The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the Worlds Greatest Racehorse

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I remember watching Secretariat race during his triple crown races and marveling at his speed and greatness, but this is the first book I have read about his uniqueness. I am especially interested in horses, so this book was of special interest to me, but I believe that it would be so even if you do not have this special interest in the horse.

This is a love story of sorts between a Great Horse and a Great Groom. Eddie Sweat respected and loved Secretariat so much that I'm sure he was a huge par I remember watching Secretariat race during his triple crown races and marveling at his speed and greatness, but this is the first book I have read about his uniqueness. Eddie Sweat respected and loved Secretariat so much that I'm sure he was a huge part of the winning combination that brought us the greatness we witnessed in This is also a sad story about the way everyone except the owners and trainers in the racing field are pretty much treated with disdain and disrespect — even the horses, unless they are winning.

And in doing so, "A great horse passed thru him. He loved Secretariat and Secretariat loved him. The decision to separate them I do not understand. Jan 30, Mackay rated it really liked it Shelves: Secretariat was and is a passion.


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I suppose one had to be to-the-bone horse mad from birth, and live in that particular time, with high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House, the morass in Vietnam ending as one might expect This book, while it shares that passion see the subtitle, World's Greatest Racehorse, which spurs the questions, Man O' War? His story, and the story of the real world of horse racing not what happens on the track but what happens in the barns is illuminating, wrenching, and deeply human.

Dec 19, Randi rated it really liked it Shelves: Raymond Woolfe has written the definitive book on Secretariat, but Scanlan uncovers the untold side of the great horse's story with his examination of his relationship with his groom, Eddie "Shorty" Sweat. The key is not to let the book's title mislead you; the phrase "The horse God built" is used in the book as a description of the horse, that's all.

Though a bit scattered and jerky at times in its narrative, Scanlan writes with such feeling that it's easy to forgive him for not being Laura Hi Raymond Woolfe has written the definitive book on Secretariat, but Scanlan uncovers the untold side of the great horse's story with his examination of his relationship with his groom, Eddie "Shorty" Sweat.

Though a bit scattered and jerky at times in its narrative, Scanlan writes with such feeling that it's easy to forgive him for not being Laura Hillenbrand author of "Seabiscuit" - an amazing read for its historical value alone. By documenting firsthand accounts of Secretariat and Eddie Sweat both long dead , Scanlan preserves a significant chunk of American history for us in clear, detailed journalistic fashion and for that, I thank him. Jul 09, Melinda rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is about an unusual side of horse racing, the relationship between the horse and the groom.

Many books have been written about him, about his breeder, his owner, his jockey, and his amazing racing career. But nothing has ever been written about Eddie Sweat, Secretariat's groom.

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Eddie Sweat loved, nurtured, fed, bathed, protected, and nursed Secretariat. It is an interesting question to ask, "how much This book is about an unusual side of horse racing, the relationship between the horse and the groom. It is an interesting question to ask, "how much of Secretariat's success was due to the extraordinary care he got from Eddie Sweat?

No doubt much more than he got credit for.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horses, and who is interested in the special relationship a horse and a man can develop. May 02, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: I bought this book a year ago, and only after the Kentucky Derby did I decide it was time to pick it up. I'm a huge Thoroughbred racing enthusiast, and after such a great Derby I figured I should read about arguably the greatest racehorse of all time. I really loved this book.

You so rarely think about the grooms and their contribution to the sport, but they're so important.

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The Horse God Built by Lawrence Scanlan

I thought this was a to I bought this book a year ago, and only after the Kentucky Derby did I decide it was time to pick it up. I thought this was a touching tribute to grooms everywhere. Even though not all the anecdotes in this book were about Secretariat, I really enjoyed seeing a side of racing portrayed that isn't often put into the light.

Sep 26, Randy Daugherty rated it really liked it. It's the 70's, we are still reeling from Vietnam and the scandals rocking Washington,and along comes a champion in the form of a big red horse, Secretariat. The only horse listed in ESPN's top fifty athletes of the twentieth century. Stories had been written about the owners, jockeys and the horse himself.

Scanlan sets out to write another book about the great horse but instead gets another thought as he learns of all those involved with Secretariat.

He instead decides to tell the story of the on It's the 70's, we are still reeling from Vietnam and the scandals rocking Washington,and along comes a champion in the form of a big red horse, Secretariat. He instead decides to tell the story of the one who knew him best of all his groomsman Eddie Sweat. We learn of the great bond between the two and of the horses expectations of having Eddie close by and the routine that often was set by the horse instead of others. Eddie always but for one episode got nothing but the best from the big horse , who would do anything Eddie wanted. Eddie would just say love the horse and the horse would love you.

We learn of those who photographed, painted, measured his stride and all who wondered and marveled at the big red running machine. For in fact Secretariat looked forward and expected to run, this wasn't work but fun for him, even after all he had accomplished Eddie and others would say he was just coming into himself. Even after his death the interest remains high for this truly one of a kind, memorials, and shrines, to those who try to keep the bloodline going, to once again recreate "The Horse that God Built" This is a story for those who enjoy the racing and want the back story, for those who enjoy horse stories,and for those who remember fondly the bond they shared with that one special horse.

It is a story of the great horse as well as all those who came into his life, of human character, and of coarse the bond between human and animal. Secretariat was truly one of a kind and none since have come close to the bug red horse, let's hope his story is always told and remembered. Jul 02, kathy rated it liked it. So far, it's been OKAY. I'd rather read about the horse than about the groom. I couldn't put them down. This one I can put down Just one day later and I've completed a This book, once I stopped having expectations of it being a tale of Secretariat and stopped being disappointed at it not being a tale of Secretariat, opened my eyes to the author's purpose o So far, it's been OKAY.

