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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laffit Pincay Jr. is a true winner!
Andrea Cramer
It's a terrific book about an extremely honorable, genuine, classy, sincere, driven and disciplined man.
Jim Altfeld
Madelyn's writing was very compelling.
Alan Breitling

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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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6 of 7 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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Meeks on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book. The last biography I read was probably in junior high when I read about George Westinghouse who convinced Americans to go with alternating current instead of Thomas Edison's insistence on direct current. (It was a good book--don't know why I haven't read more bios.) I also have only gone to the race track twice in my life. The horses are beautiful but the racing didn't excite me. Thus, it was with great surprise that I became so caught up with "Laffit." Not only did it take Laffit Pincay Jr. to live an interesting life, but it took author Madelyn Cain to sort through it and select the right dramatic moments. The writing is so smooth, I wasn't even thinking about the words--just caught up in the unraveling of a life where Willy Shoemaker was such an icon and master, it seemed no one could do better. "Laffit" is much a story about the mindset it takes to be successful. Clearly, so much about winning is in the head. Business people should be reading this book. There's love and heartbreak here, too. His wife, Linda... well, you'll just have to read the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catrin Nack on July 23, 2009
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How on earth Madelyn Cain, whose two previous books were called "The childless Revolution" and "First Time Mother, last Chance Babies" was chosen as Biographer for one of the best Jockeys ever, and who on earth chose her to do that job, must remain a mystery. The book certainly mirrors just that, it can be judged as a nice try but leaves a lot to be desired. Even though Laffit Pincays life certainly did not lack disaster and tragedy off the racecourse too, after all he became famous as a master of horseracing, and on that subject the book does not even deserve one star. Horses are rarely mentioned in this book, and are certainly just a side occurence. In fact Cain goes as far as writing that Pincay did not win a Kentucky Derby early in his career because his mount "a five to two chance broke down in the race and finished a disappointing fifth". Ok well, what a shame to come fifth on a striken horse then ... As mentioned in previous review, the book is ill-researched, and gets certain facts and most seemingly dates wrong - Pincays daughter Lisa is born in 1967 but is 15 by the time her mother dies in 1985. Cain very obviously concetrates on Pincays off-track life and shows a lot of sympathy for her subject in that respect, but the use of quotations for conversations long held and only recall-able from one side are a dangerous tool in my eyes.
The book is cheaply illustrated with small black- and white photos embedded between the text, no proper colour photos of his great winners in extra pages for example. Cain adds a list of Pincays most important winners and a list of his diet in retirement - that says something as well!
While her writing is easy to read, this book is one missed opportunity and clearly not worthy of this great sportsman. One could say I gave it two stars out of respect for his clearly troubled life.
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