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APR 2012

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138 REASONS WE LOVE DERBY YOU'VE PRINTED out the lyrics for "My Old Kentucky Home," and you know (more or less) how long a furlong is. You've ordered a country ham and you've polished the julep cups. You've even managed to keep track of Derby prep results, and, if asked, you think you might have a favorite. But now your houseguests from Winnipeg WWW.HELPKOSAIRCHILDRENSHOSPITAL.COM are asking all kinds of questions: Who was the youngest jockey to win a Derby? What's an exotic wager? Tey're curious: What happens on the backside? Who was the greatest horse ever — Seabiscuit or Secretariat? Affirmed or Alydar? What you need is a good, informative book to read while you sip that mint julep. Herewith follows a select bibliography of Derby "must-reads" from three local experts: Billy Reed, executive scholar in residence at Georgetown College, three-time Eclipse Award winner and the author of two books on racing, Toroughbred: Te Celebration of a Breed (1989) and My Favorite Derby Stories (2003); Jill Byrne, director of on-air communications at Churchill Downs as well as handicapper and racing analyst, who's currently writ- ing a book about her life and experiences in this industry; and Lynn Renau, historian and former curator of the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the author of Racing Around Kentucky (1995), later repub- lished as Jockeys, Belles and Bluegrass Kings. For a gripping story of heart and horses, We Board Dogs, Cats and Exotics Training Classes For All Levels Dog Day Out (Daycare Our Way) Grooming For Dogs Visitors are always welcome so stop by and see us! "Like" us on WWW.ALMOSTHOMEBOARDINGANDTRAINING.COM AlmostHomeBoardingAndTraining.com 1219 Dorsey Lane | 502.384.8484 [58] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.12 both Reed and Byrne recommend Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit (2002), "the story of the little underdog who traveled the coun- try and overcame all kinds of obstacles and setbacks," says Byrne. For Reed, that book, as well as Big Red of Meadow Stable: Secretar- iat, Te Making of a Champion (1975), by William Nack, are "as good as it gets." Byrne also recommends Barbaro: Te Horse Who Captured America's Heart (2007), by Sean Clancy, which demonstrates "why we all love these animals and the industry so much." Renau says she was "so unsatisfied with the racing histories available in the 1990s" that she wrote one to provide "a total reference to the history of Toroughbred pedigree, the culture of gambling, (Louisville high-society queen) Sally Ward, African-American contributions to the sport, farriers, jockeys, Kentucky reci- pes, backside etiquette, Derby memorabilia and Matt Winn." She gave a thumbs-up to A Kingdom for the Horse (1999), by William Preston Mangum II, which correctly identifies

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