In early 1973, a sleek, sturdy bay colt named Sham emerged like a west coast whirlwind on the California racing circuit. After impressively winning several important races including the prestigious Santa Anita Derby, the rising equine star traveled east to New York to take on the mighty Secretariat in the Wood Memorial only three weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby. When Sham soundly bested the Meadow Stable champ, many turf writers began touting Sham as their selection to win the 99th Run for the Roses. The stage was set for Sham-mania to sweep the country.
But thoroughbred racing history will show it was Secretariat, not Sham, who captured the imagination of the nation at a time when America needed a hero most. Despite impressive victories, record-breaking performances, and heroics of his own, Sham paled in comparison to the Big Red Super-horse and his story faded into distant memory, overlooked for the recognition it deserved.
This interesting and engaging read from author Phil Dandrea provides a new perspective on the story of Secretariat's famed Triple Crown season and of his remarkable challenger Sham who found that great was only second best. Hardcover, 415 pages.
As a Secretariat Festival bonus, books are signed by the author at no extra charge. Also available with the option of being autographed by Sham's Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.