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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Hap The Prize Winning Horse by Horace Crenshaw Jr. is about horse racing and particularly about a racehorse named Hap. A man named Bennett purchased Hap while on a trip to the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. Hap and Bennett had mutual respect for each other. It was as if they could talk to each other. Hap raced at the county fair and other local races. Hap was determined to achieve his dream, which was to win the Triple Crown. When Bennett died, his wife sold the animals. The person who bought Hap was Donovan, the jockey who rode Hap. Donovan's plan was for Hap to race in the Southern Regionals, also known as the Charleston Steeplechase.
This story has an abundance of information about racehorse training and racing. In addition, there is information about the history of horse racing. I loved the conversations between the animals in Hap The Prize Winning Horse by Horace Crenshaw Jr. I appreciated what I learned about racehorse training, which starts when the young horse is around eighteen months old. I learned that racehorses are ridden differently from the average riding horse. I also learned something about the history of horse racing. I liked that the two men who owned Hap were both Christians. I was cheering on Hap, the hero of the story, because he was determined to keep trying. This story seemed so real I felt that the characters were real people and that Hap really existed.