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on December 9, 2011
I received an advance notice that this book was being released (from a horseracing magazine site to which I subscribe) and I asked for the book as a gift. When I received it, I immediately became suspicious because it looked very familiar to me. Initially, the announcement information failed to state that this was previously issued under a different title. I was a little disappointed but felt with the addition of Rachel Alexandra & Zenyatta, those two chapters alone made it worthwhile. (the price was terrific) On Amazon's site, it does clearly state that it was a former title (but it was not initially advertised as such)
Despite having read "Women of the Year" a few years back, it was nice to revisit the stories of these fantastic fillies, some who are not household names. The research, even back to the late 1800's was remarkably in depth and the human element (owners, trainers, jockeys, etc) really added to the stories. Too often, in this sport, the females are overlooked due to the build up and hype of the Triple Crown season and much more emphasis is put on the males. But there are/were some truly amazing fillies & mares who have contributed much to the sport. In the modern era, it has been these horses that have brought more attention and fans to racing. I don't think there were any more heated discussions than those that surrounded Rachel & Zenyatta and this was so greatly needed. To have two dominant females win back-to-back Horse of the Year titles is pretty awesome. (and we may have another in the outstanding Havre de Grace!)
The only flaws in this book that stood out enough to mention happen to be in the chapters of Rachel & Zenyatta. Their "pedigree" chart is not theirs at all!! Both mares have a copy of the pedigree of another filly!(All Along) I don't know how anyone missed this as it was glaringly obvious to me.
Other than that, I highly recommend this book to racing fans of all ages and genders. It is very well written and researched with lots of photos, including some very old ones. The Amazon pricing is excellent and because it's a softbound book, it makes it easy to slip into a purse or tote bag if traveling. Overall, a great read and great value.