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Out of the clouds : the unlikely horseman and unwanted colt who conquered the sport of kings

Author: Linda Carroll
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings," a dirt-poor Brooklyn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Hirsch Jacobs; Stymie, (Race horse)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Carroll
ISBN: 9780316432238 0316432237
OCLC Number: 1019836194
Description: viii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: At first sight --
"The pigeon man" --
From pigeons to platers --
Runyonesque --
The odd couple --
Staking his claim --
King of the claimers --
The winningest trainer ever --
Quest for a champion --
A kingdom for a horse --
Slow starter --
Claim to fame --
War horse --
Coming from out of the clouds --
"The people's horse" --
Assault on the record book --
The richest racehorse ever --
Striking gold --
Consummate closer --
The empire that Stymie built.
Responsibility: Linda Carroll and David Rosner.

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In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cindarella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who  Read more...

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