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John Henry: Racing's Grand Old Man (Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered)) Paperback – January 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Thoroughbred Legends (Unnumbered)
  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581501501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581501506
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOVED Steve Haskin's John Henry.
Horse lover
All the facts and races and times are in this book, but woven in such a way that the personality of John Henry, himself, captivates and enchants the reader.
bibliophile
Would recommend this book to anyone who loves horse racing.
Jeri B. Hedges

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moria Silver on October 5, 2009
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John Henry, although familiar to many who follow Thoroughbred racing, was not familiar to the general public. But in his 32 years on earth, he made his presence felt both on the track and in the lives of the people who knew and loved him. The book is fanastic in that the characters jump off the page. John Henry had a singularly outrageous personality, and the specific instances cited in the book bring him to life again. The details of his races are exciting, and show the author's familiarity with the subject. Steve Haskin has that special ability to weave a great story while still sticking to the facts. Although his tales of John Henry's escapades show the intelligence and almost self awareness of book's subject, he never treat's John Henry like a human. That is all too often a mistake made by authors writing about animals. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horse racing and who realizes that horses have very different personalities. This book made me both laugh and cry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lena on May 13, 2012
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I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. This horse was so amazing, smart, obstinant and laugh out loud funny. I can't believe they are not considering making a movie about this horse. His story is what Hollywood legends are made of. I watched John Henry race his entire career but there was a lot more to this champion than just racing. He was a true athlete with a will to win that all champions share in any sport. John Henry trancended his sport and became a legend. I feel in love with him all over again and now understand why I was such a fan of POPS! If you are pondering purchasing this book I do not only recommend it I say you have to purchase this book. No horse racing enthusiast should be without it. John Henry ranks right up there in racing history with Man O war, Sea Biscut and Secreteriat! and in my own personal opinion his story is just as engaging and fasinating, touching and exciting and heart warming. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on March 1, 2011
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Even if you follow horse racing frequently, you may not know about John Henry. Perhaps he's just a name in a record book. Then you must sit down and read this story about an "ugly duckling" type horse who was passed over by many (who later regretted their omission). If I had seen him in a sales ring, I certainly would have passed by him, perhaps quickly before he stretched out and bit me. But underneath the pitiful conformation, lackluster performances, and nasty temperament, trainer Ron McAnally discovered and refined a champion. Steve Haskin lovingly portrays the relationships of John Henry and his many owners. Most notable is the rapport established between this iron horse and his loving trainer. Eventually purchased for $25,000 by a business man who knew nothing about horses, sent to a trainer who loved his horses, John Henry would earn over six million dollars and continue winning races past the age of 9. The little gelding who could, did. Earning Horse Of The Year twice, he was every inch a champion, and his intelligence unquestionable. When Steve Haskin truly loves a horse, he writes with such passion that the love just wraps itself around you as you turn each page. All the facts and races and times are in this book, but woven in such a way that the personality of John Henry, himself, captivates and enchants the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Rogers on October 22, 2010
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I loved this book, Steve H. done a marvelous job of portraying John Henry the racehorse. I love to read stories on John Henry. He was ornery but he was well respected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty Gentry on February 20, 2013
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This book is very insightful to the life of a race horse who didn't know when to stop, winning races that is! At the age of nine years, 35 years in human ages, he was winning races against 3 year olds, that's 18 years in human. Secretariat was in a class of his own, and so was John Henry!
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