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  • Title: The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event
  • Author: James C. Nicholson Chris McCarron
  • ISBN: 9780813135762
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Each year on the first Saturday in May, the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high stakes excitement of the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby No American sporting event can claim the history, tradition, or pageantry that the Kentucky Derby holds For than 130 years, spectators have been fascinated by the magnifEach year on the first Saturday in May, the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high stakes excitement of the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby No American sporting event can claim the history, tradition, or pageantry that the Kentucky Derby holds For than 130 years, spectators have been fascinated by the magnificent horses that run the Louisville track Thoroughbreds such as Secretariat and Barbaro have earned instant international fame, along with jockeys such as Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte, and Calvin Borel The Kentucky Derby How the Run for the Roses Became America s Premier Sporting Event calls this great tradition to post and illuminates its history and culture.Rising from its humble beginnings as an American variation of England s Epsom Derby, the Kentucky Derby became a centerpiece of American sports and the racing industry, confirming Kentucky s status as the Horse Capital of the World James C Nicholson argues that the Derby, at its essence, is a celebration of a place, existing as a connection between Kentucky s mythic past and modern society The Derby is than just a horse race it is an experience enhanced by familiar traditions, icons, and images that help Derby fans to understand Kentucky and define themselves as Americans Today the Kentucky Derby continues to attract international attention from royalty, celebrities, racing fans, and those who simply enjoy an icy mint julep, a fabulous hat, and a wager on who will make it to the winner s circle.Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture, and evolution of the Kentucky Derby the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown.
    The Kentucky Derby How the Run for the Roses Became America s Premier Sporting Event Each year on the first Saturday in May the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high stakes excitement of the greatest two minutes in sports the Kentucky Derby No

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    1. Received from Netgalley for review, thank you Sports mean nothing in my life unless you count jousting, which I do I have watched part of one World Series because I really, really wanted to see the Yankees lose and one and an eighth Super Bowls the offensive coordinator for the Giants was an old friend of the family and his late lamented mother in law was one of my favorite people in the universe , and that was plenty But horse racing Oh, that s different That s horses I have loved horses since [...]

    2. I have a split recommendation on this book If you are a die hard horse racing fan who cannot get enough of it and by that I don t mean someone who bets a lot but otherwise doesn t care nor do I mean someone who attends watches the Kentucky Derby every year but otherwise can t name five other horse races , then you will probably find this book interesting, like I did If, however, you are a casual fan, or you re only interested in betting, you may as well skip this one, because it will likely bore [...]

    3. This is the perfect book to read seeing as how the Kentucky Derby is coming up this weekend It sure gets you in the right mood and amps you up for it.There is a ton of information in this book It really helps build up the history of the track and the race and the leading figures behind it Totally makes you understand what makes the race so special The writing is dense but it s never tedious It s just the right balance to keep you engaged and eager to read I loved finding all the little history [...]

    4. Nicholson seeks to answer how the Kentucky Derby became the prominent horse race in the United States, by arguing that Kentucky s dualism helps make it appeal to people across classes and races Nicholson traced the history of the Derby through its early years as it quickly rose through a few bumps to become the dominant event in the early 20th century While black jockeys dominated the early years of the derby, by the early 20th century, they had largely been forced out because of white interest [...]

    5. I got an ARC from Netgalley.In 1986, I watched my first Kentucky Derby What I knew about horse racing at that time was what was in the Black Stallion novels and the true stories related in the magnificent book Champion Horses I picked Ferdinand to win, not because I thought his odds were good he was the long shot , but because I recognized his blood line Ferdinand won Years later, I still watch the Derby, even though I prefer eventing and show jumping I like horse racing, though I view it with m [...]

    6. The Kentucky DerbyTitle The Kentucky Derby How the Run for the Roses Became America s Premier Sporting EventAuthor James C NicholsonGenre Nonfiction, history, horses, racingPublisher The University Press of KentuckyRelease date May 5, 2012Format Read Source eGalley from the publisherISBN 9780813135762Why I Read It Like many others, I was horse obsessed as a young girl I took riding lessons, collected model horses, gobbled up horse books, etc As a teenager, I faithfully watched the Derby on TV ev [...]

    7. Too often, we don t know the history of an event that we are extremely familiar with The Kentucky Derby is an annual event enjoyed across the country the first Saturday of each May People from every walk of life, every economic level, and every race enjoy the tradition and excitement The development of the event and the role it has played in American is largely forgotten James C Nicholson dives into the heart of the traditional horse racing event in his book, The Kentucky Derby How the Run for t [...]

    8. Went to Louisville and ended up at the Kentucky Derby museum where I bought this book Anyone who has never been to a horse race and knows nothing of the Derby, this is a great introduction Kentucky is a border state that joined the confederacy after the war and reinvented itself as the epitome of the south with mint juleps, Bourbon, blue grass horse farms and Kentucky Colonels The Derby was a big part of this redefinition Part high society and part rabble Horse racing was once the most popular s [...]

    9. I am a racing enthusiast Big time I am sure that in this book there are gems of info I do not know I will never get to them, though, because this book is boring And repetitive the author never uses one sentence to make a point when three all saying the same thing will do Aarrggh It s a chore to pick it up and that means I m done Moving on to Stewart O Nan and praying he doesn t disappoint me Been a few bad ones in a row.

    10. This book was a fascinating and insightful look at the world that we as Americans know so little about but watch every May Throughout the course of Nicholson s book, I not only learned about how this integral part of history formed but about Kentucky s history itself For anyone who loves horse racing or even just the Kentucky Derby

    11. A bit dry, but good read if you re looking for the history of horse racing in America, the Derby and Churchill Downs.

    12. Found the first few chapters most engaging, but then I felt like the narrative go bogged down in the chronological retelling of the story.

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