Reviews for I Rode the Red Horse : Secretariat's Belmont Race


Booklist Reviews 2003 July #1
Gr. 1-3. Secretariat's awe-inspiring win at the 1973 Belmont Stakes is retold through the eyes of Ron Turcotte, the jockey who rode Secretariat to victory in all of his Triple Crown races. Turcotte's account, as told to Barbara Libby, is remembered in perfect detail 30 years later, making this historic race truly come alive: "'Easy big boy,' I whispered. 'You don't have to go yet,' but he was running his own race." Libby's colorful, realistic artwork is particularly successful when showing horses in motion. A spread depicting Secretariat crossing the finish line thirty-one lengths ahead would have given young readers a fuller sense of the magnitude of his win, but this is a minor quibble about a book that beautifully captures a memorable sports moment. ((Reviewed July 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall
A jockey, ostensibly Secretariat's real-life rider, Ron Turcotte, introduces the Triple Crown winner and takes readers through his record-setting Belmont race. It's a good story that will prove inaccessible to some kids: the tone seems geared to adults, and the muted pastel images featuring realistic but slightly stiff figures don't draw the eye. Regardless, Secretariat's outsize spirit comes through. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Ride along with jockey Ron Turcotte as the "horse of the century" strides to victory. This exciting true story ends with informative author's notes that can inspire further research on horses. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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