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The Island Stallion Races (1955)

by Walter Farley

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I have no memory of this aside from the drawings. Walt, Walt, Walt, what were you thinking? Aliens? Aliens with a passion for horse racing? Aliens with a passion for horse racing so strong they are willing to transport a boy and his wild stallion from the middle of the Caribbean to Havana so they can race in the Internacional? Ludicrous, every word. The race scenes are, of course, stellar. The rest is laughable. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
This was one of the weirdest of Farley's books. Space aliens (!) take the boy and his stallion to Florida to run in a big race. Setting aside the whole aliens angle, no reputable racetrack would let an unknown and unregistered horse into a race. Even when I was a kid, I knew that. Details like that kept me from enjoying the book more, which is why it only gets 2 stars. ( )
  FionaCat | Aug 21, 2007 |
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More than anything, Steve Duncan dreams of racing his huge, wild stallion, Flame. The horse is untrained, but incredibly fast and Steve just wants to show him off. When two strangers show up and offer to make Steve’s dream a reality, Steve cannot believe his luck. But soon he realizes that a professional racetrack is no place for an unbroken stallion.

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Two visitors from another world enter the secret valley of Azul Island and provide Steve with a chance to see how Flame can do in competition with the world's fastest horses.

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