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Kentucky Derby : the chance of a lifetime
Hirsch, Joe.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1988]

Physical Description:
281 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
"A Chanticleer Press edition"--P. [10]

Includes index.
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Format :

On Order



The story (past and present) of the Derby in eleven photographic chapters with 343 color pictures and accompanying text. For buffs. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This celebration of America's greatest horse race offers a bone-deep appreciation of how, through the course of 116 years, the two minutes of the Kentucky Derby have come to be the focal point of every racing season. The book is neither a comprehensive history of the derby nor a totally reliable reference work, though it is indexed. It is rather an attempt to capture the spirit of the Run for the Roses through fact, anecdote, and a stunning array of some 343 color photographs. As such, it succeeds brilliantly. Turning to any page, the reader is regaled with stories of the legendary horses who have competed on the first Saturday of May and of their invariably colorful human connections. The book is thus ideally suited for browsing. The lively text and the lush scenes and heart-thumping action depicted in the photographs are sure to convince anyone with a drop of sporting blood of this essential truth, as expressed by Irvin S. Cobb: until you have been to Churchill Downs and seen the Kentucky Derby, ``you ain't never been nowheres and never seen nothin.'' DSD. 798.4'3 Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky / Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky-Pictorial works / Louisville (Kentucky)-Description-Views [CIP] 87-27584

Library Journal Review

Close-up photographs showing all aspects of the Kentucky Derby, often in full-page sequential action shots, lend a particular excitement to this book and make the reader feel right on the scene. The text begins with the foaling of possible candidates (of 40,000 eligible thoroughbreds, only 20 actually gain the chance to compete) and follows the horses through yearling auctions, training, and the minutest details of Derby day, leading with clockwork precision up to the winning moment. Concurrently, the past 100 years of Derby history is also told. Recommmended. Joanne K. Hammond, formerly with Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Mont Alto (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.