- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books; Reissue edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401324010
- ISBN-13: 978-1401324018
- ASIN: B004TE68EK
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secretariat Paperback – August 31, 2010
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Perhaps because I saw Secretariat just weeks before he was put down, this book still brings the tears to my eyes when I read it. It takes a truly outstanding writer to write about such a magnificent subject, and Nack fills the bill beautifully. He traces Secretariat's lineage and of the history of Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, long the leading breeder of thoroughbred race horses. He writes in depth about Secretariat's races leading up to the legendary Triple Crown triumph of 1973. He writes about observers such as Charles Hatton, who spotted Secretariat's greatness immediately and who called Secretariat the greatest horse he had ever seen.
The only flaw in this great book is that it stops at Secretariat's retirement. There is no updated edition of this book. Perhaps someday Nack will write the rest of the Secretariat story. He certainly wrote a magnificent obituary about him in Sports Illustrated called "Pure Heart."
All in all a great book.
He was a physically awesome Thoroughbred and a superb broodmare sire. When he was born at ten minutes after midnight, March 30, 1970, his owner took one look at him and said, "There is a whopper." His own firstborn was an Appaloosa colt named 'First Secretary'. Another son - a draft horse cross - is still alive and well and recently retired from the Southwest dressage circuit. Yet a third son won the Belmont by a margin of 21 lengths, in what was the second fastest running and third largest margin in history.
Of course, his Daddy still holds the record for both margin and time.
And who is Risen Star's Daddy?
Secretariat, of course. No one who admires this special breed of horse could possibly have flunked this quiz.
When we watched Big Red hit the wire 31 lengths ahead of Twice a Prince in 1973, crushing the Belmont stakes record by two seconds and change, many of us knew that we would not see his like again. According to his jockey, Ron Turcotte, Secretariat was retired before he had reached his full potential at the longer distances. We would have loved to watch that big red horse run all day and smash every record there was, but it was not to be.
At any rate, reading William Nack's, "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" is the next best thing to watching him run (unless you are lucky enough and rich enough to own one of his 'blue hen' daughters). At least his fans can relive the races Big Red did run, and Nack has the knack (sorry) of bringing them vividly back to memory. This book and "Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc.Read more ›
I have been a big horse racing fan for some 20 years now, and I have read many books on throughbred racing. This is definitely the best book on the subject that I have ever read!
Not only is it an excellent description of Secretariat and all of his connections. It tells the racing fan a lot about what goes into training a horse and bringing him along before he runs his first race.
My favorite chapter is the author's narration of the 1973 Belmont Stakes. I never get tired of reading how Secretariat was running down the backstretch so effortlessly while Sham could barely keep up with him. Ron Turcotte didn't realize how fast they were going until he saw the clock near the end of the race.
If you love thoroughbred racing you'll certainly love this book.
This is quality writing! You'll know Secretariat's career so much better after reading this book.
It's too bad that Secretariat never got to race at the age of four. He might have been even better than he was at three.
One can only guess what might have been!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My wife really enjoyed Secretariat the film and we both remembered watching his spectacular victory at the Belmont on TV . Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tomas Texino
A fantastic piece of non-fiction. Brilliantly written and incredibly engrossing, William Nack tells the story of Secretariat in vivid detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Margiotta
This is the best book on Secretariat it should have been available on kindle.Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Casey
Great factual account of a beautiful champion. If you love horses and loved Secretariat then this book is for you.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
true story in the book, written ok, but I liked the movie better even with the rearranging of the factsPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
William Nack is a very lucky man in two ways: 1. He is a gifted writer, and 2. as a young, newly assigned newspaper reporter he was able to convince his boss that he be allowed to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Speer
Great book for those interested in a detailed account of this great horse's accomplishments.Published 7 months ago by PCraft
If someone had told me that in this book I would be reading about horses ancestry and statisics, I would have never opened it, not being myself a race fan. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jose Antonio Farias