LongRun is very happy to showcase these fine books, penned by friends of our horses who have always gone out of their way to assist us in giving Ontario’s thoroughbred racehorses the happy and dignified retirement they deserve.
Readers’ Corner is our small way of trying to repay their support over the years, and we encourage you to order and read these diverse and enjoyable stories.
EURICO ROSA DA SILVA
Eurico, a seven-time Sovereign Award winner as Outstanding Jockey, retired at the top of his game as top rider at Woodbine in December 2019. Brazilian born, the multi-faceted athlete now makes Ontario his home and is not only a devoted husband and father of three young children, but is also an accredited performance coach, dynamic speaker, third degree Black Belt holder and co-owner of a Tae Kwon Do studio.
Champion jockey, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, bares his soul in his memoir, “Riding for Freedom” (co-written by journalist Bruce McDougall). Read how he experienced a harrowing upbringing in a poor Brazilian farming community and troubling family dynamics but was eventually able to conquer his personal demons.
Vicky Earle is the author of the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series and the recipient of a Canada
Book Award. The fast-paced, action-packed mysteries unfurl within the worlds of thoroughbred horse racing and country living. Vicky draws on her many years of experience as an owner and
breeder (together with her husband) of thoroughbred racehorses and her life on a small horse farm.
She was the CEO of the Ontario SPCA for several years. Vicky is a member of Sisters in Crime (National) and Sisters in Crime, Toronto Chapter, and a member of the Uxbridge Writers’ Circle.
The fourth book in Earle’s mystery series is dedicated to LongRun.
Playing with Fire
A charred body turns up after a tragic barn fire at the racetrack that also claims the lives of two
racehorses. Meg—turned amateur sleuth—follows twists and turns, exposing a complex web of deception and soured relationships.
Her investigation puts her family, including her animals, in danger. Will she unravel the tangled mess of murder, fraud, drugs, art, and arson?
Jennifer Morrison has been covering horse racing in Canada for over 30 years and her work has appeared in the Toronto Star,Canadian Thoroughbred, and Blood-Horse. She has won three Sovereign Awards from the Jockey Club of Canada for feature writing and a Sovereign Award as part of the television show Talkin Horses. Jennifer has worked on the backstretch, owned horses, and hosted seminars and backstretch tours are her home track of Woodbine. She is also a public handicapper for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racing.
Run with a Mighty Heart
Welcome to the story of Mighty Heart, a one-eyed bay colt who captured the attention of horse racing fans all over the world when he won the 2020 Queen’s Plate, Canada’s iconic Thoroughbred race, at Woodbine racetrack.
It is the comeback story of a horse whose outlook was bleak after his first few disappointing races and got worse when the pandemic largely shut down horse racing. It is the comeback story of an owner, Larry Cordes, who had stepped away from racing after suffering a series of personal tragedies.
Larry was always smitten with horses and racing and became an owner when his late wife gave him a birthday gift of a racehorse. A leader in the heavy machine industry in Ontario, Larry’s love for horses became a warm and fulfilling family affair as his wife and daughters joined him in his fabulous obsessions.
But the tight-knit group was rocked by the deaths of three family members that forever changed their perspectives on life and Larry, crestfallen, stepped away from his passion.
Nine years later, he returned with a renewed love for horse racing, and an idea to breed his own horse with the help of some of the finest minds in Ontario’s Thoroughbred industry. It is a heartwarming, comeback story – all because of a little horse that could.
Run With a Mighty Heart is a refreshing, joyful read that is full of hope and wonder-showcasing that it truly takes a team to overcome the hurdles that we face in life. We are left cheering at the end.
After many years of working at the racetrack, Linda now manages a small herd of retired racehorses who usually give her enough time off to paint and write. She’s best known for her art, which can be seen at: www.lindashantz.com
Good Things Come
Liv’s smart, shy, and a total control freak, but she’s ready to throw away a future in veterinary medicine to become a jockey.
Nate’s good on a horse and good with people. Except Liv. He can’t quite crack Liv. Chique, though? He’s got that filly wrapped around his little finger.
Chique’s equal parts talent and exasperation, and carrying the hopes and dreams of her human teammates — all the way to Canada’s most prestigious race: the Queen’s Plate.