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The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley;  Illustrated by Milton Menasco

The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley; Illustrated by Milton Menasco


New York: Random House, 1952. Later printing. Hardcover. 309 pages ; 21 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. Slight lean to spine, otherwise an excellent copy with clean and unmarked pages. Binding is firm.

The Black Stallion's Filly
Walter Farley

"She's been spoiled," the buyer said when Black Minx was led into the sales ring. "She'll never make a racehorse."

Black Minx was coal black and small. Her only disfigurement was a short tail, so short it was scarcely more than a stump. She was the first filly by the Black Stallion, yet few in the sales pavilion offered to buy her.

Let the others see only her faults. Let them discard her, thought Henry Dailey, the trainer. He wanted this filly for Hopeful Farm. And when Black Minx became his and he took her home to Alec Ramsay, he said, "With her blood she'll run. We'll get it out of her, Alec."

Little did Henry or Alec dream of the trials that were in store for them. Black Minx had a mind of her own, and she put Alec and Henry to tests they'd never encountered before in their long experience with horses. They even had to fashion a false tail for her to wear!

This story will take you to the exciting preparatory races that lead to the Kentucky Derby—and finally to the great classic itself. Like all the other books in the series, The Black Stallion's Filly maintains the fast pace and action you've come to expect from Walter Farley.

About the author
Liice Alec Ramsay, when Walter Farley was growing up he wanted a horse of his own as much as anybody could possibly want anything. He even entered a contest in which the first prize was a pony, offered to the boy or girl who sold the most subscriptions to a magazine. He didn't win the pony, but the next best thing happened. His uncle, who owned a number of show horses and jumpers, moved from the West Coast to Syracuse, where Walter and his family were living. Deliriously happy, Walter was at the stables every chance he could get.

He wrote his first book, The Black Stallion, and had it published by Random House while he was still an undergraduate at Columbia University. Since then Mr. Farley has written a long list of popular books and spends his spare time traveling, sailing, and raising and riding horses.

Walter Farley and his wife, Rosemary, now divide their time between a farm in Pennsylvania and a house on the beach in Florida, where they are often joined by their grown children.

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