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Carroll English professor publishes "Kentucky Derby Dreams"

March 30, 2012

WAUKESHA, WIS.— Susan Nusser, assistant professor of English at Carroll University, has published her second book, “Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions” (Thomas Dunne Books; available April 24, 2012). The book takes readers inside the barns of Kentucky’s Taylor Made Farm, capturing the behind-the-scenes drama of raising Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

From the carefully calculated birth of the new crop of foals in 2009 to the horses’ debut at the world’s premier yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., three years later, this is a rare and exclusive look at the vets, the drugs, the surgeries, the long hours and the hard work that it takes to breed a Derby winner. “Kentucky Derby Dreams” uncovers all the inside drama and heartache that accompany these potential champions, from the foaling barn to the bluegrass. The Taylor Made Farm is famous for its champion racehorses: thirteen Breeder's Cup Champions have been bred or consigned by the farm. Nusser skillfully captures the juxtaposition between the serene day-to-day life on the farm with the exhilaration of a multi-million dollar yearling auction.

A book release and signing will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public.

Nusser is the author of “In Service to the Horse,” which explored the bond that develops between competition horses and their grooms, and between that of one of Kentucky’s most valuable stallions and his groom. She has written about both the politics and culture of the human and animal relationship for “Milwaukee Magazine” and has taught writing at Carroll University since 2005. Her website is

To request review copies and/or an interview with the author, contact Jessica Preeg at 646.307.5568 or


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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