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  • A feral hog, some hornets, and a prodigy led me through the woods so that I might stumble upon the first girl I ever kissed riding "TOC like he’s a thoroughbred next to the grave of an Austro-Hungarian Archduke.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • There would be burnished, stick-legged Thoroughbreds, their jockeys in billowing bright silks, careering past.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He half rose from his seat, like a jockey on a thoroughbred, and pointed his gavel at Johnny Wayne.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Intellectually, he was a thoroughbred.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Mr. Dolphus Raymond lurched by on his thoroughbred.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Rostov could already see their faces and heard the command: "Charge!" shouted by an officer who was urging his thoroughbred to full speed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This daughter of the shadows was thoroughbred.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As for your guest, send him off in a car, with one of your sons, and give him thoroughbreds, a racing team.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The first time occurred when the master was trying to teach a spirited thoroughbred the method of opening and closing gates without the rider’s dismounting.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • In the side-traces Pedasos, a thoroughbred, was added to the team; Akhilleus took him when he destroyed the city of Eetion.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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  • He was confused now, but Dessie could hold his bit and point him, the way a handler points a thoroughbred at the barrier to show his breeding and his form.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • You give away horses worth a thousand louis; you save the lives of ladies of high rank and beauty; under the name of Major Brack you run thoroughbreds ridden by tiny urchins not larger than marmots; then, when you have carried off the golden trophy of victory, instead of setting any value on it, you give it to the first handsome woman you think of!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The leaders of his expedition, Dan Mazur and Jonathan Pratt, along with French climber Etienne Fine, were thoroughbreds.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I’d gladly give the horses free of charge if I knew they were going to be ridden by boys I know, gentlemen used to thoroughbreds.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The magnificent coach, drawn by four of the finest thoroughbreds in England, had driven off along the London road, with Sir Percy Blakeney on the box, holding the reins in his slender feminine hands, and beside him Lady Blakeney wrapped in costly furs.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • There were cockfights in the patios, accordion music on the street corners, riders on thoroughbred horses, rockets and bells.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Prince Kuzovlev sat with a white face on his thoroughbred mare from the Grabovsky stud, while an English groom led her by the bridle.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If I wish to hunt, why should I not? I hunt the scum of the earth — sailors from tramp ships — lascars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels — a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • I do know there’s been some good cowhorses sired out of thoroughbreds.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • She said that it was only the thoroughbred gentleman who could wear the Court suit with advantage: it was only your men of ancient race whom the culotte courte became.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Arrah, bloody end to the paw he’d paw and Alf trying to keep him from tumbling off the bloody stool atop of the bloody old dog and he talking all kinds of drivel about training by kindness and thoroughbred dog and intelligent dog: give you the bloody pip.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Have they eyes to gauge your worth, have they the heart to love you, will they know what thoroughbred prances towards them in caparisons of honour?
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Otherwise he possessed the markings of the military thoroughbred.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In their unconcerned looks was the calm of passions daily satiated, and through all their gentleness of manner pierced that peculiar brutality, the result of a command of half-easy things, in which force is exercised and vanity amused—the management of thoroughbred horses and the society of loose women.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The mare was a dapple gray, with a white muzzle and a white streak down her forehead, too tall to be pure Indian pony and too short-barreled to be pure thoroughbred.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • In the livestock pens there were steers that looked as square as an outhouse and pigs almost as big as cows and thoroughbred chickens.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • His brother, however, unwilling to part with him so soon, proposes to ride with him in a light open carriage to the place where he will bait for the night, and there remain with him until morning, a servant riding for so much of the journey on the thoroughbred old grey from Chesney Wold.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But then good society has its claret and its velvet carpets, its dinner-engagements six weeks deep, its opera and its faery ball-rooms; rides off its ennui on thoroughbred horses; lounges at the club; has to keep clear of crinoline vortices; gets its science done by Faraday, and its religion by the superior clergy who are to be met in the best houses,—how should it have time or need for belief and emphasis?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The long afternoons she spent browsing through dictionary and thesaurus made for constructions that were inept, but hauntingly so: the coins a villain concealed in his pocket were "esoteric," a hoodlum caught stealing a car wept in "shameless auto-exculpation," the heroine on her thoroughbred stallion made a "cursory" journey through the night, the king’s furrowed brow was the "hieroglyph" of his displeasure.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • …demon believed be could restore by sheer indomitable willing the Sutpen’s Hundred which he remembered and had lost, labored with no hope of pay or reward who must have seen long before the demon did (or would admit it) that the task was hopeless—blind Jones who apparently saw still in that furious lecherous wreck the old fine figure of the man who once galloped on the black thoroughbred about that domain two boundaries of which the eye could not see from any point "Yes," Quentin said.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Her nostrils flared with each inhalation, like a thoroughbred after the quarter mile.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A rider’s love of a thoroughbred shone in them.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Carley’s first requisite for character in a woman was that she be a thoroughbred.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He’d done eleven colts already and this now was the twelfth, a beautiful black thoroughbred.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • It sounded as smooth and rhythmic as a thoroughbred trotting around the back stretch in a harness race.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • She’s a thoroughbred.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He appeared quite large for his species, was almost red in color, had a racy and powerful build, and a fine thoroughbred head with dark, fiery eyes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He had nothing in common with the stray dogs in the street, much less with the thoroughbred racers that assorted families of the aristocracy were raising.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The mustang turned in the gate, slid to a stop, and stood quivering, restive, tossing its thoroughbred head, black as a coal, with freedom and fire in every line.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • They were getting rowdy, laughing at the spasmodic progress of the insect, urging it on as though it were a thoroughbred pounding across turf toward a finish line.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The horse was the best hunt horse, young but not inexperienced, the color of an expensive gun-stock and built almost like a racing thoroughbred, except that his legs were thicker and stronger.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "This steering by the nose, Magnet, may do well enough for an Indian, but your thoroughbred knows the virtue of the needle," said the uncle, as he trudged at the heels of the light-stepping Tuscarora.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • A finely chiseled oval face; clear, olive-tinted skin, long eyes set wide apart and black as coal, beautiful to look into; a slender, straight nose that had something nervous and delicate about it which made Duane think of a thoroughbred; and a mouth by no means small, but perfectly curved; and hair like jet—all these features proclaimed her beauty to Duane.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • But she divined when he was thinking what a picture she looked there, on her knees before the bread-pan, with flour on her arms; of the difference a girl brought into any place; of how strange it seemed that this girl, instead of lying a limp and disheveled rag under a tree, weeping and praying for home, made the best of a bad situation and unproved it wonderfully by being a thoroughbred.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • We had 125 head up there, mostly Thoroughbreds and quarter horses.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The Thoroughbreds had their own swimming pools.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Raises Thoroughbred racehosses.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • This is not a day at the races, Miss Doyle, and you are not a Thoroughbred.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • He lifted her nightgown, rolled it up over her belly, coaxed her Thoroughbred legs apart.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Fitzsimmons soon established himself as the most successful condi-tioner of Thoroughbreds in the nation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
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