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Perfect Timing - Jockey Isaac Murphy

Perfect Timing - Jockey Isaac Murphy

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Perfect Timing

How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World's Greatest Jockeys

Written by Patsi B. Trollinger

Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue

Isaac Murphy was one of the greatest jockeys in the history of horseracing. But if it hadn't been for one lucky day in 1873, he might never have ridden at all. On that day, Isaac was offered the chance to ride a horse. He took the opportunity, and from the moment he sat in the saddle his life changed forever.

Isaac - the grandson of slaves - became a jockey, which allowed him to escape a future of labor and poverty. But Isaac wasn't just a jockey. He was one of the best. He won more races and set more records than almost anyone. Ever. Many of his records still stand today.

Captured in stunningly vibrant paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue, and with a lively text from Kentucky author Patsi B. Trollinger, Perfect Timing is a winning combination of sports, history, and inspiring biography.


ISBN  978-097934312-4

Softcover, 32 pages, 22 original color illustrations

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Schools and libraries may fax a purchase order to 888-879-0467.

Published by Benjamin Press and available wholesale at 800.765.2139


  • Recommended for Black History Month

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • Children's Cooperative Book Center "Best of the Year" List

  • Free Lesson Plans available online


"Readers will love the atmospherics of flying dirt and surging horses."
-The Chicago Tribune

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