Horse racing

Beyond the Homestretch: What I've Learned from Saving Racehorses

By Lynn Reardon

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"Racehorses that are not great money winners, or who suffer career-ending injuries, are frequently relegated to lives of neglect, abuse, or demise. Lynn Reardon founded Lonestar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) to give these also-ran horses a second chance at a decent life. This book documents her experiences, challenges, and triumphs through personal anecdotes."
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Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses that Saved Me

By Sylvia Harris with Eunetta T. Boone and William H. Boulware.

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The author describes her battle with bipolar disorder, the surprisingly calming effect that grooming, caring for, and eventually racing horses had on her condition.
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The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing: The Illustrated Guide to the World of the Thoroughbred

By Bill Mooney & George Ennor

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"...the definitive illustrated work on 'the horses,' with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. It follows horse racing from its earliest inceptions to the present day, and provides essential data on all the top jockeys, leading owners and trainers, and famous Thoroughbreds. In addition, the off-track world is explored through chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, media coverage, and the business of racing."
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Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids

By Jim Squires

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"Jim Squires was in trouble. He was in the horse business, an enterprise seemingly intent on committing suicide, led over the cliff by visionless leaders. A clannish group called 'the Dinnies' had long refused to share power, as vast overproduction and unbridled greed created a subprime-like bubble in the market. Overpriced animals of dubious quality and drug-enhanced performance on the track were undermining the integrity of competition and ultimately the very breed itself. With its economic model broken, its tawdry sales practices under attack, and its public image in tatters, the sport was overdue for a reckoning. Headless Horsemen is Squires's critique of what is happening to the sport and the animals he loves, as he and a small group of unlikely heroes agitate for a return to fair dealing. For anyone who cares about the soul and survival of horse racing, this book is an impassioned call to arms."

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The Most Glorious Crown: The Story of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds from Sir Barton to Affirmed

By Marvin Drager

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Updated with all-new information, this is the indisputable and definitive work on the entire history of the rarest of horse racing events, outlining and detailing each of the 11 Triple Crown champions. 150+ archival photos throughout.

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A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

By Jane Smiley

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"The Pulitzer Prize--winning author of  A Thousand Acres gallops into territory she first explored in her acclaimed best-selling novel, Horse Heaven with this irresistible account of her lifelong love affair with horses. Smiley draws upon her firsthand knowledge of horses, as well as the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys, and even a real-life horse whisperer, to examine the horse on all levels-practical, theoretical, and emotional. She shares not only 'cute stories' about her own horses, but also fascinating and original insights into horse-and human-behavior. To all this she adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the sexy black filly Waterwheel and the elegant gray colt Wowie aspire to the winner's circle, we are enchanted, enthralled-and informed about what it's really like to own, train, and root for a Thoroughbred."

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Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty

By Ann Hagedorn Auerbach

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A stable with a glorious tradition of winners (Whirlaway, Citation, and Alydar) is brought to its knees, literally and figuratively, by high-rolling businessmen to whom the bottom line is justification for anything whether illegal or immoral.
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Man O'War: A Legend Like Lightning

By Dorothy Ours

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"His trainer said that managing him was like holding a tiger by the tail. His owner compared him to 'chain lightning.' His jockeys found their lives transformed by him, in triumphant and distressing ways. All of them became caught in a battle for honesty. Born in 1917, Man o' War grew from a rebellious youngster into perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time. He set such astonishing speed records that The New York Times called him a 'Speed Miracle.' Often he won with so much energy in reserve that experts wondered how much faster he could have gone.

"Over the years, this and other mysteries would envelop the great Man o' War. The truth remained problematic. Even as Man o' War---known as 'Big Red'---came to power, attracting record crowds and rave publicity, the colorful sport of Thoroughbred racing struggled for integrity. His lone defeat, suffered a few weeks before gamblers fixed the 1919 World Series, spawned lasting rumors that he, too, had been the victim of a fix.

"Tackling old beliefs with newly uncovered evidence, Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning shows how human pressures collided with a natural phenomenon and brings new life to an American icon. The genuine courage of Man o' War, tribulations of his archrival, Sir Barton (America's first Triple Crown winner), and temptations of their Hall of Fame jockeys and trainers reveal a long-hidden tale of grace, disgrace, and elusive redemption."

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Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance

By William Nack

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"As a young boy in Illinois, William Nack carried in his pocket a trading card of his hero, Swaps, winner of the 1955 Kentucky Derby. As a young an adult, he climbed on a table at an office party and rattled off from memory the names of every horse who had ever won America's premiere race. Newsday promptly promoted him to the paper's turfbeat. Weeks later, Nack began an unprecedented streak of good fortune at Belmont Racetrack. He met a young colt named Secretariat and found himself writing an equine biography, 'the gold standard of horse books,' according to Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.

"Upon publication, Nack returned to the track to meet Ruffian, a daring filly who endeared herself to a generation of fathers and daughters with a magnificently inspiring, ten-race winning streak. On July 6, 1975, she was leading the colt Foolish Pleasure in a nationally-televised match race when her luck ran out. She shattered her ankle and had to be taken from the track by ambulance. After a heroic attempt to mend her leg with surgery, Ruffian was put down later that evening. In this moving, lyrical memoir, Nack chronicles his real-life romance with the sport's most famous filly and the tragic afternoon that forever changed his love affair with the track."

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Riding for My Life

By Julie Krone

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Julie Krone had a rough ride, first breaking into a male-dominated sports field and then surviving several serious falls. A high-school dropout who had some problems with drugs early in her career became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race (the Belmont, 1993) and the first to win more than $50 million in purses. A champion book by a champion rider.
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