Native Dancer, the Grey Ghost

Native Dancer, the Grey Ghost

Hero of A Golden Age

Book - 2003
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In the early 1950s, a rising star flickered across millions of black-and-white TV sets. Nick-named 'The Grey Ghost,' Native Dancer was a blue-blood thoroughbred with a taste for drama, courtesy of his come-from-behind running style, and impressive credits: He finished first in 21 of his 22 career starts, his only loss by a nose in the 1953 Kentucky Derby; was named Horse of the Year-twice; and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. His popularity was so great, Time® magazine put him on its cover, and TV Guide named him one of America's top three TV stars, along with Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey. Legend says his ghost haunts Churchill Downs. Set against the nostalgic events of an America long past, NATIVE DANCER is the definitive account of one of the greatest champions of horse racing's golden age.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9780446530705
Branch Call Number: 798.4 E36
Characteristics: xii, 288 p. : ill.


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Aug 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Native Dancer was described as a public hero in the 50's and you come to love the horse. It details Alfred Vanderbilt, his owner, and his life and you come to love him as well. Its amazing how horse racing was the king of sports in the 50's. Native Dancer the first race horse star made popular by the new media of TV. I loved this horse's life story.

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