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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Affirmed Press (May 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615238211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615238210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is about a man's enduring human spirit.
Karen Custer Thurston
I have such a new respect for jockeys, horses, and Laffit Pincay, Jr. This book is the Anatomy of a Winner.
Liz Solomon
I very much enjoyed reading this compelling and intimate story.
Maggie Morrisette

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hollis on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully entertaining, touching and intimate portrait not only of Lafitt Pincay, but thoroughbread racing as well.
It's as if Ms Cain's spirit entered Lafitt's body & memory bank, and then described his life through her eloquence and verbal mastery.
The book has a marvelous flow to it. I learned more about what goes on behind the scenes of the thoroughbred racing world in the short time it took me to read this book than I had ever known about before.
And as Lafitt kept his focus all those years to become the winner he is today, Ms Cain has kept the focus on the spirit of the man who overcame almost superhuman events and experiences.
The book left me deeply touched by what this man has gone through and prevailed, and because the essence of Lafitt Pincay was so eloquently captured, I felt an intimate connection with him, and a renewed appreciation of what it is to be human.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Morrisette on August 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed reading this compelling and intimate story. I finished the book in one pleasant sitting after thinking I would take a quick look at the first chapter. The writing style was friendly and casual which had me feel personally and kindly introduced into Laffit's life and the world of horse racing. I was impressed by Laffit's determination and strength, as well as deeply connected to the pain and tragedy of some of his life's circumstances. It struck me as just the right kind of biography that allowed me to get to know it's subject in a very personal and human way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Cramer on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
From the first page to the last, I could not put this book down. Madelyn Cain's style of writing makes reading effortless and sweeps you into the events and emotions like you were there. Laffit's story is very inspirational, surprisingly personal, educational and exciting. I grew up in Arcadia and knew who Laffit Pincay Jr. was but enjoyed learning more about him, the track and thoroughbred racing like never before. My admiration for this incredible jockey grew as I turned the pages. I was completely awestruck by his dedication and steady determination even when faced with tragedy and setbacks in his life. His story is fascinating. I encouraged my family to also read the book, especially my 20 and 23 yr. old, to show them the perfect example of someone who follows their dreams and fulfills them by hard work and never giving up. Laffit Pincay Jr. is a true winner! I would highly recommend this book to others. After reading it you realize that anything is possible. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JAK on June 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book was entertaining but not very well written. There are too many factual mistakes and typos. The book refers to Angel Cordero as a "fellow Panamanian" when in fact he is from Puerto Rico. Aqueduct racetrack is spelled incorrectly, there are numerous fctual mistakes about races, horses and people. There were a good number of things which could have been covered that would have made the book much better. Overall an enjoyable book but not what you would expect in a biography of possibly the greatest jockey ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mantee on October 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be a horseracing afficionado to appreciate Madelyn Cain's Laffit: Anatomy of a Winner. Cain writes the story of Laffit Pincay, a remarkably gifted man, beautifully blending his athleticism, his humanity and celebrity, with such skill and dedication to subject matter that the author's voice literally disappears under the thrust of this engrossing piece of work. Laffit is a remarkably human story, extremely well-told: a page-turner, difficult to put down at bedtime.

Paul Mantee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sims on October 22, 2009
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Madelyn Cain scores big with this heartbreaking yet hopeful story of Laffit Pincay, athlete extraordinaire. Clearly this author has a gift for getting to the core of the man who battled demons to become the world's greatest jockey. As you turn the pages, you feel the pain of a man struggling to come to grips not only with his guilt but with his unwavering determination to succeed. It's a great read if you're a racing fan and just as good a read if you're not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie Schieffer on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Not only was it an amazing professional story but also a very touching personal one. Ms Cain's style was crisp and direct getting you to the heart of events as they unfolded without encumbering or detracting from the essential story. I truly enjoyed this biography and learned more about horse racing and the dedication it takes to be a jockey than I ever thought possible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the sport or to those who love biographies, it is exceptional.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Custer Thurston on May 1, 2009
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This book is about a man's enduring human spirit. Ms. Cain eloquently and deftly explains the parts and pieces of Mr. Pincay's life within the dangerous sport of thoroughbred racing.
Through her writing, I marveled at Mr. Pincay's resolve, focus and commitment from an early age in this highly competitive sport as well as his confronting the negatives of uncertain employment/wages/insurance/family emotion.
Mr. Pincay is known for courage in the racing field but I see from this book his great courage, too, in baring extremely personal facts about his life.

Karen Custer Thurston
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