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The Kentucky Thoroughbred

Kent Hollingsworth

Publication Year: 1985

Kent Hollingsworth captures the flavor and atmosphere of the Sport of Kings in the dramatic account of the development of the Thoroughbred in Kentucky. Ranging from frontier days, when racing was conducted in open fields as horse-to-horse challenges between proud owners, to the present, when a potential Triple Crown champion may sell for millions of dollars, The Kentucky Thoroughbred considers ten outstanding stallions that dominated the shape of racing in their time as representing the many eras of Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding. No less colorful are his accounts of the owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys associated with these Thoroughbreds, a group devoted to a sport filled with high adventure and great hazards. First published in 1976, this popular Kentucky classic has been expanded and brought up to date in this new edition.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky


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pp. vii-xi

The Kentucky Thoroughbred was originally published in 1976 as part of what was aptly called the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf. The series was prompted, of course, by the nationwide observation that two hundred years had passed since a group of determined traitors to one government...

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pp. xiii-xiv

As A USUAL THING, a volume on a bicentennial bookshelf might be expected to contain some hard facts, neatly arranged in chronological order, calculated to provide a skeletal record of the development of a native industry over 200 years. ...

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pp. xv-xviii

No ATTEMPT has been made herein to designate corroborative documentation by footnotes. As a personal matter, I abhor the harsh punctuation afforded by a superior number and in my reading have developed skill in ignoring such proffered textual interruptions. ...

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pp. 1-11

COLONEL PHIL T. CHINN was the real article, a Kentucky Colonel in appearance, manner, and business profession, a player and layer in the game of racing for nearly eighty-eight years. He had a courtliness which charmed Lillian Russell...

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pp. 12-32

KENTUCKY'S association with the Thoroughbred antedates its admission as a state, even its settlement, though the connection is admittedly tenuous. In 1750 the Loyal Land Company was formed at Charlottesville, Virginia, and secured a grant of800,000 acres in the "district of Kentucke." ...

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pp. 33-54

A LAW OF GENETICS requires a return to the norm, that is, above-average individuals will tend to reproduce something less than they were, closer to the average, while inferior individuals will tend to reproduce something better, again closer to the norm. ...

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pp. 55-73

THOROUGHBRED racing and breeding today is a distinct and important industry of significant social and economic impact in the United States. During 1973 more than $339 million in state tax revenue was generated by pari-mutuel wagering on 62,264...

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pp. 74-86

KING OF THE TURF he was called. "Beyond question the most celebrated horse of the 1870s was Longfellow," declared historian Walter S. Vosburgh. "No horse of his day was a greater object of public notice. His entire career was sensational; people seemed to regard him as a superhorse." ...

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pp. 87-111

YOUNG MAN, do you own that colt?" "That depends on whether you want to buy him or attach him," replied John E. Madden. The stranger was thinking about buying. He clasped his hands behind his back and circled the horse, studying the colt which had just accomplished what no other two-year-old in Turf history had managed...

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Man o' War

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pp. 112-130

OF ALL THE great horses which have thundered over the American Turf, one towers above them all. "If I wanted him to walk, he wanted to jog," said his trainer, Louis C. Feustel. "If I wanted him to jog, he wanted to gallop. No matter what I wanted, he wanted to go faster."...

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Bold Ruler

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pp. 131-156

AT THE TOP, one is subject to chary criticism. Apparently, people do not want to recognize superlative performance without qualifying it, by noting some shortcoming. Yes, Jim Brown and O. J. Simpson could carry the ball, but they could not block. ...

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pp. 157-166

HENRY CLAY was a racing man, who ran three times for the presidency of the United States. He placed twice, was out of the money once, and was on the also-eligible list several times during his forty years in the vortex of national politics. ...

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John Henry

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pp. 167-183

JOHN HENRY was a steel-drivin' man. The legendary Paul Bunyan of railroad construction crews, John Henry was challenged more than a century ago by a gang foreman with a new-fangled steam drill. At the time, blasting bores were drilled into rock by steel-driving men using long-handled...


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pp. 184-196

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pp. 198-205

E-ISBN-13: 9780813133379
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813115474

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 1985