Kentucky Derby Dreams by Susan Nusser

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An absorbing look inside the daily lives of both the people and animals powering the exciting world of thoroughbred racing.
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Author Susan Nusser takes readers inside the excitement and suspense at one of Kentucky’s biggest breeding farms. Every year, two hundred broodmares in the farm’s barns give birth to the next generation of racehorses.  In the eighteen months following their births, those foals will meet the world’s most skilled and knowledgeable horsemen — from grooms to veterinary orthopedists — who will shape them in to the kinds of yearlings that attract the attention of the sheikhs, moguls, and magnates who prowl the yearling sales, hunting for their next Derby winner.

 

From the carefully calculated birth of the new crop of foals to the horses' debut at the world’s premier yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky, this is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the vets, the surgeries, the long hours, and the hard work that it takes to breed a Derby hopeful. Kentucky Derby Dreams follows the lives of foals born during the 2009 foaling season and uncovers the inside drama and heartache that accompany these potential champions from the foaling barn to the sales ring.  Compelling, fascinating, and fast-paced, this is a must read for anyone who’s ever watched the Kentucky Derby.


 

About Susan Nusser

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SUSAN NUSSER is the author of In Service to the Horse, which explored the bond that develops between one of Kentucky's most valuable stallions and his groom and between other competition horses and their grooms. She teaches writing at Carroll University and lives in Milwaukee with her husband, daughters, cats and a pit bull.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 285 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

An absorbing look inside the daily lives of both the people and animals powering the exciting world of thoroughbred racing.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Apr 30 2012

The book is jam-packed with the nitty-gritty, which unfortunately derails a larger compelling narrative.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by T. Shapiro on Apr 27 2012

Nusser’s book, however, is not for the uninitiated... Those who don’t know colic from colostrum or pinhookers from pasterns may want to skip it.

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Above average
Reviewed by Wes Lukowsky on Mar 23 2014

It’s a compassion sadly lacking in much of the rest of the business world. A compelling look at the sport of kings.

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