Lexington book cover



Now in paperback! The dramatic true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained international fame in the tumultuous, Civil War-era South, despite going nearly blind, and became the most successful sire in American racing history.

“Researched with breathtaking thoroughness, written with imagination and verve, Kim Wickens has unearthed a vivid portrait of America’s greatest stallion, the larger-than-life men who raced and bred him, and the dramatic times in which they lived. A fascinating account from start to finish.”

—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author and author of Horse

Lexington’s World

Lexington’s story is so rich and multi-faceted that there’s just too much to fit between the pages of a book. So, I’ve created this section of my website to highlight some of these wonderful tangential stories that are fascinating in their own right. I think Lexington fans, Civil War buffs, and horse-lovers will enjoy them!

Statues of a Civil War horse

Civil War Horses

A painting of 1800s horse riders

The Metairie Racecourse

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A photograph of Kim Wickens

Meet Kim Wickens

Kim Wickens grew up in Dallas, Texas, and practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in New Mexico for twenty years. She subsequently turned her attention to writing, which she studied at Kenyon College, and has devoted the last several years to researching this book. She lives with her husband and son in Lexington, Kentucky, where she trains in dressage with her three horses.

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