Battleship by Dorothy Ours
A Daring Heiress, A Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse

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She ably evokes a time when horse racing was not only the sport of kings, but captured the global imagination of millions. For horse-racing fans, an adequate follow-up to the author’s previous book...
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The moving story of a tough little horse, a gifted boy, and a woman ahead of her time.

The youngest jockey, the smallest horse, and an unconventional heiress who disliked publicizing herself. Together, near Liverpool, England, they made a leap of faith on a spring day in 1938: overriding the jockey's father, trusting the boy and the horse that the British nicknamed the "American pony" to handle a race course that newspapers called "Suicide Lane." There, Battleship might become the first American racer to win England's monumental, century-old Grand National steeplechase. His rider, Great Britain's Bruce Hobbs, was only 17 years old.

Hobbs started life with an advantage: his father, Reginald, was a superb professional horseman. But Reg Hobbs also made extreme demands, putting Bruce in situations that horrified the boy's mother and sometimes terrified the child. Bruce had to decide just how brave he could stand to be.


On the other side of the Atlantic, the enigmatic Marion duPont grew up at the estate now known as James Madison's Montpelier—the refuge of America's "Father of the Constitution." Rejecting her chance to be a debutante, denied a corporate role because of her gender, Marion chose a pursuit where horses spoke for her. Taking on the world's toughest race, she would leave her film star husband, Randolph Scott, a continent away and be pulled beyond her own control. With its reach from Lindbergh's transatlantic flight to Cary Grant's Hollywood, Battleship is an epic tale of testing your true worth.

 

About Dorothy Ours

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DOROTHY OURS is a racing authority who worked for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She is the author of Man O' War, the runner-up for the inaugural Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, established to honor the best racing-related books published each year. She has written articles for racing publications and served as a John H. Daniels Research Fellow at the National Sporting Library studying Battleship—the first steeplechase project funded by this program. She lives in New Jersey.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 369 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Sports & Outdoors, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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She ably evokes a time when horse racing was not only the sport of kings, but captured the global imagination of millions. For horse-racing fans, an adequate follow-up to the author’s previous book...

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