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Sham Great Was Second Best : A Brave Bay's Rivalry with the Legendary Secretariat,9780984217335

Sham Great Was Second Best : A Brave Bay's Rivalry with the Legendary Secretariat



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In early 1973, a sleek, sturdy bay named Sham was winning races by impressive margins as great as fifteen lengths. After defeating the mighty Secretariat in the Wood Memorial, many turf writers were touting Sham as the Kentucky Derby favorite. The stage was set for Sham-mania to sweep the country at a time when the nation needed a hero. But it was Secretariat who won over the nation. The chestnut colt known affectionately as Big Red, running under the white and blue silks of Meadow Stable, was the embodiment of the American flag. Despite impressive victories and record-breaking performances, Sham's popularity paled in comparison. If Secretariat were America's horse, Sham might well have been everyman's horse, a working-class hero who couldn't get the recognition he deserved. This is the other side of the story of Secretariat's famous Triple Crown season and of his remarkable challenger who found that great was only second best.

Table of Contents

Copyrightsp. iv
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prologuep. 4
Nearly Decked at the Derbyp. 10
Best of the Lotp. 21
First Time on the Ovalp. 30
Early Days on the Farmp. 37
Trainer Tries Againp. 61
A Change of Orderp. 69
Last Chance for the Two-Year-Oldp. 79
Sham's New Stablep. 85
Go West, Young Horsep. 96
A Derby Winner in this Field?p. 104
Best Ever Three-Year-Oldp. 116
Pincay Choosesp. 122
Rival in the East, Challenge in the Westp. 131
The Field Takes Shapep. 144
High Pressure Before the Stormp. 151
Rivals Finally Meetp. 162
Other Contendersp. 174
Prep for the Rosesp. 185
It's Officialp. 190
The Day Arrivesp. 201
The Derby Dust Settlesp. 214
Round Two in Baltimorep. 220
Facing the Phantom of Pimlicop. 229
Daisies on Old Hilltopp. 238
Broken Record and Broken Clock?p. 251
The Test of Championsp. 261
Sham Refuses to Yield the Crownp. 271
Battling a Tremendous Machinep. 283
All Over but the Shoutingp. 297
Sham's Biggest Challengep. 304
Adding to the Princequillo Legacyp. 314
Bibliographyp. 325
Endnotesp. 361
About the Authorp. 415
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