing story, with many photos by the author and a new foreword by Ron Turcotte.
A delight—either to read or just to look at the pictures.
If you have taste for a beautiful book, this one's for you.
A first-rate gift book for anyone who loves horses, anyone who loves racing, and for sports fans generally.
Woolfe's easy-reading style adds much to his inside story of this exciting chestnut Thoroughbred.