Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred's Unlikely Journey From California to Kentucky

Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred's Unlikely Journey From California to Kentucky

by Milton Toby


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While Seabiscuit is perhaps the best-known Thoroughbred in history, Charles S. Howard owned another remarkable racehorse that should never be forgotten. Irish-bred Noor dominated the 1950 racing season, setting world records in victories over Citation and winning the Hollywood Gold Cup by defeating a Triple Crown winner, the Horse of the Year and the previous year's Kentucky Derby winner. Sadly, that fame faded as he failed to sire champions, and Noor was buried in an unmarked grave in Northern California decades later. Veteran turf writer Milt Toby recounts Noor's colorful career and the inspiring story of racing enthusiast Charlotte Farmer's personal mission to exhume the Thoroughbred's remains for reburial in central Kentucky years after the horse was inducted into the hall of fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495619
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Milt Toby has been writing about Thoroughbred racing for 40 years. His 6 previous books include DANCER'S IMAGE, which won the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award as the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2011 and an American Horse Publications Editorial Award for the best equine book of 2011.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 11

Part I A Miracle Year

1 Changing of the Guard 19

2 Burley and the Pumper 27

3 Great Expectations 39

4 The Big 'Cap 51

5 "Greatest Race I've Ever Seen!" 61

6 The Fastest Track in the Country 73

7 Horse of the Year? 83

8 Retirement 103

Part II Old Friends

9 Loma Rica 109

10 Old Friends 135

Notes 145

Sources 157

About the Author 159

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