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"It's a rich introduction to a mystery that won't go away..." --Jaimy Gordon, The New York Times

About the Author

Milt Toby is an author and attorney who has been writing about Thoroughbred racing and equine law for almost four decades. The 1968 Kentucky Derby was the first of many visits he has made to Churchill Downs as a writer, photographer, and fan. The supposed "drugging" of Dancer's Image was a puzzle when it was announced and the years of subsequent litigation have held his interest ever since. Milt has been to the races on six continents and has a foggy memory of actually cashing a winning ticket or two. He is Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association's Equine Law Section.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609490959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609490959
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hope they follow up with the movie.
M Marie Bettger
This was an excellent book to read, and kept me interested throughout!
Jan
I highly recommend this book to any fan of horse racing.
Kris

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Koch on May 26, 2012
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I'm a fan of horse racing. The sport has been around a long time and there are hundreds of fascinating stories associated with it. One that I knew little about was the story of Peter Fuller and Dancer's Image. All I knew was Forward Pass's name with an asterisk next to it in lists of Kentucky Derby winners. I happened to hear last week that Mr. Fuller passed away, and reference was made to Milton Toby's book, so I ordered it for my Kindle. Whatever you might think of the outcome, it's amazing to read about the convoluted series of events connected to the 1968 Derby. I'm glad that Mr. Toby decided to tell this story, so that it shouldn't be lost from memory. From what I have read, Mr. Fuller was a great humanitarian and very well-respected. He fought so hard to clear his horse's name, and the mention of Dancer's Image still brought tears to his eyes even after many years. The book is not long, and I finished it in a couple of sittings. The author explains all the facts in detail, and provides background for those who know little or nothing about horse racing. I highly recommend the book, and it may have you shaking your head in disbelief, just as it did me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By History Buff on June 2, 2011
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The first page grabbed me! Not only do you feel the time period this all happened. You are pulled into the deep scandel of how far they would go to win. This one is a keeper for my bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on May 20, 2011
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This was an excellent book to read, and kept me interested throughout! It's amazing how one race could change procedures in the entire industry. I only wish we could find out what "really happened" during that week in May...was the horse actually drugged or was the chemist at fault? It's also interesting to get a "behind the scenes" look at the politics of the racing industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Burke on January 4, 2012
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I found this book to be very informative. While some of the story is a bit dry, it does let you know that the Kentucky Derby winner of 1968 was not recognised for his efforts. The mix up and sloppy recording of the drug tests in that year on Dancer's Image did not prove beyond a shadow of doubt that in fact the Derby winner was running un the effects of 'Bute'. The physical reaction Dancer's Image had after getting bute on the previous Sunday (liquid stools) did not occur any other time that week or the next to Dancer's Image. The fact that the chemist took a black and white photograph when color film was available and when the color of the reaction on paper really mattered should have let the race results stand.

The good result at the very end of much discussion is that all horses are now tested after they race and that the initial sample is divided into 2 parts: one to use and one to save in case a question comes up later on.

Belated congratulations to Team Dancer's Image and Milton Toby.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kentucky Reader on July 4, 2011
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I am a fan of Kentucky history as well as real-life mysteries. This book combines both these elements by focusing on a little-known controversy regarding the disqualification of Dancer's Image from the 1968 Kentucky Derby. Although the reader knows the outcome beforehand, the author outlines a fascinating journey through which Dancer's Image and his caretakers overcome the usual obstacles involved in qualifying for, and winning, the world's best known horse race. However, the outcome is not that clear-cut as this book is about more than the usual "overcoming all odds" story. As the author skillfully offers a balanced view of each piece of evidence (supportive and non-supportive) for the horse's disqualification, readers will find themselves absorbed with the process and series of steps which lead to the final judgment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris on September 28, 2012
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I thought I knew a thing or two about the disqualification of Dancer's Image, but this book showed me all I didn't know, which was substantial. Apart from the very interesting story about the controversy itself, I learned that Dancer's Image was an excellent racehorse. I highly recommend this book to any fan of horse racing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoAnn R Zander on December 22, 2011
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This is a must for any thoroughbred racing fan. I couldn't wait to receive it. It is a very easy read. I really enjoyed it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Marie Bettger on December 21, 2012
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I hope they follow up with the movie. I learned a lot about horse racing. I enjoyed it very much.
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