Does Prado’s account of Barbaro really gallop its way into our hearts?
My Guy Barbaro
By Edgar Prado with John Eisenberg
Anyone who loves horses loved Barbaro. The Thoroughbred, so dominating in the 2006 Kentucky Derby, enchanted fans, animal lovers, and grown-up horse-y girls like me, turning us from wide-eyed to stunned to hopeful to grief-stricken. He did the same to his jockey, Edgar Prado, author of this, one of a half-dozen recently released Barbaro books. There’s no denying that Prado’s connection to the horse is exceptional and earnest, but his simplistic account, helped along by sports columnist Eisenberg, is more A Very Young Rider than Tuesdays with Morrie. Racing trivia, statistics, niceties and clichés get in the way of what a book about a man and a horse — especially this horse — is supposed to do: spark your interest, quicken your pulse, and break your heart. Just like Barbaro. C+