Old Bones the Wonder Horse Kentucky Derby Champion

Old Bones the Wonder Horse Kentucky Derby Champion

This is the story of the great race horse, Exterminator. Affectionately known as Old Bones, he as born May 30, 1915, at the W.D. Knight farm, near Lexington, Kentucky. An unknown in 1918 he won the Kentucky Derby. He went on to become America’s top winner of cup races and, according to many experts, the greatest thoroughbred ever developed in this country. Exterminator retired in 1924, at the age of nine, when he pulled up lame in his 100th race. He died in 1945, at the ripe old age of thirty. Exterminator is buried on the Kilmer farm, near Binghamton, New York, beside his constant companion, the pony Peanuts II, and near his old stablemate, Sun Briar.

Title:Old Bones the Wonder Horse Kentucky Derby Champion
Edition Language:English
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    Old Bones the Wonder Horse Kentucky Derby Champion Reviews

  • Jim

    This is an old favorite that I loved when I was 8 or so. My battered old paperback edition & another both gave up the ghost when my kids read them, so I've been without for years. Can't recall the las...

  • Wendy

    This was a cute little book. I would've appreciated it more if I'd read it as a child, because I would have noticed the blatant attempts to emulate Marguerite Henry a lot less, I think. As it is, I'm ...

  • Joy H.

    Added 1/3/14.Jim of my GR group recommended this story as one of his childhood favorites. I bought it "used" online and enjoyed it very much. It's a warmly told story about a real champion horse named...

  • Marci

    I read this book when I was a young girl and loved every horse book I could get my hands on. I still remember how admirable this horse's temperament and will were. I think I might read it again!...

  • Rena Sherwood

    This was one of the most beloved books of my childhood. I think I stole a copy from my fourth grade class library (although I placed four or five of my old books out of guilt.) I either stole it or ma...

  • Jen

    Having lived in and around Louisville for a few years, and having many friends from that area, I can't not be aware of the Derby and of horse racing culture in general. So to find this story from when...

  • Sharon Leaf

    My first book that I fell in love with over 55 years ago. Each year I wrote a book report about Old Bones and I still have the original book....

  • E.

    I MUST reread this. I now remember loving it as a young girl; had forgotten it until I went sleuthing through Goodreads' "recommendations" list. ...

  • JTownsend

    The story is based on Exterminator, an exemplary race horse that lived from 1915-1945. I liked the underdog theme. Exterminator was homely. " He was an awkward looking animal, with bones jutting angu...

  • Tania

    Based on the true story of Exterminator, one of the greatest race horses of all time, Old Bones the Wonder Horse tells its tale from Exterminator's point of view. Beginning with a summary of the lackl...