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The Horse God Built

Secretariat, His Groom, Their Legacy


 On Sale: 31/08/2006
 Formats:     Hardback
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Most of us know the legend of Secretariat, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honours runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse of the Year, in 1972; winner in 1973 of the Triple Crown, his times in all three races still untouched; featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated; the only horse listed on ESPN’s top 50 athletes of the 20th century. His final race at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack is a touchstone memory for horse lovers everywhere. Yet while Secretariat will forever be remembered, one man who was pivotal to the great horse’s success has been all but forgotten—until now. In The Horse God Built, bestselling equestrian writer Lawrence Scanlan has written a tribute to an exceptional man that is also a backroads journey through a corner of the racing world seldom visited.

As Secretariat’s groom, Edward “Shorty” Sweat had far more contact with the horse than anyone, and no one understood him better. Travelling through the American South, hanging about the tracks and the barns of thoroughbred racing, Scanlan reveals a skilled and much loved black man of the old South, who had a consuming fatherly passion and dedication to “his” horse. We see the racing world through the eyes of a man who died in poverty, his standing-room-only funeral packed with friends and family—yet unattended by the other principals in Secretariat’s life. We hear colourful backstretch anecdotes about Eddie and Secretariat from coworkers, jockeys, trainers and owners, all contributing not just to one man’s story, but to a portrait of a powerful bond between human and horse.


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Critical Praise for The Horse God Built

"Once again Larry Scanlan has written an informative and thoroughly interesting book. This time it is about one of the greatest athletes of the past century, the incomparable thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat, and his relationship with his companion and groom throughout his illustrious career. This well-researched book is a must for readers who are fans of the horse, but if you just want a good read, you're going to love this animal/human interest story."
— Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses
Reader Reviews from FirstLook

I really enjoyed this book! You could feel the unconditional love that "Shorty" had for Secretariat. I do believe that a bond between animal and human can be as strong as one between human and human....maybe even stronger
— Genevieve (Morinville, AB)

ISBN: 9780002007931; ISBN10: 0002007932; On Sale: 31/08/2006; Format: Hardback; Trimsize: ; Pages: 304; $34.95; Ages: 1 and Up

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