This book puts in one place the pertinent information on the great racehorse, Man 'O War. "Big Red" as he was known, won 20 of his 21 races in 1919 and 1920 and was retired at the peak of his racing career to go into the breeding program to pass his genes along to his descendants. Man 'O War carried the heaviest weights per age of any horse in racing. The most interesting aspect of this book was the history of Johnny Loftus, Man 'O War's jockey. Jockey's were granted a license to ride each year by the Jockey Club of America, which was founded in 1894. Interestingly enough, the members are not jockies, but horse owners. The control the Jockey Club had over whether a jockey would be able to ride, or was banned from riding, was sweeping and unquestioned during these years. Dorothy Ours explains the "behind the scenes" happenings when Johnny Loftus was banned from riding. He was always accused of "throwing the race" that Man 'O War lost (his only loss) to a horse named Upset. Loftus maintained his innocence of this until his death. According to Dorothy Ours' account, Loftus was banned from riding because he told Commander Ross, the owner of Sir Barton, that his trainer H. Guy Bedwell was doping his horses. Ross believed his trainer and not his jockey, so Ross complained to the Jockey Club about Loftus and had Loftus banned from racing. I had read hints of these things in other books, but this is the first place where I had all the pieces put in one place. A good book to read for horse racing enthusiasts! Not as gripping as the book on "Seabiscuit", but nonetheless a fine read.