This book, once I stopped having expectations of it being a tale of Secretariat and stopped being disappointed at it not being a tale of Secretariat, opened my eyes to the author's purpose of the book, which is to tell the "Untold Story of Secretariat. Despite the darkside, the dark stories of horses like Ruffian who break down on the track, and the controversy over racing horses on too hard surfaces, overworking them, breeding them for speed rather than endurance , and starting them when they are too young, the race world is full of people that love horses, horses that love to run, and a public waiting for that next Secretariat or Man O'War.

The Horse God Built

The author's journey in writing this book resulted in a social commentary about the division between the haves and have nots, a comparison between a grooms relationship to the success of a horse from Man O'War and Ruffian to Big Ben , and the only truth that results, that these great horses were legends and heroes to the public at the time and place they ruled the racetrack and for enduring fans in the present and future.

You can debate whether Secretariat or Man o' War was the greatest Thoroughbred of the 20th century for years. That's not what Lawrence Scanlan does in this book. This book is about the relationship of one man and one horse: Edward "Shorty" Sweat and Secretariat. Eddie Sweat was Secretariat's groom from the time he began racing as a two-year-old until the day Big Red the horse's nickname was sent to the paddocks of Claiborne Farm as a stud-horse. Sweat lived and breathed, ate and slept that hors You can debate whether Secretariat or Man o' War was the greatest Thoroughbred of the 20th century for years.

Sweat lived and breathed, ate and slept that horse, and I believe, as does Scanlan, that a lot of Secretariat's success was due to that man's dedication to the big horse he called his "baby. Scanlan is a horse person, and that comes across so clearly in his books about horses. This is a must-read for anyone who remembers Secretariat, or who just loves horses and the people who love them. Jun 25, Kerrilynn Pamer added it. This book isn't really well written but I"m enjoying the story only because Secretariat is such an amazing animal.

I think only horse people would have interest in this one as it's not particularly well written. Jul 19, Kristen Coffin rated it really liked it Shelves: It has to do with the curvature of their bodies. Their sleek shape, their softness. What sells the horse is the beauty. He had Secretariat bloodlines, through Secretarial Queen, and reading this book just drove the point home how amazing horses are and how much I love them.

Secretariat is one of the greatest athletes of the past years. Not jus "Horses evoke emotion in us. Not just racehorse, but athlete. People can say all that want that racehorses are forced to run, and maybe some of them are. But there is no one on Earth that can convince me that Big Red did not want, and dearly love, to run; like any great athlete, he wanted to win.

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This book is perfect for fans of horses, races, of just fans of Big Red himself. There's so much in here that I didn't know, and that I was interested to learn. Aug 23, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: I loved Secretariat when I grew up. I was a little kid, influenced by everything I read or watched and in the summer of 73 it was all about Big Red. Especially if you were a reader of Sports Illustrated, which of course, everyone was back in the day. The horse captivated me and the nation.

Yet while Secretariat will be remembered forever, one man, Eddie Shorty Sweat, who was pivotal to the great horse's success, has been all but forgotten - until now. As a young black man growing up in South Carolina, Eddie Sweat struggled at several occupations before settling on the job he was born for - groom to North America's finest racehorses. Reviews "Scanlan is a compassionate reporter Scanlan's scope is encyclopedic.

Scanlan makes a convincing case. The author's tribute is heartfelt, and Sweat is a worthy subject. Horse God Built What can I say wonderful to see a grooms view since they take such care of the majestic creatures. Excellent book for anyone who appreciated the great "Secretariat" This is an absolute read for any Secretariat fan. Gundry Hardcover, In Pieces by Sally Field , Hardcover. Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton.. Lawrence Literature, Classic Paperback Books. Ghosts, Spooky Stories Paperback Children.


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    Read reviews that mention eddie sweat groom racing horses red relationship scanlan grooms pages title races thoroughbred bond focus nack race owners scenes given. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If you love horses and understand the bond that occurs between you and your horse I almost gave it four stars because, in my estimation, only one thing was missing; there are very few pictures in this book. Why do we not see more of what the book is telling us. If, by chance, they are located in the back of the book I am reading the Kindle version and this review comes before the acknowledgements, etc.

    If there are pictures in the back, then please forgive me I'm just sad about not being able to enjoy some of those photos of which the author speaks. This has whetted my appetite to read more about Secretariat which I thought I knew already but so many more to learn This books pulled a lot of emotion from me and I appreciated the author's desire to not only tell a story of Secretariat but of the unknown, seldom celebrated story of a man almost lost to the pages of time, Eddie Sweat Secretariat's groom during the glory years.

    What a beautiful picture which has been painted by Mr. Scanlan of that man who loved "his" horse. Scanlan is a horse owner also and he states his desire to become a better horseman because of what he learned about the devotion of Mr. Too busy with my own horse in the way of any horse-crazy girl who lives and breathes the equine, I did not follow Thoroughbred racing though I could tell you, loving all things HORSE, the Triple Crown winners and the year they won.

    I owned a quarter horse named Barzal Bravo "Bozo" for short with thoroughbred racing blood making up half his pedigree. Helping my horse-centered world along, my family lived in the same equestrian subdivision as several of the Los Alamitos Race Course trainers and their "lay off" horses. I was often at those early morning workouts at the track with my horsey girlfriends; ethereal moments about which the author writes. My bedroom walls were covered with the daily race results from Los AL. Because I did not have access to much money on my own and most of what I did earn went to support my own horse's upkeep, I did not buy magazines or books to read and thus knew very littleabout this new "Big Red" However, everyone had heard of Secretariat and I became a believer after watching him win the Derby and Preakness.