Book Review: Missionville by Alex Brown

(HORSE RACING) — Patrick Battuello, chronicler of racehorse killings at Horse Racing Wrongs, recently reported the death of 7-year old Sing the Dream in a claiming race for 4 yo’s+ at Aqueduct, Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2018.

It was Sing the Dream‘s 50th race. Battuello states the horse “fell heavily” (Equibase) and was euthanized where he lay.

American racing routinely kills its horses particularly in contests such as these — the claiming race.

Alex Brown, author of Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, has written a book called Missionville which delves into the lives and activities of the people who work horses in the business of the American claiming race.

Missionville is a well crafted story with credibly drawn characters you can root for or against as the author gives you an unvarnished look at the day-to-day rigors of training and racing horses at a small track and its resulting consequences.

Eclipse award winner Mike Jensen, journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in his review of Missionville puts it this way:

Alex Brown, a lifelong horseman, takes you on a journey few are capable of providing. He takes you to the underbelly of the sport. A terrific read”.

Missionville gives true to life insight into what happens to horses when their careers begin to take a downward spiral and tragically end up in the claiming race system.

Missionville is a must read for every racehorse advocate.

Buy it now »

Featured Image: Missionville, by Alex Brown (pictured with used racing plates) by Vivian Grant Farrell.

Love Story — William Shatner and his new book ‘Spirit of the Horse’

ABOUT HORSES — Jaym Gates of NPR Illinois writes a cool review of William Shatner’s book called “Spirit of the Horse: A Celebration of Fact and Fable” stating:

I think there are two things that unite horse people above all else: love of a complex animal, and a deep appreciation for story.

From the first words of Spirit of the Horse, it’s clear that this is a man who is wonderfully, hopelessly in love with the creatures. He weaves his own anecdotes and memories with fables, excerpts from old training manuals, and other legacies to create something that is part memoir, part question: Why do horses have such a hold on humans? What about them captures us so intently?

William Shatner's 'Spirit of the Horse' Book cover. Copyright Amazon. Click to shop.
William Shatner’s ‘Spirit of the Horse’ Book cover. Copyright Amazon. Click to shop.

The Amazon description reads:

From his first time riding as a child, William Shatner has felt a deep love for horses. Whether seated in the saddle, communicating with them, or simply appreciating their beauty, his bond with these majestic animals is deep. For decades he has sought to share his joy―with children, veterans, those with disabilities, and many more―through his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show. And here, he brings that same joy to his fans and readers.

In Spirit of the Horse, the Star Trek and Boston Legal legend speaks from the heart about the remarkable effect horses have had on his life and on the lives of others. From his first horse, bought impulsively on the advice of a twelve-year-old, to his favorite horses, acquired after many years of learning what to look for, this book draws from Shatner’s own experience and pairs it with a wealth of classic horse stories, including unique retellings of the Pegasus myth and the feats of the most famous war horses throughout history. The result is a celebration that captures the unparalleled connection between humans and horses―and the power, courage, mindfulness, and healing that they can inspire in us.

What a wonderful book to give for Father’s Day to that horse loving Dad in your life. Or any horse lover.

Will Mr. Shatner’s “Spirit of the Horse” make it on our list of Top Five Recommended Horse Books this summer? Hmmm. We’re betting it will. Watch for our new list coming soon in June.

In the meantime, get the book here. List price at time of writing: Hard Cover. $17.95. Kindle: $12.99.

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From Book Cover.