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Black Minx has the strength and stamina to win the most famous horse race in the world, but she doesn’t seem to like racing. So strongly does she resist training that Alec Ramsay and Henry Dailey have to trick her into running! But Black Minx has a few tricks of her own …In 1952, Walter Farley crated Black Minx, the first daughter of the famous Black Stallion. At the time,Black Minx has the strength and stamina to win the most famous horse race in the world, but she doesn’t seem to like racing. So strongly does she resist training that Alec Ramsay and Henry Dailey have to trick her into running! But Black Minx has a few tricks of her own …In 1952, Walter Farley crated Black Minx, the first daughter of the famous Black Stallion. At the time, only one filly had ever won the Kentucky Derby in its seventy-seven-year history. In this classic racing story, Black minx just might be up to the challenge....

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ISBN : 9780394839165
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Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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The Black Stallion's Filly Reviews

  • Gerri Leen
    2019-06-12 15:32

    This was my absolute favorite of all the Black Stallion books (my second favorite would be The Black Stallion's Courage, which not coincidentally also involves the filly from this book but also has an amazing look at The Black, as well). Walter Farley was my favorite horse writer growing up, and I snarfed down these books like they were candy--and I'm old enough that they were still coming out new when I was reading them, and the wait often felt interminable. I didn't enjoy the Island Stallion series as much as some of the core books, but you really can't go wrong with Farley's books. Even the bad ones are still good reads if you're a horse lover--well, except for maybe The Black Stallion's Ghost: that one left me cold. If I had to rank them, it'd be like this. The Black Stallion's FillyThe Black Stallion's CourageThe Black Stallion MysteryThe Black Stallion and Satan Man o' WarThe Black Stallion Returns The Black StallionSon of the Black StallionThe Black Stallion Challenged The Blood Bay ColtThe Black Stallion's Sulky Colt The Black Stallion RevoltsThe Horse TamerThe Island Stallion RacesThe Island StallionThe Island Stallion's FuryThe Black Stallion and FlameThe Black Stallion and the Girl The Black Stallion LegendThe Black Stallion's Ghost

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-18 20:39

    This book is Walter Farley at his best-- believable, drawing, captivating. As the reader, I was drawn into every hoof beat, every struggle, every moment of Black Minx and her journey into becoming the first filly sired by the great Black Stallion.In my opinion, Walter Farley was *the* horse author for children. There has never been anyone quite like him, especially for boys. His horses are majestic creatures who can only be tamed by the force of love... quite a beautiful theme that runs through all of the Black Stallion stories.

  • Swaps55
    2019-06-07 13:31

    Next to the Black Stallion itself, this is my favorite book of the series. How can you not adore Black Minx, this spunky, contrary filly who takes on the task of all tasks? Again, Farley's ability to capture the thrill of a race and still meet the suspenion-of-disbelief limits of an actual racing fan is superb. He puts you right in the middle of the action and gives you a thrill that's as legit as watching the real thing. When I was a kid, I used to corrall my friends into pretending to be all the horses from this book. I informed them what their names were, how fast they were allowed to be, and made sure that none of them were allowed to run as fast as me (because guess who I was).

  • Jessica
    2019-06-05 17:22

    This fiction novel by Walter Farley takes place at Alec Ramsey’s Hopeful Farm in New York City, which he manages with the help of his trainer, Henry Dailey. Henry hears about the first filly by the Black, Alec’s beloved horse, and buys her for himself at a Kentucky auction. The book follows Alec and Henry as they break the filly, Black Minx, and prepare her to race at the Kentucky Derby.The Black Stallion’s Filly is undeniably unique as a horse book and an installment in the Black Stallion series, a large portion of it dedicated to horse training and horse behavior. Henry repeats the phrase “‘Anything can happen in the Derby’” several times throughout the novel, a testament not only to the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, but also capturing a hidden message about life. Much can be learned from Black Minx—what it means to have the drive to win, even if that means pursuing it with unconventional means.Walter Farley’s knowledge of horses makes this book an interesting read for those who don't have horse experience, or haven't read other books in the series. While there weren't any especially dramatic twists, there were many roadblocks for Alec and Henry to overcome in the training of Black Minx. The Black Stallion’s Filly is one of the most accurate books I have read about the trial and error of horse training, and horse racing, and one I would highly recommend to people with a desire to read a more realistic book about horses.Black Minx has many appearances throughout the book, but I did not find that she, along with Alex and Henry, faced any surprising challenges throughout the plot. The book focuses more on her training than racing, which some readers may find tedious, especially when the accomplishments of other horses are described in great detail. Due to this, the pace of the book is strangely slow in comparison to its conflict, but the wait is worth it in the end.Before The Black Stallion’s Filly, the other books all told the stories of various colts and stallions. This book focuses on the first important female horse of the series, and when I originally began reading it, I feared that Black Minx’s characterization would be dull, as with many of Farley’s characters, or extremely negative. The Black Stallion’s Filly exceeded my expectations, however, as Black Minx was written with a unique backstory and more complex characterization than I had expected from a horse. Not only is Black Minx a realistic character, but Farley’s human characters have reasonable goals and react accordingly to setbacks. Black Minx reminds me of some of the horses in my life, and reading her story reminded me of theirs. At various points throughout the book, I was frustrated, disappointed, and relieved by Black Minx’s behavior, similar to how I've felt about horses I have interacted with. It is easy, as reader, to imagine what Black Minx would be like in person. The Black Stallion’s Filly is, by far, one of my favorite books in the series, and one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a different take on the bond between people and horses.

