Never Say Die

Never Say Die A Quarter Of A Million People Braved Miserable Conditions At Epsom Downs On June 2, 1954, To See The 175th Running Of The Prestigious Derby Stakes Queen Elizabeth II And Sir Winston Churchill Were In Attendance, Along With Thousands Of Britons Who Were All Convinced Of The Unfailing Superiority Of English Bloodstock And Eager To See A British Colt Take The Victory They Were Shocked When A Kentucky Born Chestnut Named Never Say Die Galloped To A Two Length Triumph At Odds Of 33 1, Winning Britain S Greatest Race And Beginning An Important Shift In The World Of Thoroughbred Racing 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 Author James C Nicholson 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. Upon the recommendations of other readers, I only read the chapters with historic value It contains information that is in other horse books that I have read but sometimes it adds clarification or even missing information For the chapters I read, I liked it but I am grateful that I was forewarned. This book should have been called I Heart Pete Best, and Some Things I Think Are Interesting The title is extremely inaccurate, because only about thirty pages are actually about the titular horse If he had called the book The Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry , instead of using that as part of the subtitle, it would have been accurate The false advertising is one of two major problems I have with this book The second is that it is so unfocused I don t think the author had a clear idea of what he really wanted to say,
Nicholson argued that the victory of Never Say Die in the Epsom Down in 1954 proved that American thoroughbred horses could win at the highest levels It also represented a cultural power shift, American industrialists had been been buying up European stock and moving them to Kentucky breeding grounds, which meant that the landed English aristocracy no longer had exclusive claim to owning the sport Sheik Mohammad also invested heavily in Kentucky breeding, giving it an international flair, and one of the winners of the Derby invested her winnings to make the Cashbah, where the Beatles got
I learned a great deal about the world of horse racing and its attraction to those of extreme wealth around the world The central story of the horse named Never Say Die after bourbon seemed to save its
i will say that this isn t what i expected i first heard of this story while in Liverpool and to make a long story short, the mother of initial Beatle drummer Pete Best, who s name was Mona Best, places a bet on a horse in the 1954 Epsom Derby the horse is a longshot named Never Say Die the horse wins, earns Mona a nice sum

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  • ebook
  • 232 pages
  • Never Say Die
  • James C. Nicholson
  • 04 February 2017
  • 9780813142005