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Marguerite Henry , Wesley Dennis
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April 30 1992 Marguerite Henry Horseshoe Library
No one thinks much of Black Gold because he is so small. But Jaydee sees something special in his eyes. He knows Black Gold would be great if he was his rider! Finally, Jaydee gets his wish. And Black Gold grows strong and fast under his careful hands. Soon it would be time for the most important race in America. Did they really have what it takes to win? Black Gold's inspirational story proves that the power of love and dedication can make any dream come true.
Set against the thrilling and colorful world of Thoroughbred horses, Black Gold is the true story of this legendary horse and his determined young jockey.

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Booklist "...a thoroughly satisfying horse story."

The National Horseman "Again, Marguerite Henry has given boys and girls a superb story about a heroic horse."

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No one thinks much of Black Gold because he is so small. But Jaydee sees something special in his eyes. He knows Black Gold would be great if he was his rider! Finally, Jaydee gets his wish. And Black Gold grows strong and fast under his careful hands. Soon it would be time for the most important race in America. Did they really have what it takes to win? Black Gold's inspirational story proves that the power of love and dedication can make any dream come true.

Set against the thrilling and colorful world of Thoroughbred horses, Black Gold is the true story of this legendary horse and his determined young jockey.


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5.0 out of 5 stars "It was the Best!" April 20 2004
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Format:Paperback
Fantastic! I couldn't put the incredible book down, Black Gold! It was so exciting, and yet so sad, so I got my part in mixed emotions. It kept me hooked until the very end by telling me this enchanted, but true, story about a beautiful small black colt with a gigantic heart, his bold jockey, and his daring trainer. It's kind of like Sea Biscuit, except with an unexspected ending. This book will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end, and promises you a great memorable story to treasure for life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable story Dec 7 2003
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Format:Paperback
This is a tremendous story. I still remember it vividly after more than 20 years since I read it and look forward to reading it again. It was in inspiration to me as a child to strive to be the best I could be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars corrections Sept. 10 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
I am glad to see so many people interested in the Black Gold story. Unfortunately, there are a few details in the book that should have been corrected. The only man that knew the exact story passed away in August. To the person that suggested a movie be made, I agree, but would like to see the filmmaker talk to our family before starting. I can straighten one thing out. Pop Holcomb, Millard Holcomb, was a very strong, revered man but not a large burly type of man as the book suggests. It is a wonderful story but I wish Uncle Son could have told it to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book any horse person will love! July 25 2003
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Format:Paperback
Black Gold is an interesting tale about a boy and the horse he loved. The boy, called Jaydee, has always wanted to be a jockey. And finally, when Jaydee gets his dream, he sees the litte black horse named Black Gold. Jaydee knows that he just has to ride this horse. Then, at last, Jaydee gets his chance. Together, they seem almost unbeatable. But do Jaydee and Black Gold have the right stuff to win the ultimate compitition: The Ketucky Derby?
Black Gold is a delightful story for children and adults of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YA Classic Based ON THE TRUE STORY July 8 2003
Format:Paperback
This YA classic is a favorite of millions, but the true story is even more amazing. It was Osage oil vs. Sinclair Oil. And Sinclair Oil's jockey tried to put the Indian's jockey over the fence. I presented the genealogy of the Osage family and told the story briefly in INDIAN BLOOD, vol. 2. Osage elder Richard Freeman, who was in his mother's arms at the Kentucky Derby back in 1924, went on to become a horseman and a diplomat and and an example of what a man should be. The folks re-making SEABISCUIT should take a look at doing BLACK GOLD: THE TRUE STORY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Gold, the Champion in Our Hearts Jan. 14 2003
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Format:School & Library Binding
Filled with excitement, sorrow, and happy moments, this true story is bound to awaken your heart. What book could this be? Black Gold of course! The story's about a small Thoroughbred colt that seemed to have no potential, but turned out to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time! With the careful hands of Jaydee, Black Gold's determined jockey, Black Gold finishes his last race with "three legs and a heart."
In the beginning, Jaydee and Black Gold have two separate stories in the same book. In fact, Black Gold doesn't even come into the story until a few chapters in. His mother, U-see-it, wins her owner, and soon to be Black Gold's owner, purses that just grow and grow. Black Gold's soon to be jockey shows that he will never give up right in the beginning of the book. The ending has a horrid feel to it, but still Marguerite Henry, the auther will warm your heart in a way that is unforgettable.
Black Gold shares the message that you can never give up, no matter how hard the times are. When Black Gold is in serious pain, he doesn't give up. When Jaydee is put down, he doesn't give up, and when anyone has a challenge, they shouldn't give up either. They should overcome it with bravery and strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! June 14 2002
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Format:Paperback
This book was a very good book!!! I loved it! Once i started reading it, I just couldn't put it down! It was so good! I think that Marguerite Henry is a VERY good author! I read all her books. I would DEFINETELY reccomend this book to anyone. Even people that aren't interested in horses vey much would love this book because it is SSOOO good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars black gold is pure gold Jan. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A corny title, I know, but certainly true. I don't remember how many times I have read this book. It tells a story that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Henry is an excellent writer, able to make her readers feel the thoughts and emotions of the various characters (and the horses) that make up the book. Her descriptions and details will make you feel as if you are there. The story itself, although not always very fast-paced, is engaging and is only made more fascinating by the fact that it is true. To use another cliche, this book is certainly worth its weight in gold.
My only disappointment is with the other reviewers . . . please do not give away the ending of the book that you are reviewing. Most potential readers would rather find that out for themselves.
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