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Never Say Die traces the history of this extraordinary colt, beginning with his foaling in Lexington, Kentucky, when a shot of bourbon whiskey revived him and earned him his name. It also tells the stories of the influential individuals brought together by the horse and his victory - from the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune to the Aga Khan. Most fascinating is the tale of Mona Best of Liverpool, England, whose well-placed bet on the long-shot Derby contender allowed her to open the Casbah Coffee Club. There, her son met musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison and later joined their band.
Featuring a foreword by the original drummer for the Beatles, Pete Best, this remarkable book reveals how an underdog's surprise victory played a part in the formation of the most successful and influential rock band in history and made the Bluegrass region of Kentucky the center of the international Thoroughbred industry.
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By Lmaris on 04-12-18
The race is pronounced DAHR-bee!
If one is going to produce a book about a specific race, make sure the reader can pronounce the name of the race. USA races are der-bees, but the race at Epsom is and has always been the DAHR-bee.
Made the book nearly painful to listen to. Still not sure I'm going to finish it.
By Cheryl G. on 12-31-17
Thorobred history and more
Really enjoyed this story starting in mid 1800s, covering many subjects from horse breeding, the owners and breeders, the Aga Khan and Muslim history, even the origins of the sewing machine. All the way through the Coolmore-Darley rivalry.