- Which Thoroughbred is the best race horse hardly anyone remembers?
- Which horse beat Triple Crown winner Citation in four consecutive races, and set three world records in the process?
- Who was the first horse defeat two Triple Crown winners?
- Which horse won the richest race in the world in 1950?
- Which champion handicapper arguably should have been voted Horse of the Year?
- After being lost and forgotten for years, which horse’s remains were found and shipped across the United States for reburial at Old Friends in Kentucky?
While Seabiscuit is perhaps the best-known Thoroughbred in history, Charles S. Howard owned another remarkable race horse that should never be forgotten. Howard’s Irish-bred Noor dominated the 1950 racing season, setting three world records in victories over Citation and winning the Hollywood Gold Cup by defeating a Triple Crown winner, the Horse of the Year, and the previous year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Sadly, that fame faded as he failed to sire champions, and Noor was buried in an unmarked grave in the infield of a training track in Northern California.
In Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, veteran turf writer Milt Toby recounts Noor’s colorful career and the inspiring story of racing enthusiast Charlotte Farmer’s personal mission to exhume the horse’s remains for reburial in Central Kentucky.
Milt’s previous book, Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, was honored with the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2012 and an American Horse Publications Award for the best equine book of the year.