Dominating victories, great duels, and astounding rallies make up some of horse racing’s greatest moments. Award-winning racing writer Edward L. Bowen captures these and more in At the Wire, a compilation of nearly thirty races plus Breeders’ Cup highlights that have earned a solid place in America’s Turf history.
Bowen describes the enormity of the triple dead heat in the 1944 Carter Handicap. He tells the unforgettable tale of the 1973 Belmont Stakes, in which national hero Secretariat ended a twenty-five-year drought of Triple Crown winners with a spectacular thirty-one-length victory. And he pays homage to the running battle between Affirmed and Alydar and its Triple Crown conclusion at the Belmont Stakes in 1978.
For the updated edition, the author has included chapters on the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, in which Cigar capped a perfect 10-0 season, earning Horse of the Year honors; the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, in which the mare Zenyatta won a spectacular race to remain unbeaten in her career; and the 2015 Belmont Stakes, which highlights the greatness of American Pharoah as he became the first Triple Crown winner in thirty-seven years.
Bowen writes of outstanding horses at their best in fierce competition and of their time and place in American racing history.
Edward L. Bowen is the author of more than twenty books on Thoroughbred racing history. He was a staff member of the weekly trade publication The Blood Horse for some thirty years, including seventeen as managing editor and five as editor-in-chief. He was also editor of The Canadian Horse for two years. Bowen served as president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation from 1994 through 2018. Bowen has received various honors within the world of Thoroughbred and sports journalism and authorship, including an Eclipse Award for magazine writing, the Charles Engelhard Award from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Old Hilltop Award from Pimlico Race Course, the Walter Haight Award from the National Turf Writers Association, and the gold medal designation in Foreword's sports category. He lives in Versailles, Kentucky.
...one of the nation’s finest turf writers
…intertwines the human perspective when discussing the major Thoroughbred dynasties
weaves a narrative of excitement and humanity