Would I recommend it? That depends.
If you are a horse lover, racing buff or just fascinated by Secretariat then yes. This is a well written biography of a horse. Information, facts, quotes, history – it’s all in there. Not only that, but it was written by a man who spent a considerable amount of time near the horse and the people surrounding him, not just a random bozo who looked up facts one day.
But that brings us to the depends part of the recommendation…
All that information, all that history, if you are just out looking for an enjoyable read you’d better skip this one. Unless you fall into any of the categories above, the who beget who in horse racing history may make the first chapters seem endless. If you can make it through that then you’ve got to wade through Secretariat’s syndication. Unless you really want to know all about who got all shares (and if I remember correctly there were 32) you’ll get very bored and may walk away. This would be sad because then you would never make it to the last third of the book. The last third of the book is where Secretariat wins the triple crown, and where I found out that even reading about a horse races makes me cry.
It’s good – but it’s not for everyone.
Now, go and watch Secretariat race in the 1973 Belmont stakes and tell me it didn’t bring a tear to your eye!