Youth Fiction- The Golden Filly Series
The Golden Filly Collection, 1 and 2
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Two, 5-in-1 Volumes for Horse Loving Pre-teens!
Sixteen-year-old Tricia Evanston and her father share something very special: their love of horses.
With Tricia as jockey and her father as trainer, the two have big dreams of winning the Triple Crown.
Tricia has other pressures, too, like declining grades, a strained relationship with her mother, and the constant worry about her father's failing health.
But Tricia's faith in God always gives her the strength to push her limits.
Collection One includes The Race, Eagle's Wings, Go for the Glory, Kentucky Dreamer, and Call for Courage.
Collection Two includes Shadow Over San Mateo, Out of the Mist, Second Wind, Close Call, and The Winner's Circle.
**Older versions of these books may still be available at online booksellers, so we’ve included their cover art and summaries below.
Tricia Evanston has loved horses as long as she can remember just like her father. He has always encouraged her love of horse racing and has been training her to compete professionally. Things are not as smooth with Tricia's mother who worries about her schoolwork and the chances of her getting hurt. Their relationship is easily strained.
Tricia has turned sixteen and her whole life is about to be turned upside down. Her father has been coughing for a long time and finally goes to the hospital. The family is devastated when they learn the diagnosis. Tricia and her older brother David try to take care of the ranch, but when some of the horses get sick, Tricia's schoolwork really suffers.
And then there's the question of her faith. How can she trust in God when He's seemingly forgotten her father?
Before her looms the big race. If only she can win.
Only a few colts come along with Derby potential, and only a few riders can bring it out. Spitfire has the potential and Tricia Evanston is the only rider who can handle him. But having won The Race at The Meadows, the odds are still heavily stacked against them winning the upcoming Portland Futurity.
When her father goes back to the hospital, the family’s worries and cares for the horse ranch multiply. Tricia secretly takes on after school work to raise money, but when her parents find out what she’s up to and her grades in chemistry hit bottom, she’s in big trouble.
And there’s trouble at the track as well. Several accidents happen because someone is striking Tricia’s mounts during the races. Who could be so malicious as to endanger the horses and riders? Will he be stopped?
When the striker goes for Spitfire, the results could be devastating.
Go For The Glory
With a solid string of wins at the Portland Meadows, sixteen-year-old Tricia Evanston has quickly become the wonder jockey at the Oregon racetrack. And despite her mother's worries about Tricia's grades and the slippery track conditions, her father makes their nomination for the upcoming Santa Anita Derby and then the Kentucky Derby. Just the thought of riding in these races is almost too much for Tricia to dream!
But after a wonderful family Christmas, it appears that everything is conspiring to keep them away from the Santa Anita Derby. Troubles with Spitfire, nature, and Tricia's family are further complicated when she herself has an accident!
How can so many things go wrong so fast? Is there any chance of getting Spitfire ready for the big race?
It looks like Tricia will miss the biggest opportunity of her life. . . .
Tricia Evanston can hardly believe that she and the true-black horse she'd raised from a colt had beaten world-famous jockeys and their horses at the Santa Anita Derby. The thrill of such a win is beyond words. Coming from their small ranch in Vancouver, Washington, this unknown horse and sixteen-year-old female jockey are suddenly top news in the racing world!
They have proven they were true contenders to enter the dream of a lifetime, the Kentucky Derby. But dreams have never come easy for the Evanston family. Spitfire's knee is warm again and must be handled with great care. Tricia's father is back in for chemotherapy, and something's wrong with her mother... seriously wrong.
But when Tricia is involved in a tragic accident at the track, there's a reason to wonder if she'll even have the courage to ride again.
Will the dream of the Kentucky Derby fade with her hopes for Spitfire?
Call For Courage
It’s turning into a year of firsts for sixteen-year-old Tricia Evanston. First race, first win, first trip to California and now, the first female to win the Kentucky Derby. What a feeling to hear the cheering spectators and to take the victory bow! She and her father's dream has come true, and Tricia feels butterflies as she thinks about their chance to win the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing in the upcoming weeks. And then there's Red, the jockey Tricia met in Kentucky!
So many things are going so well for Tricia, but the road that leads to the final race at Belmont park is filled with untold adversity and near tragedy. Although Spitfire has lived up to his name and become a world-class horse, he and Tricia have yet to meet their biggest challenge. And despite the chemotherapy, Tricia's father is growing weaker and his cancer has spread.
Her father taught her courage. Will it be there when they need it?
This one is for her dad!
Shadow Over San Mateo
It should have been the most thrilling moment in Tricia Evanston's life. She and her thoroughbred, Spitfire, just won the famed Belmont Classic, the third diamond in the Triple Crown. Tricia is the first woman jockey to win the honor.
But none of it matters now. Not the trophies, not the applause, not the money. Unknown to her during the race, Tricia's father died at the hospital just before the race of her life began. When she didn't see him in the crowd, a nod from her brother confirmed her worst fears.
In the days ahead, Tricia is overwhelmed with reminders of her father. Shadows of grief cloud her life. The healing process must come, but where does it begin?
Her father's race is finished. Will Tricia be able to keep going?
Out Of The Mist
After a summer-long losing streak, sixteen-year-old Tricia Evanston is ready to give up racing. Once the winner of the Triple Crown, now it seems her desire for racing died along with her father, and no amount of tears will bring either of them back. Tricia decides that if she doesn't win Firefly's last race, she will quit the racing scene altogether and go home.
Tricia's sympathetic chemistry tutor offers to help, but Tricia is caught off-guard when his solution is a handful of pills. Tricia shoves them into her purse. The drugs seem like they'd be such an easy way out of her darkness. Richard promises they will make her feel better... but at what price?
Will Tricia ever find the peace her father knew?
Sixteen-year-old Triciaa Evanston is back home in Portland and ready for a fresh start. After a summer of grieving over her father’s death from cancer, Tricia finds herself growing excited about the upcoming racing season. But with only two weeks before the racing track at Portland Meadows is scheduled to open, Tricia overhears rumors of corruption and illicit financial deals among the track’s management. What will this mean to the future of her family’s racing business?
When Tricia learns that the city council may force the track to close, she determines to put the criminals behind bars before they cause the track’s ruin. Suddenly Tricia finds herself in very hot water—and chilling threats warn her to stay away from Portland Meadows.
Will Tricia expose the culprit before it’s too late?
After a shaky start, the Portland Meadows racing season is off and running with Tricia Evanston once again in the winner's circle. Her successful racing career is not only attracting attention from local news media, but the Chrysler Corporation wants Tricia to be their television spokesperson in a commercial! Tricia is both flattered and nervous, but she's not about to pass this up!
Only one dark cloud hangs over her: a series of threatening notes and sinister phone calls from someone determined to finish her off. Police protection is assigned, but that just makes Tricia more jittery. In fact, she is terrified!
The note said "I'll Get You." Can Tricia escape?
The Winner’s Circle
After an intense near-death experience, Triple Crown-winner Tricia Evanston battles to recover from her tragic racing accident. The pain is agonizing, but it isn't enough to keep her mind off her injured filly, Firefly, or off the culprit who continues to send her venomous threats.
When Tricia is well enough to travel, she returns home to Runnin' on Farm, where life on the ranch settles down to a normal pace until a disturbing phone call reminds her that the stalker must be caught before she can feel safe again. As graduation day nears, her pursuer closes in and Tricia finds herself in a desperate race for her life! Has winning come at too high a price?
The accident is behind her, but the real challenge is just beginning...
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