Head to Head

Head to Head

Conversations with a Generation of Horse Racing Legends

Lenny Shulman


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In Head to Head, award-winning writer Lenny Shulman offers highlights from the best interviews he has conducted throughout his twenty-year career covering Thoroughbred horse racing. In that time, he has coaxed the innermost thoughts out of the sport's most notable headline-makers. It was to Shulman that Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of Secretariat, publicly revealed for the first time the mistakes she made with her superstar colt. Arthur Hancock III shared with him his feelings of being banished from his family's Claiborne Farm, and his pride in succeeding on his own with the great Sunday Silence. Owner Paul Reddam poured out his hopes and fears to Shulman in the hour before realizing his dream of winning the Kentucky Derby with I'll Have Another.

Shulman takes readers behind the scenes with industry legends, owners, trainers, veterinarians, and celebrities—touching on some of the greatest horses and greatest races the sport has ever seen. This engaging book serves as an important oral history of Thoroughbred horse racing as well as a guide for new generations of enthusiasts who are interested in learning from some of the sport's most successful luminaries.


Lenny Shulman:
Lenny Shulman is an Emmy Award-winning writer in TV and film as well as for magazines and newspapers. He has served as features editor for BloodHorse magazine and is the author of Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory and Ride of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys. He lives in Versailles, Kentucky.