Books

Ms. Novak is a contributing author to the following volumes:

Second Chance Horses
Inspiring Stories of Ex-Racehorses Succeeding in New Careers
Eclipse Press, 2009

A collection of heart-warming stories with mostly happy endings.” – Toronto Star

Will… make you look at Thoroughbreds in a whole new light.” Jeannine Edwards, horse racing analyst, ESPN

“Funny Cide came to the Kentucky Horse Park on a crisp autumn day in 2008, as a chill wind blew in from the north and falling leaves drifted down to the pastures. The leaves matched the color of the chestnut gelding’s woolly coat and the wind bolstered his spirits. Racing fans and reporters who had followed his career through thirty-eight starts remarked that they had hardly seen him so happy, so animated, since his Triple Crown campaign in 2003…”

Horsenameographies
Life Stories in a Racehorse Name
Caballo Press of Ann Arbor, 2010

“…proves to be an accrued pleasure, building its own, steady case…” – Jay Hovdey, The Daily Racing Form

“…surely worth reading!” – Mary Simon, Thoroughbred Times

“Scoop Novak.” For journalists, there’s nothing like the rush that comes with breaking a story – or, as they say in newspaper lingo, “getting the scoop.” Some friends of mine bequeathed this nickname upon me back in my days with The Blood-Horse Magazine. I’ve always thought it would be great for a gutsy chestnut gelding, one who puts his heart on the line in every race. I can see him making his move at Saratoga now; Tom Durkin has the call. “And Scoop Novak takes the lead, as the field turns for home!

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