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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These are probably not the all-time top twelve American fillies, but make for a fascinating book anyway. The featured fillies are Miss Woodward, Imp, Beldame, Regret, Twilight Tear, Busher, Moccasin, All Along, Lady's Secret, Azeri, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta.

The criteria for having a chapter in this book is to be Horse of the Year at least once. This eliminates Ruffian, Personal Ensign and some other fillies who, it can be argued, might be in America's all-time top twelve fillies. That said, no filly ever won Horse of the Year without performances of a very high quality. In the years before there were any awards for Horse of the Year, experts have guessed who might have been awarded the title. Nevertheless, my knowledge of American racing is not very deep, so I bought this book to expand my knowledge.

The chapters contain a nice selection of pictures, with the last three chapters using color while the earlier chapters use black and white. There is plenty of information about the racing careers and the people (owners, trainers, jockeys) connected to each filly. You'll also find pedigree charts along with discussion of their breeding and subsequent stud careers. In the copy I bought, there are no blatant errors in the charts, though it seems there were in the original printing.

This is an American book and I expected some American bias, although I might have hoped that All Along's inclusion in the list would have made the authors pay a bit more respect than to dismiss the pedigrees of Street Cry and Azeri. Machiavellian was American-bred, although he raced in Europe. He was a champion two-year-old but didn't quite reproduce that form at three although he was second in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Apart from Street Cry, he also sired Almutawake (winner of the 1999 Dubai World Cup) , Medicean (Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot and Eclipse Stakes, Sandown) and Storming Home , who won the 2002 Champion Stakes at Newmarket, but is probably best known for his disqualification in the 2003 Arlington Million. Had he not sppked, he would probably have won that race - see the video on Youtube.

As for Azeri, I see that her sire Jade Hunter was a successful sire but went out of fashion, so it couldn't have been a surprise if he came good again. Nevertheless, Americans would have been unfamiliar with the female side of the pedigree. The damsire Ahonoora was a sprinter who did far better at stud than he ever did at the races. Let's just say that I'm not surprised that one of his grand-daughters is a champion.

Leaving aside the bias, this is an excellent book that is very well written and informative. I'll be looking for more books to read about American racing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2014
Book is very detailed and only for racing history fans. Also while I realize it is about only Horse of the Year winners but how can Personal Ensign and Ruffian be left out of any book about racing Divas???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
It is girl power at its best - the ladies rule the track & the racing world - a good read for all
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on February 12, 2012
This was an informative book written in a fun way. The authors provided basic facts and little tidbits of these extraordinary fillies/mares, and the pictures were great, too. I never heard of some of this horses, so it was very fun to read and learn about these champions - some of which are long gone. I would recommend this to any horse/horse racing fan.
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on November 17, 2013
I am a big Zenyatta fan and having her on the cover captured my interest immediately! However, this was not just a story about her but a history of eleven other wonderful fillies and mares with stellar racing careers. I loved reading about all of them!

Just one question...when will you add Havre de Grace?
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on May 2, 2012
This is an awesome book for any horse lover but especially the horse racing person. I received the book in excellent condition and sooner than expected.
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on September 9, 2013
Of course Zenyatta is the most brilliant Star . Love this book on the documentation of the great female racehorses in History.
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on September 15, 2014
I love anything With Zenyatta in or one it. I can't help myself I'm still a fan!
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on May 16, 2015
Excellent product, excellent seller
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