BOTH BOOKS ARE IN PRINT - honoring the gallant effort from Sham in the 1973 Kentucky Derby and celebrating this horse's greatest unofficial feat that still stands today: "Running the second fastest Kentucky Derby in history."
Mary Walsh lives with her husband on their horse ranch. Her lifelong interest in horse racing and sentiment for the underdog have become her writing passion. With several publications to her credit, she spent six years researching her debut book about Sham, an unsung hero.
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Book Published 2007
SHAM, IN THE SHADOW OF A SUPERHORSE
An American champion at heart, "The Magnificent Sham" achieved an unofficial record for the second-fastest time in the history of the Kentucky Derby. To many, he remains second only to the legendary Secretariat. Ironically, challenging Secretariat for the 1973 Triple Crown abruptly shattered his quest for fame and almost ended his life. This compelling book unfolds that brilliant animal's spellbinding story—the story of a courageous underdog born in the wrong place in time. (Paperback ©2007)
Read the historical timeline of the rivalry between Sham and Secretariat, and discover what came of the horses that faced them: Forego, Ancient Title, Shecky Greene, Stop the Music, Linda's Chief, Our Native, Angle Light, and others. Learn of Sham's fate, days at stud, and final resting place at Walmac International in Lexington, KY. Also explore the lives of Sigmund and Viola Sommer, Frank Martin, Linda and Laffit Pincay, Jr., Secundino Gato, Christopher T. Chenery, Helen (Penny) Chenery Tweedy, Lucien Laurin, Ron Turcotte, Eddie Sweat and more. The book's 37 interesting photos tell a story all their own.
Sham, In the Shadow of a Superhorse - winner of the unpublished manuscript EATON LITERARY AGENCY'S ANNUAL AWARD for best book, 2005.
Review by - Mary Simon,
Thoroughbred Times Magazine
"Author Mary Walsh looks back on the life of an exceptional Thoroughbred whose misfortune was to come along at a time when one of racing's immortals ruled the track. Sham
is set against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of war - both hot and cold - protest, space travel, and a rising tide of feminism. While Secretariat became a national icon during this unsettled time, Walsh's premise is that Sham was an unsung hero, fully deserving a biography of his own. Sham: In the Shadow of a Superhorse
is a labor of love, written by the would-be champion's number-one fan."
Jennifer – Seattle Soup Line blog
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Book Published 2011
Children's Horse Story:
Imagine being given the opportunity of a lifetime. A test of talent and skill so great, the prize would guarantee historical immortality. Sham's Dream is a personified picture book about courageous Sham, the horse that challenged legendary Secretariat for the 1973 Kentucky Derby. Through Sham's extreme effort a hidden message surfaced worth much more than expected. Inspired by actual events, this story teaches a valuable life lesson: the act of trying without reserve is as honorable as being triumphant.
Written and illustrated by Mary Walsh whose interest in the horse Sham fueled her writing passion to produce her first children's story book. Captivating ink and watercolor imagery create an unforgettable experience for young children and horse lovers of all ages. Also included at the back of the book - Sham's picture and story for adults wanting to find out more about the valiant horse. (Hardcover ©2011)