Former Major League Baseball pitcher and author Chris Carpenter will release his children's book “The Long Shot” in July. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the book, which is based on Carpenter's experiences with the racehorse Benbang (Shanghai Bobby), will benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
“I am honored to collaborate with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and contribute to their vital work,” Carpenter said. “By supporting the foundation through the sales of 'The Long Shot,' we can make a tangible difference in the lives of retired racehorses, offering them a well-deserved sanctuary and a chance for a peaceful retirement.”
A debut winner for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners in Saratoga in 2021, Benbang went on to win last summer's Blue Sparkler S. at Monmouth Park.
“The Long Shot” follows Benbang's journey, from facing doubts and uncertainty to winning her debut race. Set against a backdrop of true events, the story is designed to encourage young readers to chase their dreams fearlessly, no matter the challenges that lie ahead.
Carpenter, who played for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, collaborated with Saratoga artist Dave Papa, who provided illustrations for the book.