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The Agua Caliente Story: Remembering Mexico's Legendary Racetrack Paperback – November 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581501153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581501155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin A. Kious on January 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Highly readable and exhaustively researched book that thoroughly covers the history of racing in Tijuana. Includes fantastic photos and charts of the track's big races. The place had an even more interesting history than I had imagined, and the author's passion for his subject comes through loud and clear!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Vanderwood on March 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
For both lovers of horse racing and sports history, this is an exciting book, laced with rare illustrations and well-documented by both archival resources and the author's personal memories. Finally, Tijuana gets its due as the track which kept racing alive during its darkest travail in the 1920s and '30s as well as the one where innovations modernized the sport much as it is known today.

Dr. Paul J. Vanderwood, historian emeritus, San Diego State University
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Williams on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a long timed resident of the city of Tijuana, I was excited to see a book on the Agua Caliente racetrack.I have had so many pleasant afternoons at this racetrack and this book brought back many wonderfull memories. I believe that no other racetrack has the the very interesting history that this track in Mexico ever had as researched and written by the author. The photos are great and the story rolls along in an easy to read manner. The author took on an interesting and important chapter in racing history and saved it for posterity. All 75 years of it. It is very sad that it is not in its glory years any more and I look forward that the new and enlightened administration will restore this historical site, one that was once vibrant and so alive.
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The history of Agua Caliente Racetrack is one that deserves greater visibility, and by and large this author achieves just that. I have a personal connection to the track, given that my father was a public relations executive for Caliente throughout the '60s and up until the time of the '71 fire. Mr. Beltran's book provides readers with colorful reminiscences and anecdotes about the track, its personalities and some of the famous racehorses and jockeys that competed there. It's a shame that racing no longer exists at Caliente, and this book will likely make you feel the same nostalgia for a time that once was and may never be again.
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I heard about the Agua Caliente racetrack From Mr. Alessio when I meet him in 1993 at Ranch Tecate. After that, I saw him on a regular basis and once and a while he would reflect on the old racetrack. He told me about how he came up with the 5-10, the décor for the racetrack and some of the odd things that happened there. He even pointed out furniture at Ranch Tecate that came from the racetrack after the fire. But I never was able to put it all together till this book came out. The author did a excellent job putting this book together. I just wish I could have experienced the Caliente racetrack in its prime.
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