Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown
His wins inspired the ultimate chase for greatness in American horse racing and established an elite group that would grow to include legends like Citation, Secretariat, and American Pharoah. After a series of dynamic wins in 1920, popular opinion tapped Sir Barton as the best challenger for the wonder horse Man o' War, and demanded a match race to settle once and for all which horse was the greatest. That duel would cement the reputation of one horse for all time and diminish the reputation of the other for the next century—until now.
Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown is the first book to focus on Sir Barton, his career, and his historic impact on horse racing. Author Jennifer S. Kelly uses extensive research and historical sources to examine this champion's life and achievements. Kelly charts how Sir Barton broke track records, scored victories over other champions, and sparked the yearly pursuit of Triple Crown glory. This book reveals the legacy of Sir Barton and his seminal contributions to Thoroughbred racing one hundred years after his pioneering achievement.
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"More than a decade after Sir Barton swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont in 1919—an impressive winning streak in its own right—the American Triple Crown was finally born. But it was too late for Sir Barton. Lacking contemporaneous recognition for a feat that years later would command worldwide attention every spring, Sir Barton today is remembered as much for losing a famous match race to Man o' War as for winning the first Triple Crown. Now, a century after Sir Barton's sweep of the classics, Kelly sets the record straight about a horse history has largely forgotten. Matching meticulous research with imminently readable prose, Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown finally establishes the horse's place in history."—Milton C. Toby, author of Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing's Most Famous Cold Case
"It's a most timely work, coming on the heels of two recent Triple Crown winners. Kelly has captured the enthusiasm of the racing world of that era and brought it to life, revealing the source of America's fascination with the accomplishment while providing inspiration to racing fans everywhere. I would consider Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown required reading for all Thoroughbred fans, especially those with an interest in the history of the sport."—John Perrotta, author of Racetracker: Life with Grifters and Gamblers
"Jennifer Kelly's Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown answers a key question: Who was the first Triple Crown winner? With terrific detail from Sir Barton's Kentucky beginnings to his Wyoming end, Kelly gives us a thorough life of this overshadowed champion. Here, finally, is the book this remarkable athlete deserves."—Eliza McGraw, author of Here Comes Exterminator! The Longshot Horse, the Great War, and the Making of an American Hero
"Whether you discovered Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in the 21st century with Justify and American Pharoah, or remember the 1970s golden age with Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed, or even recall our 1940s and 1930s heroes—try flying back to the start. Bringing Sir Barton out from the shadows, Jennifer Kelly restores him to a richly-deserved spotlight."—Dorothy Ours, author of Man o' War
"[Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown] provides an emotive and interesting picture of the racing times of Sir Barton and the people around him."—Paulick Report
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