- Paperback | 176 pages
- 160.02 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
- 01 Sep 1978
- Rand McNally & Co ,U.S.
- Skokie, IL, United States
Those children who like sad stories ... those who like true stories ... those who love horse stories ... will all find satisfaction in Marguerite Henry's life story of Black Gold, that real stallion who won the fiftieth anniversary of the Run for the Roses at Kentucky Derby. His owner, Al Hoots, bought U-see-it, Black Gold's mother, naively entered her in a claiming race, then threatened to shoot an agent who took advantage of a gentleman's agreement not to buy her. Hoots was barred from race tracks; U-see-it was struck from the Thoroughbred Registry. But her foal, Black Gold, sired by Black Toney, was admitted to the Register, became the raison-d'etre of Hanley Webb, his bald-headed, lonely, bow-legged, elderly trainer and of J.D. Mooney the teen aged jockey who coaxed the spirited stallion down the track to glory. But after success in the Derby, Black Gold developed a quarter crack in her foot. Without an operation there could be no more victory wreaths. J.D. rooted for the operation; Webb blocked it - lived to regret it when the horse's ankle snapped at Churchill Downs. A winner this. (Kirkus Reviews)show more