The Great Match Race by John Eisenberg
When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle

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The Great Match Race is a captivating account of America's first sports spectacle, a horse race that pitted North against South in three grueling heats. On a bright afternoon in May 1823, an unprecedented sixty thousand people showed up to watch two horses run the equivalent of nine Kentucky Derbys in a few hours' time. Eclipse was the majestic champion representing the North, and Henry, an equine arriviste, was the pride of the South. Their match race would come to represent a watershed moment in American history, crystallizing the differences that so fundamentally divided the country. The renowned sportswriter John Eisenberg captures all the pulse-pounding drama and behind-the-scenes tensions in a page-turning mix of history, horse racing, and pure entertainment.

About John Eisenberg

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JOHN EISENBERG was an award-winning sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun for two decades and is the author of seven books, most recently My Guy Barbaro, cowritten with jockey Edgar Prado, and The Great Match Race. He has written for Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and Details, among other publications.
Published April 5, 2007 by Mariner Books. 280 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The first large-scale U.S. horse race between the rivaling North and South, promoted as a contest of speed versus stamina (or “bottom,” in turf parlance).

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Eclipse and Sir Henry would race four miles, rest for a half-hour and go right back to the racing oval for a second race, and then a third if necessary.

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