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Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemptionby Jo Anne Normile
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Jo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, a beautiful, exuberant Thoroughbred with only a few white hairs on his dark-colored forehead. But she fell in love with the young horse, who happened to be born on her farm. The breeder finally said she could have the colt, whom she nicknamed Baby - but only if she raced him. The bond between woman and horse was strong, and Normile would have kept Baby safe in the pasture at her home had she not made this promise. Then again, on television, horseracing had always come across as a glamorous mix of mint juleps and celebrity, set against a backdrop of equine grace and speed. It was a vision that appealed to Jo Anne. She didnt know yet about the indifference and corruption that runs rampant through the world of horse racing—not until an accident on a poorly maintained track resulted in tragedy for Baby. Thats when everything changed for Jo Anne. She transformed her misgivings into the pursuit of an entirely different vision and founded the most successful horse rescue in the country, saving more horses than anyone else ever has. As she learned all too well, the Sport of Kings, as it is known, washes over one with its beauty, its pageantry. Its a kind of heady ecstasy that transfixes. But once Normile found out the truth--that for every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose lives end in pain and despair--she did a complete about-face, even pulling from the racecourse a promising granddaughter of Secretariat poised to win no small amount of money. Saving Baby, a memoir, tells her life-changing story of love, regret, and redemption.
"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." --Anna Sewell, author of Black BeautyJo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, an exuberant Thoroughbred with only a few white hairs on his reddish-brown forehead. But she fell in love with the young horse, who had literally been born into her arms. The breeder finally said she could keep the colt, whom she nicknamed "Baby" - but only if she raced him. It was difficult to take Baby away from the safety of his pasture. But Normile had made a promise. Besides, horseracing had always come across as a glamorous blend of mint juleps and celebrity, of equine grace and speed. It was a vision she found appealing. And she fell hard for it, this "Sport of Kings." She experienced a thrill every time Baby sprinted around the track, edging out other horses. But the magic that enchants is a veneer. For every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose lives end in pain and despair, with indifference and corruption that runs rampant through the world of horse racing. Normile knew none of this. Not until an accident on a poorly maintained track. Thats when everything changed. Thats when Normile founded the most successful horse rescue in the country, an organization that would go on to save more horses than anyone else ever had. Thats when she knew she had no other choice.Saving Baby is Jo Anne Normiles story of perseverance and passion. A heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming book, it testifies to the transcending power of hope, and the unshakeable bond of love.
About the Author
JO ANNE NORMILE founded two hugely successful horse rescue organizations and has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune among numerous other publications. In addition, she has appeared on CNN and many local television broadcasts.
LAWRENCE LINDNER is a New York Times best-selling co-author who has also written for many publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine.
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