The Making of A Champion

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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

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever break the two-minute mark in winning the Kentucky Derby until recent winner Monarchos, Secretariat also pulled off one of the most astounding victories in the annals of horse racing by winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths. Now William Nack updates his acclaimed portrait with a new afterword that examines the legacy of one of ESPN's "100 Greatest Athletes of the Century": the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated all in the same week.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Da Capo Press, c2002
Edition: Updated
ISBN: 9780306811333
Branch Call Number: 798.4 NAC
Characteristics: xi, 364 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nack, William Big Red of Meadow Stable


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SpringAltman Jul 02, 2014

This book is very similar to Seabiscuit

Apr 08, 2014

I found myself riveted to every single second as William Nack described each of Secretariat's races from the perspective of the jockey, to the fans watching. I almost felt like I was the one riding the legend of a horse. Loved the book. Just excellent.

Apr 27, 2012

I haven't read the book yet but the movie is great.

Apr 05, 2012

hey i want this books and its not doing it

Mar 14, 2012

This story of 1973 triple crown winner Secretariat is packed with statistics on blood lines & racing stats; William Nack really knows his stuff. However, it is not a dry read at all. His behind the scenes look at the world of horse breeders is fascinating. I particularly liked his spin on the owner Helen Tweedy (aka Penny Chenery), and thought it pretty cool that both the jockey & trainer were Canadians. Now I know what “going the distance” really means, and it’s got nothing to do with “Field Of Dreams” This book is worth reading just for the chapter describing his Belmont Stakes record-breaking thirty-one length win, you feel like you are right there watching. William Nack’s love of this horse that he spent a lifetime following comes through loud & clear. It’s just a great, inspirational story


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SpringAltman Jul 02, 2014

This book chronicles the life of Secretariat from his birth thru his winning the triple crown and then retirement.
Often called the best racehorse that ever lived


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SpringAltman Jul 02, 2014

“Weave for the mighty chestnut
A tributary crown
Of autumn leaves, the brightest then
When autumn leaves are brown
Hang up his bridle on the wall,
His saddle on the tree,
Till time shall bring some racing king
Worthy to wear as he!”

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