08/27/2015 12:56PM

Harness: Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story novel is released


Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, written by equine professionals Victoria M. Howard and DRF freelance writer Bob Marks, has been pre-released.

Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, is an unofficial autobiography of the historical life story of the Standardbred world champion pacer, Meadow Skipper, as told in a unique fashion with commentary by the horse himself.

The book features many action photographs of Meadow Skipper during his racing career and his life as the most prominent stallion in the history of the sport since Rysdyk's Hambletonian back in the 1850’s.

The novel follows Meadow Skipper from his birth in 1960 through his intense racing career with trainer/driver Earle Avery. Meadow Skipper was a world or seasonal champion during each year that he raced. Once retired to stud duty, he went on to sired more than 1,700 progeny and as a stud, his progeny earned more than $66 million.

Some of his world champion foals include Albatross, Most Happy Fella, Ralph Hanover, Handle With Care, Naughty But Nice, Genghis Khan, Chairmanoftheboard and Governor Skipper, just to name a few of the nearly countless top horses he bred.

Published by Tate Publishing, the book is now available only through the publisher at https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-68187-954-3. It will be sold throughout bookstores nationwide beginning in September.

Victoria M. Howard has raised, bred and raced harness horses for over 40 years. Howard has published 12 books. Her prior equine novels include Roosevelt Raceway; Where it all began and a children’s book, The Adventures of Max & Molly.

Bob Marks is a longtime marketing head of Perretti Farms in New Jersey and a noted equine writer, Standardbred pedigree expert and professional handicapper. He was recently inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July, 2015. This is his first novel.

A book signing tour is set to begin on Sunday, October 4 at the Lexington Select Yearling Sales in Lexington, KY.

-edited release (Steve Wolf)