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Another List of Books on Horse Racing and Horses: The Thoroughbred Heritage Bibliography

October 14, 2011

I found a very extensive list of books on thoroughbreds, horse racing, breeding, and more, somewhat hidden on the Thoroughbred Heritage website. Titled Recommended Reading, the list contains quite a number of books that are in the collection that I have for sale. Thoroughbred Heritage is sponsored by The National Sporting Library, a research center for horse and field sports, and contains information on breeding lines, portraits, genetics, and more.

The National Sporting Library just opened a museum, in historic Middleburg, Virginia. They also have an interesting page on their website for Book and Film Reviews. Both the Thoroughbred Heritage website and The National Sporting Library have lots of information on the horse and are worth a look.

As for Thoroughbred Heritage’s extensive bibliography, I have 57 books on the list and have already sold 14 others. Even reading their titles gives a good overall impression of the depth and breadth of books on thoroughbreds, racing, and breeding. Here are the 57 I currently have:

1         Backyard Race Horse: The Training Manual; A Comprehensive off-track program for owners and trainers., by Janet Del Castillo with Lois Schwartz, 1996 (3rd edition)

2        Bloodstock Breeding, by Sir Charles Leicester, 1957 (fifth reprint, with revisions) (also 1983 version)

3        (Cassell’s) Book of the Horse: (Thorough-bred, Half-bred, Cart-bred), Saddle and Harness, British and Foreign, with hints on horsemanship; the management of the stable; breeding, breaking, and training for the road, the park, and the field, by Samuel Sidney, 1879 (very rare)

4        Bred to Run: The Making of a Thoroughbred, by Mike Helm, 1993 (2 copies)

5        Breeding To Race, by Sir Rhys Llewellyn, 1964

6        The Brigadier: The Story of Brigadier Gerard, by John Hislop, 1973

7        British Racing Prints, 1700-1940, by Charles Lane, 1990

8        The Byerley Turk: Three Centuries of the Tail Male Racing Lines, by K.M. Haralambos, 1990

9        The Classic Racehorse, by Peter Willett, 1989

10        Dark Horse: Unravelling the Mystery of Nearctic, by Muriel Lennox, 2001.

11        Development of Successful Thoroughbred Sire Lines in England and France, by Achille de Biase, 1961

12        Dr. Fager: Thoroughbred Legends, by Steve Haskin, 2000

13        Dynasties; Great Thoroughbred Stallions, by Edward L. Bowen, 2000

14        English Racing Stables, by Andrew Sim, 1993

15        Estes Formula for Breeding Stakes Winners, by Joseph A. Estes, 1998

16        Famous Running Horses, Their Forebears and Descendants, by Colonel John F. Wall, 1949

17        The First Century: Daily Racing Form Chronicles 100 years of Thoroughbred Racing, by Joe Hirsch, 1996

18        Fred Archer: His Life and Times, by John Welcome, 1967

19        Great Breeders & Their Methods, by Abram S Hewitt

20        Great Racehorses of the World, by Roger Mortimer and Peter Willett, 1969

21        A History of the English Turf 1904-1930: Supplementary to the History of the English Turf by Sir T.A. Cook, Volumes 1 and 2, by Captain T.H. Browne, 1931 (2 books)

22        The Horse Traders; Inside the billion dollar breeding industry that rules racing today, by Steven Crist, 1986

23        Hyperion, Introduced by The Earl of Derby and edited by Clive Graham, 1967 (first edition) (2 copies)

24        In Search of Shergar, by Colin Turner, 1984

25        International Stallions and Studes: The Founders of Modern World Racing, By Michael Seth-Smith, 1974

26        An Introduction to the Thoroughbred, by Peter Willett, 1975

27        Joe Taylor’s Complete Guide to Breeding and Raising Racehorses: Advice from America’s Master Horseman, by Joseph Lannon Taylor, 1993

28        Man O’War, by Page Cooper and Roger L. Treat, 1950 (first edition)

29        More Great Racehorses of the World, by Roger Mortimer and Peter Willett, 1972

30        My Story, by Sir Gordon Richards, 1955

31        The Names They Give Them, compiled by J.B. Faulconer, edited by Jim and Suzanne Bolus, 1998

32        Nashua: Racing’s High-Society Horse (Thoroughbred Legends series, #8), by Edward L. Bowen, 2001

33        Nijinsky: Blue Riband Sire, by Lesley I. Sampson, 1985

34        Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy, by Muriel Lennox, 1995 (3 copies, including one with a Publisher’s bookplate stuck to inside front cover, with the signature: “Marianna Haun,” who analyzed and wrote about Northern Dancer in her second book on the X-factor)

