First lady releases Derby reading list

In preparation for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, First Lady Jane Beshear has announced her Top 10 Derby Reading List as part of her Reading Recommendations initiative.

The first lady says that reading is as important to Kentucky’s heritage, as horseracing.

2010 Derby Reading List

1. B Is For Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle

2. Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became one of the World's Greatest Jockeys

3. Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby, Kathryn Cocquyt

4. The Horse of Her Dreams (Thoroughbred Series #24), Joanna Campbell

5. A Horse Called Wonder (Thoroughbred Series #1), Joanna Campbell

6. A Horse Named Seabiscuit, Mark Dubowski (Ages: 9-12)

7. Man O’ War: Best Racehorse Ever, Jennifer Guess McKerley

8. Skipingo Home, Jane Lyon and Karen Bailey

9. The Black Stallion, Walter Farley

10. National Velvet, Enid Bagnold


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