  • Kristen Coffin
    2019-06-08 17:16

    "Anything can happen in the Kentucky Derby."I've said before that I'll always have a soft spot for the Black, so I don't enjoy the books without him as the main horse AS MUCH as those with him. But I love filly stories, because they don't get as much credit as the bigger, stronger, faster colts. So this is a nice change of pace from the Black, Satan, and Flame.

  • Sierra Sullivan
    2019-06-12 13:16

    I thought thus book was just okay. when I started reading the series, I only really loved the first book. You should read this book if you like horses, there is a lot of detail.

  • Susanna Grant
    2019-06-09 13:16

    loved every book in this best friend Laura and I couldn't read them fast enough

  • Rose
    2019-06-07 13:35

    I was lucky enough to find this book in a hardback edition for $2 at an antique store, so I naturally bought it, expecting to be amazed! Well, it was very good, but slightly disappointing. Not much about the Black, and it wasn't as intense as most of the other books in this series.It is still well worth reading, miles better than most horse fiction, but not as good as the first book, for sure.

  • Grace Ormerod
    2019-05-22 16:32

    Minx puts me in mind of my own three-year-old filly. I hope I have less trouble than Alec and Henry breaking her in this year.... Alec was my favourite "book crush" when I was a kid. I haven't read all these books yet, as they're just the ones my mum had lying around at my grans house from her childhood. I don't even think I've read the first one. I think I first read this aged 9 and it's just as awesome now as it was back then.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-05-27 19:41

    It's hard to describe what kind of hold the Kentucky Derby has for many in the thoroughbred racing industry. It is a horse race run on at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May (and once in April.) But it's also the ultimate high. Better than Olympic gold. It's Venus' arms. This is the best book I've read about the magic and mayhem surrounding the Kentucky Derby, where the Black's cantankerous and mostly tailless daughter Black Minx is entered for the Derby, despite her not ever winning a race before. In this book, trainer Henry Daley takes center stage as he tried to win the Derby just one more time. Alec is reluctantly dragged along, which shows how grown up he has become when he starts thinking like an adult but yet loyally sticking to Henry as a puppy.This also shows you how things have changed since this was first published in 1952 (the year Hill Gail won the Derby). The Derby used to be run at 4 or 4:30 -- now it's run about 6:40 in order to accommodate West Coast viewers. Back then, only one filly won the Derby -- now there's been 3. Also back then, you could enter any thoroughbred in the Derby as long as you paid the entrance fees. Now, you have to have a certain amount of points to get into one of only 20 available starting spots.It's a book that brings up many mixed emotions in me since I used to be such a knocked-out horse racing fan until 1999 when I finally realized how terribly the horses are treated. But once an addict always an addict and I still read about dead thoroughbreds in fact or fiction.

  • Tania
    2019-06-09 18:34

    Rereading The Black Stallion series as an adult, I find that it holds true to what I remember of it. The series as a whole, and most of the books as individuals, captures your heart and your imagination, and keeps you breathlessly waiting for more. The Black Stallion's Filly is no different. Here we meet Black Minx, a young filly out of The Black who ends up on the auction block. Henry Dailey wastes no time bringing her back into the Hopeful Farm pack. Though she's been spoiled and abused, and though she takes no interest in racing, Henry is sure that with her he can win the Derby. The Kentucky Derby, that is - a race that is made and meant for colts.This book takes us through the perilous journey of Black Minx's training into racing form, and through the racing scene as it is the year she is meant to run in the Derby. We follow each of her possible competitor's through their races, and we feel Henry and Alec's indecision as they get closer to choosing whether to run her in the Kentucky Oaks, a race for fillies, or the famed Kentucky Derby, a race dominated by colts.I loved the diversion of all the other races and race horses that are interspersed with Black Minx's story. We feel the passion that Henry and Alec have for the sport as never before. We've always understood that they love their horses, but now we see just how entrenched they are in this life. Farley shares with us the balance in their relationship and the hope that is truly a part of Hopeful Farm.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-06-08 12:17

    The next instalment in the series finds Alec running Hopeful farm, where he's breeding a string of potential racehorses from the Black. And when Satan is injured on the track, he joins them at the farm too. For Alec, it is more than he dreamed for, but Henry is bored, wanting to train. So he tracks down one of the Black's early foals, a filly called Black Minx, and buys her. Like all of the Black's family, she isn't easy and soon the two of them have their work cut out fooling her into becoming a racehorse. And there is only one goal in mind - The Kentucky Derby.A reasonably enjoyable read. The books are becoming a bit formulaic, but at least the 'problems' that each horse has is different. The descriptions of the races towards the end are brilliantly written and I could feel my heartbeat rising with the excitement, although you do kind of know what the outcome will be! Still, it's a good read while you get there.

