Xerxes is a dark gray horse belonging to horse wrangler Harlan Grayson. Grayson rode Xerxes in the Tarrell Overland Horse Race when the race came to Miradero. Xerxes finished the race second, but Grayson was declared the winner of the race when the first-place finishers, Lucky and Spirit, were disqualified. Before she realized Lucky was in the race, Aunt Cora thought Xerxes had good chances of winning.[1]

Grayson used Xerxes to haul a cart with barrels of water from Grayson's land, where the river had been dammed up by a landslide, back into Miradero to sell water to the townspeople at $5 a bucket.[2]

When working on the Grayson ranch, Lucky helped teach Xerxes a trick from the circus, and then sees Grayson complimenting his horse.[3]


Xerxes was a great king of Persia in the 6th and 5th centuries BC.



  1. "Lucky and the Price of Freedom"
  2. "Lucky and the Doubtful Drought"
  3. "Lucky and the Ray of Sunshine"
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