"Before there was Seabiscuit there was Exterminator, the long-shot Thoroughbred that won the Kentucky Derby--and America's devotion--in 1918. His story is a wonderful ride." ―People
"Exterminator’s come-from-behind story captured hearts (and still-standing records, such as 33 stakes wins by a North American thoroughbred) as told in this deeply researched profile." ―Garden and Gun
"A great read if you like horse racing and want to learn what life was like in the early 1900s, when newspapers were king, people named Vanderbilt, Hancock and Belmont were famous owners and horses were big news." ―Eric Sondheimer, The Los Angeles Times
“A beguiling tale of an ungainly gelding―“gawky, awkward, and practically lop-eared,”―who held the racing world in thrall during his career (1917–24) and still holds the record of 33 stakes wins by a Thoroughbred raced in North America.”
"Readers who couldn't get enough of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit will welcome this new title; with its colorful cast of characters and exciting down-to-the-wire action, it should have wide appeal."
"Before Seabiscuit, before Man o’ War, Exterminator raced his way into America’s heart. Eliza McGraw shows how his cheerful endurance still wins our enduring love."
―Dorothy Ours, author of Battleship: A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse
"A great book about a great horse."
―Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse
“Eliza McGraw’s story of an unflappable, courageous, almost-overlooked champion, Exterminator – who shocked the racing world when he won the Derby in 1918 – is an exciting, mud-soaked, triumphant journey from starting gate to finish line.”
―Martha Sherrill, author of Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain
“This horse deserves a monument! Eliza McGraw takes us on an incredible ride on the back of one amazing horse. With impeccable research she meticulously weaves this lost tale of a champion of champions. A great horse - a great story - a truly great read!”
―Robin Hutton, author of the New York Times bestseller Sgt Reckless: America’s War Horse
“Yes, there was another race horse who also stole America's heart. And now there is a book that artfully captures this love affair between ‘The Galloping Hatrack’ and his fans. Meticulously researched and a compelling read about the golden age of horse racing. Well done, Ms. McGraw. You don't even have to be a horse nut to love this book.”
―Jody Jaffe, author of the Natalie Gold series