Ah, the first Saturday in May – the Run for the Roses.
The Kentucky Derby brings back so many memories for this horse-loving kid. I wanted to be the first female jockey to sit astride a mighty force at Churchill Downs. Alas, that dream never came true, but it gave me every reason to read every book imaginable about the race.
After the Derby today, think about checking out a few of these horse stories – some for the young, and some for, well, the dreamers who imagined themselves waving at the crowd from the back of a winner.
Horse Of A Different Color
by Jim Squiires
The odds of making it to the Kentucky Derby with a horse in the winner’s circle are about 35,000-to-1. Jim Squires, editor of The Chicago Tribune set out to do that and accomplished it with Monarchos, a steel gray colt. This non–fiction book tells the story of the horse and his owner – “a talke of breeding geniuses, dominant females and the fastest derby winner since Secretariat.”
The Black Stallion’s Filly
by Walter Farley
If you grew up reading horse books you probably devoured all of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion books. The Black can win any race – can the first filly born to the famous stallion win the Kentucky Derby? Against the colts?
by Bill Doolittle
If you want to show off your love for Thoroughbreds and the Derby in a book of spectacular photographs, get this lovely book. From mint juleps to the winner’s circle, the photos in this book cover it all.
by Colonel Joe Nickell
Throwing a Kentucky Derby Party? Here’s the recipe for the race’s famous drink, but a whole lot more. You’ll find a map of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the history of the drink and tips on garnishing and serving the drink.
by Alexa Bloom
Don’t think the Kentucky Derby doesn’t have a romance based on the annual run for the roses. Blake and Tatum face all kind of race horse-related challenges, all while trying to train and win with a Kentucky Thoroughbred.