Black Gold's tale is one of the most romantic and most tragic stories in the history of the Kentucky Derby. As legend, it became familiar to generations of children through the work of beloved author Marguerite Henry. The truth behind the legend is even stranger, encompassing a dead man's dream, a widow's determination to bring the last vision of the man she loved to life, and the entwined destinies of a bush-league trainer and a journeyman jockey bound together by their love for an extraordinary Thoroughbred—a horse that took them to both the golden heights and the dark depths of horse racing in the 1920s.
Check out this review by J. N. Campbell at Thoroughbred Daily News! Book Review: Black Gold Reminds Us Why We Breed, Race, and Dream (thoroughbreddailynews.com)
Also, check out my YouTube interview with the Derbyologist, Craig Johnson! Dream Derby - Avalyn Hunter - YouTube
Dream Derby: The Myth and Legend of Black Gold is available for online ordering at the following outlets:
- University Press of Kentucky (Dream Derby - The University Press of Kentucky (kentuckypress.com)
- Amazon.com (Dream Derby: The Myth and Legend of Black Gold (Horses in History): Hunter, Avalyn: 9780813198040: Amazon.com: Books)
- Barnes & Noble (Dream Derby: The Myth and Legend of Black Gold by Avalyn Hunter, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)