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Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies

by Richard Eng

How to enjoy a day at the races-and bet to win!

The last two years have seen a record number of Americans tune in for climatic Triple Crown races featuring Smarty Jones and Funny Cide; in 2004, television viewership...


How to Pick a Winner

by Mary Mountier

Released for the 2004 Melbourne Cup, this guide provides astute observations and hilarious insights for both racing amateurs and seasoned racing and betting pros. Celebrating "the sport of kings," this insider's...


Flat Racing and British Society, 1790-1914: A Social and Economic History

by Mike Huggins

2001 North American Society for Sports History Book of the YearThis volume studies the formative period of racing between 1790 and 1914. This was a time when, despite the opposition of a respectable minority,...


Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle

by Lyn Lifshin

"This full arc of life-bigger than imagination in a raging fire-is set on paper by a poet obsessed with beauty, hooves, and the passion of flight....In Lifshin's language, spare yet metaphorically profound,...


Kings of the Saddle: Ireland's Greatest Jockeys

by Brian O'Connor

The recent retirement of Mick Kinane, doyen of flat racing jockeys whose swansong was his 2009 Classic victories on the great Sea the Stars, reminded us once again how many of the greatest jockeys in racing,...


Run for the Roses

by Elizabeth Noble

Wanting to end his pattern of choosing controlling and abusive men, Vladimir 'Val' Mihalic figures it's better to live alone than live in fear. Just when things are settling down-his biggest trouble recently...


The Cheltenham Festival: A Centenary History

by Robin Oakley

The Cheltenham Festival is nowadays the biggest event in the racing year - in visitor numbers eclipsing Royal Ascot, the Grand National or the Derby. In 2011 it is a hundred years since the 1911 running of the...


The Big Horse

by Joe McGinniss

"The big horse," in racing vernacular, is the animal that brings fame and fortune to a stable. He's the heavyweight champion, the All-American quarterback, the four-legged Michael Jordan of the barn. Seabiscuit...


What Are The Odds? The Bill Waterhouse Story

by Bill Waterhouse

The tell-all tale - on and off the track - of a legendary man and his extraordinary family.The Waterhouse name is synonymous with Australian horse racing and bookmaking. For the first time, the family's patriarch,...


Peter Pan

by Jessica Owers

A wonderful, forgotten racing story set in The Great DepressionIn 1932, they said there would never be another Phar Lap. Yet within months there came a racehorse so wildly brilliant that he was instantly compared...


Arkle: The Legend of 'Himself'

by Anne Holland & Jim Dreaper

In 1964, Arkle's first-place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was the first big win by Ireland's most celebrated racehorse: the horse by which all others are measured. Fifty years on from the start...


Fixed: Cheating, Doping, Rape and Murder - The Inside Track on Australia's Racing Industry

by Matthew Benns

Matthew Benns takes us inside the murky world of Australia's racing industry.Dapper horse trainer Les Samba was in Melbourne for the annual yearling sales when he turned down an Italian meal with racing contacts...


Shannon

by Jessica Owers

The Extraordinary Life of Australia's First International Racehorse. Wartime Sydney, a small and weedy racehorse was kicking his way through the top tier of Australian racing. He was Shannon, one of the fastest...


The Horse That Bart Built

by Helen Thomas

So You Think's incredible journey.As a youngster, So You Think caught the eye of Australia's legendary trainer Bart Cummings. He liked the future he saw in his gangly frame, and soon, So You Think captivated...


The Adult Rider: A Practical Guide for First-Time Equestrians and Adults Getting Back in the Saddle

by Sarah Montague

Are you ready to enter, or re-enter the barn? Are you a former equestrian longing to ride again? Have you always had a dream of riding? Sarah Montague's The Adult Rider will lead you through the ins and outs...


The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

by Pellom III McDaniels

Isaac Burns Murphy (1861--1896) was one of the most dynamic jockeys of his era. Still considered one of the finest riders of all time, Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his...


Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

by James C. Nicholson & Pete Best

A quarter of a million people braved miserable conditions at Epsom Downs on June 2, 1954, to see the 175th running of the prestigious Derby Stakes. Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill were in attendance,...


Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset

by David Owen

It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos extraordinary even by the Grand National's standards and won the...


Photo Finish

by John McEvoy

Chicago racetrack publicist Jack Doyle, former advertising man and amateur boxer, accepts the challenge of a new job in the world of thoroughbred horse racing-that of jockey's agent. His client is a seventeen-year-old...


Horses for Courses

by Anne Holland

There can be no better way of getting to know Ireland than by visiting its racecourses: from the glamour of Leopardstown and the class of The Curragh to the majestic mountains around Killarney; from the warm...