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"Acerbic wit and an insider’s brazen take on the elusive horse-game."—Sam Shepard
"I laughed. I cried. I read this book a second time, and then I cried again. If you want to know how thoroughbred horse racing in the United States has destroyed itself, this is the book for you. If you want to know what is to be done, this is the book for you. I can’t recommend it highly enough."—Jane Smiley
"Jim Squires has written a sad and scathing and all-too-true story about the greed and obtuseness that are destroying the once glorious sport of thoroughbred horse racing and that are turning that most magnificent of God’s creatures -- the thoroughbred horse -- into a steroid-swollen dinosaur. The charlatans of the Kentucky breeding industry and at the New York Racing Association -- as well as their overpaid apologists -- should read every page of Squires’s indictment with heads hung in shame."—Joe McGinniss
"[A]n insider's stunning account of the corrupt practices that threaten both the horses and the game. . . . Squires' folksy style makes for an engrossing read."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[A] hilarious and informative look at the troubled condition of horse racing."--Publishers Weekly
"Exposes a thoroughbred horse-racing industry drowning in drug abuse and rife with unscrupulous business practices. . . . A well-told cautionary tale about greed and willful inattention."--Kirkus Reviews
I enjoyed Squires' insiders perspective very much. He takes on the powerful "Dinny" culture in the thoroughbred industry, and we all benefit.Published 3 months ago by Keith L.
This is the book for you if (1) You're in love with historical inaccuracies, (2) you admire sanctimony, and (3) you appreciate being hit over the head with left-wing hidden... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lawrence J. Olsen
I started this book while on vacation in Kentucky. I had to finish it, so bought my own copy. The author brings deep inside experience of race horse breeding and training methods... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kirt Adams
Having off-and-on followed racing for 50+ years. I just retired from practicing law, and had considered writing a book which would would have had some similarities with the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Deborah Fontaine Maury
While I do think it is written with somewhat of an axe to grind on the part of Mr. Squires, the information needed to get out there, and it was time someone said it. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Wynne
I enjoyed this book. I felt it was an informative and entertaining read on the "inside" of the racing industries. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Melissa Perry
As someone who has spent decades in and around the horse racing industry, I promise you Jim Squires doesn't tell you the half of it. What he does tell you is spot on. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by avid reader
Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. I'd recommend it to any thoroughbred race horse lover and indeed, even the general public. Everyone would like this book.Published on February 19, 2013 by GinaD