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Secretariat Hardcover – May 29, 2001

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It's a knockout of a racing story, with many photos by the author and a new foreword by Ron Turcotte. (In and Around Horse Country)

a delight―either to read or just to look at the pictures. (The New Yorker)

If you have taste for a beautiful book, this one's for you. (Joe Hirsch Daily Racing Form)

A first-rate gift book for anyone who loves horses, anyone who loves racing and for sports fans generally. (Roger Caras, CBS television)

Absolutely beautiful. (Dick Francis, author)

Woolfe's easy-reading style adds much to his inside story of this exciting chestnut thoroughbred. (Publishers Weekly)

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Secretariat, by Raymond Woolfe, Jr., the 25th Triple Crown Anniversary Edition is a celebration of the memory of America's most beloved racing champion. The first authorized biography and chronology of the life and career of the legendary American Thoroughbred champion, Secretariat was originally published in 1974 immediately following his retirement from racing to stud at Claiborne Farm. The book was an instant success, favorably reviewed by NY Times, CBS TV, NBC TV, Sports Illustrated, Daily Racing Form, Time, Philadelphia Inquirer, Blood-Horse, and many other major media. Selling over 60,000 copies in its first 8 months and named to B. Dalton's prestigious "perennial list"(a tribute in the trade to a book considered to be a timeless best seller), Secretariat took on numbers which had been the privilege of few other books about horses. Today, book sellers specializing in out of print editions are reaping prices of from $350 upwards to $600 for first edition copies of the book. Copies signed by the author along with signatures of some or all of Secretariat's entourage are valued at over $2,000 a copy. The magic of the great horse is incurable.

In 1989, Mr. Woolfe published a limited, leather bound collectors edition, now also out of print, which sold over 1000 copies at $250 each. The edition offered an expanded text covering Secretariat's breeding career, racing records of his offspring, and a recording of Lucien Laurin's complete training diary for the horse. A groundswell of demand for a popularly priced edition of the book led Mr. Woolfe to re-publish the book for this 25th anniversary year of Secretariat's Triple Crown victory. Bound in a heavy weight, full color paperback cover, the book measures in at the same coffee table size of 10 1/2" x 10 1/4" as its predecessor and contains the full expanded text of 212 pages, including 32 pages of full color (over 55 color illustrations and over 150 black & white). At a suggested retail price of only $30, Secretariat is a prize worth having. The magic is still all there for everyone who ever loved horses, and, for those to whom horses are a lesser consideration, well, howzabout just a great story about a hero of his time. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Derrydale Press; Updated ed. edition (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586670670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586670672
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was wounded on 12/24/72 on the Bassac River,Vietnam.I came home and was at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in April of 73
when I first heard of Secretariat.My Mom was a an avid horse racing fan,so I watched his Derby and Preakness on T.V..I felt that I had to see this horse in person so when I went to New York to see my parents I went to the Belmont on the day he ran.
I was feeling really bad about myself from the war,but when I saw him in the circle before he went out to the track,I felt cleansed.I don't want to sound all flowery and all,but I'm sorry if no one understands.They weren't there with me.He looked me right in the eye and I felt good for the first time in a long time.I didn't feel that I would ever feel good again,but a horse changed all that in me with just one look.Imagine that.For making me feel better,I owe him that,and will alwys love him for it.I bet $100.00 dollars on him that day.I still have the ticket.
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Format: Hardcover
SECRETARIAT was first published in 1974 by Raymond Woolfe and immediately sold out. For years the book was out of print, except for a limited edition book published in around 1991. Thank goodness it is now back in print and is available to all fans of the great horse.
Woolfe seemed to have had unlimited access to Secretariat's connections. He traces the horse's life from the time he was foaled in 1970 until his death in 1989. Furthermore, the book is jam-packed with photographs by the author, the most famous being the "takeoff" shot of Secretariat about to make his first turn sweep of the field in the 1973 Preakness. The book truly gives the reader a feel of what this horse was like, especially those readers who were not lucky enough to have seen him in person.
SECRETARIAT is for all lovers of horse racing, and it is the perfect companion to Bill Nack's classic biography, SECRETARIAT: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION.
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Format: Hardcover
I've always been a Secretariat fan, since I was a 12 year old horse crazy girl and saw him run for the first time. I own two Secretariat books and while they are both good, this one is by far more detailed and interesting. Not to mention the GREAT photos. Very well done.
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This is a treasure of a book about Big Red. It is full of wonderful pictures, some showing off his exquisite conformation even at a very early age. The text is well written and helps to convey the endearing personality of this beautiful champion. If you are familiar only with his accomplishments on the track you only know half the story. His personality was the other half of the story. Secretariat was a real extrovert who was very attuned to people. This book is written in a way that gives you a sense of his personality and that is what I really appreciate about it--that and the beautiful pictures, of course. This book is written with warmth and respect and I find it a more enjoyable read than Nack's book on Secretariat which is primarily facts and racing stats.
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Format: Hardcover
I own a granddaughter of Secretariat and since I wasn't alive when the big red horse was racing, I wanted to read about my horse's famous grandfather. This book told the details of all his races, especially his Triple Crown races. It was also very detailed about other times in his life, like his training, when he was young, and when he retired to stud. There was a whole chapter devoted to the offspring he sired during his time at stud. It was a great book that told all about one of the greatest racehorses that ever lived. There are also many pictures, color and black and white. They show the master at work on the track and they show what a beautiful horse he was. A great book for any Secretariat fans and for horse lovers.
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How does one even begin to describe the greatest horse of all time? I suppose it probably helped to have spent a lot of time with the horse, which Ron Turcotte certainly did. And no doubt, it helped that said horse broke all records in the Derby, Preakness and the Belmont, and did it with such style! How well I remember the Derby! Our senior prom was the night before and everyone in our group wanted to make sure we were back from the beach in plenty of time to watch Secretariat as he made history with his 1:59 and 2/5's to win. Then on to the Preakness, with his famous lunge going into the turn past two horses, and then 'clean-up time' as he moved past all of them, on the turn. One of the more interesting quotes-and this book has many of them- is George Cusimano, riding Ecole Etage describing what it was like when Secretariat flew by his horse: '" When he came by, it felt like a freight train passing-blew the number right off my sleeve."' And what is there to say about the Belmont? Quite simply, a quiet reverence to the unreality of what this horse was doing. 31 lengths-one sixteenth of a mile ahead of the other horses. Sensational! This book is also chock full of photos, from the one on page 27 when he was a ' " big, well made foal," to the photos of his dam, Somethingroyal and his sire, Bold Ruler, to the touchingly, poignant photo of Penny Chenery saying goodbye to Secretariat, with Lucien Laurin and sculpter Jim Reno looking on.
I felt when he died, that our nation's national pet had died. He represented everything that was wonderful and great about our country because he made us feel good about ourselves. Thank Heaven we still have him on film. He'll be with us forever and always, forever in our hearts. Miss you, Big Red.
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