KIRBY CHAMBERLIN said:September 30, 2016 7:10 am PST
If you think we can not find another horse like ALYSHEBA you are wrong. You are not that old, all you need is a strong team like me and donny ropp, right ha!
Patty McCarthy said:August 13, 2015 6:57 am PST
I loved reading this book. My memories came back so vividly of years gone by where I rode for Jack at the same time he was training Alysheba and Gate Dancer. It was fascinating to learn what was going on I didn't know about. Of course it had to be stressful and sometimes complicated when you train a large number of horses but now I know understand him and the industry better. And I know this... if I had a horse to train, still to this day, Jack would be my trainer. He has proven to me many times over that he can train anything to run. His commitment and ability are second to none!
Cindy Saunders said:January 5, 2015 10:15 am PST
An extraordinary book about a legendary family that gave meaning to the term "The Sport of Kings". The Van Berg's modeled the "American Dream" as much by their values and principals as well as financial the success they achieved. Chris obviously shares their ideals and passion for horses. What a great read. Thanks for putting this story to print. My family loved horse racing and this story has restored my faith in the goodness in people.
Rich D'Acquisto said:October 7, 2014 7:22 am PST
This book is a must read for any horse racing fan.The Van Berg name is to horse racing as Lennon/McCartney are to songwriting.
I had the thrill of a lifetime to met Jack at Kentucky Downs this past Sept.Talk about a down to earth man.Alysheba was my all time favorite and watching him win the Breeders Cup Classic I will never forget.
Larry Thornton said:July 12, 2014 6:34 pm PST
Just finished the book and it took me back to my youth as I went to high school in Grand Island. Your book gives such a great account of Nebreaska life. Then to move into how your racing history came about. Then to conclude with an in depth look at Gate Dancer and Alysheba was a great way to bring your story full circle. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for this great book.
John J Torpey said:June 28, 2014 4:00 pm PST
Quite a read! My family and I were interested and grateful for the mention of out grandfather, John Torpey and his contribution to Marion's success (page 9).
One small correction, his name was John Washington Torpey (1870-1940). He had two sons John W.Torpey, still active in the cattle business at 95 and Charles L. Torpey (deceased).
P. M. Fox said:June 6, 2014 5:21 pm PST
Miss you & all of the great times.......working for you was the best time of my life.....you will always have a special place in my heart. Love you! Remember when you told John McKinnon P. M. stood for night person?!?!
Matthew J.Ellis said:May 31, 2014 7:44 am PST
This was a great book and Chris has done an exceptional job writing it. His passion and expertise in racing pour out thru the pages along with the Van Beg legend what makes for an delightful read. MUST READ for all
Farley Sliss said:March 17, 2014 7:20 am PST
Love, love, love this book! Had the pleasure of meeting Jack in Ft Worth at the Battle of the Xs. A truly genuine man!
Jeff Goodall said:December 26, 2013 2:49 am PST
A great book about a great man. I am big race fan from England got my signed copy at BC Santa Anita. I met Jack on a plane !!! in 1988 from LA to Louisville , We had to change at St Louis and I took a call for him, people were coming up to me and asking if they could have a photo with my boss! Jack was happy to oblige. He was such a nice guy and got to visit his farm in Goshen, a great memory for me and I have a great signed photo of JVB and Alysheba. God Bless you JVB.
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