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Product Details

  • Series: Thoroughbred Legends (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581500580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581500585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for completing the series for me!!
LisaLu
Marino was being lifted in the air and was completely helpless...'Thank God I had a goose down jacket or he would have taken a big chunk out of me,' Marino said.
E. A. Lovitt
Well written and an enjoyable read if you love this horse.
Katherine

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 23, 2001
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"John Henry" is book number ten in the Thoroughbred Legends series published by the Eclipse Press out of Lexington, Kentucky.
Steve Haskin, an award-winning writer for "The Blood-Horse" tells a lively tale of the dumpy little bay horse that was back at the knees and, "like a bargain-basement sale item, ...always seemed to be available at a dirt-cheap price."
John Henry was a demon in his stall---he hated to be confined. He passed through the hands of a number of owners and trainers who thought he showed some promise as a runner, even though he was in the habit of ripping his feed tub off of the wall and hurling it down the shed row. Once, when he was stabled at a track he didn't like, John Henry did the same thing to his trainer:
"After one of the races, [John Henry] returned to the barn and was given a bath. Marino [his trainer] started walking him, and before he knew it, his jacket sleeve was in John's mouth. John picked Marino up off the ground and took off down the shed row, dragging him along. Marino was being lifted in the air and was completely helpless...'Thank God I had a goose down jacket or he would have taken a big chunk out of me,' Marino said. `That's how mad the horse was.'"
Then the trainer, Ron McAnally took in the gelding that vented his anger on his water buckets, feed tubs, and sometimes his groom, and turned him into a demon on the race track. How did the trainer do this? McAnally says it was by treating him kindly and earning John Henry's trust.
The ugly little demon-turned-race-horse repaid his trainer's kindness by earning an amazing $6.6 million in eighty-three starts and thirty-nine wins. His durability and courage became a legend, and he attracted record numbers of fans to the tracks where he ran.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deborah F. Brown on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading this heartwarming story of the ugly
horse who blooms and wins our hearts and
breaks racing records I wanted to stand up and cheer.
I was inspired to visit this living legend
and found him as mystical and charismatic in
person as related in this wonderful book.
A good book for the horse lover and for anyone
who loves the unconquerable spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 26, 2012
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"John Henry" is book number ten in the Thoroughbred Legends series published by the Eclipse Press out of Lexington, Kentucky.

Steve Haskin, an award-winning writer for "The Blood-Horse" tells a lively tale of the dumpy little bay horse that was back at the knees and, "like a bargain-basement sale item, ...always seemed to be available at a dirt-cheap price."

John Henry was a demon in his stall---he hated to be confined. He passed through the hands of a number of owners and trainers who thought he showed some promise as a runner, even though he was in the habit of ripping his feed tub off of the wall and hurling it down the shed row. Once, when he was stabled at a track he didn't like, John Henry did the same thing to his trainer:

"After one of the races, [John Henry] returned to the barn and was given a bath. Marino [his trainer] started walking him, and before he knew it, his jacket sleeve was in John's mouth. John picked Marino up off the ground and took off down the shed row, dragging him along. Marino was being lifted in the air and was completely helpless...'Thank God I had a goose down jacket or he would have taken a big chunk out of me,' Marino said. `That's how mad the horse was.'"

Then the trainer, Ron McAnally took in the gelding that vented his anger on his water buckets, feed tubs, and sometimes his groom, and turned him into a demon on the race track. How did the trainer do this? McAnally says it was by treating him kindly and earning John Henry's trust.

The ugly little demon-turned-race-horse repaid his trainer's kindness by earning an amazing $6.6 million in eighty-three starts and thirty-nine wins. His durability and courage became a legend, and he attracted record numbers of fans to the tracks where he ran.
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Great book especially for those who are not too familiar with a very special race horse who does not get the notoriaty of a Secretariat and others. John Henry was selected Horse of the Year as a 7 year old and again as a 9 year old (unheard of)! He was that special. It's all in the book. If you liked Seabiscuit you'll also like John Henry, they had a lot in common. The hardback version is hard to find but it is now available in paperback.
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By LisaLu on July 24, 2013
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I'm a bit late posting this. Had all the books in this series except John Henry was thrilled to finally find an affordable price. The book was delivered to me quite quickly in what I believe to be as close to new condition as you can get!! Meant a lot to me because I've actually met John Henry in person. Thanks for completing the series for me!!
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