Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart Hardcover – April 2, 2007
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Publisher
Barbaro, the charismatic 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, thrilled racing fans everywhere with his brilliant victories. But he won hearts around the world with his gallant fight for life after a shattering breakdown in the Preakness Stakes. Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart chronicles Barbaro's early days, his life at bucolic Fair Hill and journey down the Triple Crown trail, and the heroics of his trainer, former Olympic show jumper Michael Matz. Award-winning writer Sean Clancy details Barbaro's surgery and ensuing complications, bringing the reader close to the cutting-edge veterinary science and dedicated surgeon who nearly pulled off the impossible.
More than 100 color photos pay tribute to the great courage and spirit of the most popular racehorse of recent time. Award-winning author Sean Clancy chronicles Barbaro's story and pays tribute "to a horse who made us think, who made us cry, and who made us believe."
From the Inside Flap
With his unbeaten record and magnificent good looks, Barbaro enthralled the public with his dominating performance in the 2006 Kentucky Derby. Running the length of the Churchill Downs stretch in isolated splendor, the bay colt seemed destined for greatness. His story was that much more captivating for the real-life heroics of his trainer, former Olympic show jumper Michael Matz. The Pennsylvania-born horseman had survived a horrific plane crash in 1989 and saved the lives of three young children who were reunited with Matz to witness Barbaro's Derby.
Already anointed the first Triple Crown winner in 33 years, Barbaro went into the Preakness Stakes seemingly invincible. Then a terrible misstep just after the start dashed those Triple Crown dreams. Instead, Barbaro fought for his life, his right hind leg shattered. Talented veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center worked desperately, using cutting-edge techniques, to save Barbaro as people all over the country rallied to support the colt. Despite a grave prognosis and several setbacks, Barbaro continues to defy the odds - and to inspire.
Award-winning sports writer Sean Clancy deftly chronicles Barbaro's story, from his promising beginning as the pride of owner/breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson to his galant battle to recover. A former champion steeplechase jockey, Clancy provides readers with access to racing behind the scenes and the people whose lives Barbaro has touched.
Top customer reviews
Sean Clancy's book touches the emotions and captures the excitement of horseracing. It lets you into the heart of the horse, the sport, and the people involved. You understand how everything fits together and see all the hard work, hopes and expectations that are put into racing. The connection of father and son is felt as Michael Matz and 9-year-old Alex walk hand in hand to the barn where Barbaro is waiting to run the Kentucky Derby. The working of a team can be envisioned as horse, exercise rider, trainer and owners walk from the barn to position for the great race. The special bond of jockey and horse is sensed as Prado climbs on Barbaro and they're off and running. For a few minutes there is nothing but horse and jockey as they race down the stretch as one. And then the moment everybody is waiting for arrives and they cross the wire. Prado congratulates Barbaro, the horse responds and you realize Barbaro knows exactly what they've done and feels pride in their accomplishment.
The pictures are awesome, carefully placed and bring color and life to the story. Barbaro's early days, training and life at New Bolton are all written about in the same heartfelt way. And no matter what his experience, Barbaro remained beautiful inside and out throughout his life.
Photographs, presentation and a writing style that flows beautifully, keeps the reader enthralled.
Every single emotion imaginable was ignited for me while reading it. Many kudos to the author. WELL DONE! BRAVO.
Author Sean Clancy tells the triumphant and tragic story of Barbaro as it happens, with the reader feeling the euphoria of victory, heartfelt pain of uncertainty and anger seconds after the start of the Preakness Stakes & the optimism that - through the surgeries and setbacks - this champion was going to beat the long odds, because we were urging him to make that great drive to the finish line to defeat death by a nose.
As Clancy explained in a recent column in The Blood-Horse magazine, he was confronted with a deadline as Barbaro's health began to teeter precariously for what was the final time. Those final words to close the book really aren't the end, though, as Barbaro's death won't be in vain if research avenues open up that will save the lives of racers in years to come and each runner who gives it all for us on the track is treated with respect & dignity when that inevitable final home stretch in life is being run.
The wealth of pictures alone tells the story and shows the time & thought that went into the planning for the book.
Barbaro captured America's heart in a way that is rarely seen in today's sports media. But it was his trust in caretakers and will to live that ultimately showed that Barbaro had the biggest heart of all.