This is the story of a race horse, Little Vic, who had a white star between his eyes and was the son of Victory and and grandson of Man o' War. It is the story of the exercise boys, the jockeys, the owners, of life at the training farms in the Blue Grass country and life at the different rack tracks--from little country fairs to the great track at Santa Anita.
It is also the story of Jonathan "Pony" Rivers, the orphaned son of a jockey, who loved horses more that anything else. Though Pony loved all horses, Little Vic was special. Pony worked at the farm where Little Vic was born. He was the first person to see the colt and later, he gave Little Vic his name. Sometimes Pony felt as if he and Little Vic were brothers.
Pony's devotion to Little Vic carried him from Kentucky to Arkansas to California. It carried him over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some people laughed at Little Vic. they said Little Vic was too small and too jumpy to be a race horse. And some people sneered at Pony and said he should never be a jockey.
But when a boy loves a horse more than himself, great things can happen.
Doris Gates writes with the ease and pace of a born storyteller. The artist Kate Seredy has long been known for her beautiful pictures of horses.