Publication Date:  May 15, 2017
Paperback, 338 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-34-2
Booksellers:  Available from
Small Press Distribution
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, sharing the history of
the race with visitors.  Now his brings
this story to a wider audience, drawing
upon his knowledge of Derby lore to
form the backdrop of this, his first
It is spring 1875, and in an effort to boost the prestige of his new racetrack in
Louisville and the first running of the 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

In this richly imaginative debut novel, the first running of the Kentucky Derby serves
as the backdrop for a story of what might have been had Abraham Lincoln survived
his assassination and lived to retire with Mary to Springfield.  Derby historian Ross R.
Moore provides an accurate account of the origins of the famous race, while creating
a detailed and entirely plausible world through which the Lincoln's journey to
Louisville to meet old friends and to face another deadly threat.  Part horse racing
saga, part travelogue, part historical fantasy, part suspense thriller, chock full of sly
bits of "stealth history" befitting its educator author, and peopled with memorable
characters both real and imaginary, the result is an entertaining and engaging yarn and
rewarding read.                                                
A Novel Concerning
the Remarkable Events of
the First Kentucky Derby

Ross R. Moore