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SHAM: Great Was Second Best

Sham was a horse who seemed destined for greatness. He boasted a winning pedigree, a sleek and muscular frame, experienced trainers, and talented jockeys. Early races validated his potential, as he ran to victories by as many as 15 lengths. After he defeated the mighty Secretariat in the Wood Memorial, many turf writers were touting Sham as the Kentucky Derby favorite. The stage was set for Sham-mania to sweep the country at a time when the nation needed a hero. With rising inflation, the Vietnam conflict, and Watergate dominating current events, people were ready to cheer for someone, for something.
 
HRTV Race Day America - Interview with author Phil Dandrea

 
But it was Secretariat who won over the nation. The chestnut colt known affectionately as "Big Red," running under the white and blue silks of Meadow Stable, was the embodiment of the American flag. Despite impressive victories and record-breaking performances, Sham's popularity paled in comparison. If Secretariat were America's horse, Sham might well have been everyman's horse, a working-class hero who couldn't get the recognition he deserved. This is the other side of the story of Secretariat's famous Triple Crown season and of his remarkable challenger who found that great was only second best.

 
Book Signing Events
 
Event Location: Saratoga Race Track
Event Address: 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-3553
Breakfast at Saratoga, Live Interview and Book Signing
Friday, August 24, 2012, 7:30 - 10:30 AM, 11:30 to 1:30
 
Event Location: Pimlico Race Course
Event Address: 5201 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
Black Eyed Susan Day, by the Grandstand Entrance
Friday, May 18th, 2012, Noon - 2 PM
 
Event Location: Aqueduct
Event Address: 11000 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11420-1035
Wood Memorial, April 7th, 2012
 
Event Location: Gulfstream Park
Event Address: 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach FL 33009
Saturday, March 10th and 11th, 2012
Starting at Breakfast 8am and then continued from
noon - 4 PM at the breezeway

 
Sham gets a good word from Ron Nicoletti and Jessica Pacheco at Gulfstream Park

 
Event Location: Belmont Park
Event Address: 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont NY 11003
Saturday, October 29th
 
Event Location: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Lobby
Event Address: 191 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:00 am - noon
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 10:00 am - noon
 
Event Location: Saratoga Race Track
Event Address: 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-3553
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
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