Kent Hollingsworth captures the flavor and atmosphere of the Sport of Kings in the dramatic account of the development of the Thoroughbred in Kentucky. Ranging from frontier days, when racing was conducted in open fields as horse-to-horse challenges between proud owners, to the present, when a potential Triple Crown champion may sell for millions of dollars, The Kentucky Thoroughbred considers ten outstanding stallions that dominated the shape of racing in their time as representing the many eras of Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding. No less colorful are his accounts of the owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys associated with these Thoroughbreds, a group devoted to a sport filled with high adventure and great hazards.
First published in 1976, this popular Kentucky classic has been expanded and brought up to date in this new edition.
"Hollingsworth writes with authority and a good deal of polish about an exotic industry in which Kentucky has led the world for at least a century, and about equine feats that today's horseplayers may find virtually incredible" -- Louisville Courier-Journal
"Sliding with ease and grace between accounts of the sport's greatest horses and most colorful characters, Hollingsworth gives a remarkably complete history of horse racing in America" -- Booklist