Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

Author Susan Nusser takes readers inside the excitement and suspense at one of Kentucky's biggest breeding farms. Every year, two hundred broodmares in the farm's barns give birth to the next generation of racehorses. In the eighteen months following their births, those foals will meet the world's most skilled and knowledgeable horsemen — from grooms to veterinary orthopedists — who will shape them in to the kinds of yearlings that attract the attention of the sheikhs, moguls, and magnates who prowl the yearling sales, hunting for their next Derby winner.

From the carefully calculated birth of the new crop of foals to the horses' debut at the world's premier yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky, this is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the vets, the surgeries, the long hours, and the hard work that it takes to breed a Derby hopeful. Kentucky Derby Dreams follows the lives of foals born during the 2009 foaling season and uncovers the inside drama and heartache that accompany these potential champions from the foaling barn to the sales ring. Compelling, fascinating, and fast-paced, this is a must read for anyone who's ever watched the Kentucky Derby.

Title:Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312569907
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    Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions Reviews

  • Eric

    I really wanted to like this book so I gave it several chances but I barely made it fifty pages. The problem, simply put, is that I couldn't follow the narrative. I've read thousands of books and neve...

  • Rena Sherwood

    Wow! Makes a really eye-opening look into modern Thoroughbred racing along with Stud: Adventures in Breeding. I respect Taylor Made Farms (still in existence) for allowing a warts-and-all look at thei...

  • Heather

    It's not really a story and it's not really notes taken about an event. The author's style jumps around and is overall the strangest I've ever read. I had a hard time keeping track of the dozens of pe...

  • Nathan Albright

    This book is one of those volumes that takes advantage of a period of access granted to the author by a noted horse farm in Kentucky to provide a look at how it is that thoroughbred horses are bred an...

  • Linda Hunt

    The research on this book was thorough. The author spent a lot of time in the stables, and saw first-hand how racehorses are trained. There is a lot of detailed info, and if someone were writing a res...

  • Martha

    This book was a walk down memory lane for me. I was in the thoroughbred business for a long time, starting as a hotwalker and groom at the racetrack; later my husband and I owned a farm. I found it we...

  • David Ward

    Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions by Susan Nusser (Thomas Dunne Books 2012)(636.132) focuses mainly on the breeding aspects and the treatment of early foals in the choice Ken...

  • Christine

    Susan Nusser is a writer of great fluency and intelligence. Any person interested in thoroughbred horses - whether as racehorses or creatures of great beauty - will find this insightful, well-research...

  • Kirsten

    i liked it a lot...nusser does an unbelievable job of telling the story of a huge cast of characters, both equid and human...

  • Kenneth Bell

    Good look into the unseen world of Thoroughbred racing!...