Meet Dreamspinner, the horse…

May 2, 2014

Yes, the racehorse in my book, Run for the Roses, is named Dreamspinner! That maybe considered a sneaky way of having my manuscript accepted, but hey, all is fair in love, war and publishing. Right?

The same wonderful artist who created the cover for Run for the Roses also made this picture of my fictional horse, Dreamspinner for me.


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Art by TL Bland

This whole book adventure began when I thought it would be fun to write a book using the Kentucky Derby as a backdrop, it’s not the main focus of the story but a very important part. Then I had this utterly brilliant idea to name my fictional racehorse Dreamspinner, good name. So, I fire off an email to Elizabeth North, owner of Dreamspinner Press and asked if it would be okay to name a horse in a novel after her company. She very graciously said yes. Then I followed a little while later with an email stating post time for the 2014 Kentucky Derby was 6:24 pm May 3 and when would she need my manuscript in order to publish my book as close to that time as possible.

She laughed and said she’d never had that request before, gave me a date and asked for the title. That is how Run for the Roses and my Dreamspinner was born…or conceived.

In the book we learn that Dreamspinner is a descendant of War Admiral and Secretariat and there are a few references to them mentioned. One reference to Secretariat that many people might notice is the mention of winning a race by thirty-one lengths. That race was the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Why, when mentioning famous racehorses in my book was Man O’ War’s name not included? The answer is simple, he never ran in the Kentucky Derby, his owner didn’t like racing in Kentucky!  Man O’War’s son, War Admiral won the 1937 Triple Crown, but that’s not why I picked him to mention. Dreamspinner, like War Admiral didn’t like getting into the starting gate.

Everyone answering any question other than the pick the Derby winner contest will also be entered to win a copy of Run for the Roses tell me, that’s two ways to win a book! Do you have a favorite racehorse? If so, why?

Interested in knowing more about Dreamspinner the horse? He has a secret spot on my website. Feel free to visit him HERE. There is one spoiler on the bottom of the page.

4 Responses to “Meet Dreamspinner, the horse…”

  1. Trix says:

    Barbaro’s story was just heartrending, of course. I still haven’t explored the whole Seabiscuit saga in full, and I know that’s a neat one. And I always loved Stewball from the Leadbelly/Coasters song, because how can you not love a horse named Stewball?

  2. Hahahaha…you have a good point.

  3. Susan says:

    I really enjoyed the Seabiscuit movie, so he’s my favorite horse.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Outing myself as Australian, but my absolute favourite racehorse is Black Caviar, undefeated in 25 starts, the best sprinter in the world and gorgeous, to boot. What’s not to love?

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