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My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak with America's Favorite Horse Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008

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In a straightforward narration, Prado (with journalist Eisenberg) relates the brief, poignant story of Barbaro's rise and fall. One of the most successful jockeys in history, Prado sensed Barbaro's special qualities during a race in Maryland. After going undefeated in their first three races together, Prado and Barbaro shared an easy 2006 Kentucky Derby victory that positioned Barbaro to win the Triple Crown. Disaster struck at the Preakness, however, when Barbaro shattered a leg into more than two dozen pieces just out of the gate. His struggle for survival was avidly covered by the media and made the horse a national hero. Sadly, after a prolonged struggle and multiple surgeries, Barbaro had to be put down. Prado's matter-of-fact presentation is most successful when he's describing the routines and rituals and his own intense work habits. His journey from a one-room house in Lima, Peru—which he shared with his parents and 10 brothers and sisters—to a place at the top of his profession is fascinating in its own right. Out of necessity, jockeys try not to get attached to particular horses, but the loss of his mother just before the Kentucky Derby made Prado particularly sensitive to Barbaro's plight. (Apr.)
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This appealing memoir from the host of a popular television fishing show combines angling and World War II. Kreh begins with evocative reminiscences of a poor childhood in Depression-era Maryland and his service in WWII, including the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the war, Kreh was able to indulge his love of fishing; his constant tinkering with gear and casting techniques, his passion for the outdoors, and plenty of luck combined to land him his dream job—covering the outdoors in national magazines and on television. His memoir covers those experiences but not without plenty of fish stories. Many fishing books focus on trout, but Kreh prefers pursuing bass, and his observations on striped bass are among the best in print. In addition, his advice on fly design and selection and on improving one’s casting is solid —and it's served well seasoned with angling stories about Castro, Hemingway, and Ted Williams. An amiable, slightly wandering account of a fishing life. --John Rowen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006146418X
  • ASIN: B001JJBP2I
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,930,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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