Out Of The Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman And The Unwanted Colt Who Conquered The Sport Of Kings by Linda CarrollOut Of The Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman And The Unwanted Colt Who Conquered The Sport Of Kings by Linda Carroll

Out Of The Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman And The Unwanted Colt Who Conquered The Sport Of Kings

byLinda Carroll, David Rosner

Hardcover | May 29, 2018

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In the bestselling tradition oftheThe Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen.

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 city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed "The People's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis.

Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs,Out of the Cloudsunwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.
Veteran journalistsLinda CarrollandDavid Rosnerhave collaborated on two acclaimed nonfiction books--The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemicand, most recently,Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing's Greatest Rivalry.Carrollis a Peabody Award-winning writer who covers health and medicine for NBC News. An accomplish...
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Title:Out Of The Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman And The Unwanted Colt Who Conquered The Sport Of KingsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:9.38 × 6.38 × 1.25 inPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316432237

ISBN - 13:9780316432238

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"A sensational book...When it comes to history and colorful characters, Out of the Clouds is right up there with Seabiscuit, and is as riveting aracing/history book from start to finish as I have ever read."-Steve Haskin, The Blood-Horse