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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the true Horse Player, March 5, 1999
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This review is from: The Great Black Jockeys (Hardcover)
Mr. Hotaling's latest horse-racing book is a must read for anyone who considers himself a true afficianado of the sport. It tells a story which far too many people, even serious horse players, know little about. Horse racing is unique among sports in America because it is has virtually no black presence. There are few black owners, trainers, and breeders, and very few of the most visible players in racing, the jockeys. This was not always the case. In fact, black jockeys once dominated America's oldest sport. The first winner of the Kentucky Derby was black, as was the Derby's first repeat winner and its first three-time winner. The jockey with the highest winning percentage in history was black. Hotaling gives the history of these pioneers, and in doing so gives a history of the sport. He also deals with the glaring question: why have black jockeys largely dissappeared from the sport? It is well-written and insightful, a book invaluable to those who value the history of horse racing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Telling Another Untold Story, November 4, 2002
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Ron J. (Upper Marlboro, MD USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Great Black Jockeys (Hardcover)
I read this book because it combined Black History and horse racing. Two of my favorite subjects. The book is well organized, full of information.
The author seamlessly intertwines American History, African American History, and the history of horse racing in America. So the book keeps your interest. He also balances historical facts, with the colorful characters\stories surrounding horseracing, while elevating Black jockies to their noble place in the "sport of kings".
This book is worth the price. A great read!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling history of the roots of the modern American athle, January 8, 2004
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Neal S (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Great Black Jockeys (Hardcover)
Any person who is a serious study of sports history will find this a most compelling dialogue on the "true" evolution of the American professional athlete. It is simply the most "untold" and most compelling story in the American experience. Today's athletes - of whatever color - should read this book to get a true appreciation for the foundations of the "professional" athlete in America and the depth of character exhibited by these great athletes under the most dire conditions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explores a long negleted area of African-American history., March 5, 1999
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This review is from: The Great Black Jockeys (Hardcover)
This book explores a negleted aspect of the African-American experience in the United States. I had always assumed the African-American heros of sport were a twentieth century phenomenon. It was an eye opener to learn that there successful African-American jockeys and trainers as early as colonial time.
I would recommend this well written book to anyone with an interest in American history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Jockeys, July 4, 2011
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A superb book that must have been arduous to research and create. As an African American, I appreciated the time, effort and energy that the writer put into this book. It not only tells the story of the jockeys but also the trainers and grooms who helped shape America's first pastime. If you are an avid race fan or handicapper you will find out a lot about how horse racing in America has evolved and the key horses who are the ancestors to the breeds we see today in the sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, March 21, 2011
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This review is from: The Great Black Jockeys (Hardcover)
This book has been used in my research product. I love it. This has inspired me greatly. The jockeys were amazing men.
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The Great Black Jockeys by Edward Hotaling (Hardcover - January 27, 1999)
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