  • Brenn
    2019-06-04 12:26

    The Black Minx is one of my all time favorite characters. It's great to see this type of personality in books or movies, and I wish we could get more like her, in any species or format.The Black Minx has her own mind and way of doing things, and she's not going to let any slow human tell her what to do. Until Alec Ramsey and his mentor Henry find a way to unlock the puzzle of what she wants. It's the Minx who drives this story, not the humans. And that's one of my favorite things about how Farley writes.

  • Data
    2019-06-14 12:20

    The story in this book is continued in The Black Stallion's Courage.This book felt somewhat more honest than some of the others in the Black Stallion series. No big axe to grind over the racing industry; it tells the story of overcoming seemingly impossible odds by using the old noggin to really understand horses. A bit more like the original story of the Black, and inspiring to young horse people.

  • Womana
    2019-06-13 20:16

    I always enjoy a horse story written by someone who actually has experience with horses. No ridiculous situations that could never happen, or anthropomorphic behavior from the horse. Lots of tension building up to the big race, and he makes you nervous about the outcome even though you really know how it is going to turn out. Farley keeps you in doubt just the same. Only truly great storytelling can keep you engaged and guessing all the way. An enjoyable read with the message not to make assumptions, anything can happen.

  • Melody
    2019-05-22 19:42

    Farley waxes pretty philosophical in this book about Black Minx, a filly owned by Henry Dailey. There's a lot here about heart, about gameness, about the will to win, and a fair bit about how being up on a horse in the Kentucky Derby will turn a boy into a man. I wonder how all those jockeys who never rode the Derby got to be men? Farley doesn't address that- some things are too deep even for an old horseman to touch.Solid, engaging, and as ever, Farley's race scenes are pulse-poundingly exciting. After reading one of them, I am always a little surprised that I'm not muddier.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-18 18:21

    This and The Black Stallion's Blood Bay Colt were my favorites of the series. I liked both Black Minx and her boyfriend horse. ;)The fact that Alec and Henry had to get so creative was interesting and entertaining, and while she was definitely a diva, I very much enjoyed Black Minx and her antics. This was just fun.

  • Hildegart
    2019-06-09 13:33

    The filly who didn't want to race/win. Black Minx definitely had her own personality and even had a distinct tail- one made up of hairs from other horses. Genuine Risk was the next filly to win the Kentucky Derby in 1980. After that it was Winning Colors in 1988. WC finished third in the Preakness like Black Minx did.

  • Elise
    2019-06-07 15:19

    This was okay, but I read it pretty quick. The other two I read had some sort of plot twist or something unique. But this was just races, leading up to the final and the obvious victory. I wasn't much interested in all the races, so it just wasn't that interesting. Kind of predictable with no unique plot.

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-09 17:14

    Another Farley favorite from my childhood. I still remember the hot potato trick to cure Black Minx's biting, and wondering if that would actually work! I also remember reading that in this book, Regret was the only filly who had ever won the Derby (1915), and being amazed that the book was written long before Genuine Risk (1980) or Winning Colors (1988) won.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-15 17:42

    I raced through this series as a child. Of course, "The Black Stallion" was my favorite, and I read it a few times, but I waited eagerly for any of the books to return to my branch of the library so I could snap them up.

  • Morgan
    2019-06-05 14:18

    In The Black Stallion's Filly, Alec and his trainer Henry work together on Alec's family farm. When Henry buys Black's daughter, he has a few querks to get out of her. One is she won't run, above a gallop. Can Alec and Henry get Black Minx to run for them Before they go for the Centuky Derby?

  • Beth
    2019-06-03 14:13

    Black Minx's story is better told in the beginning of The Black Stallion's Courage than it is here, in her own book.But then, I think that The Black Stallion's Courage is one of Farley's best books.

  • BeaCharmed
    2019-06-01 19:41

    Overly long, felt unrealistic. Good to see the underdog win. Liked the exploration of Alec & Henry's relationship but there was lots of telling, not enough showing. It's interesting re-reading these as an adult.

  • Bonnie
    2019-06-04 14:19

    The Black Stallion's Filly and The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley - Two of the ones I actually liked again, after a streak of books in the series that I found I didn't care much for as an adult.

  • Maya Rock
    2019-06-08 16:36

    OK, this is my last review of the day.Obviously I was ecstatic to be reading about a female horse. Black Minx is a filly and then she, if my recollection is correct, wins the Kentucky Derby. I don't know if she is the first filly to do so but it is, I believe extremely rare.

  • Serena
    2019-05-17 14:23

    I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • C
    2019-05-17 16:25

    Comfort reread.

  • Lynne Stringer
    2019-06-10 20:26

    I like the temperamental Black Minx a lot and enjoyed reading about her training and the frustrations that went along with it. It was an entertaining story.

  • Vicki
    2019-06-05 16:22

    Loved reading this as a child.