My Buddy Butch Radio - Interview with author Phil Dandrea
12/2011 Part 1 of interview
Part 2 of interview
Book Review - Thoroughbred Daily News, 1/31/2012
"Phil Dandrea's Sham: Great Was Second Best is an
impeccably researched insight into the underrated
Sham, a horse who courageously battled the legendary
Secretariat through the 1973 Triple Crown...
I recommend even a casual fan of the sport
read this book--the story is not only one of two rivals
who were the best of their generation, but one of
devotion, determination and ambition."
Book Review - DownTheStretchNewspaper.com, 12/2/2011
"The book is a meticulously researched and documented essay on what horse racing in America was like in the early 70s... At its best the Sham book describes vividly the races in which the two stars of the day - Secretariat and Sham - raced against each other... Dandrea takes us into the lives of all the trainers, owners, and jockeys who participated in these historic races. That alone makes this valuable reading..."
Book Review - Brooklyn Backstretch, 11/30/2011
"Sometimes the second fiddle gets to play in the first chair... Though often on the losing end of the rivalry, both Alydar and Easy Goer have, over the years, garnered nearly as much ink as their winning rivals.
But when writer Phil Dandrea tried to learn more about Sham, he came up empty. "There wasn't anything on the internet about him, let alone a book, which was what I was looking for," he recalled... But with his book, he at least ensures that the next time racing fans go looking for information about the horse who had the bad luck to be born in 1970, the best horse of 1973 bar one, they won't search in vain."
Author of Sham biography enjoys the ride - Thoroughbred Times, 9/16/2011
"The book Sham: Great Was Second Best that profiles the colt who tested Secretariat during his Triple Crown run is nearing the end of its first printing and author Phil Dandrea continues to enjoy the ride. ...The past year has been eventful for Dandrea, as he has done numerous book signings, radio, and television interviews, and has gained a first-hand perspective about the size of the Sham fan base. ...The book earned recognition in the sports/fitness/recreation category in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards and is gearing up for a second printing."
Book Review - Cindy Pierson Dulay, About.com, June 2011
"Fans of racing history will enjoy this well-written, entertaining account of the sleek sturdy bay who brought out the best in Secretariat."
Book Review - Horse-Races.Net, 6/21/2011
"With the recent resurgence in popularity of Secretariat due to the 2010 Disney movie, many new racing fans who did not experience that historic 1973 Triple Crown want to get more details, as the movie barely scratched the surface. One key character in the movie was hot-headed trainer Frank "Pancho" Martin, who sent out California invader Sham to take on Big Red. Much has been written about Secretariat and his connections, but his main rival has mostly been forgotten. In his new book, Massachusetts-based author and IEAH Stables partner Phil Dandrea seeks to correct this."
Book Review - Troy Andrew Smith, Author of Radersburg Gold and From Across the Campfire, 6/12/2011
"Personally, I am a major fan of Secretariat's. I love to watch the old films of his Triple Crown victories. To see the Big Red Machine coming to the finish is always enough to make my heart pound. But, would it have been the same if it wasn't for Sham running in second place, running the Derby faster than it had ever been run before, pushing and driving Secretariat? Should Sham be forgotten because he was only second place? I for one don't think so and thankfully, neither did Phil Dandrea."
Book Review - Paint Horse Journal, May 2011
"With the release of Disney's Secretariat movie, horse lovers are clamoring for more information about one of the greatest horseracing rivalries in history. Focusing on the life of Secretariat's biggest rival Sham, the recently released Sham: Great Was Second Best by author Phil Dandrea is sure to satisfy racing fans' thirst for details about this epic duel. Packed with Thoroughbred racing history and statistics, readers take an in-depth look at the life and career of Sham."
Press Release - Boston-Area Author Wins Bronze Medal for Horse Book, 5/10/2011
Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association Newsletter, Book Review: Sham - Great Was Second Best, by Susan E. van Dyke, May 2011
"I am glad we are finally getting the chance to hear Sham's side of the story of that wonderful and historic Triple Crown, and as Dandrea concludes his heartfelt saga, 'In recognizing the accomplishments of Secretariat, one can begin to appreciate Sham.'"
HRTV Race Day America - Interview with author Phil Dandrea
The Equiery Library, Book Review: Sham - Great Was Second Best, by Kathy Erisman
"Even though I knew the outcome Dandrea kept the action interesting and page turner exciting with electrifying race descriptions and colorful quotes from trainers, jockeys and owners."
Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, Book Review: Sham - Great Was Second Best, by Kate Tully, March 2011
"Phil Dandrea eloquently captures the rivalry that rocked the American horse racing world of 1973."
Mid-South Horse Review, Book Review: Sham - Great Was Second Best, by Nancy Brannon, 12/4/2010
"Phil Dandrea's Sham profiles the horse who, under other historical circumstances, might have claimed greatness for his own."