Classic Lives: The Education of a Racehorse

Classic Lives The Education of a Racehorse Classic Lives is a book for all animal lovers It tells the story of the first three years in the lives of seven racehorses bred according to an age old pattern to run in one of the greatest of all ho

  • Title: Classic Lives: The Education of a Racehorse
  • Author: Caroline Silver
  • ISBN: 9780151181308
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Classic Lives is a book for all animal lovers It tells the story of the first three years in the lives of seven racehorses, bred according to an age old pattern to run in one of the greatest of all horse races the English Derby At birth, their chances seem equal Laureate, Bikini, She Wolf, Gamecourt, Rainhill, Mountain Call, and Indolent were all bred by the Earl of DeClassic Lives is a book for all animal lovers It tells the story of the first three years in the lives of seven racehorses, bred according to an age old pattern to run in one of the greatest of all horse races the English Derby At birth, their chances seem equal Laureate, Bikini, She Wolf, Gamecourt, Rainhill, Mountain Call, and Indolent were all bred by the Earl of Derby They were trained by the same people, fed the same food, and in many cases ridden by the same jockey Yet when the time came to run, their racing personalities showed marked differences Some emerged cocksure, competitive, and temperamental others were kindly but too retiring ever to be good racehorses one was so gentle, so lacking in confidence, that he lost even the battle for life The research for Classic Lives was unique Caroline Silver lived with these horses She was present at their births She has ridden them, groomed them, and seen them through every phase of their growth In this engrossing book she carries the reader behind the scenes of the fascinating, exclusive, and heart warming world of thoroughbred racing.

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    1. Seven foals each bred to enter the English Derby and other Classic races are followed as they develop during their first three years. From the start I felt that the fillies were not taken as seriously as the colts. This of course is because a prime stallion can cover many mares expensively in a season while a similarly winning mare will have two foals in three years on average. So sex determined their treatment and some of the fillies never even raced, retired to stud, while the pressure was on [...]

    2. I read this first as a teenager & it both fascinated & shocked me. The wastage of top class, highly bred thoroughbreds was very sad. Of the horses followed two died prematurely of illnesses & a third was retired to stud early due to a heart abnormality.The book is very engaging & you want to read what happens to the horses. It was published in the early 1970s & a lot has changed in the racing & breeding industry since & not all good, that's for sure.It is a sympatheti [...]

    3. Wow, I checked this out of the library so many times when I was a kid. Props to Martha for finding it again for me in Virtual Cat!

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