Fiction. It is spring 1875, and in an effort to boost the prestige of his new racetrack in Louisville and the first running of his Kentucky Derby, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. has invited the most famous couple in America to attend. Abraham and Mary Lincoln, living in retirement in Springfield since the end of his eventful years as president (nearly cut short by a failed assassination attempt), accept his invitation to revisit their home state. But for Alexander Delacroix, a New Orleans gambler, this presents the opportunity for him to exact long awaited revenge for the defeated Confederacy. As the Lincolns make their way to Kentucky, a dark conspiracy takes shape against the backdrop of final preparations for the opening day of the track. Together with a cast of thoroughbred horsemen and African-American trainers and jockeys all dreaming of racing glory, their fates will collide on the THIRD MONDAY IN MAY.
Ross R. Moore is an educator, storyteller, and singer-songwriter living in San Diego. A native of Kentucky where he attended Murray State University and the University of Louisville, he was for several years a museum educator at the Kentucky Derby Museum.Author City: SOLANA BEACH, CA USA