35        Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1960-1980, compiled by Martin Pickering and Michael Ross, 1981

36        Reflections in a Silver Spoon: A Memoir, by Paul Mellon with John Baskett, 1992

37        The Science of Bloodstock Breeding, by B. Vijay, 1991

38        Secretariat, by Raymond G. Woolfe, 1998 (signed)

39        Sires of Winners: The stallion side of breeding and racing, by Richard C Templer, 1949

40        A Sound of Horses: The world of racing from Eclipse to Kelso, by David Alexander, 1966 (first edition)

41        Spectacular Bid: Racing’s Horse of Steel (Thoroughbred Legends series, #9), by Timothy T. Capps, 2001

42        Stud: Adventures in Breeding, by Kevin Conley, 2002

43        Sunday Silence: Racing’s Hard Luck Hero (Thoroughbred Legends series, #12), by Ray Paulick, 2001

44        The Tesio Myth, Frank Varola, 1984 (first edition)

45        The Tesios as I Knew Them, by Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, 1940 (signed, inscribed)

46        That’s Racing, edited by Peter O’Sullevan and Sean Magee, forward by HRH The Princess Royal, 1996

47        Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehourses of the 20th Century, by The Staff of Blood-Horse Publications, 1999

48        Thoroughbred Pedigrees Simplified, by Miles Napier, 1973 (hard cover)

49        Thoroughbred Studs of Great Britain, by Alan Yuill Walker, 1991

50        Thoroughbred Style: Racing dynasties – the horses, the owners, the studs, by Anne Lambton and John Offen, with a foreword by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Derby M.C.

51        Thoroughbred Types 1900-1925: Race Horses, Steeplechasers, Hunters, and Polo Ponies, by W.S. Vosburgh and others, 1926, edition of 250, of which this is #97.

52        Training Thoroughbred Horses, by Preston M. Burch, 1976

53        Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Racehorses, by Carl A. Nafzger, 1994

54        Treasures of the Bloodstock Breeders’ Review, by Miles Napier and Leon Rasmussen, 199o (2 copies)

55        Vincent O’Brien’s Great Horses, by Ivor Herbert and Jacqueline O’Brien, 1984

56        Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America’s Premier Racing Dynasty, by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach, 1995

57        The X Factor: What It Is & How to Find It: The Relationship Between Inherited Heart Size and Racing Performance, by Marianna Haun, 1997 (new and signed, on publisher’s bookplate)

Here are the ones that have already sold:

1        Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of the 20th Century’s Greatest Thoroughbreds

2        Cherry and Black: The Career of Mr. Pierre Lorillard on the Turf (first edition), by Walter Spencer Vosburgh, 1916

3        The Functional Development of the Thoroughbred 

4        Horsetrader; Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings, by Patrick Robinson with Nick Robinson, 1994 (2 copies)

5        Lightning in a Jar (new), by W. Cothran Campbell and D. Wayne Lukas, 2000

6        Seabiscuit: Special Illustrated Collector’s Edition: An American Legend (new)

7        Shergar and the Aga Khan’s Thoroughbred Empire, by Richard Baerlein, 1985

8        Story of Kelso, 1965

9        Sunny Jim: The life of America’s most beloved horseman James Fitzsimmons, by Jimmy Breslin, 1962

10       Thoroughbred Breeding: Notes and Comments, by Mordaunt Milner, 1987

11        A Treatise on Thoroughbred Selection, by Donald Lesh, 1940

12        Understanding the Power of the X Factor: Patterns of Heart Score and Performance, by Marianna Haun, 2001

13        Upgrading Thoroughbred Families: Using the Guidelines Laid Down By Federico Tesio, by Jack Glengarry, 1995

14        The Will to Win: Ron Turcotte’s Ride to Glory, by Bill Heller, with Ron Turcotte, SIGNED by Ron Turcotte, 1992

I find these lists fascinating. Unless I find another list, this might be the last post on lists, and I’ll continue to post on specific books instead. Any requests?

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